The Beat hasn't done this fun Fab exercise in awhile, so below find five entries, each featuring two shows we've paired up, making connections both obvious and obscure.
JT: That voice...
Since the 1970s, James Taylor has set the mood for our quiet evenings in front of the fireplace, back-porch gatherings and walks on the beach, courtesy his warm, relaxed and comfortable voice. A winning performer and songwriter, Taylor adds to his embarrassment of riches on tour, when his backing band includes the likes of drummer Steve Gadd, guitarist Michael Landau, percussionist Luis Conte and others -- some of the finest session musicians in the world. These folks wouldn't sign on if they weren't going to get a chance to exercise their chops.
Taylor's tour hits the Schottenstein Center Sunday, June 29. Tickets start at $62.50. Visit schottensteincenter.com.
Josh Turner follows in the great tradition of country baritones -- Johnny Cash, Randy Travis -- and he's awfully handsome and a nice, down-home guy to boot. His "Roughstock and Rambler Tour" plays Scioto Downs Friday, June 27. Tickets start at $20. Visit sciotodowns.com.
That's fun to say
Ziggy Marley remains a link to the roots of reggae royalty -- his father was, of course, Bob Marley -- while continuing as a crown prince in his own right, winning six Grammy Awards and turning his eye toward humanitarian efforts as well. Ziggy plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, June 27. Tickets are $20/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Roger "Buzz" Osborne, the Melvins founder known colloquially as King Buzzo, is a manic and thoughtful dude who, beyond his own substantial output, has his own connection to rock royalty (his nickname notwithstanding), having played bass in Kurt Cobain's first band. His latest record, This Machine Kills Artists, is a solo acoustic (but not subdued in any way) effort, and his tour is likewise. Catch him at the A&R Music Bar Tuesday, July 1. Emma Ruth Rundle opens. Tickets are $12/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to "The Legends of Classic Rock" with the help of former Kansas singer John Elefante and a five-piece rock band Saturday, June 28, as Picnic With the Pops returns to Columbus Commons. Adult general admission tickets are $23/$25. Table seating also is available. Visit picnicwiththepops.com.
Someday, the current trend of roots-laced pop-rock, full of harmonies and stomps, the post-Mumford period, if you will, is going to be someone's "classic" rock. Nashville's Twin Forks is a worthy entry to the field. Check 'em out Wednesday, July 2, at The Basement. Tickets are $15. Visit promowestlive.com.
Not the same
You can't just use the term girl pop and expect people to know for sure what you're talking about.
For example, it could mean Fifth Harmony, the tween sensation that was assembled from X Factor contestants in 2012. The five singers have a new summertime single titled Bo$$. The girls play Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, June 29. Before You Exit, Liberty Deep Down and Suite 44 open. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Or you could mean L.A. indie-pop outfit Kitten, fronted by the sweet and stylized Chloe Chaidez. Sure, you find some catchy melodies, but they're layered with hypnotic synth tones and desperate guitar work. Kitten plays the A&R Music Bar Monday, June 30. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
Back to basics
Remember when rock was almost always followed by 'n' roll and no qualifiers were needed?
Jangly, punchy "Fender" rock hits town in the form of Nashville's The Wild Feathers Tuesday, July 1, at The Basement, touring in support of its self-titled debut CD. Tennessee Jet opens. Tickets are $13/$15. Visit promowestlive.com.
And in the form of Sarah Borges, a part-Bonnie-Raitt-part-Chrissie-Hynde rocker who, with her new backing band, plays Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza Thursday, July 3. Girls Guns & Glory opens. Tickets are $20. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.