1) The Beat has been roasted by Columbus Jazz Orchestra music director Byron Stripling on a number of occasions, so here's hoping musical comedian Pete Barbutti, who joins the CJO for its final Jazzoo summer concert at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Friday, Aug. 17, pays him back.
"That's Entertainment! Byron's Birthday Bash" celebrates Stripling's 10 years as music director, and will also feature, of course, the CJO, along with special guests from the Columbus jazz scene.
Tickets include zoo admission. Visit jazzartsgroup.org for pricing and more information.
2) The Beat finds it very cool and appropriate that BalletMet Columbus' upcoming Global Dance Stars Gala includes a former BalletMet dance student performing works choreographed by former artistic director David Nixon.
Martha Leebolt currently dances with England's Northern Ballet (also Nixon's current haunt), and returns to dance two pieces with fellow company dancer Tobias Batley.
The gala includes performance by other international dance stars including Boston Ballet's Adiarys Almeida and Nelson Madrigal, New York City Ballet's Abi Stafford and Jared Angle, National Ballet of Canada's Greta Hodgkinson and Guillauame Cote, Houston Ballet's Amy Fote and Simon Ball and Broadway dance extraordinaire Marshall Davis Jr.
Additionally, there will be a celebration of recently departed artistic director Gerard Charles.
Tickets are $35 for the show, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Ohio Theatre. Visit balletmet.org.
3) Melodic hard-rockers Straight Line Stitch are out of the Evanescence mold, with Alexis Brown in the Amy Lee frontwoman role.
While Lee brings the same emotive, depths-of-her-soul approach to her singing that characterizes her writing, Brown counters with a take-no-prisoners delivery, including occasional harrowing scream vocals, that can't help but draw the listener's attention.
Straight Line Stitch plays Skully's Music Diner Saturday, Aug. 18. Uncrowned and Sourblood open. Tickets are $12. Visit skullys.org.
4) Scott "Wino" Weinrich is a formative presence in the establishment of doom metal and stoner rock, making his mark with vanguard LA metal outfit Saint Vitus and east coast rockers The Obsessed.
Needless to say, the terms dense and heavy are trademark descriptors for the Wino sound, which, in recent years, he has brought to acoustic playing -- retaining all those properties despite the switch in instruments.
He paired with singer Conny Ochs to record the acoustic Heavy Kingdom, full of dark, folk-blues violence and southern mysticism. The duo is on the road, with a stop planned at Ace of Cups Sunday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $8/$10. Visit starwoodpresentsinfo.webs.com.
5) Post-hardcore, emocore, high-intensity alt-rock -- call Dance Gavin Dance what you like, but DGD is a well-heeled member of the clean-and-screamed vocals-over-energetic-riffs set, and is back on the road with original singer Jonny Craig, now apparently clean and recharged.
Mina Murray opens for DGD Monday, Aug. 20, at The Basement. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowest live.com.
6) If last weekend's Tab Benoit concert whetted your appetite for some fiery, electric New Orleans blues, then you'll be pleased to learn (if you didn't already know) that Anders Osborne is playing Woodlands Tavern Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The Sweden-born Osborne's brand-new Black Eye Galaxy finds the guitarist at his lyrical and thematic best, hashing through his personal depths and heights in classic blues fashion, all the while highlighted by his jazz-rock-inflected blues shredding.
Tickets for the show are $15. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
7) The Basement welcomes the oddly named The Dirty Guv'nahs, as clean-cut a quintet of southern blues-rockers in the mold of The Black Crowes you're ever likely to meet, on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The Knoxville, Tenn.-based Americana outfit is touring in support of its third album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies.
Erica Blinn and The Floorwalkers open. Tickets are $12/$15. Visit promowest live.com.
8) Darius Rucker is a consummate pro.
In many ways, that has worked against him, earning him criticism for his voice and/or his songs being saccharin, cheesy or innocuous.
But his career, from Hootie and the Blowfish to his country days, is characterized by a commitment to craft and a seriousness of method. In particular, his country music success, while partially fueled by a combination of prior notoriety and curiosity, was achieved largely without pretense and with a hard-work ethic.
Ultimately, the guy can sing and write songs, and he'll be singing those songs Thursday, Aug. 23, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Maggie Rose opens. Tickets are $32.50/$35. Visit promowest live.com.
9) Rose's Pawn Shop is the band, not where it's playing.
They'll be whipping up the crowd with foot-stomping, sing-along blues-grass-rock Thursday, Aug. 23, at Woodlands Tavern.
Tickets are $10. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
10) You might not find "Nashville" and "cheeky electro-pop duo" necessarily congruous. But that's where and what Cherub -- Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber -- are.
With tunes suitable for either singing along or the dance floor, Cherub flavors the kind of modern electro-pop characteristic of MGMT or 3OH!3 with a hint of Prince's pop-funk and a twist of the ultra-modern throwback pop of Passion Pit.
The duo starts with a beat bed made by turning knobs and sliding faders, adds layers of club synths and effected guitars and tops it with sweet and spicy vocals.
Join in the dance party at The Basement Thursday, Aug. 23. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowest live.com.