Matisyahu, The Milk Carton Kids and Violinist Elina Vahala joining the CSO for a Finnish concert series highlights the Fab Five this week.

1) It takes Fin to know Fin.

OK, perhaps not necessarily, but imaginative and vibrant Finnish violinist Elina Vahala joins the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for Violin Concerto in D Major by Finnish Romantic composer

Jean Sibelius in concerts Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, at the Ohio Theatre.

Guest conductor Tito Munoz has the podium for these programs, which also include the music of Henry Cowell and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Tickets are $65-$25. Visit

2) If anyone's still looking for The Milk Carton Kids, The Beat understands they're scheduled to turn up Friday, Nov. 2, at the Rumba Cafe.

The Los Angeles-based duo evokes shades of Simon and Garfunkel. The perils of comparisons to such a timeless pair aside, the Kids' simple grace, vocal harmonies and gifted turn-of-phrase results in gorgeous folk-pop of the first order.

The current tour bridges the time between the recording and early 2013 release of their new record.

Leslie Stephens opens. Visit

3) In keeping with a long tradition in reggae music, Matisyahu offers up a heavy dose of uplifting positivity and spirituality amid the beats and backbeats.

He'll perform tunes from his new record, Spark Seeker, at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Constellations open. Tickets are $23/$25. Visit

You might also be interested to know that Matisyahu makes his film acting debut in the current horror film The Possession.

4) Melodies, harmonies, riffs – all the essential ingredients for straight-up pop-rock gloriousness.

Toronto's Sloan has them in abundance, and knows how to mix them so it ends up feeling like they're tossing you yummy chocolate-chip cookies from the stage every time a new song begins.

In fact, the quartet successfully violates the "too many cooks" proverb, as each member contributes songs to the cause.

Check out these underappreciated vets at the A&R Bar Wednesday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit

5) Lament all you want that Journey is a shell of its once pop-rock-dominant self – and The Beat is inclined to agree with you – but a chance to watch Neal Schon play guitar in person is well worth the effort.

And come on, you know all the songs! Plus Pat Benatar, who can still sing like nobody's business, and fellow '80s rockers Loverboy?

See all three at Nationwide Arena Wednesday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $79.50/$39.50. Visit


More classic rock, in British progressive form and predating the aforementioned threesome, comes to Newark's midland Theatre Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2, in the form of Jethro Tull's

Ian Anderson, who will play music from his new album, Thick as a Brick 2, as well as the Tull songs you know and love. Tickets are $95-$55. Visit

Ian Anderson, longtime frontman for prog-rockers Jethro Tull, will perform Nov. 1 and 2 at the Midland Theatre in Newark.

Elina Vahala joins the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for concerts this weekend at the Ohio Theatre.