Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.

Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.

Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza hosts fascinating one-man band Suitcase Junket on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Suitcase Junket is the name of Matt Lorenz's slide-guitar playing, throat-singing endeavor - a captivating combination of tones created by the Vermont-born musician.

Tickets are $10. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.


Among the titans of the new folk movement, John Gorka boasts 11 original full-length records and a collector's edition career retrospective.

It's a career built on a warm, luxurious baritone perfect for bringing to life songs of emotion, depth and challenge. His latest, So Dark You See, is fresh yet indicative.

Six String Concerts welcomes Gorka for a Friday, Jan. 22, show at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Nashville country-rocker Sarah Peacock opens.

Tickets are $24 in advance, $27 at the door, $15 for students and $5 for youth. Visit sixstring.org.


One of our favorite music/arts initiatives in recent years is ProMusica Chamber Orchestra's "Composer/Performer Project."

ProMusica welcomes guest artists to both perform and have their composition(s) performed by the orchestra. In the past couple of years, the guests have been artists primarily known for composition given the opportunity to showcase their skill as performers. Cellist Joshua Roman is this year's guest, and turns the notion on its head just a bit, as the world-renowned instrumentalist performs his own Awakening – Concerto for Violincello and Orchestra.

The weekend concerts also feature Beethoven's cheerful Symphony No. 4 and a string section feature in Geminiani's Concerto Grosso in D Minor.

Saturday's performance will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Sunday's concert will be in the Southern Theatre.

Tickets are $12-$50. Visit promusicacolumbus.org.


The national tour of a brand-new production of The Sound of Music comes to Columbus for eight shows Jan. 26-31 at the Ohio Theatre.

This fresh, new mounting won't destroy any of the things you've always loved about the show, but there has definitely been a reimagining of the story. This is a great family show and a classic piece of musical theater, so make sure to get there before it says "so long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight." Tickets start at $33. Visit columbus.broadway.com.


One of thrash metal's "Big Four," Anthrax, despite periods of intermittent activity, personnel changes and health issues, has remained as concussive and visceral as ever.

The band marked the 30-year anniversary of its seminal Spreading the Disease record last year, and plans to follow up with a new record later this year.

Meantime, Anthrax has taken to the road, with a show planned at the Newport Music Hall Wednesday, Jan. 27. Sourblood opens.

Tickets are $30. Visit promowestlive.com.