Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.
For 17-plus years, I wrote a thing for ThisWeek Community NEWS called The Beat, and a weekly feature was Fischer's Fab Five – five shows/concerts/performances, regardless of genre, style or medium, that I felt were worth your attention.
We're excited to bring a little bit of that to The Latest at CM. You're welcome.
Michigan second-generation new-grass outfitGreensky Bluegrasstakes standard bluegrass instrumentation and turns it inside out. Not literally, of course. More in the "this ain't yer granddad's bluegrass" sense - fresh, creative acoustic music played with serious chops.
A seemingly perpetual touring schedule, supporting 2014's If Sorrows Swim record, sees the quintet back in Central Ohio for a Saturday, Jan. 16, show at the Newport Music Hall. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades opens.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Visitpromowestlive.com.
Gadgets, girls and theme songs. Every James Bond film has 'em.
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra celebrates the legacy of music from the film series Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Ohio Theatre. Sheena Easton will be on hand to perform For Your Eyes Only, as the Scottish siren and a handful of other vocalists, along with the CSO, recall Goldfinger, Nobody Does it Better, Moonraker and more.
Tickets are $25-$68. Visit columbussymphony.com.
The biologicalBob Marleyfamily tree is represented byZiggy Marleyand his Melody Makers. The musical Bob Marley family tree is tended by Aston "Familyman" Barrett, who leadsThe Wailers, carrying on the musical legacy he helped Marley create.
It's arguable that, if you're only going to see one reggae show, this should be it – "this" of course referring to the Saturday, Jan. 16, show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Visitpromowestlive.com.
Local pop and soul actTrace Marie and blue levelwill play a set of jazz and soul covers as well as original tunes Saturday, Jan. 17, at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza.
The band played Natalie's last year in a dynamite show to mark the release of its Rayleigh Scatteringrecord, a tribute and interpretation of the sounds that have defined Columbus music through the years.
Table seating is sold out. Standing/bar tickets are $10. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
Julien Baker is a college student (Middle Tennessee State University, outside Nashville) despite being the long-time frontwoman for rock quartet Forrister and, more recently, a solo artist.
Her emotionally-charged solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was kind of an accident (pun intended, by me at least), a collection of songs written during an intensely challenging emotional period for the young singer/songwriter, written more as therapy than anything else.
The songs, obviously, have found the light of day, as has Baker, to an extent. She plays the Big Room Bar Monday, Jan. 18. Fields and Planes opens.
Tickets are $10. Visit bigroombar.com.