Proof that everything old is new again, or something like that, Jordan, Jonathan, Donnie, Danny and Joey were New Kids on the Block 25 years ago. Keeping the name for their reunion makes sense, though -- more so than going with 40-Something Dudes Trying to Recapture Past Glory.
NKOTB is on tour with like-minded 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, and make no mistake -- these guys can still sing and have generally aged gracefully. And The Beat would never frown on an evening of nostalgia/reminiscing.
The Package Tour stops at the Schottenstein Center Saturday, Aug. 3. Tickets are $29.50-$89.50. Visit schottensteincenter.com.
JP Harris and the Tough Choices set up their gear to play country music at the corner where Honky meets Tonk.
Garbed in jeans and trucker hats and making a noise most joyful on Fenders and pedal steel guitars and such, Harris and mates channel the beer-and-whiskey, dirt-and-sweat side of country music, channeling Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and the like.
Touring in support of 2012's I'll Keep Calling, JP Harris and the Tough Choices will play the Rumba Cafe Sunday, Aug. 4. Tickets are $7. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
OK, a band called Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is coming to town and you think we're not going to write about it?
The fact that the five-piece is a sweet and sweaty new-funk band that can seriously groove and flat-out jam just makes it that much better.
The North Carolina-based outfit is on the road previewing its new record, Onward!, due out in September. The tour stops at Woodlands Tavern Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Tickets are $10. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
"The Aristocrats" may be the name of one of history's most-told and -revered dirty jokes, but progressive rock-fusion trio The Aristocrats (which, it is rumored, takes its name from said joke) is no joke. And its music is only dirty inasmuch as one might describe the level of playing as "filthy," as in "That lick by Guthrie Govan right there was filthy!"
Guitarist Govan (Asia, GPS), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Adrian Belew) met as many virtuoso musicians do, for a one-off jam session.
The trio enjoyed themselves so much they decided to cut a record. A second, Culture Clash, is new this July, and has put the band back on tour, with a planned stop Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Rumba Cafe.
Tickets are $20. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
Greg Trooper has called three of the country's havens for singer-songwriters -- Austin, New York and Nashville -- home, and he's proven adept at assimilating the inclinations of those varied cities and making the sum all his own.
Zeppelin Productions will present Trooper Thursday, Aug. 8, at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. Tickets are $20. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.