The latest in entertainment in central Ohio.
1) Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, and his band, Orleans Avenue, are back in Columbus for a Jazz Arts Group-sponsored show at the Lincoln Theatre Saturday, April 3.
Shorty has become a favorite of local audiences -- his gigs become mini-Gras parties full of New Orleans soul.
Tickets are $30/$25. Call (614) 469-0939.
2) Funk-rockers Clutch and throwback-rockers Danko Jones share the Newport Music Hall stage on Saturday, April 3.
There will be riffs.
Tickets are $20/$23. Call 1-800-745-3000.
3) Art-pop duo High Places met when Mary Pearson was a bassoon performance major and Rob Barber a lithographer and art teacher. Both were also solo performers, performing as Transformation Surprise and The Urxed, respectively. (Suppose then we didn't have to tell you it's an art-pop duo, then, huh?)
The band's latest record, High Places vs. Mankind, maintains the foundation of dub rhythm and looped samples, but ventures into more standard instrumentation as well.
High Places plays The Summit Monday, April 5. Tickets are $6/$8. Call (614) 268-9377.
4) American Idol seems to be in the process of jumping the shark, if it hasn't already done so.
The Beat figures the show has provided a significant career bump for a host of contestants, unearthed a handful of singers who've become part of the pop-music vernacular, but given us only one bonafide superstar -- that being Carrie Underwood.
Underwood and openers Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia will play the Schottenstein Center Tuesday, April 6.
Tickets are $55/$45/$35. Call 1-800-745-3000.
5) Nothing makes a natural pairing like Todd Rundgren, who practically invented the modern-day obsession with studio puttering and creative use of gadgetry, and Robert Johnson, king of the front-porch acoustic blues.
OK, so that was perhaps a little more than a bit sarcastic, but Rundgren's latest effort is a collection of Johnson tunes, and he's touring a set of them, alongside his '70s and '80s rock classics -- including a stop at Newark's Midland Theatre Wednesday, April 7.
Tickets are $52/$39.50/$28.50. Call (740) 345-LIVE.