Fischer's Fab Five
Call it a sneak peek, a taste of the future, a sign of things to come ... regardless, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra audiences are in for a treat as conductor David Danzmayr, the ensemble's music director-designate, leads programs Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27, at the Southern Theatre.
Danzmayr, who will assume his duties as music director next season following the retirement of ProMusica co-founder Timothy Russell, will conduct a three-piece program that features Schubert's famed Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished."
ProMusica will be joined by Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, a dynamic and athletic performer who will be featured on two pieces, including Schwertsick's Now you hear me, now you don't, Concerto for Marimba and Strings, which was composed in 2008 specifically for Currie.
Tickets are $10-$49. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.
(Check out The Beat page at ThisWeekNEWS.com for a Q&A and video feature with Danzmayr.)
McGuffey Lane will once again host its remembrance of and tribute to Zachariah's Red Eye Saloon, the center of the country rock music scene in Ohio during the late '70s and early '80s.
The 13th annual Zachariah's Red Eye Reunion will be held at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Saturday, Jan. 26. Special guests include Mimi Rousseau, Tom Ingham and Cliff Cody.
Tickets are $14/$17/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
Family of the Year's bright and sheeny modern rock is feel-good music for an age that could use some.
Led by the Wales-born Keefe brothers, the band started in the Boston area before Joe and Sebastian opted for a move to the West Coast, where they completed their current quartet. The band's 2012 release, Loma Vista, is sweet without being saccharin, charming without being cheeky.
Check 'em out Saturday, Jan. 26, at The Basement. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
British quartet Keane is perhaps the best of the post-Coldplay legion of orchestral pop acts, with Tim Rice-Oxley's piano and synth-based arrangements forming the basis for shimmery pop anthems that make full use of Tom Chaplin's rich vocals.
The band's 2006 debut scored big thanks to hits such as Somewhere Only We Know. Subsequent records fell short of the success, in part due to drifting artistic focus. A semi-hiatus ended in 2011, resulting in last year's Strangeland record.
Keane plays the Newport Music Hall Saturday, Jan. 26. Youngblood Hawke opens.
Tickets are $26.50/$28. Visit promowestlive.com.
Grace Potter is hot. In fact, she's on fire.
The emerging force-of-nature frontwoman is staking a claim as rock 'n' roll's leading lady, her talent, presence and charisma proving dominant out in front of her Vermont-based band, the Nocturnals.
Touring in support of last year's The Lion The Beast The Beat, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals play the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $22/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.