What To Do Tonight: Succomb to the softer side of Summit Street

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

As long as TV continues to trot out shows like My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (9 p.m., NBC) and Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious (9 p.m., The CW) during post-strike reconstruction, you'd do well to steer clear of your screen. The closest thing to respectable programming I can scrounge up is Prison Break's season finale at 8 p.m. on FOX. (And Sarah Connor after it, I suppose.)

Instead, why not get out and hear some music? Two Summit Street watering holes are showing their softer side tonight.

•Americana songwriter Jason Quicksall and his countrified colleague Joe Kile will go toe-to-toe, song-for-song at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St. Quicksall's "Cowtown Round" series continues Mondays for the foreseeable future at Rumba.

Andy Shaw Band continues its Monday residency at Ruby Tuesday, 1978 Summit St. I haven't spent much time with these fellows, but I must admit I was much more impressed today when I visited their MySpace page than I remember being in the past. I thought they were a strictly singer-songwriter deal, but they're blending reggae into the mix without going overboard. Check out "Oh So Many Days." Also, I really like that cake-themed poster.