5 Ways to Expand Your Musical Palette

1) Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
Looking for a new band to sit back and chill to? You may recognize Nashville-based folk-rock group Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors from various TV shows and commercials (does anyone watch The Middle?!). Their poppy interpretation of folk music appeals to all generations. If you like acts such as Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, or The Milk Carton Kids, then Drew Holcomb is right up your alley. See him Wednesday, October 14, at the Lincoln Theatre. Click here for more details!

2) Carmina Burana
If you’ve never seen Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana performed live, YOU NEED TO! I’m positive you would recognize more from this cantata than you realize, trust me. But seeing it performed live is intense, joyous, and almost overwhelming. Conducted by the Columbus Symphony’s new Music Director, Rossen Milanov, Carmina Burana will be performed by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra October 2 & 3 at the Ohio Theatre. Click here for more details!

3) Kinky Boots
Looking for some sparkle in your life (or your playlist)? The music of Kinky Boots will surely make you want to get up and dance, maybe even throw on some red platform boots first. Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who meets Lola, a fabulous drag queen in need of some sturdy stilettos, at just the right time.  If you love Cyndi Lauper, you will absolutely love Kinky Boots, well, because she wrote it! Kinky Boots will be at the Ohio Theatre October 6-11. Click here for more details!

4) Boney James
Anyone who’s ever told you that jazz is boring is so wrong! Boney James brings a new meaning to jazz, with his high energy sax lines and unique style, combining jazz with funk, soul, and pop elements. Plus, how classy would you feel going to a jazz concert with your friends. No one needs to know that you were dancing in your seat the whole time. Boney James will be at New Albany’s McCoy Center for the Arts October 18. Click here for more details!

5) Opera on the Edge

I have spoken to many people in my life who have never seen an opera, ever. What’s up with that? If you want to dip your toe in the opera pond, Opera on the Edge is the perfect start. Featured at Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro, this innovative and non-traditional program is designed for those who have no experience with opera performances. It’s abridged (about an hour), sung in English, and only $10! Opera on the Edge will be performing Verdi’s La Traviata October 25 through November 15 at Shadowbox Live. Click here for more details!

by Anna Schaeffer

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