With a new year upon us, it’s always a good time to set some goals for the next set of 365 or so days. If personal happiness is part of your plan, you may want to start by penciling in some dates for live music. Science says so. While you may not be able to catch a nationally-touring act every week due to your budget, there is always a plethora of local concerts that can effectively scratch your itch without breaking the bank. With strictly local showcases gaining traction, most of the time you’ll be able to catch three or more acts for under $10. Just remember, your dollar goes a long way in supporting local music and arts.
Below you can find a list of six local concerts that you can attend in January where your money will be well spent.
Something Else — Single Release Party @ Big Room Bar
Coming off of the 2019 release of their self-titled album and a succeeding single release in November, local post/pop quartet Something Else is kicking off 2020 with another single drop. Something Else’s first show of the new year will feature their first release of the new year with “All My Fault.” The Forty, Frankie Soleil and Zay will be joining Something Else for the occasion. All groups on the bill are local acts known for pouring a lot of emotion and energy into their music but with diverse auditory avenues.
Time: Doors 7 p.m. | Date: Saturday, Jan. 4 | Address: 1036 S. Front St. | Admission: $8 ADV / $10 DOS / U21 pays $2
Soul Sunday: The Robert Mason Trio @ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
One of the city’s most consistent showcases of local talent, Soul Sunday is giving you the chance to start off the new year feeling fulfilled. As always, brunch will take place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. accompanied by special performances from the Derek DiCenzo TRio and the Gospel Soul Brunch. For the evening performance, you can select from a soul food special on top of the regular menu. This iteration of the series features the incredible musical talents of The Robert Mason Trio. A well-respected piano player and arranger, Mason and his crew are an exceptionally fitting choice for Soul Sunday.
Time: 8 p.m. | Date: Sunday, Jan. 5 | Address: 5601 N. High St., Worthington | Admission: $10
Women Rock in Winter @ Craft & Vinyl
Four women-centric Columbus-area acts will be sharing the stage at Craft & Vinyl for a first-ever showcase. The record store/bar/recording studio/venue will be hosting Whitley Jean, Cortney Gail & The Worn Soles, Lisa Gain & the Rusty Silos and Morning Theft for this showcase featuring a wide variety of talents. As of late, Craft & Vinyl has been stepping up their game within the market of live local music. Women Rock in Winter is one of their best examples of showing that they have a finger on the pulse of the local music scene in Columbus.
Time: Doors 7 p.m. | Date: Friday, Jan. 10 | Address: 1806 W. 5th Ave. | Admission: $5
Columbus Covers Columbus 2020 @ Victory’s Live
It’s no secret that blues-rock group Zoo Trippin’ reps Columbus to the core. It’s also no secret that their event, Columbus Cover Columbus, has become one of the city’s greatest displays of local artists supporting each other. While the premise of the celebration began as a way for local music acts to pay homage to one another, it has since expanded to stand up comedy, poetry, live podcasts, speakers, burlesque, merchants and more across three stages. Some of the acts that will be performing over the three-day local festival include Electric Orange Peel, Cadaver Dogs, Tango Moms, Electro Cult Circus, Lindsay Jordan and many more.
Time: 5 p.m. | Date: Friday, Jan. 17 — Sunday, Jan. 19 | Address: 543 S. Hight St. | Admission: $10 (each day)
Summer Camp Music Festival On The Road @ Woodlands Tavern
One of the most consistent and prolific music festivals in the Midwest, Summer Camp Music Festival has attracted some of the best acts in live music over the past two decades. The competition to land a spot on the Summer Camp Music Festival lineup is no different. Each year a handful of some of the most gifted bands in Columbus come out to Woodlands to compete for a Summer Camp gig. This year PronToh, Fullsend, BareFuzz, TATTAT and Grello will be bringing their A-game funk for a chance to play the Chicago festival.
Time: 7 p.m. | Date: Friday, Jan. 24 | Address: 1200 W. 3rd Ave. | Admission: $10
Lily St. Clair Duo @ The Rambling House
The Lily St. Clair Duo will feature two hours of bass, harp and singing with Lily St. Clair and William Strickler during The Rambling House’s Wednesday happy hour. Citing influences such as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Lily St. Clair blends genres like jazz and the blues and is making a name for herself around town while doing so. The show is free, so you won’t have an excuse for not getting a Rambling signature Moscow Mule.
Time: 6 p.m. | Date: Wednesday, Jan. 29 | Address: 310 E. Hudson St. | Admission: Free