Not content to wait for fall, CATCO has launched its 2013-14 season with the comic send-up Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits Vol. 1, which runs through July 14 at the Riffe Center's Studio Three Theatre.
Forbidden Broadway also serves as the second of a three-part mini-series of summer musicals presented by CATCO.
No Broadway hit is sacred in Forbidden Broadway, as the revue slices and dices everything from Les Miserables to Mamma Mia, A Chorus Line to Annie and, of course, both Wicked and The Wizard of Oz.
Tickets are $35. Visit catco.org.
The Friday, June 28, show at the Newport Music Hall, is keeping it all in the family.
Support act Eisley is a Texas quintet led by three Dupree sisters -- Chauntelle, Sherri and Stacy -- their brother, Weston, and their cousin, Garron. Eisley crafts songs at once dramatic and whimsical, full of singable melodies and sparse instrumentation. Sherri is married to Max Bemis, the braintrust of SoCal indie-punk outfit Say Anything, whose touring lineup is augmented by a Dupree or two.
And if you want to stretch the "family" concept a bit, also on the bill are labelmates HRVRD and I the Mighty.
Tickets are $17.50/$21. Visit promowestlive.com.
Gifted musicians and songwriters with a social justice bent, Peter, Paul & Mary not only typified the late '60s folk revival but, for many, were its faces.
Since the 2009 passing of Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow and Noel (Paul) Stookey have continued to perform both solo and as a duo. Yarrow, whose PPM songwriting credits include classics such as Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day is Done, Light One Candle and The Great Mandala, will be featured as part of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department's Rhythm on the River free summer concert series Friday, June 28, in Bicentennial Park.
A Critic Crony once used the phrase "America's Clash" to compare L.A. punk outfit Social Distortion to the most highly evolved member of the British punk scene. In comparison to first-generation U.S. punkers the Ramones ("America's Sex Pistols"), "they're more like a punch in the gut than a slap in the face."
While many know Mike Ness and mates for a cover of Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire, tunes such as Another State of Mind, Prison Bound and Ball and Chain more accurately reflect the band's milieu.
Social D will be joined by Cheap Time and Dave Hause at PromoWest Pavilion on Friday, June 28. Tickets are $25. Call 614-431-3600.
With his classic record Running On Empty, Jackson Browne penned his paean to life on the road, and on The Load-Out even thanked his roadies -- "Roll them cases out and lift them amps/Haul them trusses down and get 'em up them ramps."
In recent years, Browne has apparently decided to take it easy on his roadies, preferring to tour solo and acoustic, with just a guitar (and by "a guitar," we mean a rack of a dozen or more, often), piano and his definitive voice. Indeed, fans might want to come prepared to make requests, as the underappreciated Browne set lists are often improvised.
See him at the Palace Theatre with opener Sara Watkins on Friday, June 28. Tickets are $49.50/$69.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Lots of fireworks displays are on tap for the coming week, and some will even get you live entertainment along with the visual display, but only Patriotic Pops gets you the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
The Saturday, June 29, concert is the unofficial kickoff for Fourth of July festivities in central Ohio, and might just provide the most rousing version of The Stars and Stripes Forever you'll hear this year. The program also includes more favorites both patriotic and light classical.
The tradition marks its second year at Picnic With the Pops' new home on Columbus Commons. Tickets are $25 at the gate for adults; and $8 for children ages 3-14. Visit picnicwiththepops.com.
For Tim Easton, playing a gig in Columbus is coming home.
The singer-songwriter isn't a native, but he credits Columbus as being his artistic crucible, and can still be fairly described as a "local" artist in many respects. Of course, he's no longer actually local, so when he hits town, as he will Saturday, June 29, at the Rumba Cafe, you should check him out. New Albany High School alum and oft-collaborator Aaron Lee Tasjan, shares the bill.
Tickets are $10. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
Kenny Chesney is the embodiment of the American Dream.
Armed with a dash of talent and an unquenchable desire to succeed, Chesney became a star. Heck, he's not even confined to "country-music superstar" any more -- he has transcended into pop-culture fixture.
And while his career in Nashville began with a songwriter contract, he's become a demon on the live circuit, packing 'em in and tearing places down with a high-energy show.
Chesney's "No Shoes Nation" tour, which features support from budding star Eric Church, stops at Crew Stadium Saturday, June 29. Tickets start at $35. Visit crewstadium.com.
Truth-telling time for The Beat (especially given we pride ourselves on open-minded observations of musicians/artists of all varieties): When we started digging into NYC folk trio The End of America and saw that they shot a video performing live in a van, we immediately pegged them as nutty hipsters and braced for the worst.
We were, in a word, wrong.
Look, the fellows might be nutty hipsters -- it's just that after listening to the glorious harmonies and terrific chord-play, we didn't care. These guys are good. Witness their latest, Shakey.
The End of America show happens Sunday, June 30, at Kafe Kerouac. Visit kafekerouac.com.