1. How much more about the 14th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival could The Beat tell you that hasn’t already been told by ThisWeekNEWS staffer Marla K. Kuhlman? (Visit the Gahanna page at ThisWeekNEWS.com and you’ll find out the answer is, “Not much.”) Local artists – inasmuch as they’re from and based here, although they gig worldwide – Sean Carney, a crack bluesman, and silky-smooth singer Lisa Clark highlight this year’s event.
Jazz violinist Christian Howes also is on the bill. We tell you this as a lead-in to providing you a heads-up for video with Howes, The Beat and two talented youngsters.
For details on the festival, which runs June 15-17 at Creekside in Gahanna, visit creeksidebluesand jazz.com.
2. L.A.’s Fitz and the Tantrums offers up a slate of tunes full of classic pop melodies housed in offbeat yet appealing structures. Inspired by Stax and Motown, frontman Michael Fitzpatrick assembled a group of friends and friends of friends into one of the more cool and original lineups – how many bands boast horns but no guitar? The group plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion with openers ZZ Ward and Royal Teeth Friday, June 25. Tickets are $19.99/$22. Visit www.promowest.com.
3. You can’t fault Greg Laswell for being smart. The singer/songwriter/producer crafts songs at once heartfelt and heartbreaking, lilting and longing, winsome and wistful. You just sometimes get the sense his studio expertise is put to good overuse on record – for example, Landline, his fourth and latest effort.
In concert, through, Laswell bares his soul solo, to great effect. See what we mean when Laswell, joined by Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth and the Catapult, plays the Rumba Cafe Friday, June 15. Tickets are $15. Visit columbusrumbacafe. com.
4. Lindsey Buckingham is an underappreciated rock genius. However, he’s also a bit nutty (as rock geniuses are wont to be), and thus often does his best work in a group setting. For example, Fleetwood Mac. Nonetheless, Buckingham is not without solo success – witness Go Insane and, of course, Holiday Road – and has a new record out, Seeds We Sow.
Buckingham is on the road and on stage solo – an intimate evening that highlights his distinctive guitar work and instantly identifiable voice. The tour stops Saturday, June 16, at the Southern Theatre. Tickets are $51. Visit ticketmaster.com.
(Sad news that we write this on the day we learn of guitarist Bob Welch’s suicide. Welch preceded Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac and scored a couple hits from his 1977 release French Kiss: Sentimental Lady and Ebony Eyes.)
5. Like any good collective, each of the three legendary-in-their-own-right members of The Flatlanders has a role to play.
Joe Ely is the performer – dude makes records and plays out. Jimmie Dale Gilmore is the mystic – he even looks the part, with his flowing gray mane and weathered-and-wise countenance. Butch Hancock is the poet – a songwriter’s songwriter through and through.
The trio is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their first record, with additional celebrating of the release of a “new” record, which is actually tapes made more than 40 years ago, recently found and never released.
What’s not to love?
Zeppelin Productions welcomes The Flatlanders to the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom Sunday, June 17. Special guest Jason Eady opens. Tickets are $30. Visit zeppcolumbus.com.
6. Scott Lucas is best-known as singer-guitarist for the two-man rock tour de force that is/was Local H. Lately, fronting a new outfit called Scott Lucas and the Married Men, a seven-piece that includes one woman, he’s refocused his efforts, delving into alt-country and indie-rock, all still peppered with the heavy riffing for which his other band is known.
The band is heading out for shows to support its new release, Blood Half Moon, and stops at The Summit Sunday, June 17. Drew Eberly opens. Call 614-268-9377.
7. The Beat treads lightly when writing about our personal favorites. First, we realize taste doesn’t always translate, and second, we have always intended to provide a broad cross-section of stuff.
That said, the column is full of our opinions on stuff, and our opinion of prog-metal masters Dream Theater is that the quintet is most awesome.
For mainstream contact with DT, you have to reach back 20 years to recall Pull Me Under from Images and Words receiving a modicum of rock radio airplay. But uncommon musicianship and skillful writing (of 10-minute epics) have kept the band in favor among fans of complex, multithematic rock.
Speaking of complex, multithematic rock, Dream Theater is on tour with the Crimson ProjeKct
, the latest incarnation of post-King Crimson assemblies featuring former members of the vanguard progressive outfit. The tour stops Tuesday, June 19, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Tickets are $35.Visit www.promowest.com
8. Bootsy Collins’ resume reads like a history of funk. (There’s probably a reason for this.) James Brown, Parliament/ Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band – all were powered by Bootsy’s thumping and thudding bass and his outsized personality.
So naming his new record The Funk Capital of the World may not be all that ostentatious after all.
Check out Bootsy and his latest band Wednesday, June 20, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Ruckus Roboticus
opens. Tickets are $15/$20. Visit www.promowest.com
9. Juke joint singer Paul Thorn never had an issue in even the toughest places in which a man and his guitar might find themselves.
That’s because the Wisconsin-born and Mississippi-raised Thorn was, briefly, a professional boxer (he actually once fought Roberto Duran).
Thorn’s new record, What the Hell is Going On? features cover tunes from some of Thorn’s favorite songwriters.
Expect plenty of original material, though, in concert, as Thorn plays Woodlands Tavern Thursday, June 21. Tickets are $15. Visit woodlands tavern.com.
10. Once the belle of the ball and the ugly stepsister at the same time, The Black Crowes spewed forth vintage-style rock ‘n’ roll without pretension. Celebrating more than aping their influences, the Robinson brothers – singer Chris and guitarist Rich – and mates could do no wrong – for about two years.
Chris was interested in mining each of those influences a little deeper, so, whether in a Crowes or solo project, he delved into psychedelic stuff, songwriter-influenced rock, biker-bar-band blues-rock and more.
His latest project, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, on its record Big Moon Ritual, focuses on boogie and shuffle, all delivered with a heavy dose of soul and Robinson’s trademark rough and tumble voice.
The CRB plays the A&R Music Bar Thursday, June 21. Tickets are $18/$20. Visit www.promowest.com