Unconventional Party: Three more to see at PromoWest Fest

Joel Oliphint
Ryan Adams

With more than 30 bands performing over three days, there's plenty to take in at PromoWest Fest. While headliners like Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips and Brand New get the largest type size on the marquee, here are three more to pencil into your weekend.

Ryan Adams

Friday, 8:30 p.m.

I'd argue that sober Ryan Adams is at his best when he's accompanied by just his acoustic guitar, as he was on last year's excellentLive at Carnegie Hall. But full-band Adams means there's potential for some songs from his track-for-track cover of Taylor Swift's1989, which is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures.


Saturday, 8 p.m.

A Fort Hayes grad turned producer/DJ/songwriter/"Mad Men"-theme composer, RJ Krohn returned home to Columbus after spending some years in Philadelphia, and any local festival that can get him on the lineup would be dumb not to do so.

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die

Sunday, 3 p.m.

One of only a few PromoWest Fest bands with a sound that could also land them at the AP Music Awards (the others being All Time Low and Brand New), TWIABP's name is as unwieldy as its eight-person roster. But the emo-revival band's slow-build post-rock is a thing to behold when the crescendos come crashing.