Rest up, it’s going to be a busy weekend. Lots of celebrations (CD102.5’s holiday show, GBV tribute night, Crazy Mama’s reunion), some sold out shows, some “sleepers” that you really shouldn’t sleep on, the return of a former Columbus resident and more all happening over the course of three days.
Two BIG shows featuring Ohio talent happening at the Newport (Saintseneca, didi, Mary Lynn) and The LC (The Arcs featuring Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys). Tickets still available for both but expect packed houses.
One show that tickets are NOT available for is the Graveyard show at Ace of Cups. Another sell out booked by Starwood Presents. If you slept on this one, you’ll miss out on some Swedish ’70s-style hard psychedelic rock.
Kyle Sowash is throwing the 7th Annual Guided By Voices Appreciation Night at The Tree Bar. With a packed line up featuring 10 or so regional bands (like Winter Makes Sailors, Woosley Band, The Second State Butchers), this thing will kick off early (7:30pm). Many, many, many beers will be undoubtedly consumed.
Not sure how I feel about this … Pink Talking Fish kick off the first of a two-night stand at Woodlands Tavern. The “hybrid tribute fusion act” blends music by Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish into a unique aural experience.
Been listening to Indiana’s Bonesetters as I write this and might even call their show at Spacebar the “pick of the night”. Like a million other bands, these guys started as a folk band but filled out their sound with age – there’s an interesting mix of standard indie rock, spacey folk-pop, and ’60s-influenced surf rock in their sound. Whatever tag you throw on it, it’s pretty damn good.
A couple of other shows of note, The End of America bring their Americana-flavored folk rock to Brothers Drake Meadery while Teenage Aviation recalls female-fronted ’90s indie pop at Rumba Cafe.
With so many shows happening, Saturday should be a day of rest. Right? Nah. In fact, again, there are two big shows happening at The Newport (Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee) and The LC (CD102.5’s Holiday show featuring Silversun Pickups, Foals, Circa Waves, Wolf Alice). The CD 102.5 Holiday show is sold out and I wouldn’t be surprised if, by the time Waxahatchee hits the stage, The Newport is as well (so, in other words, GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!).
We miss Megan Palmer in Columbus but are thrilled that she’s doing so well in Nashville. Thankfully, Megan’s a regular return visitor and will be headlining the Garden Theater in the Short North on Saturday night. Black River Gypsies, Hollinger, and Coal Fired Bicycle will get things started.
There’s a big Crazy Mama’s reunion show happening at Skully’s (if you’re not old enough to remember Crazy Mama’s, ask your parents about the South Campus staple for the outcasts, goths, punks, etc.) featuring The Fleshtones, The Flyin’ Saucers, Screaming Urge and more. Let’s see if people can party like they used to in the ’80s!
If you want to relive the Used Kids/Stache’s scene from the late ’80s/early ’90s, Spacebar’s got you covered with the fuzzy, garage rock sounds of Fizzed, Bloody Show and The Ipps.
Too bad Dan Auerbach (The Arcs) is in town Friday night instead of Saturday night. He’d probably want to drop in to Shrunken Head to check out the blues rock trio The High Definitions.
Not much in the way of live shows. Panama Wedding and Great Good Fine Okay – who recently collaborated on a cover of the Phil Collins/Philip Bailey classic “Easy Lover” – will perform at The Basement with LA’s Scavenger Hunt.