Columbus has a lively, budding music scene, with dozens of places to hear live music that draw in a range of talented artists. Each month, The Lantern will highlight some of the best acts to come through the city. Stay tuned to see what we think is worth the ticket price.
October is one of the most perfect months of the year. The leaves are changing to nature’s most beautiful hues of fiery red and burnt orange, Pumpkin Spice Lattes complement the breezy walks to class and it’s finally boot and sweater weather. In harmony with these seasonal standouts, Columbus has plenty of concerts scheduled for the month, offering the ideal escape from chillier temperatures or overwhelming school load.
The Neighbourhood — Saturday at Newport Music Hall
Odds are you’ve heard this indie band’s “Sweater Weather,” AKA the perfect song for the season. But upon closer listen, you’re likely to fall in love with the rest of The Neighbourhood’s repertoire. This is the perfect show for the Newport, a small enough venue to have a decent shot at seeing the stage, but big enough to accommodate the band’s growing fan base. Bring a friend or two, duck inside and forget the football team for a Saturday night in favor of some truly great indie music.
The concert is set to kick off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show. Ghost Loft and Lovelife are the opening acts for the show.
Columbus Symphony Orchestra — season opener Saturday at Ohio Theatre
While some students listen to classical music while they study, the genre is largely unappreciated among college-age crowds. Some of my fondest memories from growing up involve seeing the Cleveland Orchestra play at Blossom Music Center, and I was always grateful I grew up exposed to more than just whatever was on the radio. Travel back to a time of finer, higher-class music by making your own memories seeing the Columbus Symphony Orchestra this month. The show will likely be an unforgettable musical experience and it’s the perfect excuse to immerse yourself in culture.
The CSO has several shows throughout the month, continuing into the winter, but the season opener is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Adult tickets start at $25 before fees and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
Franz Ferdinand — Oct. 16 at Newport Music Hall
This indie rock, post-punk band hails from Scotland and brings with it one of the most fun concert atmospheres imaginable. It seems every song this band plays is completely intoxicating, and something about its music makes listening to it passively without singing along impossible. The Columbus show comes on the heels of Franz Ferdinand’s August release, “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action,” and the band is sure to mix in new loves with old favorites, coercing the crowd to its collective feet for everything from 2013’s “Right Action” to 2009’s “No You Girls.”
The doors are set to open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available for $28.50 in advance and $30 the day of the show.
Jonas Brothers — Oct. 24 at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Now hear me out … If you’ve gotten to this point in the column, you obviously trust me, right? The Jonas Brothers aren’t the same squeaky-voiced, baby-faced children they were when they were singing in Disney Channel original movies or straightening their hair for “Teen People” cover shoots. They’re grown up. Nick has been on Broadway and fostered a solo career that highlighted his pure, raw talent. Kevin got married and has his own reality TV show with wife Danielle. And Joe … well Joe got more attractive and better at taking artsy Instagram photos — they all have their thing. Anyway, there’s no denying these boys are talented and they put on a good show. If you can fight past the screaming 16-year-old fangirls, this is a concert worth attending. I promise.
The doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. for the show, and Bonnie McKee is set to open. Tickets are available for $49.50 before fees.
Other shows to consider:
Phoenix with The Vaccines, Thursday at the LC Pavilion: The opening act The Vaccines is a fantastic band to see live, definitely one of the best English indie rock bands to cross the pond in the last few years. The show is a two-for-one steal with the truly fun and talented French alternative rock band Phoenix headlining.
The 1975, Oct. 15 at A&R Music Bar: This British import indie band is on the rise — catch them while the venue’s small, if you can barter a ticket for this sold-out show.
The Pretty Reckless, Oct. 29 at A&R Music Bar: Go to see “Gossip Girl’s” Little J (Taylor Momsen) all grown up, performing rock ‘n’ roll.