Snarky Puppy is playing the Jazz Arts Group's Inside Track Series, Griffin House plays the A&R Music Bar and more in this week's Fab 5.

For the (unreasonable) handful of you for whom just the news that a band called Snarky Puppy is playing the Jazz Arts Group's Inside Track Series Friday, Sept. 6, at the Lincoln Theatre is not enough information:

The Dallas/New York genre-bending, avant-garde funk-jazz collective features a cast of 25 rotating regular members, crack studio and touring musicians who back up, among others, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin, Marcus Miller, Snoop Dogg, Morcheeba, Tower of Power and The Polyphonic Spree. You dig?

Check 'em out as they play tunes from their live, two-CD set Tell Your Friends.

Columbus' DW6 (Dan White Sextet) opens. Tickets are $20. Visit

Legendary blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite breaks it down by the riverside on Friday, Sept. 6, as the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department wraps up its free Rhythm on the River concert series.

Local blues master Sean Carney opens. Visit

If there's one thing contemporary country artists like, it's songs that stereotype themselves and their listeners. That's why Billy Currington (Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer, That's How Country Boys Roll) is so popular.

Not to suggest Currington is a bad dude; in fact, he's a laid-back, down-home kinda guy, so more power to him. And he's headlining the WCOL Country Jam for the Kids, a Friday, Sept. 6, show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital. Good stuff.

The Eli Young Band, Tyler Farr and Rachel Farley also are on the bill.

Tickets are $19.92. Visit

Folk-punk singer-songwriter Griffin House is your standard Nashville-based modern folkie – and yet he's not. The Springfield, Ohio, native is also your standard, say, Philly-based acoustic punk artist.

He is Nashville-based, but his songs are peppered with a brazen immediacy that belies his nice-guy-with-an-acoustic-guitar demeanor.

See House at the A&R Music Bar Saturday, Sept. 7.

Tickets are $14/$16. Visit

Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys isn't a neo-rockabilly outfit. The boys are the genuine article, just misplaced by about 40-50 years, is all.

The band is marking its 25th anniversary this year with an album – What a Dream It's Been – and tour. You may never see so many string ties on one stage at the same time, but you won't care, because their western swing-boogie woogie fare inspires dancing of the most carefree kind.

See 'em at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $15. Visit nataliescoalfired