Fischer's Fab Five

With Les Miserables being The Beat's favorite piece of musical theater, you can bet we saw the film this past winter. We BeatBlogged about it a couple of times, but since this piece is about the touring production, we'll leave the movie be.

The live show is a grand-scale spectacle that, at times, is barely able to be contained in the concert hall. And the all-new 25th anniversary production doesn't disappoint. But it's the songs that captivate -- One Day More, Master of the House, On My Own, I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, and Do You Hear the People Sing. Have we left any out?

The tour's Columbus stop continues through Sunday, May 19, at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $33. Visit


The Beat's crack staff has once again failed to come up with an explanation for you as to what part of Crew Stadium or Columbus is considered "the range," but it hasn't stopped a massive three-day rock festival at the stadium (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, May 17-19) from calling itself Rock on the Range.

It is a massive event. A massive lineup of acts, each proffering a massive sonic output welcomes by fist-pumping fans. Good stuff, this. Here's a partial list of participants: Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Buckcherry, Lamb of God, All That Remains, Steel Panther, Sevendust, In Flames. Heck, even Cheap Trick is playing this year.

Weekend passes are $199.50. Daily passes are $39.50 for Friday, $69.50 for Saturday or Sunday. Visit


You want an infectious, joy-filled, alt-acoustic take on modern indie pop? Then the Saturday, May 18, show with Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps at Woodlands Backyard is for you.

Smith is a tunesmith par excellence (witness the band's last record, Little Wind), and her band is in lock-step with her.

Tickets are $7. Visit



As if Saturday, May 18, is the "night of the crystalline female singer-songwriter"... Six String Concerts welcomes Mary Gauthier to the Columbus Performing Arts Center that evening as well. Rod Picott opens. Tickets are $22/$25. Visit


Hippie-billy rockers Futurebirds are controlled chaos personified. Refined yet unpretentious, the Athens, Ga., sextet blends an indie-pop approach with a Southern, guitar-slinger vibe that creates a startlingly attractive melange of tunes and tones.

The band is touring in support of its brand-new record, Baba Yaga, and stops at The Basement Sunday, May 19. Diarreah Planet opens.

Tickets are $10/$12. Visit


Whether commanding a giant outdoor stage with orchestra in tow, or gracing a more intimate concert-hall setting, a Michael Feinstein concert always feels like you're just in his living room, listening to him play and sing tunes from the Great American Songbook, and telling stories about the people whose songs are found therein.

The stylish performer returns home for a Thursday, May 23, concert at the Lincoln Theatre, in celebration of the centennial of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. Feinstein's formative years were spent learning the craft of performance on the Gallery Players stage at the JCC.

For ticket information, visit