Tesla is perhaps best known for kicking off heavy metal's (and MTV's) "unplugged" phase in the early '90s with its Five Man Acoustical Jam -- ironic, given that the band took its name from Nikola Tesla, the 19th-century Serbian scientist whose research in and development of alternating current is largely responsible for modern electricity, not to mention the radio.
Plugged in, Tesla represents the ripped-jeans-and-motorcycle-T-shirt vein of the era's heavy rock. And plugged in the quintet will be for a Friday, Aug. 15, show at the Newport Music Hall.
American Dog opens. Tickets are $25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Pianist Dave Powers will be featured as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra wraps up its ninth summer season of JazZoo concerts at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Friday, Aug. 15. Powers and the CJO will play from the songbook of Elton John and Billy Joel, plus some other rock 'n' roll piano men.
Tickets are $20-$35 and include zoo admission. For more information, visit jazzartsgroup.org.
Pop duo MKTO might have a built-in audience courtesy the pair's history on TV -- Malcolm Kelley as Walt on Lost and Tony Oller on Disney's As the Bell Rings -- but catchy tunes such as the single Classic are what will keep folks coming back.
MKTO (it's their initials, get it?) will play the Newport Music Hall Saturday, Aug. 16. Action Item, Tiffany Houghton and central Ohio's own Liberty Deep Down open.
Tickets are $18.50/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
There are more initials for likely a different audience Saturday night farther north on High Street as CBG Band plays Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza.
Built around a trio of terrific young singer-songwriters -- Colin Gilmore (Jimmy Dale Gilmore's son), Bonnie Whitmore and Graham Weber -- the band celebrates the folk-rock heart of each of these Texas natives.
Check 'em out Saturday, Aug. 16. Tickets are $15. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
Passenger, aka Mike Rosenberg, would have, in all honesty, been lost to us in the saccharine of the current wave of tenderhearted fellows with guitars, if not for The Beat's teenage daughter, for whom the gentleness of Passenger's Let Her Go stood out.
The native Aussie found his way from street busker to radio star in part thanks to the advocacy of a contemporary: like-minded Brit Ed Sheeran.
Passenger's current tour will bring him to the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, Aug. 19. The Once and Stu Larsen open.
Tickets are $22/$25. Visit promowestlive.com.
Soulful reggae singer Beres Hammond -- think of him as the Teddy Pendergrass of reggae -- experienced the height of his popularity in the U.S. in the '90s, courtesy collaborations with, among others, Maxi Priest and Wyclef Jean. Hammond continues to prove he's at the top of his game, earning a Grammy Award nomination for his most-recent record, One Love, One Life.
Hammond will play The Bluestone Wednesday, Aug. 20, with his band Harmony House Family and openers DJ Inferno & Roots High Power. Tickets are $25/$33. Visit liveatthebluestone.com.
BONUS: New generation U.S. reggae act Passafire will be in concert Thursday, Aug. 21, at The Basement. Devil's Lettuce opens. Tickets are $12. Visit promowestlive.com.
Is Escape the Fate a self-involved emo band? Is it a fun-loving leather-clad group of kids? Is it a tatted-up post-hardcore outfit?
Yes on all counts -- at least to varying degrees. Its new record, Ungrateful, is evidence of this.
EtF will play The Basement Wednesday, Aug. 20. Devour the Day opens.
Tickets are $17.50/$20. Visit promowestlive.com.
Guitarist/songwriter/producer/ inventor Tom Scholz has always tinkered as much with his music as with electronics. Thus, the inventor of the Rockman amplifier, which makes the unique sounds for which you've come to know his band, Boston, also takes years and years to put out records.
Boston has, in large part due to the length of time it takes Scholz to make a record, experienced some lineup changes through the years -- most notably the death of gifted singer Brad Delp. But Scholz's guitars and songs have defined the band since its formation more than 40 years ago, and continue to do so today. Witness its newest, Life, Love & Hope.
Boston will play Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 20. Tickets are $35. Visit promowestlive.com.
Nashville rockabilly/alt-country outfit Jane Rose and the Dead End Boys makes its Columbus debut Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Porter's Pub.
Rose is a treat -- a rockin', wailin' rockabilly woman with attitude. Her mates more than ably support her massive personality.
Local band Shorty Allen and the Skirt Chasers opens. Check out Porters Pub Columbus on Facebook.
Glenn Danzig, as frontman for classic punk act The Misfits and in his solo career, managed to create an aura of horror and shock that lent additional weight to his already-heavy tuneage. But much of the heavy lifting for the Misfits-era tuneage itself came courtesy of guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.
Doyle has quite the aura himself, applied to a couple of post-Misfits groups including his current band, Doyle, which has toured on occasion with Danzig. With a new album, Abominator, out, Doyle is back on the road, with a stop planned at Ace of Cups Thursday, Aug. 21.