Hesperus, Blue Man Group, Winery Dogs, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis, Small Black and more round out this week's Fab 10.
Early Music in Columbus welcomes Washington, D.C.-area ensemble Hesperus for a unique concert-and-film program Friday, Nov. 1, at the Drexel Theatre in Bexley.
In a program that is both historically informed and capitalizes on the revived interest in live musical accompaniment to film, Hesperus performs music accompanying Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 film The Mark of Zorro. Theaters generally hired musicians to accompany "silent" films, but this Hesperus performance, rather than attempt to re-create an original score for Zorro, instead presents music with a historical context matching that of the setting of the movie – specifically, music of Old and New Spain, Spanish and Native American music from the 16th-18th centuries.
Tickets for this film/performance at $27/$22/$12. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.
You gotta figure that 18th-century German composer Leopold Mozart was a pretty good teacher, given that his prize pupil was his son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will perform works by both father and son in concerts Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3, at the Southern Theatre. James Sommerville, principal horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will guest conduct and solo, on concerti by both Leopold and Wolfgang. The father-son angle doesn't end there, either. Oh, no. The Beat's father introduced us at a young age to Bugs Bunny, through which we were first exposed to Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville, which also is on this program, as is Haydn's Symphony No. 94 "Surprise."
Tickets start at $25. visit columbussymphony.com.
The Beat must admit we've always found Blue Man Group confounding.
We've got no problem with art being thought-provoking, and we've got no problem with art being immediate and elemental – even consumable. Even after seeing them for the first time just last year, we're still not sure which approach the Blue Men were employing.
All that said, there's no denying the appeal, nor that the music is fun and rockin', nor that brand-new content developed for the group's first-ever theatrical tour should prove to be all kinds of fun.
Broadway in Columbus welcomes Blue Man Group to the Ohio Theatre for five shows Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1-3. Tickets start at $28. Visit capa.com.
Producer extraordinaire (Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Pink) Butch Walker used to be in a band called Marvelous 3.
On the heels of the hit tune Freak of the Week, The Beat once considered them the best thing to hit bubble-glam since Cheap Trick. The trio put out a forgettable follow-up and disbanded.
So we're not always right.
Dude still knows hook-laden power-pop, though, and is on tour in support of his brand-new EP, Peachtree Battle, with a stop planned at the A&R Music Bar Sunday, Nov. 3. Marc Scibilia opens.
Tickets are $20. Visit promowestlive.com.
The Winery Dogs is a supergroup in the classic sense, an amalgam of three top rock musicians who have proved their mettle (metal?) with their chops and the success of the bands with which they've played.
The band is fronted by guitar whiz Richie Kotzen (a hired gun for Poison and others), who apparently can sing a little as well. He's joined by musician magazine favorites Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. Big) on bass and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold). The trio's self-titled debut record was released this past summer.
The Winery Dogs play the Alrosa Villa Sunday, Nov. 3. Chillin Sun opens. Tickets are $15. Visit alrosavilla.com.
Brooklyn indie band (are there other kinds there?) Small Black has a knack for lush synth-pop anthems, a notion which they've taken to new heights and depths on Limits of Desire, the quartet's new record.
Check 'em out Monday, Nov. 4, at Double Happiness. Visit doublehappinessohio.com.
Speaking of Steve Vai (Winery Dogs, to the left), the guitar virtuoso has always held a loftier place among guitar-wonks and shred-heads than among the broader rock audience.
It's a shame because, despite his deserved cred as an axe-man (Frank Zappa, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth), Vai has written some great rock songs, both instrumental and vocal, on his now-16 releases, as of 2012's The Story of Light.
Vai will play the Newport Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Another Steve who's a genre master but whose broader fame remains limited is DJ/producer Steve Aoki, who will turn Lifestyle Communities Pavilion into his "house" Tuesday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com.
It'll cost you two-plus trips to the thrift shop, but for a midweek early November party, it might just be worth it. That's right, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with special guests Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T. will be in concert Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Schottenstein Center.
Tickets are $45/$39.50. Visit schottensteincenter.com.
It didn't take long for us to decide we liked Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds.
Researching the band for a preview we wrote last year, the first YouTube video we pulled up featured a funky, groovy riff with bass, guitar and horns (including harmonica) and, not long thereafter, the beyond-her-years Janis Joplin-meets-Etta James voice of 23-year-old singer Arleigh Kincheloe. And, if the deal needed yet to be sealed, an extended trombone solo did the trick.
See (and hear) Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at The Basement Wednesday, Nov. 6. Connor Kennedy opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
For 20 years, the makers of VeggieTales have combined lessons and morals for kids with goofy, Python-inspired comedy, catchy songwriting and bouncing vegetables. Safe to say, those folks are the only ones out there doing this.
VeggieTales is marking its 20th anniversary with a live tour, "Happy Birthday Bob & Larry: You're Invited." Bob and Larry are the tomato and cucumber that host the show, either live or on video.
The tour visits Faith Life Church in Johnstown Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tickets are $15 ($30 for a VIP meet-and-greet). Visit itickets.com.