Fab Five for April 7

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Bruce Springsteen's coming to town next Tuesday.

What – you need me to tell you more about him?

How about this? Rock songwriter Bill Toms, who has toured, performed and written with The Boss, will play Saturday, April 9, at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. Toms' CD American Babylon was produced by Springsteen.

Toms' backing band, Hard Rain, is legendary for putting on a passionate rock 'n' soul show. Springsteen fans for sure should check this show out, even if you've got tickets to Bruce's April 12 show at the Schottenstein Center.

Tickets are $12 reserved, $10 standing room/bar. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra pays tribute to jazz-inflected-rock royalty in concerts that feature "The Music of Sting and Steely Dan" April 7-10 at the Southern Theatre.

Steely Dan's progressive writing and virtuosic playing made them one of the most distinctive sounding bands to come out of the '70s rock scene. Sting's solo work fused jazz, world music and pop to create compelling soundscapes.

Tickets start at $25. Visit jazzartsgroup.org.

Columbus's resident early-music ensemble, The Early Interval, is known for producing and performing concerts that are both well-played and well-considered.

In "Secrets and Mirrors: The Music of Ferrera and Mantua," the ensemble recalls the courts of these two courts of Northern Italy during a time when Renaissance music would have been in full flower.

The concert closes the 36th season of Early Music in Columbus, and will be held in Capital University's Mees Hall on Friday, April 8.

Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for seniors and $12 for students. Visit earlymusicincolumbus.org.

Aussie '90s vintage new wave dream-pop outfit The Church never ascended to the heights of some of its contemporaries, but not for want of interesting songs (you'll recall Under the Milky Way and Metropolis) or the quintessential shimmer-and-chime guitar sound of the era.

Those days may have passed, but the band never even went on hiatus. A recent album in the bag, The Church is touring North America, with a stop planned at Skully's Music-Diner on Wednesday, April 13.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Visit skullys.org.

Whether you want to categorize theLegendary Shack Shakers as punk-abilly or agri-dustrial matters little. Frontman Col. J.D. Wilkes knows how to rile up the masses, and the Shakers provide the perfect musical setting.

Check 'em out at the Rumba Café on Thursday, April 14. Pine Hill Saints opens. Tickets are $15

Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.