Credit: Kara Smarsh

Mega Music Summer

Twenty One Pilots

September 4-5, LC Pavilion
One of the most successful bands to emerge from Columbus in recent years, the pair returns for a rare two-night stint at the LC, which will likely sell out. Their dancey tunes, introspective poetry, and wild live shows have earned them a following around the globe, but for two nights, they’ll entertain locally.



June 4, LC Pavilion
The icon from the early-70s kicks off the summer concert season with his mesmerizing black magic guitar skills, weaving in elements of Latin music, rock, psychedelia, blues, and jazz. As a ‘thank-you’ to fans, he promised not to invite Rob Thomas if the show sells out.


Old 97s with Lydia Loveless

June 6, Newport
Columbus’s beloved alt-country wunderkind joins the Old 97s, rockers from Dallas with a complementary sound and more than two decades under their belt buckles. The evening promises to be a booze-tinged bash, perhaps best summed up by the Old 97s new song, “Let’s Get Drunk and Get It On” – Let’s drink whiskey and do it all night long!


Old Hundred

June 6, Ace of Cups
This Columbus quintet will release its next EP, I Don’t Want to Die, along with help from local acts Van Dale and Dolfish. Old Hundred’s brand of folk rock combines fiddle-ridden twang and steady rhythm with sweet melody, cutting guitar and haunting reverb.


Forest and the Evergreens

June 6, Skully’s
Lemon Sky and Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons join Forest and the Evergreens for their CD release show, featuring their slinky, jazz-rock-blues fusion. Parker Muntz’s smoky voice invites listeners in, and Mike Twice can barely keep his ass on the seat behind the drum kit. The Evergreens flat-out deliver the goods, every time.


Park Street Festival

June 6-7, Arena District
This marks the eighth year of the Park Street Festival, which brings more than 35 local bands to three stages over the course of two days. This year’s lineup – now under the curation of Woodlands Productions – includes the Salty Caramels, Erica Blinn, The Floorwalkers, and veteran jam rockers Ekoostik Hookah.


J Rawls

June 7, Double Happiness
Longtime rapper and beat-maker J Rawls will release his last studio album, The Legacy, backed by a legion of other producers at Double Happiness in the Brewery District. It’s a bittersweet occasion – the music scene was better for his presence – but come enjoy his new material one last time before he focuses on managing his label, Polar Entertainment.


Hank 3

June 8, A&R Music Bar
His grandpa was the original, his dad is that guy who used to sing on Monday Night Football, and Hank Three is his own animal, producing music that varies between true country (read: nothing you would hear on modern country radio) and hardcore punk. Whatever genre he chooses, the man’s a hellbilly, through and through.


Waka Flocka Flame

June 10, Park Street Saloon
Get it low, get it low, get it low, get it low, to the floor, to the floor, to the floor, to the floor, make it clap, make it clap, make it clap, make it clap. Repeat. Waka waka.


Washed Out

June 11, Newport
Washed Out’s second album of ethereal, nostalgic tunes propelled him higher within the modern alternative scene and helped him nab an opening spot for Foals at the last CD102.5 Holiday Show. He brings his (pick one) chillwave/trance rock/dream pop/effervescent club-hop back to the Newport for an encore. (Also, genre labels are stupid. We apologize.)


Wanda Jackson

June 13, Rumba Café
The Queen of Rockabilly released her 31st album, Unfinished Business, in 2012, which was the follow up to her 2011 album, The Party Ain’t Over. Six decades into her recording and performing career, this hard-headed woman’s still got some fire in her belly and something to prove.



June 17, LC Pavilion
Columbus’s favorite jam and pop-rock sons return for their annual summer bash, this time in support of their new album The Rockville LP. Yeah, so they’re actually from Rockville, Maryland, but they’re Buckeyes at heart. The big question – which version of “Hey Girl” (released on three albums) will they play?


Broken Bells

June 19, LC Pavilion
This powerhouse duo featuring the Shins’ lead singer James Mercer and everywhere-all-the-time producer Danger Mouse bring their melancholy electro-harmonies to the LC. The music may be a little less gnarly than Mouse’s collaboration with Cee-Lo, but the songs are still impossibly catchy.