Fischer's Fab Five
Editor's Note: Our feature this week includes the headliner and opener for a show next week at the Newport Music Hall, so we've paired up shows in the Fab Five as well.
Smooth jazz trumpeter Chris Botti has serious chops. Additionally, his photo could accompany the words suave, debonair or, well, smooth, in the dictionary.
And while we suppose the latter doesn't hurt, it's the former that has made Botti a major star on jazz, pop and classical pops stages.
Botti joins the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Albert-George Schram in concert Friday, April 12, in the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $25-$65. Visit columbussymphony.com.
Also gloriously stylin' is singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, whose shrewd wordplay and keen ear make him a jewel of the genre.
He's touring, with his backing band The Royal City Band, in support of his brand-new The Beast in Its Tracks, his sixth, but first post-divorce -- a sad turn but which resulted in some breathtaking musical output.
See Ritter and band at the Southern Theatre Monday, April 15. Sea Wolf opens. Tickets are $29. Visit capa.com.
Christian pop-rockers Tenth Avenue North headline The Struggle Tour, which stops at Radiant Life Church in Dublin Saturday, April 13. The tour is named for the band's new record, and features openers Rend Collective Experiment and Moriah Peters.
Tickets are $19. Visit rushconcerts.com.
One of modern Christian music's leading lights and earliest success stories, paving the way for bands like Tenth Avenue North, is Newsboys.
The band is now comfortably into essentially its third iteration, the first two being its dance-pop phase followed by its move into worship music. The third is a combination of the earlier two, with a new frontman, singer Michael Tait, formerly of dc talk.
Newsboys' God's Not Dead Tour visits Grove City Church of the Nazarene Sunday, April 14. Also on the bill are Building 429, Britt Nicole, All Things New and Campbell. Tickets are $35/$20. Visit nextlevelproductions.net.
You want your subdued, but splendid, acoustic music with a bluegrass and Gypsy jazz flair? Take in Jami Lynn and Dylan James Saturday, April 13, at Victory's Live, and stick around for sets by Slight Rebellion and Midwest Dissenters. Visit victoryslive.com.
The same night, Denison Witmer brings his stunning and substantive modern folk songwriting to the Rumba Cafe.
His new record, a self-titled effort despite it being his ninth, is filled with songs inspired by the birth of Witmer's son, his father's death and Vincent Van Gogh. Yep.
Joining Witmer is Noah Grunderson and The Pinkerton. Tickets are $10. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
South Africa's The Parlotones are unafraid to twist conventions of modern rock, making things complicated for, say, music writers.
For example, just when you want to call the Johannesburg quartet "Killers-esque," the next tune requires a whole new comparison.
Tell you what, you head down to The Basement Monday, April 15, check them out for yourself, and make your own comparisons. Opener Dinner and a Suit make for the perfect date show.
Tickets are $12/$14. Visit promowestlive.com.
You figure Pennsylvania's Kingsfoil is a decent-if-nondescript pop-rock quartet. Then you learn that the band's drummer is Frankie Muniz. Yes -- Malcolm/Cody Banks/race car driver Frankie Muniz.
So there you go. Kingsfoil plays Kobo Thursday, April 18. Also on the bill are Fresh Wreckage, The Common Loons, Jeff Ritz Band and The Castros. Tickets are $8/$10. Visit kobolive.com.
The Beat is adding one here, as three soulful gentlemen make their way to central Ohio in the coming days.
Nashville's Kevin Gordon is seasoned, but not weary, worldly but not preachy, and is a crackerjack soul-blues songwriter.
Check him out Friday, April 12, at the Red Door Tavern. BeJae Fleming and Jackie Blount get things started. Tickets are $10. Call 614-937-6555.
Boston-based singer-guitarist Jesse Dee has a new record out called On My Mind/In My Heart. He could have added "Of My Soul." Think Sam Cooke meets Van Morrison. He plays Woodlands Tavern Tuesday, April 16. Tickets are $10. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
Southern funk meets Memphis soul courtesy JJ Grey, who plays the Newport Music Hall Thursday, April 18, with his band, Mofro. Sister Sparrow -- of whom The Beat once wrote "the band renders old-time funk/R&B with fire and old-time torch blues with ice" -- opens. Tickets are $18/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.