Let me see if I get this right – a cover band covers many different songs by many different artists and a tribute band pays tribute by covering just one band’s songs? If that’s the case, Columbus needs less cover bands and more … WAY MORE … tribute bands. (Come on tribute bands, let’s start a rally, the Cleveland tribute band scene blows away the Columbus tribute band scene!)
Though they play shows few and far between, Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys, Columbus’s (only?) Queen tribute band, will grace the stage for the first time in a year Friday night at Kobo.
Mr. Fahrenheit and the Loverboys will be performing with the Mrs. Children tribute band Ghost Shirt (just kidding … I think) and Chicago’s Milano (definitely NOT a Chicago tribute band, though I think I’d pay to see a band cover “25 or 6 to 4″). Doors at 8, Ghost Shirt kicking the music off at 9:30. More info here.
Life can change in an instant. Last July, I asked an old friend of mine, Brian Hake (Kopaz singer/guitarist), and his Van Halen cover band (Van Haken), to perform at my 40th birthday bash. The band blew the roof off KOBO putting on a show that some might argue was better than the real thing.
Then, in January, life got real – Brian was diagnosed with Leukemia. By enduring multiple chemotherapy treatments at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State Univerisity, Brian’s cancer is now in remission and he’s continuing to be proactive in his fight.
I invite you, Donewaiting readers, to join me for the second annual Chip Midnight 40th birthday bash, at KOBO (2590 N. High St.) which is not only an excuse to get together a bunch of bands I really dig to cover songs I really like, but, more importantly, is an opportunity to help raise money for the Hake-n-Roll Pelotonia team which will be riding 100 miles earlier that day to support the James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University. A portion of each $7 cover will be donated to the Hake-n-Roll team. Continue reading →
I’ve never understood why the Jimmy Gnecco-piloted band OURS doesn’t sell out arenas while peers such as Muse and Coldplay (all of whom were either directly or indirectly influenced by Jeff Buckley) are international superstars.
Though rumors continue to swirl that Gnecco is going to replace Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver (rumors that Gnecco hasn’t totally shot down), the singer hasn’t put aside OURS and has recently announced he’ll go the PledgeMusic route for OURS’ next release – his 4th under that name; he also put out a solo, acoustic album, The Heart, in 2010 and then re-recorded it with a full-band and released that version in 2011.
OURS will be road-testing new material, and performing songs from their back catalog, Sunday night at Kobo. Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 day of show. Locals The Receiver open the show.
That flyer is for tonight’s debut show of Connections, a new Columbus band with a noteworthy lineup: Adam Elliott of Times New Viking, Kevin Elliott of 84 Nash, Dave Capaldi of El Jesus de Magico, Philip Kim of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch and Andy Hampel of 84 Nash. Kevin Elliott posted some Connections songs on SoundCloud awhile back, but those have been taken down because, Elliott says, “They weren’t representative of what we are doing now. Until tonight, it’s somewhat a mystery as to what we sound like.”
Not content with just one debut show, Connections will play three in a row this week:
Wednesday (5/16) @ Kobo
W/ Francis Bacon Band
Thursday (5/17) @ Cafe Bourbon t.
W/ Washington Beach Bums
Live comedy from “Doin’ It Wrong”
Friday (5/18) @ Double Happiness
W/ Psychedelic Horseshit
Jeff Fernengel (Tree of Snakes) in the lounge
Onetime Bonnie “Prince” Billy tourmate and collaborator Cheyenne Marie Mize played last year’s Nelsonville Music Festival, and her set was memorable for me because a.) I introduced her, b.) she had just lacerated her finger or hand and instead of canceling the show just learned new ways to finger chords, c.) she sounded great, and d.) she’s, well, easy on the eyes. (I doubt someone could pull off the concept for this “Wishing Well” video so successfully otherwise.)
But point C is the take-home here, as you’ll also notice from the video and Mize’s new EP, We Don’t Need, which is out now on Yep Roc. There’s not one song that sounds like another, so expect her to keep things varied tonight on the Kobo stage.
Donora and Fever Fever open tonight’s show. Doors at 8pm, $5.
For the second year in a row, Joe Peppercorn (The Whiles, Watershed) will perform the Beatles catalog in it’s entirety AND in chronological order. It’s a massive undertaking and, fortunately, Peppercorn will get by with a little help from his friends (Parker Paul, Jesse Cooper, David Murphy, Branden Barnett, Chris Bolognese). The show starts at 4:30pm this afternoon at KOBO and cover is $5.
Read (614)’s story about how this came to be and what Peppercorn has been doing to prepare for the big day.
Here are the set times for the individual albums. The 215-song set list is after the jump.
Please Please Me 4:30
With The Beatles 5:20
Hard Day’s Night 6:10
… Beatles For Sale 6:50
HELP 7:30 PM
Rubber Soul 8:10 PM
Revolver 8:50 PM
Sgt Pepper 9:30 PM
Magical Mystery Tour 10:15 PM
White Album 11:15 PM
Yellow Submarine 12:35 AM
Let it Be 12;50 AM
Abbey Road 1:35 AM Continue reading →
Not sure what brings J Robbins to Columbus for a Friday night Happy Hour show, but what a lucky score for KOBO. For indie rock geeks with their feet firmly planted in the ’90s (yes, I’m one of you!), this may be THE show of 2011. Robbins will be performing with cellist Gordon Withers and it’s not at all a stretch to think this will be a stripped-down (yet, somehow, at the same time, face-melting) tour of the singer/producer’s recorded history, from Jawbox to Burning Airlines to Office of Future Plans.
A few years ago, the boys in Miranda Sound employed the talents of Mr.Robbins to produce arguably their greatest album, 2006’s Western Reserve so it only makes sense that half of that now-defunct band (Dan Gerken and Sean Sefcik) have been tapped to warm up the crowd.
Doors at 6, Mir-half-a Sound (get it?) start around 7, J Robbins closing out the Happy Hour show starting around 8. $5 will gain you intimate access to what promises to be one of the best shows of the year.