CSO's Patriotic Pops, Buddy Guy, Big Time Rush and more in this edition of the Fab Five.
1) Jack Russell's Great White is the version of the '80s blues-hair metal outfit recently created by its original lead singer (Russell) because the rest of the remaining members are touring with a different singer, ostensibly because they don't want to encourage his unhealthy behaviors. Whatever the reason, the soap-opera situation is, well, hairy.Like-minded acts including Bulletboys, the kings of sleaze Faster Pussycat, Pretty Boy Floyd and Lillian Axe will join Russell's version of GW at the Alrosa Villa Friday, June 29. Tickets are $28. Visit alrosavilla.com. 2) Lots of fireworks displays are on tap for this week, and some will even get you live entertainment along with your fireworks, but only Patriotic Pops gets you the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. And by Patriotic Pops, we do not mean Peter Stafford Wilson, the CSO associate conductor, who mans the podium for this concert. (OK, we do.) This year's version takes place at the new PwtP home on the Columbus Commons Saturday, June 30. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 at the gate for adults; and $8 for children ages 3-14. Visit picnicwiththepops.com. 3) If there was a honky-tonk folk singer, you better know it'd be Grant Peeples. Peeples plays acoustic music but sings about trucks and trains and the like with a twang. He's hardscrabble folk, plenty poetic but less in a book-smart and more in a street-smart sort of way. Check out his new CD, Prior Convictions, or better yet see him in person Saturday, June 30, at the Red Door Tavern. Peeples will be joined by mandolin-bass player Erik Alvar. This is a limited seating show. Tickets are $10. Call 614-937-6555. 4) Blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Buddy Guy can still bring it hard and heavy even into his 70s. Recent work has found Guy returning some to the Mississippi delta blues he grew up with in Louisiana – which is itself sometimes surprising, given the guitarist's status as a Chicago blues hero. But it was, of course, Guy who helped move the blues north in the first place. Which helped make it possible for subsequent generations of northerners to grow up with the form. Like, for example, Jonny Lang. If it seems like a long time since Lang was a teen blues prodigy, it's because it has been. He's now in his early 30s, so where the novelty might be gone, it's been replaced by wisdom and a deeper vocal growl. Good stuff. Guy and Lang will share the stage at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Saturday, June 30. Tickets are $30. Visit promowestlive.com. 5) Big Time Rush is what there is on tickets when this dreamy quartet announces it's coming to your town. (See what we did there?) And unlike last summer, when The Beat took our daughter to the Taylor Swift show, this one's a perfect setup for moms to accompany their tweens. Heck, even younger kids like BTR. Kendal, James, Carlos and Logan have lots of new stuff to perform in concert, what with their second album, Elevate, and the soundtrack to Big Time Movie both out. Their summer tour hits Nationwide Arena Thursday, July 5. Cody Simpson and X-Factor finalist Rachel Crow open. Tickets are $65-$25. Visit nationwidearena.com.