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On the heels of last weekend’s splendid Mahler program, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra opens the formal, subscription part of its season with concerts this weekend featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Canadian composer John Estacio.
Russian pianist Maxim Mogilevsky joins the CSO for Rachmaninoff’s masterful Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. The Estacio is a modern piece but accessible, what music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni termed an “orchestral showpiece.”
The concerts will be presented Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $25. Visit columbussymphony.com.
Ryan McCombs, newly returned frontman for Detroit heavy rock quintet SOiL, does a reasonable job of channeling James Hetfield.
Come to think of it, the band’s churning, ebb-and-flow verses and anthemic choruses recall Metallica on more than one occasion. Makes for a good fit with McCombs, who’s been with Drowning Pool for the past five years. The brand-new Whole marks the singer’s first with SOiL since 2004’s Redefine.
SOiL shares the Alrosa Villa stage Friday, Oct. 11, with industrial metal outfit Dope. Tickets are $15. Visit alrosavilla.com.
For one night, you’ll forgive The Beat and local jazz audiences for pronouncing “Detroit” in Hot Club of Detroit as “Day-twah.”
Indeed, the dynamic swing band is modeled after the classic Hot Club of France, and will be joined by French vocalist Cyrille Aimee for a Saturday, Oct. 12, concert at the Lincoln Theatre. The partnership continues work the group and singer did together on HCoD’s latest CD, Junction.
The concert is presented by the Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series. Tickets are $25. Visit jazzartsgroup.org.
The Beat just wrote about terrific young singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson when she was here in August with Satellite.
We offer this re-quote in preview of her Saturday, Oct. 12, show opening for Red Wanting Blue at the Newport Music Hall: “I’m blessed with a hunger and a love of doing this. It can be anxiety-inducing, but I keep at it relentlessly. I continue to carve out this thing. It requires continuous excavation.”
Tickets are $15/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
If the genre “outlaw bluegrass” didn’t already exist, then Nashville’s The SteelDrivers has invented it.
Rootsy, crisp new-grass blended with a harsh intensity borrowed from artists such as Steve Earle, the quintet could also be the devil spawn of Hank Williams and Ralph Stanley.
On tour in support of its recently released third record, Hammer Down, The SteelDrivers will play Woodlands Backyard Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $20. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
It might sound dramatic to refer to Sunday’s season-opening concert as the beginning of a new era for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, but it’s wholly applicable.
The concert marks the first in the ensemble’s 35th season, the first for which co-founder Timothy Russell is not music director.
The baton passes to exciting and talented 33-year-old maestro David Danzmayr, who will be on the podium for this concert at the Southern Theatre. The program includes works by Ives, Schubert and Guida. ProMusica principal cellist Marc Moskovitz will be a featured soloist.
Tickets are $10-$49. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.
Minneapolis-based quintet The Cloak Ox is the most recent recipient of The Beat’s “Cool Band Name” Award (not a real award).
The young alt-rockers, led by Andrew Broder, recently released Pigeon Lung, a collection of tunes at once sweeping and jarring, with angular melodies and cerebral lyrics.
The Cloak Ox plays the Tree Bar Sunday, Oct. 13. Visit treebarcolumbus.com.
BONUS: In other animal-inspired-band-names-we-like news, Glasgewian quartet (that means a four-piece band from Glasgow, Scotland) Frightened Rabbit brings its anthemic pop to the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $17/$20. Augustines opens. Visit promowestlive.com.
DOUBLE BONUS: More Glasgewian goodness in the form of Franz Ferdinand heads to Columbus Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Newport Music Hall (moved from the LC Pavilion). Frankie Rose opens. Tickets are $28.50/$30. Visit promowestlive.com.
Handsome, talented and smart. But enough about us – let’s discuss the upcoming Chris Thile (who’s all that and more) show.
Mandolinist and singer for groundbreaking trio Nickel Creek and oft-collaborator – with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Brad Mehldau and others, not to mention his Punch Brothers bandmates – Thile is widely recognized as being at the top of his field and at the top of his game.
As if bluegrass, pop, rock and jazz weren’t enough genres to conquer, Thile’s latest CD features his own transcriptions of Bach violin pieces.
Thile plays the Southern Theatre Monday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $30. Visit capa.com.
Is Dead Winter Carpenters a groove-jam-rock outfit? A roots-acoustic band? A bunch of psychedelic rockers?
In a word, yes.
Oh, DWC serves up hefty doses of Americana music for sure, as long as you remember that funk and post-bubblegum pop are also American forms.
Check out the five-piece’s genre-bending ain’t it strange if you need convincing.
Dead Winter Carpenters plays Woodlands Tavern Monday, Oct. 14. This is a free show. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
Smart guitar rocker Ezra Furman fronted the critically acclaimed Harpoons for five years before releasing his debut solo CD, The Year of No Returning, in 2012.
His subsequent record, Day of the Dog, entrenches him as one of the day’s leading lights in indie folk-pop.
Furman is on the road in support, and is set to play Ace of Cups Thursday, Oct. 17. Visit aceofcupsbar.com.