GrooveU's second annual Instaband battle of the bands for high school musicians is nearly upon us, which means The Beat will again get to play tastemaker when we serve as a judge for the Feb. 7 semifinal.
This is the first of two semifinals, and features bands/artists from Columbus Alternative, South, Olentangy, Walnut Ridge, Northland and Upper Arlington high schools and the Arts & College Preparatory Academy. The other semifinal will be held next week, with the final set for Feb. 28.
Last year's winner was A F(r)iend in Me from Groveport.
The shows are open to the public. Admission is a minimum $5 donation, which benefits three local music education nonprofits: The Dick & Jane Project, Music Loves Ohio and Through Mind's Eyes.
Music organizations and businesses will participate in the Instafan Expo prior to the show, starting at 5 p.m. The first band hits the stage at 7 p.m.
For more information, check out instaband.org.
In case you missed last fall's Columbus Symphony Orchestra "Happy Hour" concert, there's more reason to be happy, as the late-afternoon/early-evening mid-week concert series continues Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Ohio Theatre. Guest conductor Daniel Meyer leads the CSO in a program of music by Part, Tchaikovsky and Mozart.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for free appetizers and cash-bar specials. The no-intermission concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
Nice way to wrap up a hump day.
In December, The Beat featured the full-Beatles-catalog-in-order-of-release gig by local musician Joe Peppercorn and friends.
Another cool Beatles concept show is set for Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom, when The British Invasion and a handful of Columbus disc jockeys pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The telecast will be re-enacted with Ken Erney as Sullivan and TBI as ... well, you get it. Radio station WCOL will participate and be featured as well, along with a screening of the original television appearance, trivia, a costume contest and a regular set by the band to close things out.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Search "Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration on the Ed Sullivan Show" on Facebook.
Local sax-man Pete Mills has released a new record, Sweet Shadow.
Mills is a featured soloist with local bands and around the continent, and is on the faculty at Denison University.
Details on the record are available at petemills.com.