Nashville's Kevin Gordon is seasoned but not weary, worldly but not preachy, and is a crackerjack soul-blues songwriter. Whether recorded himself or by others (Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Webb Wilder, Irma Thomas and more), Gordon's songs are classic Americana.
Before calling the holiday season complete, celebrate with a trip to Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza Thursday, Jan. 2, for a solo show featuring Gordon.
Tickets are $10. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
Remember when blues and country music met the last vestiges of ragtime and Tin Pan Alley songwriting and, with the help of a few magical musicians, producers and promoters, gave us a little thing we now know as rock 'n' roll? Yeah, well that alchemy is what you get with a Woody Pines show -- straight-up honky-tonk rock.
Pines plays Brothers Drake Meadery Friday, Jan. 3. Opening is indie-pop cellist/singer Sarah Clanton Schaffer. Visit brothersdrake.com.
Brooklyn collective Turkuaz serves up heaping helpings of foot-stompin', head-bobbin', booty-shakin' funk. Boasting a two-guitar attack and powered by distorted bass lines, a full horn section and wiggy female singers, Turkuaz' tunes are inspired by the Parliament/Family Stone/War canon.
Oh, and jumpsuits. Expect jumpsuits.
Check 'em out Saturday, Jan. 4, at Woodlands Tavern. Tickets are $10. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
What better way to end the holiday season than with concerts based on, well, the end of the holiday season? In the 16th and 17th centuries, Twelfth Night was almost as important a holiday in England as Christmas itself.
Which brings us to The Early Interval and its annual Twelfth Night concerts, this year A Mediterranean Twelfth Night Celebration. The central Ohio ensemble offers up two dates of Renaissance and Baroque music Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4-5, at First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus.
Tickets are $27/$22/$12. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.
Athens, Ohio, thrash metal outfit Skeletonwitch likes to play music fast. The devilish growling of Chance Garnette includes lots of long words that may or may not really make sense together but sound really cool.
Nothing wrong with time-tested elements, as long as you have mastered them, which Skeletonwitch clearly has.
With openers Dismemberment and Summon the Destroyer, Skeletonwitch plays Ace of Cups Thursday, Jan. 9. Visit aceofcupsbar.com.