Fischer's Fab Five

Bastille sold out the LC. R5 sold out the Newport. No worries -- we give you five more shows full of fab.

Three nights of the living dead.

No, not horror film sequels, but the third Dark Star Jubilee, a weekend-long festival hosted by the Dark Star Orchestra, a tribute band of sorts that keeps the Dead alive through live sets that follow specific Grateful Dead shows. The band takes a set list from an actual Dead show and plays it straight through -- not as a note-for-note attempt to re-create the original, but with unique interpretations and improvisations.

But the weekend isn't totally Dead-centric, as the DSO welcomes a host of like-minded acts to the Legend Valley Campground in Licking County throughout the weekend of May 23-25. Yonder Mountain String Band, Cornmeal, Donna the Buffalo, The Werks, Galactic, Keller Williams with More Than a Little and Anders Osborne (no relation to Ozzy, this is a New Orleans-by-way-of-Norway blues shredder) will be among them.

Single-day and weekend passes are available. Legend Valley allows for a variety of camping experiences. Details are available at darkstarjubilee.com.

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Nashville's Neulore is a worthy member of the post-Mumford school of roots-pop or new-folk, whichever music writer term you prefer.

We have to add, though, that there's an added level of earnestness that reminds us of the terrific Mike Scott and The Waterboys.

You may have heard Neulore's new single Shadow of a Man on TV's Grey's Anatomy. It's from the forthcoming record Animal Evolve.

Neulore's spring/summer tour brings them to the Rumba Cafe Friday, May 23. Boostraps and Spencer Saylor open. Tickets are $10.

Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.

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Part Erykah Badu, part Fiona Apple, Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Joy Ike offers up literate, soulful tunes with a conscience.

Born to Nigerian immigrants, there are moments when this heritage is obvious in her music, yet it plays a largely advisory role in her melodic, piano-based output. She now has three full-length records, the latest being All or Nothing.

Ike plays Kitamu Coffee in Hilliard Friday, May 23. Tickets are $5. Visit kitamucoffee.com.

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Like a new-era Steve Reich is New York's Man Forever, a band that began as a compositional project of John Colpitts -- better known as Kid Millions of the band Oneida.

Colpitts' experimental percussion ensemble scratches his minimalist itch, weaving extensive, sophisticated patterns and tones betwixt and between, over the hills and far away. Man Forever recently released Ryonen, a collaboration with the innovative percussion group So Percussion, and has taken to the road in support.

Man Forever plays Double Happiness Monday, May 26. Hyrrokkin, Svvlst and Purple Pyramids open. Tickets are $5. Visit doublehappinessohio.com.

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Few musicians are cherished as a national treasure as much as bluesman B.B. King. Bluesman Buddy Guy once referred to King and himself as "like the last of the Mohicans." The Beat assumes he meant those having tangible ties to the origins of the blues.

King and his guitar, affectionately named Lucille, have, while playing the blues, made innumerable folks happy. He's now in his mid-80s and can still coax beauty and emotion from his instrument while inspiring incredulity at his energy and passion.

Check out King on the outdoor stage at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, May 28.

Tickets are $25/$59.50. Visit promowestlive.com.

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