Concert preview: Alive Summer Music Tour parties on at Ace of Cups

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Friday's installment of Alive Summer Music Tour is sure to be a party. Rock 'n' roll fun will be abundant when Washington Beach Bums, Strangers In Daylight and Van Dale take the stage at Ace of Cups for the latest edition of Alive's monthly summer concert series.

Lead sponsors Middle West Spirits will be there to offer up samples of their fine locally sourced OYO liquors, and a portion of every $5 cover charge goes to Music Loves Ohio, an organization that helps keep music education in Ohio schools. And did we mention the boozy camaraderie that's sure to unfurl? -Chris DeVille

Washington Beach Bums

From their triumphant, balloon-laden ComFest set to their gregarious debut LP Party!, last year The Washington Beach Bums firmly established themselves as the premier party-rockers in Columbus. And although this blurb could feasibly be reduced to "Party! Party! Party! Party! Party!" there's news to report from the Beach Bums camp. The band is hitting the studio next month to record a 7-inch for release this fall on their own Spacebuxxx Records. That, combined with a smattering of regional tour dates, means Friday's show will be their last in Columbus until Independents' Day on Sept. 21. So anyone hungering for the kind of festivities only Pretty Frank Dynamite, Joey Pizza and company can cook up ought to be present. Bonus: Chicken Sandwich Kyle will be in the house to guest on sax.

Strangers In Daylight

Saturday night at ComFest was a literal wash, but before the downpour poured down, Strangers In Daylight shined. Singer-guitarist Phil Palma, bassist Jamarr Mays and drummer Michael Murtha recently linked up with Karate Coyote frontman Ryan Horn, adding a second guitar, another layer of vocal harmony and a new slew of extra-sharp arrows for the anglophilic indie-rock quiver. They were taut and passionate, with melody to spare. Expectations for their forthcoming second album, then, are high. What once seemed like your average local bar band is now a force to be reckoned with, and we reckon Friday at Ace of Cups is an excellent chance to do that. Two Cow Garage/Ghost Shirt drummer David Murphy will be filling in for Murtha, so Strangers' songs should still pack the requisite wallop.

Van Dale

Do you like Weezer? What about Built to Spill? Pavement, perhaps? Great! So does Van Dale, the new project from This Is My Suitcase frontman Joe Camerlengo and Way Yes drummer Tim Horak. The group's first record, recorded and pressed to vinyl at Musicol and set for release this September, is a no-innovation-no-problem homage to the glory days of alt rock, tapping that melodic, distortion-drowned sweet spot. The songwriting is super, the performances are vibrant and the source material is first-rate. The dream of the '90s is alive in Columbus, and you can hear it for yourself when Van Dale opens Friday's showcase.

Ace of Cups

9 p.m. Friday, July 26

2619 N. High St., Campus