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For the new production of the long-running The Phantom of the Opera, producer Cameron Mackintosh made sure that everything was sharpened, so as to heighten each sensation.
What could possibly be new about this classic piece of musical theater? Glad you asked. Make sure to check out our behind-the-scenes video at ThisWeekNEWS.com/thebeat.
Tickets for the show, which runs through Sunday, March 16, start at $38. Visit capa.com.

Zydeco music is dancing music, folks, and while a ballroom is perhaps not the historically intended locale for the particular type of dancing that this Louisiana cultural export inspires, nonetheless, CityMusic Columbus welcomes Buckwheat Zydeco to the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom Friday, March 7.
Plan to stomp, clap and sweat the evening away as zydeco legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural and his friends offer up some of the most joyful music in a genre that makes its name on being joyful. Dig their latest, Lay Your Burden Down.
Tickets are $13.75/$27.50. Visit citymusiccolumbus.com.

Singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis is a favorite of The Beat.
Her literate songs of love and life are delivered with an airy, gentle soprano and surprising exuberance. And that warm and winsome smile ...
The Boston-area native and resident is touring in support of her EP, Paris. She plays Brothers Drake Meadery Friday, March 7, sharing the evening with hometown roots rocker Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons.
Cover is $5. Visit brothersdrake.com.

Conflicting the Friday-night situation further is the Caroline Smith gig at Woodlands Tavern.
After years of making infectious, joy-filled, alt-acoustic modern pop with The Good Night Sleeps, Smith changed course and returned to a more-rootsy, soulful sound. Make no mistake, the output is still joy-filled and infectious – witness her new Half About Being a Woman.
Kwesi K and Forest & The Evergreens will open. Tickets are $10. Visit woodlandstavern.com.

Yet again muddying the Friday-night live singer-songwriter show waters is Seattle’s Noah Gunderson at the Rumba Cafe.
If you prefer your neo-folk sparser yet thicker, more dank and damp and bittersweet, or you just prefer songwriters of the male persuasion, then perhaps this is the choice.
Folk-pop quintet Kris Orlowski, also from Seattle, opens. Tickets are $12. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.

Modern heavy rockers Skillet have had a nice career trajectory, the band hitting its stride several years and a few records in, and now comfortably ensconced as the reigning hard-rockers of the CCM circuit. Indeed, the band is totally comfortable sharing the stage with contemporary Christian staples such as Third Day (more on this later) or Toby Mac and with mainstream rockers Avenged Sevenfold or Nickelback.
The band’s 2013 release, Rise, was a hit on both the Christian and mainstream album charts, and has spawned four hit tunes.
Skillet is on tour with co-headliner Third Day and opener We As Human. The tour stops at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Friday, March 7. Tickets are $17-$33. Visit ticketmaster.com.

Buckle your swashes, my lads and ladies, in preparation for the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production of The Pirates of Penzance Friday through Sunday, March 7-9, at the Southern Theatre, hosted by Opera Columbus.
Pirates is a masterwork for sure, finding the composer and lyricist at the top of their considerable game – clever, engaging, incisive and a frolicsome good time. Not to mention it features perhaps light opera’s most-recognized tune, The Very Model of a Modern Major-General (we went ahead and mentioned it anyway).
Tickets are $38-$98. Visit operacolumbus.org.

Inspired by Nas, 50 Cent and Jay-Z, and hanging with folks such as Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore, South Central L.A. native ScHoolboy Q has the pedigree and support to make a big run in the hip-hop world.
His rhymes, including those on the brand-new Oxymoron, combine street anthems with socially conscious numbers, with Q always working to vary the flow.
ScHoolboy Q plays the Newport Music Hall Saturday, March 8. Tickets are $25/$40. Visit promowestlive.com.

You may have happened across Steep Canyon Rangers as the backing band for banjo player turned comedian turned actor turned banjo player Steve Martin.
If you did, you likely noted that these guys can play a bit – serious picking and tuneful melodies delivered with a warmth that at times takes the music into a more straight country feel than bluegrass. That said, progressive bluegrass is the band’s calling card, and rightfully so. Tell the Ones I Love is a terrific title tune for a terrific record.
Catch the Rangers (just before they head out on the road with the aforementioned banjo-playing Martin) Sunday, March 9, at Woodlands Tavern. Tickets are $25. Visit woodlandstavern.com.

Pat Metheny has long been the gold standard among jazz guitarists – a sure-fire face for the Mount Rushmore of jazz guitarists at the least.
This is, if it’s still sufficient to categorize Metheny as a jazz guitarist. In the 40 years since he introduced himself to the music world as a member of vibraphone great Gary Burton’s band, Metheny has led bands, combos and orchestras, composed music for a similar variety of instrumentations and performed alongside music legends ranging from Herbie Hancock to David Bowie.
Metheny’s latest project finds him leading some supremely talented musicians tabbed the Pat Metheny Unity Group, one set to offer up tunes from throughout his career.
The Group plays the Capitol Theatre Thursday, March 13. Tickets are $30-$75. Visit capa.com.

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