1) While Doc Severinsen may be best known as a snappy dresser, word has it that he can also play a little trumpet. The former longtime Tonight Show bandleader and trumpet virtuoso helps the Columbus Jazz Orchestra kick off its 40th anniversary season in concerts Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at the Southern Theatre.
Doc is 85 today, and shows no signs of slowing down. The concert also will feature more of what CJO audiences have been asking for. No, not music director Byron Stripling – audiences want and get him for sure. But beyond that, the program will include a tribute to jazzman Stan Kenton. Tickets are $49. Visit jazzartsgroup.org.
2) Listening to throwback ’70s-esque glam-rockers Turbo Fruits reminds The Beat of tunes we used to play on our console turntable, or eight-track player. The band’s third and latest full-length, Butter, is chock-full of guitar-based jams and high energy and attitude. Catch these crazy kids Friday, Sept. 28, at Ace of Cups. Dirty Biscuits opens. Visit facebook.com/ aceofcupsbar.
3) The Barberini Harp, a rare Baroque triple harp used by period ensemble Armonia Celeste, is not the kind of instrument you see and/or hear every day, even those among The Beat’s readers for whom “early music” is part of their standard musical lexicon. Armonia member Paula Fagerberg’s instrument is a reproduction, but is nonetheless a unique instrument in its own right. Your chance to hear it is Friday, Sept. 28, when Early Music in Columbus presents Armonia Celeste in Capital University’s Mees Hall. Tickets are $27/$22/$12. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.
4) Austin, Texas songmeister Gurf Morlix would get a nod as a cool band name from The Beat if it was, in fact, and band name. But Gurf is his actual name, and he’s handy with or without a band. Check out a great concert of Americana music as Morlix plays the Red Door Tavern Friday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $15. Call 614-937-6555.
5) The Beat is old – or at least getting there. One of the especially cool things about this gig is the opportunity to learn about young bands we might not otherwise have because they didn’t make music, let’s say, in the ’70s. Among the handful of young acts of whom we’ve become big fans is South Carolina rock quintet Needtobreathe.
Southern rock? Sure, in the vein of Kings of Leon. But also epic modern rock after the model of Coldplay. In our opinion, neither comparison does NTB, led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, justice. (We’re doing our best not to gush about these boys. Consider that disclaimer gush enough.) Touring in support of its latest CD, The Reckoning, Needtobreathe plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Thursday, Oct. 4. Parachute opens. (Haha.) Tickets are $23/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.
BONUS: With the waning of September comes the final days of the outdoor arts season, courtesy of the Riverfront Arts Festival Sept. 28-30 on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Local and regional performing and visual artists will be featured, along with a Friday night “Waterfire” and wine and food. Visit dispatchevents.com.