It’s finally time to bundle up for good if you’re a Columbus resident. Although the outdoor lure of summer festival weather brought our favorite local artists to us in many diverse settings, the city still has a lot working for it when it comes to local indoor venues. From the jams that keep pumping out of Woodlands Tavern to the potpourri of holiday shows sprinkled throughout December at Rumba Cafe, there is still no shortage of local music, even when forced inside.
Read on to see what eclectic local talent will be touring through Columbus before 2019 comes rolling in.
The Quasi Kings EP Release w/ Electric Orange Peel & Urban Tropic @ Woodlands Tavern
The Quasi Kings have quickly turned heads in the Midwest jam scene, partly due to their ability to blend a handful of genres and instruments to hit that perfect, impeccable feel-good vibe. Evidence is in their single “What to Say” off of their upcoming EP “Throwaway Culture.” The show at hand will celebrate “Throwaway Culture” and feature help from some more heavyweights in the Columbus jam world. Staple Electric Orange Peel will join forces with Urban Tropic’s larger-than-life music for this winter warm-up.
Time: 7 p.m. Date: Saturday, Dec. 8 Address: 1200 W. 3rd Ave. Admission: $12
CD102.5 Presents The Cordial Sins & The Turbos w/ North by North & Lovesick Radio @ Rumba Cafe
The Cordial Sins have become one of those high-demand local bands that you’re lucky to see when they come through Columbus. And it’s no coincidence; their spacey vocals and instrumentation combined with raw rock emotion is enough to pack Rumba a few times over. They’ll be in good tearing-down-the-house company with a shared billing with electric rock outfit The Turbos, who did the nearly impossible task of making Kanye great again during a Halloween cover show earlier this year.
Time: 9 p.m. Date: Saturday, Dec. 8 Address: 2507 Summit St. Admission: $8/$10 DOS
Whirlybirds @ Natalie’s Coal-Fired Pizza
A genre that has almost been lost on a generation, Whirlybirds are giving the modern kids a reason to care and your parents' hope for the future of jazz music. The old of Whirlybirds is self-described as “New Orleans-style Dixieland and pre-WWII era jazz,” while the new incorporates modern styles of pop, soul and funk. For this performance at the legendary Natalie’s, be prepared to bop along to some holiday tunes with a mix of some familiar and brand new songs from this group of veteran musicians.
Time: 9 p.m. Date: Thursday, Dec. 13 Address: 5601 N. High St., Worthington, OH Admission: $10/$12 reserved
Gelatinus Cube Wild Animal Land Release Show @ The Shrunken Head
After three years of grinding, Gelatinus Cube is done with their album and excited to share it with you a couple weeks before you might open presents. Gelatinus Cube has been making alternative rock music for 15 years with almost every instrument under the concert band sun. As for what the upcoming LP will sound like, the band has been known for keeping their sound unexpected from project to project. Consider this show a steal at $5 with local support from mysterious hardcore rockers Why Omen and post-punk group FRIENDLY FAUX.
Time: Doors 8 p.m. Date: Saturday, Dec. 15 Address: 251 W. 5th Ave. Admission: $5
The Floorwalkers Annual Holiday Show @ Rumba Cafe
If you’re having a hard time deciding on what local holiday show to attend this year, The Floorwalkers may have solved your woes, twice. Some of the most relaxing, down-to-earth music to come out of Columbus comes from The Floorwalkers, comparable to the warmest blanket on the coldest day. With so much soul that it hurts sometimes, the former Cleveland natives will be bringing its grassroots sound back to Rumba for two nights of holiday bliss.
Time: 9 p.m. Date: Friday, Dec. 21/Saturday, Dec. 22 Address: 2507 Summit St. Admission: $12/$15 DOS, under 21 pays +$2
Popgun Beatles Night @ Rumba Cafe
If you had to pick one local band to host your holiday party, it might be Popgun. Known for curating themed musical events and throwing down juicy pop tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, a Beatles tribute is grade school homework for these legendary local rockers. If you happen to miss Sgt. Peppercorn’s Annual Beatles Marathon on Dec. 15, don’t balk on your second chance at Beatles’ redemption.
Time: Doors 8 p.m. Date: Saturday, Dec. 29 Address: 2507 Summit St. Admission: $12/$15 DOS, under 21 pays +$2