In this edition of The Beat, we trot out our popular (no one notices) and clever (our mom said so anyway) two-fer tactic, in which we thematically tie a couple of shows together in each entry.
There may not be a more dynamic vocalist than Al Jarreau. Todd Snider is a master of the matter-of-fact delivery.
Jarreau brings his magnificent voice, equally at home in jazz, pop and R&B, to the Ohio Theatre for a Saturday, March 9, concert with the Columbus Symphony. Tickets are $25-$65. Visit columbussymphony.com.
Singer-songwriter Snider is a witty and sneakily caustic storyteller, with a knack for tunes that deliver both laughs and knowing nods. Snider, with opener Chicago Farmer, plays the Southern Theatre Tuesday, March 12. Tickets are $25. Visit capa.com.
The Beat has decided to refer to A Far Cry as a “chamber collective.” Indeed, the Boston-based A Far Cry falls between and outside the parameters of the more-established terms orchestra or ensemble. The 17-member collective is highlighted by the innovative structure of rotating leadership both on stage and behind the scenes. A Far Cry will perform Saturday, March 9, at the Southern Theatre, in a concert sponsored by Chamber Music Columbus. Tickets are $15-$40. Visit cmcolumbus.org.
The Apache Relay is a chamber group of a different sort, all strings and percussion, making an eclectic blend of rock, folk, jazz and country. If Mumford and Sons were less indie-pop and more rootsy, this is what you’d have. Check ’em out Sunday, March 10, at The Basement. The Middle Rats will open. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
First-name Tyler. Last name Crowder.
Christian singer/musical philosopher David Crowder has reconfigured his band and renamed it Crowder. Touring in support of It’ll Cure What Ails Ya, Crowder plays the Newport Music Hall Saturday, March 9. Tickets are $22.50/$25.
Helmsman of new wave rap collective Odd Future, Tyler Okonma, better known only as Tyler the Creator, has not only made a (single) name for himself in the imaginative and base hip-hop clan but also on TV courtesy of an Adult Swim series and his own line of clothing.
Find out what all the fuss is about Tuesday, March 12, at the Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $20/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.
BONUS: Someone who uses his last name only – some Bongiovi person or other – plays Nationwide Arena Sunday, March 10. Tickets start at $19.50. Visit nationwidearena. com.
Nashville-based troubad-ettes Samantha Harlow and Elli Perry bring their Road Maps and Bra Straps Tour to Kafe Kerouac Saturday, March 9.
Harlow is the contemplative folk singer, a heartfelt storyteller who wins you with her warmth of voice and demeanor. Perry brings a more alt-mopolitan country feel, delivered with significant personality and electricity.
Modern rockers Hidden Hospitals make well-crafted rock epics, tunes both melodic and progressive. Touring in support of its latest EP, EP02, HH hits Kobo Live, with openers Church Camp and The Ground is Lava, Sunday, March 10. Visit kobolive.com.
Django Django braintrust David Maclean recruited a handful of his Edinburgh art school classmates to create a formal band to perform his adventurous, electra-psych art-pop. Night Moves opens for DD at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, March 13. Tickets are $5. Visit promowestlive.com.