Fall Arts Guide 2016: Must-see Concerts

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
Lydia Loveless

1. Fashion Meets Music Festival?, Arena District, Sept. 3–4?

This two-day festival will have four stages, one of which will be a runway with a fashion tent, featuring the season 11 winner of Project Runway, Michelle Lesniak, and a student design competition from CCAD. Passion Pit will headline a collection of more than three dozen musical acts.

2. Lydia Loveless?, Ace of Cups, Sept. 8?

Critical darling and beloved country-punk singer Lydia Loveless will kick off her fall tour here in her hometown a few weeks after the release of her new album, Real. Come see her stomping, belting set before she sets out across the nation through the end of October.

3. Wycliffe Gordon & ?the Bobby Floyd Trio, ?Copious Notes, Sept. 15?

Keyboardist Bobby Floyd, Columbus' favorite local musician per our July "Best of Columbus" Readers' Poll, hits the stage at Notes, the year-old music venue below its sister restaurant, Copious. Floyd's group will be joined by Wycliffe Gordon, a renowned jazz trombonist and multi-instrumentalist, for the first installment of the "Jazz Arts Group Presents" series.

4. Independents' Day Festival?, Franklinton, Sept. 17–18?

Given its wide variety of artwork and interactive events, calling Independents' Day a concert is a bit limiting, but the festival still provides a bounty of local music performances. This year's headliners include Cleveland's Cloud Nothings, local rockers House of Heroes, a Phantods reunion and Speedy Ortiz from Massachusetts.

5. Fall Fest?, Express Live and A&R Music Bar, Sept. 24

?CD102.5 makes its foray into the ?autumn festival scene with its inaugural Fall Fest, which offers a new British invasion of sorts. Performances include English artists Frank Turner, Jake Bugg and Haelos, and Scottish synth-pop band Chvrches, in addition to California punk rockers Bleached and Maybird from Rochester, N.Y.

6. Kanye West?, Schottenstein Center, Sept. 25

?In support of his newest No. 1 album, The Life of Pablo, Kanye West hits the road for an arena tour, his first in three years. Come to the Schott to witness one of the greatest rappers and producers of a generation; stay for the self-aggrandizing spectacle and potential temper tantrum.

7. Nick Tolford & Company?, Woodlands Tavern, Oct. 1?

Tolford and his backing sextet have been among the most popular live bands in town for the past several years for their Motown style, boisterous energy and Tolford's soulful vocals.

8. "Rhapsody in Blue"?, McCoy Center, Oct. 9 ?

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra will be joined by pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Charles Yang for an afternoon performance of the George Gershwin masterpiece. The concert will also include a rendition of Henri Vieuxtemps' "Yankee Doodle" and a violin concerto.

9. Phantogram?, Express Live, Oct. 18?

The contrast of heavy beats and dark synths against saccharine, seductive vocals has propelled Phantogram to alt-rock success. The duo will support its third album, simply titled Three, with a nationwide tour that stops in Columbus a month after its release.

10. Tegan and Sara?, Express Live, Oct. 25?

With the June release of their eighth studio album, Love You to Death, identical twins Tegan and Sara continue to hone the infectious pop melodies that have garnered them a worldwide following far beyond their native Canada.

11. Elle King?, Express Live, Nov. 4

?This singer burst into pop consciousness in late 2014 with "Ex's & Oh's," a hit single about her worldwide swath of discarded lovers. But you may have seen her long before then, as the Girl Scout in her father Rob Schneider's 1999 comedy "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."

12. Beethoven Marathon?, Ohio Theatre, Nov. 11–13?

In a tragic irony, Beethoven was unable to hear during his most prolific years; for more than four straight hours, Columbus classical music fans will hear nothing but him. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra will play a concert of his greatest music, in addition to chamber music and a lecture on the composer by Maestro Rossen Milanov.