Werk Out Fest, 'Jersey Boys,' Queens of the Stone Age and more in this week's Fab Five.

Dayton- and Columbus-based jam/groove/psych rockers The Werks will host the fourth annual Werk Out Festival Sept. 12-14 at Legend Valley Campground in Licking County.

Among the featured guests at the three-day festival are keyboardist Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers Band, Columbus jam-electronica outfit Papadosio, Columbus funksters Mojoflo and the godfathers of Columbus jam and fest-hosting, ekoostik hookah.

A full schedule and info on tickets and camping are available at thewerkoutfestival.com.


Breakaway Music Festival, a new multiartist event featuring emerging indie artists and more, will play Crew Stadium Saturday, Sept. 14.

Of note is local rising duo Twenty One Pilots. Also participating, among a host of others, are Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun and Robert DeLong.

General admission tickets are $49/$69. Visit breakawayfestival.com.


Modern heavy rock royalty Queens of the Stone Age are masters of psychedelic-yet-stark riff-rock.

Led by singer-guitarist Josh Homme, QOTSA proffers propulsive and artful tunes, varying its approach ever so slightly from record to record. The brand-new ... Like Clockwork is no exception. Reliably outstanding, the record also continues the band's practice of involving guest artists in studio – this time Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Elton John among them.

Queens of the Stone Age plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, Sept. 15. Guards opens. Tickets are $39.50. Visit promowestlive. com.


Central Ohio loves Jersey Boys, with audiences packing the Ohio Theatre two years back for the tour's premiere swing through Columbus.

The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons returns to the Ohio for 12 shows Sept. 17-29. You may note some cast changes (as happens on these tours), but the classic tunes, high drama and expert musicianship remain.

Tickets start at $28. Visit columbus.broadway.com.


About a decade ago, The Beat interviewed a 17-year-old St. Charles Preparatory School student who'd just won the inaugural Columbus Jazz Orchestra Hank Marr High School Jazz Competition.

Aaron Diehl has do0ne all right for himself since, what with the graduation from Juilliard, the numerous awards, the international touring as a solo artist and ensemble leader and his work with jazz luminaries including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Benny Golson and Wycliffe Gordon.

CAPA Director of Programming Rich Corsi told The Beat he's been hoping to find even the tiniest crack in Diehl's schedule that would allow him to book the rising star, and it appears as though Thursday, Sept. 19, is the date, as Diehl and his jazz quartet will play the Southern Theatre.

Tickets are $20-$30. Visit capa.com.


You might not find "Nashville" and "cheeky electro-pop duo" necessarily congruous. But that's where and what Cherub – Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber – are.

With tunes suitable for either singing along or the dance floor, Cherub flavors the kind of modern electro-pop characteristic of MGMT or 3OH!3 with a hint of Prince's pop-funk and a twist of the ultra-modern throwback pop of Passion Pit.

Join in the dance party at the A&R Music Bar Thursday, Sept. 19. French Horn Rebellion opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowest live.com.