BalletMet Columbus closes its season, artistic director Edwaard Liang's first, with a dazzling program of works new to Columbus and, in one case, totally new.
The world premiere of Liang's new of Heaven and Earth features two grand pianos and music by Rachmaninoff.
Liang called choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano "brilliant," and his 18 + 1, set to music by mambo king Perez Prado, "lighthearted and beautiful." Finally, Liang said it was a "coup" to be able to stage Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance).
Liang's intent with this program is to show how music informs dance and how dance enhances music.
New Directions/New Works will be presents April 25 through May 3 in the Capitol Theatre. Tickets start at $25. Visit balletmet.org.
Patty Larkin's road to becoming one of the foremost singer-songwriters of her time was a combination of nature and nurture.
Nature came courtesy, in particular, of her grandmothers, both of whom played piano, often while young Patty was standing underneath the keyboard, absorbing the music via at least three of her senses.
Sure, that's nurture, too, but she topped off her musical experiences with a degree in English literature. All the better a foundation for this smart, witty and insightful lyricist.
Touring in support of her latest release, Still Green, Larkin plays the Lincoln Theatre Friday, April 25. Tickets are $20/$25. Visit capa.com.
That Amy Ray and Emily Saliers became such a big pop music hit in the midst of the clash between '80s metal and '90s grunge is a testament to the power of their clean harmonies, memorable tunes and seasoned strumming.
It's a timeless musical style that is not uncomfortable when adapted for a "classical" setting, provided the artists are comfortable with it, and all it took was arranger Paul Buckmaster's touch to convince the Indigo Girls, who will join the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 26, in the Ohio Theatre, for renderings of their classic hits all the way up through the duo's current record, Beauty Queen Sister.
Tickets start at $25. Visit columbussymphony.com.
The rip-roaring musical partnership of juke-joint singer Paul Thorn, a muscle-country rock-and-roller from Mississippi, and Ruthie Foster, a blues and soul lady extraordinaire, is a sight to behold.
The pair's shared southern gospel roots and respective charisma create a perfect complement. On stage, they perform originals from both writers/ performers as well as classic and hidden-gem cover tunes, like they'll do Saturday, April 26, at Newark's Midland Theatre. Tickets are $25-$50. Visit midlandtheatre.org.
Austin, Texas' Danny Schmidt is gifted with an incisive and insightful pen and a keen melodic sense. The talented singer-songwriter offers fresh perspectives on universal themes, poetic takes on topics both commonplace and exceptional.
His new CD, Man of Many Moons, has Schmidt back on the road, including a stop Saturday, April 26, at the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, a Six String Concerts show. Tennessee's Robby Hecht opens -- a treat in his own right.
Tickets are $22 for adults. Visit sixstring.org.
Lo-fi chamber popsters Margot and the Nuclear So and So's seek to create modern music at once grand and minimalist -- and obtuse. It's extra-cool because no one in the band is named Margot.
Singer and songwriter Richard Edwards leads the outfit on tour in support of the band's most recent recorded effort, Rot Gut, Domestic, stopping for a Saturday, April 26, show at The Basement. Empires and Kate Myers open.
Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
In concert, trio Dawn of Midi -- bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and percussionist Qasim Naqvi -- is like EDM-meets-free form jazz.
From start-to-finish with few stops, only to reset a new working rhythm or progression, a DoM set is like a night at a club led by the hippest, most-wizardly DJ.
Check out Dawn of Midi Wednesday, April 30, at The Basement. Narrow/Arrow opens. Tickets are $10/$12. Visit promowestlive.com.
Bombay Bicycle Club takes its name from an Indian restaurant chain.
This collection of sort of British hipsters (Bripsters?) makes a delicious musical stew, with adjectives such as dancy, jaunty, obtuse, progressive and winsome all applying in equal measure.
Perhaps the quartet benefits from the fact that the founding trio of singer Jack Steadman, guitarist Jamie MacColl and drummer Suren de Saram (bassist Ed Nash arrived a couple of years later) were all age 15 or younger when they started the band, but there is a youthful exuberance and wanderlust in the music, for sure. Witness So Long, See You Tomorrow, the band's fourth full-length release in only five years..
Check out Bombay Bicycle Club, with opener Royal Canoe, Thursday, May 1, at the Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $20/$22. Visit promowestlive.com.
Former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler has released two records since leaving the superstar Christian rock act for a little bit more peaceful existence. His new low-pressure, less-touring lifestyle reignited his creative spirit, and the new Sun and Shield is clear evidence.
Furler's one and future collaborator, longtime The Beat fave Steve Taylor, also has a new record out -- indeed, each helped out with the other's new effort. Taylor, one of the most imaginative and offbeat figures in modern Christian music, and his band, The Perfect Foil, are on tour with Furler and his band, stopping at Skully's Music Diner Thursday, May 1.
Tickets are $20/$25. Visit skullys.org.
Our final entry this week is itself a mini Fab Five, featuring five '70s-inspired acts:
* Art-pop '70s, a la Todd Rundgren or Badfinger, in the form of Montreal's Sam Roberts Band, Monday, April 28, at the Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.
* Psychedelic '70s in the 13th Floor Elevators vein, courtesy Temples, Monday, April 28, at the A&R Music Bar. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
* Jazz-rock '70s calling to mind Steely Dan or Rare Earth, thanks to Les Racquet, Tuesday, April 29, at Woodlands Tavern. Tickets are $7. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
* Country-pop '70s calling to mind Michael Martin Murphy or Poco, with Ian McFeron Tuesday, April 29, at Kafe Kerouac. Visit kafekerouac.com.
* Actual '70s (and '80s, and '90s), as the fabulous Cher plays Nationwide Arena Wednesday, April 30. The equally magnificent Cyndi Lauper opens. Tickets start at $36. Visit nationwidearena.com.