If you don't already have tickets for the 12-day run of the Broadway smash Book of Mormon at the Ohio Theatre May 13-25, you're likely out of luck. BoM is certainly fab, but in the interest of providing maximum value, The Beat offers up a full slate of 10 other fab shows.
The Beat could ramble on and on about trio Time for Three, the "classical garage band" that joins ProMusica Chamber Orchestra for its annual season-ending Spring Soiree Friday, May 9, at the Southern Theatre.
But instead we'll just tell you that the good folks over at ProMusica are ridiculously juiced for this show, which features a genre-transcending outfit from Philadelphia that ProMusica has been trying to book for six years. That is some stick-to-itiveness -- and the reward is the audience's delight.
Tickets range from $35-$80. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.
Little Hurricane is the best of two recent motifs: the two-person band with a female drummer, and the highly impassioned low-fidelity indie band.
The San Diego duo (CC on drums, strings and vocals, Tone on guitar, keys and vocals) adorns its set with vintage furniture as well as vintage gear, then unleashes an indie-blues sound rooted in back-porch country, Memphis soul and thrift store rock 'n' roll. Tunes such as the alternatively crunchy and cascading Superblues give way to more playful vibe of tunes such as Give 'Em Hell.
Little Hurricane, with opener Lincoln Durham, will take the stage at The Basement Saturday, May 10. Tickets are $12. Visit promowestlive.com.
Electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her takes a decidedly detached and affected approach to music making. Leisha Haley and Camila Grey make dark and danceable synth-pop, weaving an atmospheric tapestry of tone.
Touring in support of its third full-length, Future Souls, Uh Huh Her plays the A&R Music Bar Saturday, May 10. DJ Kim Anh opens. Tickets are $18/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
You parents of tweens out there could probably tell The Beat a thing or two about Austin Mahone, who headlines WNCI's Spring Beats spring festival Saturday, May 10, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Kid fits every definition of a teen sensation, for sure.
The rest of the fest includes Timeflies, MKTO, New Hollow, Alex Angelo and Spencer Sutherland. New Hollow and Sutherland are central Ohio boys making good, so don't wait too late to show up. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $39.50. Visit promowestlive.com.
Serious fans have had their favorites, for sure, but for more casual fans of Celtic Woman (and at the risk of seeming to diminish their individual talents), does it matter who's still in and who's no longer with the troupe?
The show's the thing -- the singers beautiful and talented, the arrangements lush, the staging exquisite and the presentation clean and professional. It's a brand -- a powerhouse built on PBS and now extensive touring.
Celtic Woman will be back in Columbus with The Emerald Tour Sunday, May 11, at the Palace Theatre. Mother's Day, hello?
Tickets start at $32. Visit celticwoman.com.
The Beat's father was a fan of pipe organ music (he appreciated the dignity and pomp of E. Power Biggs rather than the flamboyance of Virgil Fox), so hearing this music now (as we've been fortunate enough to do courtesy, among others, Columbus' own Michael Murray) reminds us of evenings around the console stereo.
It's been a treat listening online to the work of concert organist/recording artist Gail Archer, the college organist at Vassar College and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, who will perform a free concert Sunday, May 11, at Broad Street Presbyterian Church. The program will draw from her latest recording, The Muse's Voice: A Celebration of Women Composers. Visit bspc.org.
American rapper/singer Phonte Coleman and Dutch record producer Nicolay never met or even spoke on the phone the entire time they were making what ended up being the debut record from alternative dance/R&B duo The Foreign Exchange. True. Coleman discovered tracks by Nicolay online and asked if he could lay down some vocals, and their initial collaboration continued via text messaging and email.
The record's success led Nicolay to move to the U.S., where the pair continued this fruitful partnership. The duo recently released Love in Flying Colors, its fourth. Call It Home, the lead single, brims with a jazz/R&B feel.
Tickets for The Foreign Exchange Monday, May 12, at Woodlands Tavern, are $20. DJ Krate Digga opens. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
Singer-songwriter Michelle Lewis delivers her literate songs of love and life with an airy, gentle soprano and wraps it all in a warm and engaging presence that draws the listener in.
The Boston-area native and resident recently completed her second full-length album, The Parts of Us That Still Remain (check out the video for Run Run Run, dedicated to participants in the Boston Marathon) and is back on the road, with a stop planned at Brothers Drake Meadery Tuesday, May 13.
Troy Petty opens. There is no cover charge; a $10 donation is suggested. Visit brothersdrake.com.
Among the 18 duets on Willie Nelson's new To All the Girls, is one with bluegrass siren Alison Krauss, and now Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are co-headlining a 35-city tour that includes a Wednesday, May 14, stop at the Schottenstein Center.
What's left to say about Nelson, who remains one of the great songwriters of a generation? As for Krauss and her pals, well, they've won 27 Grammy Awards, second-most of any recording artist.
The tour features opener The Devil Makes Three. Tickets start at $39.50. visit schottensteincenter.com.
BONUS: Another rootsy Willie, Old Crow Medicine Show's Willie Watson, plays Woodlands Tavern Saturday, May 10. Mandolin Orange opens. Tickets are $10. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
Master storyteller Rodney Crowell returns to Columbus on the heels of the release of his new record, Tarpaper Sky, and is bringing a full band with him. Should be quite the treat.
An added treat is a set from opener Shannon McNally, a crackerjack country-blues artist from, of all places, New York. McNally sings on Tarpaper Sky, so it's possible she'll sit in on the main set as well.
The show is Wednesday, May 14, at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom. Tickets are $30. Visit zeppcolumbus.com.