Fischer's Fab Ten

Finally! It was spring 2012 when it was announced that One Direction would be touring the U.S. this year, including a June 18 stop at Nationwide Arena. Of course, that also means you have either had tickets (or not) for nearly that long. Maybe some brokers still have them available. Have you been saving your money? Meantime, here’s a full 10 other Fab shows.


Few tones exemplify the Memphis soul sound the way a Hammond B3 riff by the great Booker T. Jones does.

His band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, served as house band for Stax Records in the 1960s, at which time Stax was writing significant chapters in the early history of rock ’n’ roll courtesy of artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Sam & Dave.

On their own, the M.G.’s only recorded one of the most memorable R&B tunes in Green Onions.

Booker T. Jones opens the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Rhythm on the River concert series with a free show Friday, June 14, in Bicentennial Park. Phil Clark & The Soul opens. Visit


How much more about the 15th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival could The Beat tell you that hasn’t already been told by ThisWeekNEWS staffer Marla K. Kuhlman? (Visit the Gahanna page at and you’ll find out the answer is, “Not much.”)

In a terrific setting, you get acts like the Kelly Richey Band, Anthony Gomes, Long Tall Deb, The Mojo Kings, Marion Meadows with the Urban Jazz Coalition and Christian Howes Quartet.

This year’s festival also pays tribute to Father’s Day by featuring father-son and father-daughter acts.

General admission is $4. For details on the festival, which runs June 14-16 at Creekside in Gahanna, visit


Amid the sights of construction in the outlying green space (The Beat is not happy about this) you’ll find the summer tradition that is the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic With the Pops, in its second year at Columbus Commons.

Opening weekend is Friday and Saturday, with shows by The Pointer Sisters (subbing for Chaka Khan, who is on doctor-ordered extended vocal rest) and Richard Marx respectively.

Tickets for adults are $24 in advance at, $25 at the gate.


Have to confess – it’s been more than a decade since The Beat went to a Sesame Street Live show. But considering that Mrs. The Beat was invited on stage to dance with Cookie Monster (kind of like Courteney Cox in that Bruce Springsteen video), well, how can you top that? Anything less would just be a let-down.

Well, that and our daughter has since pretty well outgrown Sesame Street, inasmuch as anyone ever does.

The modern variation still knows quality family entertainment, and Elmo Makes Music doesn’t disappoint. See for yourself at one of four shows Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, at the Palace Theatre.

Tickets are $23-$63. Visit


Straight-up rock songwriting has taken on a sort of nostalgic place in modern music-making, lost amid technological advancements, the literacy of acoustic songwriting and increasingly odd instrumentations or the desire to be the “next” thing, big or otherwise.

SoCal quartet Dawes embraces this hidden art, creating songs via smart storytelling set to tunes that fairly shimmer just beneath a layer of dust. Witness the band’s latest, Stories Don’t End, for examples.

Dawes plays The Bluestone, with opener Shovels & Rope, Sunday, June 16. Tickets are $17/$19. Visit


In the tradition of Mumford & Sons, few bands achieve that perfect balance of rootsy and post-modern like Alabama Shakes.

A blazing blues-rock attack, led by the charismatic Brittany Howard, is yet somehow totally comfortable in a cynical world in which so little seems genuine. Still, heart-and-soul songs are heart-and-soul songs, as the band’s impassioned Hold On attests.

Alabama Shakes plays Lifestyle Communities pavilion Tuesday, June 18. Jonny Fritz and Houndmouth opens. Tickets are $30/$32. Visit


For revival rock of a different feel, dig British neo-psych-soul outfit The Heavy Monday, June 17, at the A&R Music Bar. The Silent Comedy opens. Tickets are $15. Visit


The Beat is always pleased when we find a modern, indie-pop outfit that, while employing standard arrangement and production techniques, creating a lush soundscape full of air and space, still takes the time to make sure a song is rich with melody and tunefulness.

Such is Seattle “folkestra” Hey Marseilles (a band name we love), which plays the Rumba Cafe Tuesday, June 18. PHOX opens. Tickets are $9.99. Visit


Time was when The Beat wouldn’t have to think twice about being in the audience for a local show by Seattle prog-metal masters Queensryche.

But personnel changes and, more recently, erratic behavior by frontman Geoff Tate (explained differently depending on who’s telling the story) have split the band in two.

Tate brings his version to the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, June 19, as part of a tour marking the 25th anniversary of the band’s landmark metal opera Operation: Mindcrime. Color us, as a fan, skeptical, despite Tate’s continued vocal excellence.

Tickets are $25. Visit


The Black Lillies are a new “old” country band, but not in the straight-up honky-tonk sense. The group inspires and aspires, while embracing other Americana influences like folk, the blues and rock ’n’ roll.

On tour in support of its latest album, Runaway Freeway Blues, the band will play Woodlands Tavern Thursday, June 20. Tickets are $10. Visit


Remember those old infomercials that would keep offering additional products and benefits and then ask “Now how much would you pay?”

In that same vein is Peter Frampton’s “Guitar Circus” tour, which features of course, its namesake guitar hero as well as blues master Robert Cray and the legendary Steve Cropper (once of the aforementioned Booker T. and the M.G.’s).

Any is worth seeing by himself. Together, it’s like a guitar circus!

Tickets are $30. Visit