We're told that, amid the elephant ears, grilled corn and a certain "Ice Cream of the Future," there is entertainment of national and international repute at the Ohio State Fair as well.

We're told that, amid the elephant ears, grilled corn and a certain "Ice Cream of the Future," there is entertainment of national and international repute at the Ohio State Fair as well.
The fair's something-for-everyone approach is evident again in 2008 from Dierks Bentley to Melissa Etheridge to Musiq Soulchild to Ted Nugent to The Four Freshmen.
Some shows require tickets; some are free with fair admission. Check out www.ohiostatefair.com for details.

If you head out to the Dublin Irish Festival (Friday-Sunday, Aug. 1-3, in Coffman Park) for the main stage entertainment only, you're missing the best part of the event.
Which is not to say that Gaelic Storm, Bad Haggis, Tannahill Weavers and the like aren't worth checking out just that missing the music workshops, dance competitions, Bagpipe Showcase and other off-the-main-stage stuff would be a sad mistake. Visit www.DublinIrishFestival.org for full details.

BONUS:
Whether the Dublin Police Department will save some dough because Flogging Molly is not on this year's Irish festival slate is for the accountants to figure out. But the rowdies can check out FM at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Friday, Aug. 1, for $5.
Call (614) 431-3600.

One of the many interesting things children's artist Justin Roberts told The Beat when we interviewed him this past spring was, "I had had my own preconceived notions about kids' music."
He was speaking about his entry into the genre, an unplanned evolution from his day job as preschool teacher and night gig as an indie-pop rocker.
The quote is interesting because Roberts is back in town to play at Worthington Libraries' Northwest Library on Hard Road, as part of a summer concert series that was started a few years back to challenge conventions of what a library could do. The free concert will be held Friday, Aug. 1, in the library's backyard. Call (614) 807-2626.

Tsimba Itsoka, the new record by Zimbabwean musical legend Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi and his band The Black Spirits, is joyful and serious, pensive and powerful.
Not unlike the artist himself, whose career spans more than 30 years.
Tuku will play a free concert at the downtown Columbus Riverfront Amphitheater Friday, Aug. 1. Call (614) 645-7995.

Oh, to be as hip, goofy, smart and successful as Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green all at once.
The duo best known as Gnarls Barkley is back with a second record, The Odd Couple, and tour, which hits the Newport Music Hall Friday, Aug. 1.
Tickets are $25/$28. Call (614) 431-3600.

Tesla, Ratt and Great White each offered (and offer) slightly different takes on the hard-rock-of-the-'80s vein.
Catch all three takes in two days, as Tesla plays Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Sunday, Aug. 3 (tickets $15/$18); and Ratt and Great White share the LCP stage Wednesday, Aug. 6 (tickets $35/$10).
Call (614) 431-3600.

The Beat's heart wrenches at the sadness found in the songs of some young bands, God or Julie among them. Not so much at the sadness itself, but because sadness seems so prevalent for these kids.
GoJ's melodies are nice, though, if not quite heartbreaking in their beauty.
Hear for yourself at The Basement Monday, Aug. 4. OURS and Plain Jane Automobile are on the bill as well.
Tickets are $15. Call (614) 431-3600.

If you know Zooey Deschanel from her film roles like Elf or Failure to Launch, you may not know she's quite the gifted singer and not in the "Hey, she's a good actress who can carry a tune" sort of way, either.
Deschanel is the "She" half of retro-indie duo She & Him, with singer-songwriter-guitarist M. Ward the other half.
Both halves will play the Wexner Center for the Arts Monday, Aug. 4. Tickets are $18. Call (614) 292-3535.
The Supersuckers are kings of guitar-totin', three-chord, low-brow rock 'n' roll. Even better, they're crown princes of not taking themselves too seriously.
With Grafton and Hells Fire Sinners, Supersuckers will play the Ravari Room Wednesday, Aug. 6.
Tickets are $15. (614) 263-4058.

Philadelphia hip soulsters G. Love and Special Sauce were once on the same groovy tip as the aforementioned Gnarls Barkley at the risk of suggesting the two acts are cut from the same stylistic cloth.
G. Love still knows his way around a groove, as is evident on the band's latest, Superhero Brother.
The John Butler Trio opens for G. Love Thursday, Aug. 7, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Tickets are $25. Call (614) 431-3600.