Fischer's Fab 10
1.) Rosie Flores has been called "genuine" and "the real deal," not to mention "the queen of rockabilly."
These assessments were made by no less an expert on music than, you guessed it, The Beat.
It's been a while since the Rockabilly Filly has played Columbus, but a recent trip to Ohio saw her nearly steal the show from a stage full of guitar legends at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Chuck Berry.
This will be a solo show for Flores, the Friday, July 12, gig at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza.
Tickets are $20. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
2.) Parents who read the above and thought how cool it would be to check out a rootin' tootin' Rosie Flores show on a Friday night until they realized they were already scheduled to take their kids down to see Justin Bieber at Nationwide Arena the same night can take heart in the fact that Bieber tour stops have typically offered a parents' lounge.
Of course, this applies only if you are: one, also a ticket-holder; and two, aren't interested in the show yourself. Not to suggest you shouldn't be. The kid has some catchy stuff and puts on a great show. Plus the show features two stout pop acts for openers in Hot Chelle Rae and Mike Posner.
Tickets start at $49.50. Visit nationwidearena.com.
3.) The von Grey ladies continue to crisscross the country.
We can say "crisscross" and know the overlap part includes Columbus, as they return for a Friday, July 12, date at The Basement only six months after opening a Company of Thieves show at the Newport Music Hall. The Beat chatted with Annika von Grey prior to that show, and we learned there is good reason to take these four teen sisters seriously -- in part because they do.
The Atlanta-based siblings traffic in well-crafted indie-folk-pop fare.
Sarah Overdier opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
4.) The Columbus Jazz Orchestra's eighth year of outdoor summer musical menagerie fun begins Friday, July 12, with the first installment of this year's Jazzoo concert series at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Following a special performance by the Jazz Arts Group's Jazz Academy Columbus Community Big Band Camp, music director Byron Stripling and the CJO will present a slate of "Soul Classics" with the help of singer Chris Pierce. This includes the hits of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and the like. Tasty.
Tickets include zoo admission. For more information, visit jazzartsgroup.org.
5.) The Beat has always found Natalie Merchant's songs, whether as a member of college pop darlings 10,000 Maniacs or during her subsequent solo career, to be a bit of a mixed bag. When you're going for literate and smart, you'll likely end up with some trite and vapid along the way, but when Merchant was on, she was on.
Her latest is 2010's Leave Your Sleep, and it's full of treats both musical and lyrical.
She joins the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for Picnic With the Pops Saturday, July 13. Tickets at the gate are $25/$8. Visit columbussymphony.com.
6.) Ah, Budweiser Wing Zing. How we have come to rely on you for a summertime fix of great chicken wings from central Ohio restaurants and big-time rock 'n' roll music.
Again, the Zing delivers, with headliner Cheap Trick supported by Zoso, McGuffey Lane, Scotty Bratcher, The Dan Orr Project and Willie Phoenix. Did we mention wings?
Tickets to the Saturday, July 13, show/chow-down at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion are $18/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
7.) Menacingly monikered and musically volatile, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead could perhaps be in reference to the host of instruments the band has destroyed during its live shows.
The Austin-based quartet put out a record last fall -- Lost Songs -- and is mixing in some club dates among summer festival appearances. This to the benefit of central Ohio audiences, who can check 'em out Saturday, July 13, at Ace of Cups.
Ume, Red Paintings and Ease the Medic open. Tickets are $15/$18. Visit brownpapertickets.com.
8.) You could use Bronze Radio Return's Shake Shake Shake if you were creating some sort of outer-space thing or time capsule that was intended to represent modern-day America to a culture that wouldn't have experienced it firsthand. It sounds/feels quintessential to The Beat.
BRR has a new record just out, called Up, On & Over. With abandon well below the reckless level and joy dutifully subdued, the Hartford-Conn.-based sextet writes tuneful melodies and delivers them with aplomb.
Hear for yourself at the Rumba Cafe Tuesday, July 16. SoCal's plaintive Yellow Red Sparks opens. Tickets are $10. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
9.) A little bit Elliott Smith, part Built to Spill and a sprinkling of Pink Floyd.
Dig minimalist, artsy songwriter Matthew Houck in his band conformation, Phosphorescent, which plays the A&R Music Bar Tuesday, July 16, on tour in support of its (his) 2013 release, Muchacho.
Strand of Oaks opens. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.
10.) The All Good Festival marks its 17th year -- and second at Licking County's Legend Valley -- with four days of great bands July 18-21.
How long do you have? Or better, how much space does The Beat have? Here's a partial listing: Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Pretty Lights, Primus, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Keller Williams, Trombone Shorty, Leftover Salmon, Papadosio, North Mississippi All-Stars ...
Get the point? Jam, rock, funk, jazz -- you name it. It's all good.
For ticket and camping information, visit allgoodfestival.com.