Fischer's Fab Five
1) Two terrific ladies of Americana will play the Midland Theatre in Newark in the coming days.
Ohio native Lisa Biales brings her acoustic folk-blues to the Stage Door Cabaret Series Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21. These concerts are club-style, with tables set on the Midland stage.
Tickets are $29.
One of The Beat’s favorite country singers, Kathy Mattea is a honey-voiced mezzo-soprano who can offer up a heart-rending ballad or foot-stomping send-up with equal aplomb.
Her recent work has explored Celtic and Appalachian styles.
Mattea plays the Midland Thursday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $65-$25.
2) Movement inspired by the music of Patsy Cline, Sammy Davis Jr. and Duke Ellington is, The Beat figures, a good thing.
BalletMet Columbus’ The American Songbook, Sept. 21 through Oct. 7 at its Performance Space, celebrates this music in a club-like atmosphere.
Popular collaborator Amy Seiwart sets the company premiere of her Dear Miss Cline, and the company brings back Sammy from a recent program.
The performance also includes a world premiere of a work by Stella Kane featuring music by Ellington, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and more. The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus joins in the fun for this one.
Tickets start at $20. Visit balletmet.org.
3) While we’d like to feed the notion that The Beat knows all this stuff about all these bands, the harsh truth is we do a good bit of research when we come across something with which we are not already familiar.
It didn’t take long for us to decide we liked Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, as the first YouTube video we pulled up featured a funky, groovy riff with bass, guitar and horns (including harmonica) and, not long thereafter, the beyond-her-years Janis Joplin-meets-Etta James voice of 25-year-old singer Arleigh Kincheloe. However, if the deal needed yet to be sealed, an extended trombone solo did the trick.
The band renders old-time funk/R&B with fire and old-time torch blues with ice.
SS&TDB play The Basement Friday, Sept. 21. Hollis Brown opens. Tickets are $12/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
4) Need more birds after Sister Sparrow and the dirty kind?
Check out indie chamber folk outfit Paper Bird, low-fi minimalist folk equal parts throwback and modern, at the Rumba Cafe Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $10.
5) Tennessee has become a hotbed for non-country/roots/Christian artists in the past couple years, and the state continues to surprise with glam-punk trio Cheap Time.
Touring in support of its latest effort, Wallpaper Music, Cheap Time plays Double Happiness Saturday, Sept. 22.