Fischer's Fab Ten

Masters of the form often called “light opera,” the team of British librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan created a significant chunk of the genre’s lasting material.

Indeed, shows such as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado are brilliant irrespective of categorization – characters that skewered high society, stories that poked fun at traditional opera and music that rooted itself in your brain through clever wordplay and scintillating melodies.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Opera Columbus will present H.M.S. Pinafore Friday through Sunday, June 7-9, at the Southern Theatre. The production includes local musicians in the chorus and the orchestra.

Tickets are $38-$98. Visit


One of the best email subject lines in The Beat’s inbox recently read: “Eternal Summers in Columbus!”

Of course, our spirits were dampened somewhat upon realizing that the email was regarding indie rock trio Eternal Summers and not some meteorological marvel – but only somewhat. The ’90s post-punk ethic that infuses Eternal Summers’ newest record, Correct Behavior, leads to tunes both playful and heavy.

Eternal Summers plays Double Happiness Friday, June 7. Best Friends and Fake Islands open. Tickets are $5/$8. Visit


Silversun Pickups also exudes a sunny feel (although a Critic Crony suggested “spacey” or “esoteric”). Frontman Brian Aubert possess a mannered ardor, plenty capable of scaling the heights of pop-rock flair.

SSPU plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Monday, June 10. Tickets are $25/$27. Visit


Rousing sing-alongs. Stage diving. Bagpipes. Killah.

You can’t have much more fun at a show than one featuring the Dropkick Murphys. Kickin’, riff-heavy tunes appropriate for all kinds of moving, from toe-tapping to head-banging to wrist-raising.

The Dropkicks play Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, June 9. Frank Turner, modern-day streetlife poet and purveyor of some great new drinking songs, opens. Turner was originally scheduled to play The Basement, but was added to the DM bill instead. The rest of that scheduled Basement bill is still going to play.

Tickets are $25. Visit


The lead Cinder-fella, Tom Keifer, has always been a hidden musical treat – a gifted musician and songwriter with an ear for a rock ‘n’ roll hook.

The former Cinderella frontman has released his first solo record, The Way Life Goes, and is on the road in support, including a Monday, June 10, show at The Basement. John Corabi opens. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit

Years ago, when Zeppelin Productions first sought out singer-songwriter Kieran Kane, he agreed to play if he could bring along his buddy, Kevin Welch. Later, the duo added Fats Kaplin to the mix. The shows have become annual events.

Well, on Tuesday, June 11, Kane will be stopping by Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza for a solo show ... finally.

Tickets are $20. Visit


Latin music superstar Juanes proves critical acclaim and commercial success don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

The Colombian pop-rocker is beloved at home and abroad, his success in the U.S. including a Grammy Award and a host of Latin Grammys. He is likely the foremost all-Spanish music artist in the world.

Juanes returns to Columbus for a Tuesday, June 11, show at the Palace Theatre. Tickets are $25-$50. Visit


Weird Al Yankovic has sold more than 12 million albums, largely on parody songs that are often laugh-out-loud demented.

He’s an underrated songwriter, though, who includes an original tune or three on each of his records. Of course, these are also demented. His band is remarkable as well.

All this goodness comes to the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, June 11, in the form of the ALpocalypse Tour. Tickets are $30. Visit


The list of iconic musical groups (if there is one) would have to include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir’s massive repertoire and reputation are well-sung and well-earned, respectively.

The 360-voice choir (360 singers? Wow!) will be accompanied by 65 members of its home Orchestra at Temple Square on a Midwest tour that includes a Wednesday, June 12, concert at Nationwide Arena.

Tickets are $28-$78. Visit


First off, Vancouver two-piece Japandroids wins with The Beat for having a good band name.

Second, the duo wins with The Beat for its larger-than-life sound. Guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse share vocal duties and make sweaty, anthemic rock music in what seems an attempt to out-volume, out-energy and out-passion all comers, reduced manpower or no.

The Japandroids play the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, June 12, with opener The Crocodiles. Tickets are $5. Visit


Railroad Earth, as you might expect from a band whose name fairly oozes “rootsy,” offers up a version of jam-band pickin’ with some heft, a real mud-and-steel take on traditional Americana forms.

Railroad Earth’s Noise of the Earth Tour, takes the stage at Woodlands Backyard on Thursday, June 13.

Tickets are $22/$25. Visit


The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will present H.M.S. Pinafore at the Southern Theatre June 7-9.

Eternal Summers plays Double Happiness Friday, June 7.

Railroad Earth will be in concert Thursday, June 13, at Woodlands Backyard.

The Newport Music Hall hosts Japandroids Wednesday, June 12.