Jazz/R&B drummer/arranger/producer/bandleader Norman Connors wraps up the King Arts Complex’s 15th annual Heritage Concert Series with a Thursday, Aug. 29, gig in Mayme Moore Park on Mount Vernon Avenue.
It might take less time to list who Connors hasn’t worked with, but that would just be confusing. His resume includes gigs with or for, among others, Pharoah Sanders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Norman Brown and Marion Meadows. He scored a big hit in 1976 with the ballad You Are My Starship with vocalist Michael Henderson.
Visit kingartscomplex.com for more information.
We know you, our readers, look to and expect The Beat to provide scintillating commentary on music and popular culture. (Ha!)
Anyway, we freely admit that, upon reading the list of the Season 12 finalists of American Idol – you know, the ones who get to go on the AI tour – we had no idea which was the winner. Of course, a brief web search indicated that Candice Glover edged out Kree Harrison for the crown.
If, like us, you missed Season 12, you can see some of what you missed at the Schottenstein Center Thursday, Aug. 29. Tickets are $33.50-$66. Visit schottensteincenter.com.
Alex Ebert and Edward Sharpe are joined at the hippie.
Ebert is the actual frontman for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, for whom Sharpe is the imaginary frontman. Got it?
No matter if you do or don’t. The L.A.-based collective is the reigning champ of throwback pop-rock of the most tuneful and, the band hopes, hopeful kind.
The band is on tour in support of its brand-new self-titled CD, with a stop set for Thursday, Aug. 29, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.
Willy Mason, fresh off a stint opening for Mumford & Sons, opens. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Members of Cincinnati’s Walk the Moon are fun, fresh and vibrant, but luckily also tuneful, hooky and smart.
The quartet harks back to some of the glorious excess of the 1980s while maintaining a decidedly post-modern ethic. Think stylish and gleefully unaware all at once. Check out 2012’s self-titled album or the EP Tightrope, released earlier this year.
Walk the Moon plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, Aug. 30. Magic Man opens. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
The new Free for All Concert Series will launch Friday, Aug. 30, as Blues Traveler, The Family Stone and Rick Derringer take the Columbus Commons stage.
Word is Derringer’s set will include a special performance of a certain Official Rock and Roll Song of the State of Ohio. Hang on, indeed.
Tickets (yep, it’s a free show, but you need tickets) will be available from series sponsors. For details, visit facebook.com/freeforallconcerts.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was among the leaders of the swing revival in the late ’90s, and, in 2013, is marking its 20th anniversary. How ’bouts them cool cats, daddy-o?
BBVD celebrates the milestone with a new album, Rattle Them Bones, and a tour that sees them playing a free show at Hollywood Casino Friday, Aug. 30.
Vancouver indie-rock quintet Said the Whale treads the fine line between silly and serious, between progressive and poppy, between catchy and complicated.
Since it was founded by co-singer/guitarists Ben Worcester and Tyler Bancroft in 2007, the band has created quite a buzz in its native country, and its fourth record, hawaii, finds the band ready to tackle the U.S. with its fun and raucous modern party music.
Dig Said the Whale Saturday, Aug. 31, at The Basement. Royal Teeth opens.
Tickets are $5. Visit promowestlive.com.
Shadowbox Live presents the holy grail of musical comedy, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Sundays starting Sept. 1 and continuing through Nov. 17.
What’s not to like about central Ohio’s local bands of crazies tackling a signature piece by a classic band of crazies? Black knights, killer rabbits, shrubbery? All good.
Tickets are $30/$20. Visit shadowboxlive.org.
And, of course, Spamalot is hardly the only thing Shadowbox has going on. You can check out Best of Shadowbox 2013 through Sept. 7 (Thursdays through Saturdays), after which Nightmare on Front Street opens in the sketch-comedy-and-rock-and-roll slot. Stage B features Burlesque Behind the Curtain (most Wednesdays and Thursdays) through Oct. 10.
In 2007, The Beat interviewed Dweezil Zappa about his then-new “Zappa Plays Zappa” concerts, in which the younger Zappa led a band in a show of the music of his father, legendary rocker Frank.
We noted two things in particular: one, that Dweezil referred to the elder Zappa as “Frank” rather than “my dad” or some other common noun; and second, that Dweezil undertook the endeavor out of love and respect for his father and his music.
For example, “Frank’s music, for many, is eye-opening, life-changing music.”
Dweezil continues to fly the flag for this music, the current tour marking the 40th anniversary of the release of Roxy & Elsewhere. The tour stops at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Thursday, Sept. 5. Tickets are $38/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
BONUS: Symphonic metal outfit Kamelot opens its North American tour at the Alrosa Villa Monday, Sept. 2, with help from Delain and Eklipse. Tickets are $20/$23. Visit alrosavilla.com.
The Beat can’t quite figure out whether El Ten Eleven’s musical experimentation is experimenting with the construction or deconstruction of music.
Which is probably the way the Los Angeles-based duo likes it.
El Ten Eleven plays The Basement Thursday, Sept. 5. Eliot Lipp opens. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit promowestlive.com.