If you think the Disney show Imagination Movers is a blast, wait till you dig their live rock n' roll show.

If you think the Disney show Imagination Movers is a blast, wait till you dig their live rock n' roll show.

Dancing, singing, hand-clapping, shouting and that's just the audience.

Bringing the Idea Warehouse on the road, the Imagination Movers will stop at the Palace Theatre for a Friday, April 1, show. Tickets are $16-$36. Call (614) 469-0939.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears employs what could be called a scorched-air policy, both live and on record.

The stompin'-good blues-soul outfit from Austin, Texas, knows a groovy riff and fiery lick when it plays them, for sure. And you know The Beat loves a blues big-band, complete with horn section.

Touring in support of its sophomore release, Scandalous, BJLHB plays the Newport Music Hall Friday, April 1, with opener Those Darlins.

Tickets are $20. Call 1-800-745-3000.

Guitarist Hopkinson Smith will present a program of baroque guitar music, primarily from Spain, Friday, April 1, in Capital University's Mees Hall.

For nearly 40 years, Smith has been a leading light in the study and performance of period music on a variety of plucked instruments, from the lute to guitar to the vihuela. His Early Music in Columbus concert will feature the works of Gaspar Sanz, along with compositions by Guerau and de Santa Cruz.

Tickets are $12/$22/$27. Call (614) 861-4569.

Cirque de la Symphonie is a unique and wild concert experience, so we asked Columbus Symphony Orchestra associate conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, who leads the CSO's Cirque concert Saturday, April 2, at the Ohio Theatre - and has conducted these shows in the past - the one burning question on everyone's mind.

Just how close are those performers to you?

"Closer than I would like," he joked, adding "But since I don't get to watch much, ignorance is bliss!"

In all seriousness, the show features aerialists, acrobats and like-minded artists performing concurrently with live orchestral music.

Works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Rimsky-Korsakov will be featured.

Tickets are $20.50-$66.50. Call (614) 228-8600.


That's the self-described sound of Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, and his band, Orleans Avenue.

A gifted multi-instrumentalist and writer, Shorty is, in the words of a Critic Crony whose job it is to pay attention to such things, "one of those few guys you know him the second you hear him. He has managed to find his own unique and powerful style."

His band's latest CD, Backatown, is a Billboard chart-topper and Grammy Award nominee.

Columbus has fallen hard for Shorty, thanks to a handful of local appearances in recent years, with another in the offing Sunday, April 3, at the Capitol Theatre.

Stretch Lefty opens.

Tickets are $25/$30/$50. Call (614) 469-0939.

Need even more trombone in your weekend?

Headlining the annual Ohio Brass Arts Festival is more New Orleans-based 'bone action, courtesy the jazzy, funky Bonerama (yes, they know).

Lots of brass bands with clinics and what-have-you tossed in for good measure, the OBAF takes place Friday and Saturday, April 1-2 at Ohio State University's Weigel Hall. Tickets are $10/$15.

Bonerama also plays later Saturday at the Park Street Tavern. Cover is $5.

Visit the website at www.centralohiobrass.org/obaf.htm.

Serious fans have had their favorites, for sure, but for more casual fans of Celtic Woman (and at the risk of seeming to diminish their individual talents), does it matter who's still in and who's no longer with the troupe?

The show's the thing - the singers beautiful and talented, the arrangements lush, the staging exquisite and the presentation clean and professional. It's a brand - a powerhouse built on PBS and now extensive touring.

Touring that sees Celtic Woman back in Columbus on its Songs from the Heart tour in support of a new CD Sunday, April 3 at the Ohio Theatre.

Tickets are $30/$68. Call 1-800-745-3000.

You want a classical guitar show? CityMusic has one planned for Sunday, April 3, at the Bluestone.

You want a Latin folk guitar show? CityMusic has one planned for Sunday, April 3, at the Bluestone.

Yeah, it's the same show. The Brasil Guitar Duo (seemingly) effortlessly weaves many forms together. It helps that Joo Luiz and Douglas Lora are crazy talented and have been playing together for more than a decade now.

Tickets are $10/$20/$25. Call (614) 223-3093.

Like The Breeders meets The Cranberries, Welsh trio The Joy Formidable is dream-pop covered in tangy fuzz, at once ferocious and glistening.

The band's debut CD, The Big Roar, hits the day after its date at The Basement on Monday, April 4.

Tickets are $12. Call 1-800-745-3000.

In the spirit of Jason & the Scorchers or The Jayhawks is Dallas, Texas' Old 97's, blending the spirit of the south with an urban bar-band ethic - fire up the Fenders, put your head down and charge onward.

Old 97's boasts 15 years of sweat-inducing shows and shout-it-out-loud records, the most recent of which is The Grande Theatre Volume One, a slate of stuff created while in residency at Dallas' Sons of Hermann Hall.

Old 97's will play the Newport Music Hall Tuesday, April 5. Tickets are $17/$20. Call 1-800-745-3000.