What could possibly make this pleasant summer even more pleasant?
How about ProMusica Chamber Orchestra playing three outdoor concerts on the lawn at Franklin Park Conservatory?
You bring the family and a picnic dinner to FPC Aug. 7, 9 or 10 and you get a full concert featuring a work by an American composer, a piece featuring a member of the orchestra as soloist and a symphony from Mozart or Beethoven. And, unless you're interested in reserved table seating, the concerts are free.
Yeah, that fits the bill. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.
Festival Latino returns to the downtown Columbus riverfront Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, in Bicentennial Park.
The terrific thing about this festival is that it recognizes the many distinct cultures that enrich the Pan-Latino portrait. Not to mention there's just a wealth of art, dance, food and, of course, music.
Headlining this year's event is Brazeros Musical de Durango on Saturday, with highlight acts Joe Veras, Frankie Negron and Herman Olivera. Sunday features Los Hermanos Rosario, Jose Alberto "El Canario" and Vena. Space precludes a full listing of local acts.
Admission is free. Visit festivallatino.net.
This generation's Cyndi Lauper. That, in The Beat's estimation, is Katy Perry.
She's the crazy-dressing, pop-chart-dominating, fun-loving chick whose singing voice is a force of nature. And both are a hip-pocket fit -- music and image -- for their time.
Perry's Prismatic World Tour visits Nationwide Arena Wednesday, Aug. 13. She's bringing Kacey Musgraves along for even more fun.
Tickets start at $29.50. Visit nationwidearena.com.
The Beat has always loved that, whether intended or otherwise, the names of many '70s bands fooled the unwitting. Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pink Floyd. Steely Dan. All have been confused through the years as being individuals rather than groups.
Actually, Steely Dan is primarily two individuals, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, with help from a rotating group of backing musicians. When those two get together, they ooze cool, generating funk and jazz-based rock worth kicking back to.
Kick back at the Palace Theatre Wednesday, Aug. 13. Tickets start at $59.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.
The fifth entry in this week's Fab Five is a mini-five all its own, and especially for fans of Americana music:
* Start with the deceptively debonair Tab Benoit, the Cajun bluesman with the rip-snorting, fire-breathing heart. He will play Park Street Saloon Friday, Aug. 8. Tickets are $20. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
* A terrific team of barroom poets will come to Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza Sunday, Aug. 10, as Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack as Daddy make their inaugural trip as a duo to Ohio. Tickets are $20/$25. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
* Lyle Lovett's music seems to reside at once in the past, present and future, and he seems equally at home as a singer-songwriter or bandleader. He will bring his Large Band to the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Tuesday, Aug. 12. Tickets are $32.50/$59. Visit promowestlive.com.
* Blues legend Buddy Guy and his buddy Jonny Lang are on the road together again, with a stop planned at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Thursday, Aug. 14. Tickets are $32.50/$35. Visit promowestlive.com.
* Foot-stompin' acoustic folk-blues singer Chris Smither boasts a voice you'll never forget. Check him out Thursday, Aug. 14, at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza.
Tickets are $25. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.