Concert preview: Mark Eitzel book reading, living room show

Joel Oliphint
joliphint@columbusalive.com

Mark Eitzel wasn't in Columbus long, but it still feels like a homecoming whenever the former American Music Club frontman comes to town. Ohio State initially brought Eitzel here in the late '70s, and soon after he formed short-lived punk-rock act the Cowboys, followed by the Naked Skinnies, a Joy Division-inspired precursor to AMC that he formed with Greg Bonnell (Moviola), Nancy Kangas and John Hricko.

While here, Eitzel also penned 18 pieces for music fanzineThe Offense, writing under the name Billy Lee Buckeye in nine issues of Tim Anstaett's handmade publication in the early 1980s. To celebrate Anstaett's recently published two-volume compilation,The Offense Book of Books, Eitzel will read from the book at Records Per Minute on Friday, April 19.

Eitzel came to town in 2017 for a Rumba Cafe show in support of his most recent solo album, the lovely (and, I'd argue, overlooked)Hey Mr Ferryman. This time around he'll play an intimate set on Thursday, April 18, in a local resident's living room (tickets, address and more details at undertowshows.com). Decades later, Columbus is still a city Eitzel recalls fondly. “Columbus is a great place because it's not snotty,” he toldAlive in 2017. “People were so cool — and by cool I mean, they were interested, interesting and friendly. As opposed to interested, interesting and assholes.”(Don't miss it)

Living Room Tour

8 p.m. Thursday, April 18

undertowshows.com

‘The Offense Book of Books' Reading

Records Per Minute

7 p.m. Friday, April 19

2579 N. High St., Old North