Jim Fischer highlights five shows/concerts worth your attention this week.
A quick newsy note in case you missed it: PromoWest Productions announced earlier this week that Express Inc. is the new naming sponsor for what is now the former LC Pavilion. The indoor/outdoor concert facility will now be known as Express Live! So now you'll know what people are talking about when, in a few months, they finally remember the place has a new name…
In another recent announcement we want to make sure you've seen, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced an April12 date at the Schottenstein Center.
But on to the immediate fun at hand:
NYC legends and Third Wave Ska pioneersThe Toastersare as rollicking a good time as they were more than 30 years ago. One of the few remaining of a great party-music scene, the band continues to release new music as well.
The Toasters will pop up again at Rumba Café on Thursday, Jan. 28.Soundtrack 96 opens.
Tickets are $10. Visitcolumbusrumbacafe.com.
Brooklyn collectiveTurkuazserves up heaping helpings of foot-stompin', head-bobbin', booty-shakin' funk. Boasting a two-guitar attack and powered by distorted bass lines, a full horn section and wiggy female singers, Turkuaz's tunes are inspired by the Parliament/Sly Stone/War canon.
Such tuneage is evident on the band's new record, Digitonium.
Best to come prepared to dance to Turkuaz's Thursday, Jan. 28, gig at Woodlands Tavern.Ghost Noteopens.
Tickets are $15. Visit woodlandstavern.com.
At 23, Grace Kelly has outgrown the "prodigy" tag, but not the "virtuoso" one.
The dazzling saxophonist/vocalist has emerged as one of the most influential female jazz performers going, her talent captivating legends such as the late Phil Woods and Lee Konitz, both of whom have recorded with her.
She leads the Grace Kelly Band into Columbus for a Saturday, Jan. 30, gig at Notes, as part of the Jazz Arts Group's Inside Track series. She'll perform two sets: at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $27.24. Visit copiouscolumbus.com.
ForTim Easton, playing a gig in Columbus is coming home.
The singer-songwriter isn't a native, but he made music and his home here for many years, and credits Columbus as being his artistic crucible, so he's still fairly described as a "local" artist in many respects.
Of course, he's no longer actually local, so when he's in town - as he will be Sunday, Jan. 31, at Natalie's - you should check him out.
Tickets are $12, reserved, $10 general admission. Visitnataliescoalfiredpizza.com.
Like his countrymen contemporaries, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev was known for his large-scale orchestral works and ballet settings. But he was also adept at chamber works, blending energy and lyricism.
The Ohio State University School of Music faculty will present a recital featuring Prokofiev's Chamber Sonatas Monday, Feb. 1, in Weigel Hall.
Admission is free. Visit music.osu.edu.