Fab Five for April 21

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

I will say this for Kiefer Sutherland's Americana-country record Down a Hole. He is a good actor.

Which is not to totally disparage Sutherland's efforts here. Just that, well, you can do better. In fact, here are five ways to do better than Sutherland's April 26 show at the A&R Music Bar.

Shadowbox Cabaret is set to tear the roof of the sucka starting tonight (Thursday, April 21), with the debut of Front Street Funk, an all-music show that pays tribute to the eminently groove-able, danceable genre.

The show features more than 25 funk tunes from the 60s through today, and offers a video and spoken word retrospective of the story of funk mixed in throughout.

Front Street Funk runs most Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Sundays, through Aug. 11. Tickets are $25; $20 for students/seniors/military. Visit shadowboxlive.org.

Folk-blues master Keb' Mo' has a brand new live double-record out and, as an added treat, is offering up a new slate of live shows in celebration.

The trip to Newark's Midland Theatre to catch Mo's Sunday, April 24, show, is worth the relatively short drive, both for the show and for the hall, a match for any of CAPA's restored Columbus theaters.

Tickets start at $35. Visit midlandtheatre.org.

Dynamic American pianist Angelin Chang will perform her first solo recital in Columbus on Sunday, April 24, in the Cardinal Health Auditorium of the Columbus Museum of Art.

The Grammy Award-winning artist will perform a rich and varied program, including works by Schubert, Beethoven, Messiaen, Debussy, Chopin and Bach.

The free concert is sponsored by the Sunday at Central concert series. Visit sundayatcentral.org.

Oh, and if you're interested but not available, the concert will be live streamed at columbusmuseu.org/cma-live.

Straight-up rock songwriting has taken on a sort of nostalgic place in modern music-making. SoCal quartetDawesembraces this hidden art, creating songs via smart storytelling set to tunes that fairly shimmer just beneath a layer of dust.

Generations of the region's music-makers found this approach fruitful – from the Bakersfield country sound of the 50s and 60s, through the Laurel Canyon sound of the Byrds and CSNY and into the 70s courtesy SoCal Sound rockers like Jackson Browne and The Eagles. Dawes owns a rightful place on this timeline, its post-modern traditionalism on full display on the band's latest LP, All Your Favorite Bands.

Dawes plays the Newport Music Hall, with opener Hiss Golden Messenger, on Tuesday, April 26. Tickets are $23.50 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit promowestlive.com.

BONUS: For a related take on this SoCal rock tradition, check out Matthew Logan Vasquez, formerly of Delta Spirit, Monday, April 25, at The Basement. Tickets are $12. Visit promowestlive.com.

Husband-and-wife teamJohnnyswimmines the full spectrum of Americana forms, from country and folk to jazz and soul, setting the results of this excavation in fresh, contemporary works.

A new record is one the way, and the band is keeping itself and audiences entertained meantime with an acoustic tour, with a stop planned at Skully's Music-Diner Tuesday, April 26. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Visit skullys.org.