Fischer's Fab Five

BalletMet Columbus reprises its well-received family ballet Alice in Wonderland Friday, Feb. 7, through Feb. 15 in the Capitol Theatre. Follow Alice as she finds herself amid the magic and mayhem of Wonderland, courtesy the choreography of BalletMet talent past and present -- Gerard Charles, Justin Gibbs, Adam Hundt and Jimmy Orrante.

Costumes are a big part of what makes Wonderland wonderful. BalletMet Costume Shop manager Erin Rollins called designer Linda Pisano "a master of the fantastical." Rollins said the show was designed to have the costumes be a major factor in setting the tone of the ballet.

"Insane fabrics, stripes, polka dots, bright colors," Rollins said. "If you're asking me for one word, I guess I'd go with psychedelic."

Read more from Rollins in the BeatBlog.

Tickets are $31.25-$67.75. For show dates, times and complete ticket information, visit balletmet.org.

 

Throwback Americana styles win the week, or at least Friday night.

Step into the '70s thanks to southern rockers Blackberry Smoke, whose long hair, bandannas-and-denim and Fender-guitar-riff-laden rock 'n' roll with a twang are likely to bring to mind Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band or subsequent "family tree" acts such as Georgia Satellites.

Blackberry Smoke brings its Fire in the Hole Tour to the Newport Music Hall Friday, Feb. 7. Tickets are $17/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

The same night, country-folk torch singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell, who told The Beat a couple of years back she might have been born in the wrong decade, plays the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom, accompanied by her crackerjack backup band. Jewell delivers her country-blues-gospel-rockabilly with a distinctive voice that calls to mind a bit of Billie Holliday and a hint of Brenda Lee.

Tickets are $25. Visit zeppcolumbus.com.

 

Peter Nero's 50-plus-year career as a pianist, arranger and pops conductor includes a host of recordings and performances with classical and popular artists of all sorts, including two CDs in the '90s of Broadway music with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

But his career started when he was selected to play Rhapsody in Blue on Paul Whiteman's TV show, and the artist's love affair for the music of George (and Ira) Gershwin has never waned. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Nero and the CSO present The Gershwin Project, a program of some of the composer's best-loved melodies, in the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets are $25-$68. Visit columbussymphony.com.

 

Philly rocker Dave Hause was first brought to The Beat's attention by a Critic Crony following his opening set for Social Distortion last summer.

It was suggested we check out his tune C'Mon Kid, which we promptly did, and our first reaction to the in-your-face East Coast alleyway rocker was "Gaslight-lite," as in New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem. Hause's latest, Devour, features muscular, energetic rock 'n' roll offered both electrically and acoustically.

Hause plays The Basement Tuesday, Feb. 11. Northcote opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.

 

Malian singer/gui-tarist/songwriter Habib Koite is a modern world musician in that, yes, for those of us in the "West," he's from another part of the world and his music represents such, in beautiful and apparent fashion. But Koite draws on forms from around the world, immersing the listener in compositions that reflect influence as well as heritage.

Koite's current tour arrives in Columbus Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Lincoln Theatre, a couple of weeks prior to the official release of his new album, Soo (which translates to Home.)

Tickets are $20-$25. Visit capa.com.

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