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From the warmth of American songbook classics by Burt Bacharach to the cool jazz of Dave Brubeck, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra has a program perfect for fall as it takes the Southern Theatre stage Oct. 24-27.

The work of both songwriters gets the full CJO treatment: Bacharach courtesy friend-of-CJO arranger/composer John Clayton and trumpeter/singer David Pruyn, while the CJO’s own Bobby Floyd helps pay tribute to Brubeck.

Tickets to this “Swingin’ with the CJO” season-opener are $30-$52. Visit


Mali’s desert blues masters Terakraft play the Wexner Center for the Arts Friday, Oct. 25.

Audiences may recall Terakraft’s prior band, Tinariwen. This new trio presents a stripped-down version of its predecessor, while eschewing many of its traditional “world music” trappings. The songs focus on social concerns and turmoil in the musicians’ home nation.

Tickets are $16. Visit


Since the last time Missouri indie-pop trio Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin made the rounds to central Ohio, the band spent a week in Russia, at the invitation (no lie) of the Boris Yeltsin Foundation. The band met friends of the former Russian political leader, performed at a school and filmed a documentary, Discussions With Russians.

SSLYBY also has a new album out, Fly By Wire, and is back on the road stateside, including a planned Saturday, Oct. 26, stop at Kobo Live.

Dolfish opens. Tickets are $8/$10. Visit


You’ve seen live orchestral concerts of the music from video games before, but not likely one in which the music was arranged into a traditional four-movement symphony.

Unless, that is, you’ve traveled to see The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. Led by a husband (music director/arranger Chad Seiter) and wife (conductor Susie Benchasil Seiter) team and approved by franchise producer Eiji Aunuma and Nintendo composer Koji Kondo, Symphony of the Goddesses includes popular musical themes including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and A Link to the Past. As with other video-game concerts, expect a magnificent multimedia experience as well.

“Zelda” comes to the Ohio Theatre Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $35-$90. Visit


Last season’s inaugural Opera Columbus-Shadowbox Live collaboration that brought at-capacity extended runs of La Boheme to the Shadowbox Backstage Bistro was such a smash that the two organizations will present The Merry Widow beginning Oct. 26.

This production transports the characters from this classic operetta to a modern-day setting. The cast of local performers presents this alternate take on The Merry Widow Saturday and Sundays, Oct. 26 through Nov. 17 and Jan. 11 through Feb. 2. Admission is free but reservations are highly recommended. Call 614-416-7625.


Christian-rock pioneers Petra can be fairly credited with inventing the genre. The band embraced prog-rock tendencies for its first 10 or so years, morphing in the 1980s into a band of believers whose sound closely resembled that of contemporary rockers such as Journey and Def Leppard.

Co-founder Bob Hartman and longtime vocalist John Schlitt continue to carry the mantle, marking the band’s 40th anniversary in 2013. The 40th anniversary tour highlights classic songs such as All Fired Up, Beyond Belief, Sight Unseen and more, as well as songs from a new record, Holy is Your Name.

Petra plays Madison Christian Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 27. Local Christian popsters New Method and worship artist Ryan Wilkins open.

Tickets are $20/$25. Visit The concert is a benefit for the Britt Balser Foundation to help fight the rare blood disease TTP.


Coheed and Cambria frustrates music writers and fans alike. Is the New York quartet emo? Prog? Metal? All of the above?

Who cares? In The Beat’s estimation one of modern rock’s most creative bands, C&C for sure have studied their ’80s heavy rock and applied it to an updated canvas.

The band just wants to tell, through its music, the simple tale of a future time in which a married couple holds the key to the salvation or destruction of mankind. Our mind is admittedly a bit blown by all the accompanying comics and graphic novels, but the quartet’s Rush-meets-Maiden-meets-Motion City tuneage is on display anew on The Afterman: Ascension, and on stage Sunday, Oct. 27, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

Balance and Composure and I the Mighty open. Tickets are $23.50/$25. Visit


Disney Jr. Live on Tour visits the Schottenstein Center for two shows (1 and 4 p.m.) on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The latest live show, Pirate and Princess Adventure, features characters from Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Adventure, singing, dancing and Disney characters make it like a Broadway show for little ones.

Tickets are $21-$68. Visit


Groove-psych outfit Cave makes music suitable for dancing or a host of other relaxing weekend pursuits. At once simplistic and intricate, Cave floats layers upon layers of sonic goodness on a bed of precision, angular riffing and drumming. Check out lead track Shikaakwa if you need further explanation.

Or dig the Tuesday, Oct. 29, show at Double Happiness. Hundos opens. Tickets are $6. Visit http://doublehappiness


Fans of CW series The Gossip Girl likely recognize Taylor Momsen as the actress who portrayed Jenny. Fans of gritty, take-no-prisoners hard rock may not yet recognize Momsen as the frontwoman for The Pretty Reckless, but they should.

The careening, high-octane quartet is on tour in support of its second album, Going to Hell, and plans a Tuesday, Oct. 29, show at the A&R Music Bar.

Heaven’s Basement and Russian rockers Louna open.

Tickets are $15. Visit



For more female-fronted rock ‘n’ roll fun, albeit of a slightly more sugary nature, check back at the A&R Bar Wednesday, Oct. 30, for Aussie power-pop outfit Tonight Alive. Tickets are $12/$14. Visit