Random Notes

Each of the next two weeks, The Beat will include a look ahead at the 2014-15 performing arts seasons for central Ohio producers and presenters. The two-part arts season preview is not only a heads-up for what's coming from arts organizations but also a look inside season programming with a representative from most major organizations.

Plus it's more good clean fun from The Beat.


In the midst of its 30th anniversary celebration, Promowest Productions was offered even more reason to celebrate, as Lifestyle Communities Pavilion was named to the Top 25 Music Clubs in the U.S. by Billboard magazine, coming in at No. 22.

Promowest's Stage AE, its Pittsburgh venue modeled after the LC, was No. 24 on the list.

Both offer indoor-outdoor flexibility, rock-club intimacy and state-of-the-art visual and audio technology. Add in a professional-but-not sterile atmosphere, and you can see what the Billboard folks were thinking.


The annual Hot Times Festival is set for Sept. 5-7 at the corner of Parsons Avenue and Main Street.

The weekend is filled with jazz and poetry performances, as well as Art Cars, a street fair and the annual Columbus Children's Parade.

The festival also features the last of three performances that make up part of the related Hot Time Tribute to Kate Schulte, the late local lawyer and social-justice advocate (and jazz music fan). Each performance will be different, with a Sept. 3 gig at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza leaning heavily on poetry and a Sept. 4 show at Dick's Den presenting a music-and-poetry piece called The Basketball of Tao. All three gigs feature artist-in-residence Edward "Kidd" Jordan and the Jazz Poetry Ensemble.

Visit hottimesfestival.com.


In other jazz news, the Harrison West Jazz Stage will present four Sunday shows in September on the Harrison Park Gazebo.

New Basics Brass Band kicks things off Sept. 7. This is the series' second season. Oh, and there will be food trucks on hand each Sunday, too.

Visit facebook.com/harrisonwestjazzstage.


And in other fall concert series news, the fall 2014 Backstage at the Lincoln series opens Sept. 10 with singer-songwriter T. Wong.

The series gives audiences the chance to share the Lincoln Theatre stage with the artist for an unmatched view and level of intimacy.

Additional dates are set in September and October. Visit lincolntheatrecolumbus.com.