BY JULIAN SMITH
Hello Columbus! We’re back for another edition of the Weekend Guide and as always are so grateful for anyone who’s stopping by to stock up on solid tips for succeeding this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! It’s just as busy around HQ as it is in our fair city, so let’s not waste any time and get right down to business!
There was a period of time last year where I found myself listening to a lot of new music and wondering where all the guitars went. As it turns out, Lionel the Jailbird was stockpiling them up right here in Columbus, waiting to strike. Their music is steeped in the muddy swamps that birthed original, American Rock and Rock around the turn of the 20th century and has the raucous spirit of the bands who perfected it and made it famous in the sixties. Their sound is reflective of all of that, almost as if their album was a timeline for how the genre has progressed over the years. Given that description, their live show is what you might expect it to be: loud. They are a band in the classic sense, a three piece with a singer who has the ability to soar over their music and also occasionally plays violin. Okay, so maybe it’s not THAT classic.
Lionel will be playing Kobo Live (2590 N. High Street) on FRIDAY along with former Little Box performers Glow Merchants, Chicago’s Pet Lions, and Forest & The Evergreens. The show is 21+ and will cost you $5. Small Business Beanstalk members can get a dollar off of the cover charge by showing their member cards at the door!
+ LISTEN: http://lionelthejailbird.bandcamp.com
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Credit: Arlo Moon
Our friends at the fabulous Feverhead space (1199 Goodale Blvd.) will be housing a variety of works by artist Arlo Moon this month and will be hosting several viewings, including one on Friday. The night is described as being a one man show of sorts and several surprises have been planned, along with a few different performances and experiences that will vary depending on which night you attend. The shows are BYOB, but there will be food and drinks provided while supplies last. For more information on Feverhead, click here: http://www.facebook.com/feverhead
The Seasonal Help will be co-headlining with Vancouver’s Redrick Sultan at Ruby Tuesday’s (1978 Summit Street), with the show beginning at 9PM. They will be accompanied by Pet Names and The Beers. The Seasonal Help are definitely a band to watch this year in Columbus, so I highly suggest this show and checking out their tracks over at http://theseasonalhelp.bandcamp.com.
Friday also marks the big day for several of our city’s greatest local bands and We Are Columbus as the group’s showcase takes place at Treebar in Austin, Texas in part with South by Southwest. We could not be any happier for these bands and want to see them take their amazing music as far as it can take them, so join us in wishing everyone involved good luck and also a safe trip home! If you’re lucky enough to actually be at SXSW, make sure you stop by!
SATURDAYis St. Patrick’s Day, which I’ve found is either one of those days you love or despise. If you wait all year long to drown your sorrows in pint after pint of discounted Guinness and/or some suspect green beer, here are several options that we think might get you in the proper holiday spirit!
The Tree Bar (887 Chambers Road)presents A Boozy Brawl to End All!, featuring sets from the heavily buzzed about Bonneville, In Silent Movies, and M.T. Bearington from New Haven, CT. DJ Adam Scoppa will be playing the finest in classic soul vinyl in between sets and Tree Bar staff assures that everyone will be sufficiently smashed by night’s end.
My Best Friends Party (www.facebook.com/mybestfriendsparty) are taking over Skully’s (1151 N. High Street)for a banger of immense proportions and since everyone knows St. Patrick was Italian, they’re honoring history by bringing in Blatta + Inesha, an Italian duo that alongside fellow countrymen Crookershas been rocking parties in a legendary manner throughout the international EDM scene. They will be supported by local legends and trailblazers Roevy. Cover is $10 and the show is 21+ due to St. Patrick’s Day restrictions. Starts at 9PM and goes all night!
Everyone will be Irish for the evening at Outland (95 Liberty Street) and they may also be prone to random fits of dance, with sets coming from several local DJs. Half priced Irish Car Bombs will be available and doors open at 10PM. Admission is $3 for 21+ and $5 for illegals.
Brand new Columbus Punk band Other Halfwill be debuting at Carabar (115 Parsons Avenue), along with Machete, who have roots here as well as in Chicago. The bill is rounded out by New York’s Nude Beach and Vacation from Cincinnati. The show starts at 9:30PM and is free!
Saturday isn’t just for getting wasted and wearing green. There will be an important meeting at Union Cafe (782 N. High Street)for those interested in volunteering on behalf of Freedom to Marry Ohio. While we here at HQ tend to stay away from publicly discussing political issues, this is one that we feel is far too important to keep silent. We are all predisposed to falling in love and therefore should not be told who we can and cannot marry. The next few months are crucial for the advancement of this initiative in the state of Ohio, so please stop by Union at 6PM to see how you can help truly make our city an equal one! For more information, contact Eric Young (614.404.1912) or visit www.freedomohio.com.
And now we’ve reached the end, friends. I’ll leave you with one last recommendation, although it isn’t one for this weekend, and that is to check out our brothers in Psuedo/Sentai as they return home from their current residency in New York City for two shows at Kobo and Circus, respectively. The band will be performing it’s brand of spazzy, progressive Rock alongside a ton of great local talent, including The Weight of Whales and To Kill A Monster. For more information, check out this convenient commercial the P/S boys whipped up for your viewing pleasure.
Until the next time… stay pretty, Columbus. — SPNFD
(Julian Smith is one of Spoonfeed’s co-creators and editorial writers. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)