This title disclaimer will run until I’m sick of it.
This is a look at things coming through town (mostly music but look for more theater and visual art as Fall gets underway) I’m excited about this week. Title is inspired by A making a joke to a great friend of ours, “Rick’s going to start a blog letting you know what’s coming to town called ‘Hey, Fred! Guess what?’” Appearance here does not constitute an endorsement by the real Fred. Big inspirations are Steve Smith’s Agenda posts in Night After Night and amigo Andrew Patton’s weekly column for Mark Subel’s JazzColumbus.
This is not intended to be comprehensive. For that, Joel Treadway’s Cringe does a great job and has for 20+. If someone knows an equally good guide to theater and visual art, let me know and I’ll link that too. I don’t intend for this to cover every local band I like every time they play. If I wrote up every time two of my friends played a show together the things I want to highlight would get lost and it would be more hassle and stress than it’s worth to me. I want to note something that strikes my interest as special: a record release, a rare reunion, something new I worry will get lost in the shuffle, but obviously that’s going to be capricious and not follow a strict guideline.
The big thing this weekend is my better half’s birthday on Friday the 25th. I love you, baby! So this is going to be a light week for me going out, and also a light week for tempting options.
Summer’s hitting its stride; find a cookout someplace. There should be sun-dappled laughter for miles.
July 22, 2014
Michaela Anne; Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. 3rd Ave. Brooklyn-based Americana singer Michaela Anne comes through town to Woodlands, toting a voice that reminds me a lot of Amy Cervini. Many of the songs are mining long-stripped alt.country clichés, but the best material on her new record Ease My Mind finds new twists in familiar-seeming melodies and a fresh lyrical spin on even the stodgiest war horses. This could be your chance to get in on the ground floor of something we’re all talking about in a couple of years. Starts at 7:00pm, no cover.
July 24, 2014
Richard Buckner; Rumba Café, 2507 Summit St. It feels like Richard Buckner has played Columbus every few months for the past year, which is a treat for fans and a songwriting clinic. Promoting his best record in some time, last year’s Surrounded, Buckner’s Dwight Yoakam-after-too-many-cigarettes voice is always enthralling and he’s got a catalog full of the best heartbreaking abstraction this side of Suzanne Vega. Sean Gardner, local guitarist and songwriter in a similar vein, opens. Starts at 8:00pm, $12 tickets available at Ticketweb.
Slick Andrews & the 3C Drifters; Dick’s Den, 2417 N. High St. One of the finest straight ahead honky-tonk bands Columbus has seen in quite some time, Slick Andrews brings his Lonesome Ned-styled voice to a handful of strong originals and the best array of classic country covers you’ll ever see. He’s backed by a crack band of local all-stars and doesn’t play with the full band very often; take the chance to “beer it up” (one of his records) on a Thursday that I promise will leave you very, very thirsty. Starts at 10:00pm, $4 cover.
The Singles with The Hexers; Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St. Vincent Frederick’s Detroit garage rock stalwarts The Singles packed up and moved to LA some years ago, but they’ve returned as a built-for-speed two piece (with Gore Gore Girls drummer Nicky Veltman) touring a phenomenal record, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break. All the crunch and sugary hooks of their best work with a little more summertime swing. Local juggernaut The Hexers, no strangers to dance floor-filling stomps or some catchy sweetness, are the perfect complement to this bill. Doors at 9:00, $5 cover.
July 25, 2014
Anne’s Birthday; everywhere. Buy her a drink if you see her out; we’re not that hard to find.
Dr. John and The Night Trippers; Park Street Saloon, 525 N. Park St. The last few years, Dr. John has been touring with a band largely comprised of Columbus all-stars, including keyboard giant Bobby Floyd, killing drummer Reggie Jackson, and trombonist/bandleader Sarah Morrow. He’s finally paying back – or paying forward – with an intimate Columbus show and, knowing the band members and Dr. John’s encyclopedic recall of everything great in American music of the 20th century, this promises to be a sweaty, raunchy dance party that could be the hottest night of the summer. Starts at 8:00pm, $42 tickets available at Ticketweb.