Fischer's Fab Five

Columbus Recreation and Parks Rhythm on the River concerts will host legendary gospel music singer Mavis Staples at the Riverfront Amphitheater on Friday, Aug. 22.

Local jazz/funk outfit fo/mo/deep opens.

Staples began her career with the seminal musical family group the Staples Singers and has blazed her own trail in gospel, rhythm and blues and even jazz through her six decades as a singer.



Bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool, best-known as the leader of the twisted, prog-groove brilliance that is Primus, is applying his unique perspective to American roots music in his new band, Duo de Twang.

Joined by longtime pal and musical consort Bryan Kehoe, Claypool lays bare his musical vision in DdT, tunes offered with voice, guitar, bass and foot stomp. The pair has taken to the road in support of its debut recording, Four Foot Shack.

Duo de Twang's tour stop at the Newport Music Hall Saturday, Aug. 23. Reformed Whores opens. Tickets are $22/$25. Visit


Experimental acoustic folk outfit Cotton Jones mines existential territory with appreciable deftness, giving off a literate-but-not-self-important vibe. Husband and wife Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw provide the conscience fo this charmingly low-fi band.

Touring in support of newly released Tall Hours in the Glowstream, Cotton Jones plays the Rumba Cafe with Dave Buker & The Historians Sunday, Aug. 24.Tickets are $10 Visit


With Johnny Rzeznik charting a mainstream pop-rock course and Robby Takac offering some latent punk-rock ethic as a counter-balance, the Goo Goo Dolls have successfully accomplished an artistic maturation that mirrors their personal growth (also known in some quarters as "getting older"). The Buffalo rockers began their collective musical life as post-punk college rockers, helping define alt-rock in the early '90s, eventually finding a rock songwriter's voice.

The Goos' 10th album, Magnetic, finds the band comfortably ensconced in this same territory. The release puts Rzeznik, Takac and mates back on the road, with like-minded Daughtry and opener Plain White T's. The tour stops at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Monday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $38.50/$40. Visit


Canadian folk-minstrel Ray Bonneville is known as a no-nonsense storyteller, but his vocal and guitar skill shouldn't be sold short, either.

Blending traditional folk and acoustic blues, Bonneville is a heavy-hitter both musically and in subject matter. His marvelous Easy Gone was released this past spring.

Bonneville will play Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza Tuesday, Aug. 26. Tickets are $15. Visit

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