Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, pairs with ProMusica this weekend.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra feted outgoing music director and co-founder Timothy Russell at concerts a couple of weeks back, and yet here he is, on the podium for another gig, this one with a guest string orchestra.

But who could begrudge wanting to share the stage with PMCO and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, as fine an assemblage of pickers you'll ever see/hear?

The orchestra's annual Spring Soiree pairs ProMusica with unexpected guests, and always to great effect. The Beat expects this one, which features sets both combined and separate, to be no different.

The concert is set for Friday, May 10, at the Southern Theatre.

Concert tickets are $35-$80. Tickets for the concert plus pre-party start at $200. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.

Perhaps it speaks to the talent – or notoriety – of the members of The Eagles past and present that a guitarist and songwriter as accomplished as Don Felder is an oft-overlooked alum.

Of course, it could also be due to his intermittent work as a solo artist. His second-ever solo record was released just last year, to critical acclaim.

Felder is touring, and plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, May 10, with the foremost practitioners of post-alternative pop-rock, Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Tickets are $25/$28 for the lawn. VIP tickets are $150. All proceeds benefit the Memorial Tournament NICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Visit mtbenefitconcert.com.

SoCal's Yellow Red Sparks are masters of melancholy.

Specifically, lead songwriter Joshua Hanson (who recently won the International Songwriting Competition for Monsters with Misdemeanors). He leads the rootsy, delicate and pensive three-piece through a gamut of emotion, laid bare in his plaintive tenor.

YRS plays The Basement Saturday, May 11. The Lonely Wild and The Receiver open. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.


More indie-rock goodness, in the form of eastern Pennsylvania duo Slingshot Dakota, comes to central Ohio Tuesday, May 14, at Kobo. Singer-keyboardist Carly Comando and drummer Tom Patterson create a wall of sound and yet retain some bubble-gum sensibility. Tasty.

Mary Lynn and Pretty Pretty open. Tickets are $5. Visit kobolive.com.

The Beat worked hard to keep finding The Airborne Toxic Event pretentious, what with the jazz and classical overtones and the self-aggrandizing literacy of the lyrics and disaffected affectation of Mikel Jollett's vocal delivery.

But the tunes grew on us. Eventually, we decided this, if it were pretense, wouldn't be right any other way.

The postmodern rockers, touring in support of the brand-new Such Hot Blood, will play the Newport Music Hall Thursday, May 16. Leagues opens. Tickets are $18/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.

No longer a snotty-nosed punk but still with an ear for catchy power-pop, Relient K's Matt Thiessen and his bandmates are all grown up.

The band's new record, Collapsible Lung, won't be released until summer, but the band is on the road, and stops for a Tuesday, May 14, gig at the Newport Music Hall.

Openers include Hellogoodbye and William Beckett. Tickets are $17/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.