The scenic coastal California city of Monterey has hosted what has become one of the world's most important and respected jazz festivals annually since 1958.
Carrying the spirit of the festival, which has hosted nearly every major jazz star for generations, beyond Monterey is the goal of the third North American Monterey Jazz Festival tour.
Led by musical director and bassist Christian McBride, the tour features singer Dee Dee Bridgewater (yes, she of the Tony and Grammy awards), saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Benny Green and drummer Lewis Nash.
The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour stops at the Lincoln Theatre Friday, March 29. Tickets are $35/$40. Visit capa.com.
So young, but with whom hasn't she recorded or written/produced, or, for that matter, for whom hasn't she posed?
Every time you turn around, singer/model/starlet Sky Ferreira is adding to her burgeoning resume. But if she has it her way, she'll hang her hat on her own tunes, which blend '80s synth-pop sounds with Lady Gaga-esque style and Gotye-esque artfulness.
She is on the road with How to Dress Well, the stage name of Brooklyn-based producer Tom Krell, and will be at The Basement Friday, March 29. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit promowestlive.com.
Mike Silverman is indeed That 1 Guy. You know, that one who's a little bit Frank Zappa, a little bit Blue Man Group, a little bit Les Claypool and a little bit Rube Goldberg?
Yes, how to describe the classically-trained double bassist who performs on an instrument he invented called The Magic Pipe, a contraption made of miked and linked steel pipes and a single bass string, operated with the help of a bunch of other not-originally-intended-as-musical-instruments musical instruments?
See and hear for yourself Monday, April 1, at the A&R Music Bar. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
A new entry into the fold is California quartet Warm Soda. The melodies propagated by the band are precious and sugary, but the overclean production at times leaves the result as (un)refreshing as the band's name. Nonetheless, fans of Bare Wires or The Strokes should sate a flavor crave, if they've got one, with Warm Soda's EP Someone For You, and a live show at Carabar Monday, April 1. Tight Bros and Occult Detective Club open. Call 614-223-1010.
For 15 years, Ontario's Sum 41 has made music unapologetic in its attitude and undeniable in its appeal -- straightforward, melodic, heavy, punk-inflected rock 'n' roll.
In truth, the boys are probably a little more serious than they'd like you to believe, but the "we're everyone's guiltiest of guilty pleasures" thing plays well for these rockers.
Sum 41 is making one last go-round in support of 2011's Screaming Bloody Murder before heading into the studio to make a new record. The tour stops Tuesday, April 2, at the Newport Music Hall. Hollerado opens.
Tickets are $17/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
For punk fans who've grown up and like their bands the same, Bad Religion plays the Newport Music Hall Thursday, April 4. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Katy Moffatt has been called "equally adept at numerous subgenres of American roots music -- blues, country, folk, and combinations thereof." These assessments were made by no less an expert on music than, you guessed it, The Beat.
Steeped in the traditions of Americana, Moffatt nonetheless is an unique voice.
Moffatt makes a long overdue return to Columbus for a Tuesday, April 2, show at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. Tickets are $15. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
If Nathan Williams was going to take his act on the road, he was going to need some friends. Thus was Wavves born.
Fresh off the release of the band's fourth record of surfy, trippy rock with hints of sneer-y punk and noise, Afraid of Heights, Wavves is on the road, with a stop planned April 2 at The Basement. Incorrigible garage-punkers Fidlar opens, with additional support from Cheetahs.
Tickets are $15/$17. Visit promowestlive.com.
Jazz drummer/composer John Hollenbeck leads an 18-piece band/orchestra, a big band for a new era, building on the foundations of the past from Duke Ellington through Bob Brookmeyer but testing new limits of both free-form jazz and composed mood and intricacy reminiscent of someone like Steve Reich.
The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble plays the Performance Space at the Wexner Center for the Arts Thursday, April 4. Tickets are $18. Visit wexarts.org.
Lo-fi chamber popsters Margot and the Nuclear So and So's seek to create modern music at once grand and minimalist -- and obtuse. It's extra cool because no one in the band is named Margot.
Singer and songwriter Richard Edwards leads the outfit on tour in support of last year's Rot Gut, Domestic, stopping for a Thursday, April 4, show at The Basement. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit promowestlive.com.
The Chain is the first track on side two of the LP of Fleetwood Mac's Rumors. (Those unfamiliar with the terms "side two" or "LP" can look it up themselves -- or ask their parents.) The Beat knows this because we spent many hours picking up the tone arm and placing the stylus (look 'em up) back at the start of side two.
The band's current tour marks the 35th anniversary of the release of that legendary record, which spawned four Top Ten singles and lived atop the Billboard album chart for more than 30 weeks.
Fleetwood Mac plays Nationwide Arena Thursday, April 4. Tickets are $49.50-$149.50. Visit nationwidearena.com.