Fischer's Fab Five

Zachariah's Red Eye Saloon was the center of the country-rock music scene in Ohio during the late '70s and early '80s, and a place for lots of local acts to cut their teeth, including McGuffey Lane.

Little wonder, then, that the scene's favorite country-rockers have taken to paying tribute each year since 2001. The "Lane" again headlines Zachariah's Red Eye Reunion this year at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 25, with support from Grassinine, Tom Ingham and Delyn Christian.

Tickets are $14/$17/$22. Visit


New ProMusica Chamber Orchestra music director David Danzmayr is a gem, but the fact that his predecessor and PMCO founder Timothy Russell and the orchestra can't quite quit each other is a good thing, too.

Russell returns to the ProMusica podium for concerts Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26, in the Southern Theatre. The program includes 1998 ProMusica commission Echoes from the Southern: A Ragtime Overture by OSU music professor Thomas Wells, plus music by Delius, Bloch, Haydn and de Falla in a traditionally masterful ProMusica program.

Tickets are $10-$49. Visit


A 21st-century one-man band, Keller Williams has produced some righteous folk/funk/bluegrass/ rock/hip-hop. And primarily on his own, courtesy of his own multiinstrumental gift and a digital sequencer.

Of late, Williams has found his muse with a little help from his friends, and is on tour with his six-piece funk band More Than a Little, supporting the band's new release, Funk.

The tour stops at the Newport Music Hall Saturday, Jan. 25.

Tickets are $18/$20. Visit


The Beat once wrote "the minimalist meanderings of Chicago-based Califone are the soundtrack to the curvy, wooded, no-name gravel back roads of middle America -- you know, the kind where you could drive around for hours and end up right back where you started."

The brainchild of songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist/singer Tim Rutili, Califone has released a new record, Stitches, and is on the road in support, with a stop planned at The Basement on Wednesday, Jan. 29. William Tyler opens.

Tickets are $10/$12. Visit


If the creation of glorious musical cacophony is a crime, then Crooks on Tape, which did just that and recorded it, is perhaps a perfectly apt name for John Schmersal's (Enon, Brainiac) latest project.

Partnered with Enon-mate Rick Lee and drummer Joey Galvan, Crooks on Tape's debut record, Fingerprints, finds the band members armed with a host of instruments, synthesizers, samplers and other music-making devices, set free to improvise and, well, go hear what happens.

Crooks on Tape plays an album release show at Ace of Cups on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Van Dale opens. Visit