Fab Five for April 14

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

In the early 90s, I worked in a record/CD store (a chain store, albeit a really good one, but don't ask if it was just like like High Fidelity).

Our store sold boatloads of Garth Brooks CDs. Truckloads anyway. I know, because I helped unload them.

Garth was a sensation. (He was also sensational.) Like 3-4 straight records over a five-year span on which it seemed every track was a hit. The store was also a TicketTron and later a Ticketmaster outlet, so we sold lots of Garth tickets, too.

But never like this. Not six shows over two weekends (April 15-17 and 22-24, at the Schottenstein Center), like a residency or something. More power to him.

You should probably get tickets. You wanna be the only one? Start by going to schottensteincenter.com.

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra recalls Vienna 1900 like it was a century ago. The place and time provides a broad framework tying together several upcoming programs, including concerts April 15-16 at the Ohio Theatre.

Music director Rossen Milanov will lead a program of works by Johann Strauss, Osvaldo Golijov and Gustav Mahler. Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw will join the CSO for Golijov's Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, which he wrote specifically for Upshaw.

The theme also encompasses the CSO's A Night in Vienna gala on Thursday, April 15 and will be seen again in upcoming Masterworks series performances.

Tickets start at $10. Visit columbussymphony.com.

Sarah Borges, a part-Bonnie-Raitt-part-Chrissie-Hynde rocker, plays Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza Tuesday, April 19, with her new backing band. Tickets are $25.

Borges, who has become a Columbus favorite, is coming off a respite during which she got married and had a baby. She has a new record in the works and is back and ready to rock 'n' roll.


Blues supergroup Golden State-Lone Star Blues Revue merges California legends Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty and RW Grigsby with Texans Anson Funderburgh and Wes Starr. Ridiculous is the word that comes to mind.

Crazy Mamas Concerts hosts the group's Columbus show Wednesday, April 20, at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza. Tickets are $15/$20. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.

Here's a sneaky way to pack more than five shows into a "Fab Five." (You're welcome, by the way. No extra charge.) There are so many terrific acoustic shows this week, we're going to jam them all into one entry.

Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman are a married couple and musical duo. As The Honey Dewdrops, the pair is a genuine roots-folk sensation, with guitars, banjo and mandolin accompanying Wortman's beautiful mezzo-soprano and Parrish's glorious harmonies. The pair plays Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza on Thursday, April 14. Tickets are $15 reserved, $10 general admission. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.

Six String Concerts welcomes postmodern singer/songwriter Tracy Grammer and rootsy singer/songwriter Angela Easterling to the Columbus Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 15. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students and $5 for children.

Grammer will play a special Family Concert the following morning. All tickets are $5.

Visit sixstring.org.

Boston-based singer-songwriterChris Trapperperforms primarily acoustic shows these days, but he's no old-style folkie. After cutting his teeth in alt-rock outfit The Push Stars in the '90s, Trapper settled in (after a fashion) to writing alternately goofy and sad story songs on a bed of catchy roots-pop.

See and hear Trapper Friday, April 15, at (yes, again) Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza on Thursday, April 14. Tickets are $15. Visit nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.

It's one thing to apply alternate instrumentations to the singer-songwriter milieu, and yet another to knock it out of the park.Timbre, a Nashville-based harpist songwriter, follows up the former with the latter. She plays Big Room Bar on Sunday, April 17. Tickets are $5. Visit bigroombar.com

Another wife-and-husband duo, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, hits town for a Thursday, April 21, gig at the Rumba Café. (Campbell led the late Levon Helm's band for years.) Tickets are $18. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.