Fischer's Fab Five

Even with the ThisWeek Community News staff helping out with a busy weekend of shows, there is plenty left to see (and hear) throughout next week as well. (Yes, the Jonas Brothers show set for the 24th at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion is canceled, but still ... )

So here is another Fab Five to take you through the rest of the week.


It’s true that Scottish singer Emeli Sande’s real first name is Adele, but she opted to use her middle name in hopes of not getting lost in the wake of the rising popularity of the British torch singer. Stylistically, Sande recalls a couple of other young Brit-pop artists in Natasha Bedingfield and Ellie Goulding.

Sande wrote songs for pretty much everybody and did backup vocals for pretty much everybody before launching her career as a solo artist with the Top Ten UK hit Heaven, from her debut CD Our Version of Events. The record includes now four charting singles, the latest being My Kinds of Love, all of which bring her to the U.S. for her first headlining tour.

Sande will perform Monday, Oct. 21, at the Newport Music Hall. Johnnyswim and Ivy Levan open. Tickets are $22/$25. Visit


Last week found mandolin master Chris Thile in town, and the coming week finds his Punch Brothers bandmate, banjo player Noam Pikelny, in concert at the Lincoln Theatre, joined by four of his friends who happen to also be leading lights of modern acoustic music.

Guitarist Bryan Sutton, mandolinist Jesse Cobb, bassist Barry Bales and fiddler Luke Bulla round out this bluegrass-and-beyond ensemble, which will present a concert that’s not quite a concert, but a less-formal experience styled after backstage, off-stage or even back-porch picking parties – jam sessions that allow for leads to be traded, friends to be one-upped and fun to be had.

Tickets for An Evening with Pikelny, Sutton, Bulla, Bales & Cobb, Tuesday, Oct. 22, are $20/$30. Visit



More bluegrass-and-beyond, with an emphasis on beyond, can be heard Thursday, Oct. 24, at The Basement, courtesy Larry and His Flask – which is not a man and his drink at all (at least, not in sum) but a quintet of Oregonians who morph from acoustic pickers to swing-band sass to Tin Pan Alley popular song and brass band oom-pah. It’s raucous and punky, with tight harmonies and top-notch playing.

Tickets are $10/$12. Visit


Guitarist Chris Vachon may be the face and longest-tenured member of American musical treasure Roomful of Blues, but he prefers the notion of bandleader to star attraction. His job, he once told The Beat, was to “make sure everybody gets on stage, then I call the songs. It really isn’t that hard.”

The band’s variety of blues – straight blues, swing, jump – makes it a good thing there’s a roomful.

Celebrating its 45th year, Roomful of Blues has released a live CD, 45 Live, and hit the road, including a planned Tuesday, Oct. 22, date at Woodlands Tavern. Long Tall Deb opens. Tickets are $20. Visit


Beats Antique is the collaboration between drummer-producers David Satori and Tommy “Sidecar” Cappell and belly dancer-producer Zoe Jakes.

The project begins with dance-floor electronica and Middle Eastern and gypsy music, and spices it with hip-hop and a variety of world beat forms. The live show is fronted by Jakes in a display of movement both mesmerizing and baffling.

Definitely a unique concert-going experience, Beats Antique plays the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, Oct. 22. ill-esha and SORNE open.

Tickets are $18/$20. Visit


Is there anything Harry Connick Jr. can’t do?

Songwriter. Pianist. Singer. Arranger. Actor. Humanitarian. And he’s at the top of his field at every endeavor. It’s enough to make one feel inadequate.

Nah. Instead, enjoy this multitalented performer as he takes the Ohio Theatre stage Thursday, Oct. 24, as he tours in support of his new CD, Every Man Should Know.

Tickets are $42.50-$72.50. Visit