Thanks to the fine folks at CATCO, for whom The Beat served as a "guest speller" in a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last weekend.

*Thanks to the fine folks at CATCO, for whom The Beat served as a "guest speller" in a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last weekend.

We were quick to note there is no spell-check on stage. Nor copy editor.

*The Beat salutes Clintonville resident Michael Vander Does, a jazz fan (and sometime player, as a member of the Jazz Poetry Ensemble) who's doing his part to enhance the jazz "scene" in Columbus.

For a number of years, Vander Does has been bringing interesting and talented jazz artists, both emerging and established, to town. His next gig is an Aug. 28 date featuring the David Murray Infinity Quartet with singer Macy Gray. Should be cool. There will be two shows at Shadowbox Live. Visit to make reservations.

Vander Does is no professional promoter, although experience has taught him the ins and outs of the biz. But he has built personal relationships with many of the artists (Murray among them), and so developed an extended community.

Which kind of gets to the heart of his ongoing efforts as a promoter and performer. A love of jazz music was something he shared with his late wife, Kate Schulte, a local lawyer who championed causes of social justice. So Vander Does has formed the Kate Schulte Foundation in pursuit of both of those ends.

Additionally, the annual Hot Times Festival will host the second (now annual) tribute to Schulte, a four-day event set Sept. 6-8 at the corner of Main Street and Parsons Avenue featuring guests such as Kidd Jordan and his son Marlon. Find out more at

*On record (a very intermittent look at local musicians making recorded music):

* Columbus rockers My Ticket Home will release Strangers Only on Rise Records Sept. 3. A CD release show is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, at Kobo. Tickets are $10/$12. MTH also will be on tour throughout September with Capture the Crown. Visit

* Local music staple Happy Chichester is touring in support of his new Torchwood Loop, and has a solo show planned Sept. 5 at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. Tickets are $10. Visit happy

You know Happy not only from his solo shows but as a member of classic bands such as Royal Crescent Mob and Howlin' Maggie. He also currently tours with Seattle band Brad, which features Shawn Smith (Satchel) and Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam).

* It's not on record, but local rockabilly/'50s rock artist Jimmy Razor, who changed his name, added players and had to come up with a band name, will unveil said new moniker in a Friday, Aug. 23, show at DiMarco's. Visit

*Razor and the band-to-be-named later also will be featured on the Underground Local Talent Series at Natalie's on Sept. 24.

Meantime, the Aug. 27 ULTS event will feature 12-year-old Miss Chloe "Rocky" Tussing playing drums. Tussing's drumming got her a week in July at the Girlz N Rock Camp. Tussing's show also will include singing a couple of tunes a capella.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 day-of-show. Visit