Fischer's Fab 5

Queen was never much lacking for pomp and/or circumstance, whether in its music or stage show.

For "The Music of Queen: A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular," the arrangements have been cranked up with the inclusion of a full orchestra (courtesy arrangements by composer Richard Sidwell), with vocals provided by stars from London's West End hit musical We Will Rock You. The show features the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at Picnic With the Pops Saturday, July 20.

The set list reads like a review of Queen's greatest hits -- Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, I Want It All, Fat-Bottomed Girls.

Tickets at the gate are $25/$8. Visit columbussymphony.com.

 

Christopher Paul Stelling is a tour de force troubadour -- like a one-man Mumford & Sons if that band took its rootsy and ruminative M.O. to its utmost.

A master of folkloric imagery, Stelling performs as one possessed, yet knowingly halting just this side of manic. It's an intense thing, which is a perfect fit for the tunes on his latest effort, Songs of Praise and Scorn.

Stelling plays the Rumba Cafe Tuesday, July 23. Tickets are $10. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.

 

Little Hurricane is the best of two recent motifs -- the two-person band with a female drummer, and the highly-impassioned low fidelity indie band.

The San Diego duo (CC on drums, strings and vocals, Tone on guitar, keys and vocals) adorns its set with vintage furniture as well as vintage gear, then unleashes an indie-blues rooted in backporch country, Memphis soul and thrift store rock 'n' roll. Tunes like the alternatingly crunchy and cascading Superblues give way to more playful vibe of tunes like Give 'Em Hell.

Little Hurricane, with openers Bummers and Forest and the Evergreens, will take the stage at The Basement Tuesday, July 23. Tickets are $10/ $12. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

Once the belle of the ball and the ugly stepsister at the same time, The Black Crowes spewed forth vintage-style rock 'n' roll without pretension. Celebrating more than aping their influences, the Robinson brothers -- singer Chris and guitarist Rich -- and mates could do no wrong, for about two years.

As the band began to mine its influences a little deeper and with some more mysticism, meaning and other things beginning with 'm,' the Crowes produced some stirring if less raw psychedelic stuff, songwriter-influenced rock, biker-bar-band blues-rock and more.

The band has returned to its roots time and time again, the latest being Wiser for the Time, a live recording captured over five sweaty days in New York City.

Joined by the royal couple of modern blues-rock, singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitar wizard Derek Trucks, with the Tedeschi Trucks Band in tow, the Crowes play Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, July 24. Tickets are $45. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

Colorado-based quintet OneRepublic was already cosmopolitan in sound, its atmospheric pop-rock in the Coldplay vein augmented by an Americana groove of gospel and beat.

For the band's third record, Native, the band traveled the world to write and record, stretching its boundaries of sweeping and soaring pop with electronica elements and raw acoustic tones. Along the way the band continued to lay claim to its place among today's quintessential music acts.

OneRepublic plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Thursday, July 25. Mayer Hawthorne and Churchill open. Tickets are $39.50/$42. Visit promowestlive.com.

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