Fischer's Fab 10
For the second week in a row, musicians from Estonia appear in The Beat.
Following in the footsteps (and, probably a plane trip and possible cab ride) of pop group Ewert and the Two Dragons is vocal ensemble Heinavanker, a six-member group that will open the Early Music in Columbus season Friday, Oct. 4, at Capital University’s Mees Hall. The program will include runic songs, Gregorian chant, Estonian folk hymns and selections from Mass settings from the Renaissance period.
Tickets are $27/$22/$12. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.
Bombastic and melodic power trio Thirty Seconds to Mars is perhaps the leading practitioner of power-chord, fist-pump, sing-along modern rock.
The band’s latest, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, is no exception. The band is taking the new stuff on the road, and plans a Friday, Oct. 4, show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (outdoors).
New Politics opens. Tickets are $32.50/$35. Visit promowestlive.com.
The Parkington Sisters, a Wellfleet, Mass., quartet of songwriter/singer/ instrumentalists, are equally at home on stage at House of Blues or Symphony Hall. And so is the sisters’ music.
Plying songs that boast the same hardened, wind-swept beauty of their hometown, the sisters offer them up with a delicate grace that belies emotional heft, and with vocal harmonies of aural alchemy.
The Parkington Sisters will play The Basement Friday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
Jean-Marie Zeitouni told The Beat a great story about Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection.”
“I have a special relationship with the work,” the Columbus Symphony Orch-estra maestro said. When he was a percussion major in college, he and a friend would play a CD of the piece, which features two sets of timpani drums, and play along, he said. It’s pretty loud, so the amount of sound was impressive. Zeitouni said they would wait until later at night when the music building was empty before unleashing their dual fury.
Curiously, Zeitouni has never performed the piece on stage, although he has conducted it.
And he will again, leading the CSO, CSO Chorus and soloists Dominique Labelle and Sasha Cooke in Resurrection Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Ohio Theatre. The concert opens the CSO 2013-14 season.
Tickets are $25-$68. Visit columbussymphony.com.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Hanni El Khatib’s songs are the kind of minimalist, throwback-yet-modern garage rock with attitude that finds it way into television ads. The Beat knows this courtesy of Nike, Captain Morgan and Nissan.
Khatib’s is that classic tale of a skater kid-turned-one man garage rock band that takes first the West Coast, then the rest of the country by storm. His record, Head in the Dirt, is raw and rhythmic, inspired and instinctive.
Check him out Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Basement. Bass Drum of Death opens.
Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
Portland, Ore., neo-cabaret collective Vagabond Opera possesses a distinct flair.
Dressed in updated (and demented) Bohemian gypsy style, the ensemble brings with it a veritable pop orchestra and then lays down a set of tunes in varying combination of tango, gypsy, Klezmer, rock, folk-punk, jazz, burlesque and opera in theatrical and exotic style.
Vagabond Opera opens the CityMusic season Sunday, Oct. 6, at Via Vecchia Winery. Tickets start at $13.75. Visit citymusiccolumbus.org.
Jon McLaughlin is young, handsome and talented. His piano-based pop tunes, if a bit saccharine, are well-suited to modern pop functionality, finding a home on radio, TV and film.
He’s touring in support of his fourth album, Promising Promises. McLaughlin plays The Basement Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Tickets are $12/$14. Visit promowestlive.com.
Iraqi thrash metal outfit Acrassicauda gained fame via the critically acclaimed documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad. The band’s music – inspired by underground access to the recordings of bands such as Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot – and its attendant attitudes were rare in the band’s homeland, where it became a target for militants before the members sought sanctuary in the U.S.
Now working on a debut full-length recording, Acrassicauda plays Shrunken Head Tuesday, Oct. 8. Tickets are $8/$10. Visit theshrunkenhead. net.
Legendary pianist and composer Herbie Hancock has applied jazz to the various milieu of his time, including rap and electro-pop, his career influenced by his early experiences with Donald Byrd and Miles Davis.
He’s a quintessential jazzman to boot, a crackerjack writer and arranger, and a creative force for a variety of landmark projects/collaborations.
Hancock plays New Albany’s McCoy Center for the Arts Tuesday, Oct. 8. Tickets are $35-$65. Visit mccoycenter.org.
For a decade, top-notch songwriters Kevin Welch and Kieran Kane have been playing local shows courtesy of Zeppelin Productions, playing duo shows or bringing along some friends to add to the fun.
This summer, Kane ventured forth to play a solo show, and now it’s Welch’s turn. He’ll play Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Tickets are $20. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.