BalletMet's The Four Seasons, Angela Easterling, Kanye West, The Devil Makes Three and more round out this week's Fab 10.
EDITOR'S NOTE: After our print deadline, three of these shows were either cancelled, postponed or had the program changed. See notes below.
Choreographer James Kudelka served as an artistic adviser to BalletMet Columbus while it conducted a search for a replacement for departed artistic director Gerard Charles (a search that resulted in the naming of new artistic director Edwaard Liang).
From Nov. 8-16, BalletMet performs The Four Seasons: An Evening with James Kudelka in the Capitol Theatre.
The program includes two pieces he choreographed for BalletMet, including The Man in Black, set to the music of Johnny Cash, and There, below, a ballet set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The third work is a piece Liang called "his masterpiece," The Four Seasons. The ballet, set to the beloved piece by Antonio Vivaldi, features the entire company as well as company trainees.
Tickets start at $25. Visit balletmet.org.
Whether Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka (named for a Missouri state park) is a Southern rock band in acoustic-roots clothing or a Southern folks band with a tripped-out engine matters little.
The quartet is a worthy member of the post-Mumford scene, its melodic roots-rock offered up with a variety of traditional instruments. Indeed, that variety grows even more varied on the band's new Lessons, its fourth full-length.
Ha Ha Tonka plays the Rumba Cafe Friday, Nov. 8. Samantha Crain opens. Tickets are $12. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.
Another post-Mumford outfit, The Apache Relay is what M&S would sound like if it was less indie-pop and more rootsy. Check 'em out Saturday, Nov. 9, at the A&R Music Bar, with Johnathan Rice. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
NOTE: Kanye West's Columbus date has been cancelled.
You can, in The Beat's easily-distracted mind anyway, get so famous that what you do that made you famous gets obscured in all the other trappings of fame.
For example, it can be easy to forget how, in the words of one Critic Crony, Kanye West's "flow" and "old-school rhyming patterns and cadence" make him eminently listenable.
Not to mention he puts on a highly entertaining live show, the likes of which we can expect when his "The Yeezus Tour" stops at Nationwide Arena Friday, Nov. 8. Kendrick Lamar opens.
Tickets start at $41.10. Visit nationwidearena.com.
The Beat met South Carolina-based singer-songwriter Angela Easterling a year ago when she was in central Ohio doing programs at local libraries called "A Songwriter's Journey Through American Music." She proved gracious and engaging.
The program features Easterling's original material and, via a discussion of the songwriting process, traditional songs that have influenced the artist in her writing. She will present it again at Worthington Libraries' Northwest location Friday, Nov. 8.
The program is free. Details are available at worthingtonlibraries.org.
NOTE: Vadim Gluzman has returned home to Israel to be with a sick family member. Music director David Danzmayr will conduct and violinist Phillippe Quint will perform the Mendelssohn piece with ProMusica.
It's not new that dynamic violinist Vadim Gluzman will be sharing the stage with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. It's not even new that he'll be both performing and "conducting" the same concert, as he will Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10 at the Southern Theatre.
What is new is that Gluzman will be doing so in his new capacity as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.
Making formal such an artistic partnership promises good things, like this weekend's concerts featuring the music of Mozart and Mendelssohn (his masterful Violin Concerto in E Minor) alongside that of two Czech composers.
Tickets are $10-$49. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.
Rarely has traditional Scottish/Celtic music sounded as fresh as when presented by master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, in particular when joined by oft-collaborator Natalie Haas on the cello.
For example, on their new CD, Highlander's Farewell. Or, in a CityMusic Columbus-sponsored concert Sunday, Nov. 10, at Via Vecchia Winery.
Tickets are $27.50/$25/$13.75. Visit citymusiccolumbus.org.
The Newport Music Hall will host a rollicking romp courtesy of piano-based blues-rocker J. Roddy Walston and The Business Monday, Nov. 11.
Walston's essential musicality, art and weirdness (are those three separate things?) are in full effect on the band's latest release, Essential Tremors.
The Regrettes open. Tickets are $5. Visit promowestlive.com.
NOTE: Grey's Columbus date has been postponed until Spring 2014.
Skylar Grey might be a piano-playing, pop-producing chart-topper, but thus far she's proven edgier and cooler than Lady Gaga or any of the rest of the new crew of female pop songwriters.
The fact that much of her most notable work (thus far) as been as co-writer of tunes such as Eminem's Love the Way You Lie, Dr. Dre's I Need a Doctor and Lupe Fiasco's Words I Never Said doesn't have to work against her, despite her name being absent from the chart listing. Grey is blessed with an ethereal voice and a gift for a catchy-yet-haunting tune, as evidenced on her debut CD, Don't Look Down.
Grey will be in concert Monday, Nov. 11, at the A&R Music Bar. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.
Balancing the muscle of a blues-rock bar band and the effervescence of a bluegrass outfit is The Devil Makes Three.
Straight out of rural Vermont, this trio makes mountain music both informed and industrious, peppering its picking with elements of ragged ragtime and punk-ified blues. Still having trouble making sense of it? Check out TDM3's new CD, I'm a Stranger Here.
Then, if you're so inclined, check 'em out live at the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, Nov. 12. Low-fi folk-bluesman Shakey Graves and Sturgill Simpson share the bill.
Tickets are$15/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
Sure, MGMT has always mixed a little bit of performance art into its heady-yet-visceral electro-pop, but it feels like the scales have tipped in recent years. The band's new Alien Days CD takes the cake as the point at which the recipe gets out of hand.
That same imbalance has informed recent live shows, and it remains to be seen whether a Columbus audience can help the fun win out.
If you're up for the challenge, head to the Lifestyle Communities pavilion Thursday, Nov. 14. Kuroma opens. Tickets are $32.50/$35. Visit promowestlive.com.