This month’s music schedule for Columbus features a handful of local groups sharing the spotlight with other talented Ohio acts and even a couple out of Nashville, Tennessee. With a lot of local musicians sharing love for Music City, U.S.A., it’s a treat to have acts come through our city, show us love and get a good sense of how tight-knit the Columbus music community is. Halloween, as you know, is also at the end of the month, so for now, we’ll be looking at shows earlier in the month to save a special post for the spooky shows later on. Also, with not all of the below shows taking place during the weekend, try to hit up a weekday show to throw off a boring routine you might be stuck in.
Read below to check out six shows that may help you get out of the rut that you may be in from summer being over.
The Quasi Kings & Roots of a Rebellion @ Woodlands Tavern
A local reggae band that has been tearing it up in 2019, The Quasi Kings return to Woodlands Tavern for another energetic performance. Joining them from Nashville, the reggae jam band Roots of a Rebellion connect with The Quasi Kings in what promises to be one of the most dynamic Columbus live shows of the month. Akron band Land of Panda will be providing additional support. If you happen to get to the show early, a free Sublime tribute will be taking place at 7 p.m. featuring members of Columbus bands Devil’s Lettuce and Bummers.
Time: 8 p.m. | Date: Friday, Oct. 4 | Address: 1200 W. 3rd Ave. | Admission: $12
Mistar Anderson Duo @ Strongwater Events
The industrial Strongwater Event space at 401 W. Town St. has become the place to be on Mondays in 2019 for music. The live music series that started earlier this summer will feature Eric Rollin and Andre Walker of hip-hop, soul, funk and jazz group Mistar Anderson to kick off the Strongwater series in October. Known for their unique ways of incorporating greats from the past and ramping them up for modern audiences, Rollin and Walker built the foundation for the genre-breaking local Mistar Anderson. Impeccable rhymes and funky drum licks are just a couple of things that will blow your mind if you haven’t had the chance to catch these local artists yet.
Time: Doors 6:30 p.m. | Date: Monday, Oct. 7 | Address: 401 W. Town St. | Admission: Free
Hebdo @ The Parlour
Earlier this year, Experience Columbus did a Q&A with Joey Hendrickson, the mind behind the new intimate, speakeasy-like venue The Parlor. One of the few shows that are scheduled to take place at The Parlor this month features popular Columbus folk fixture Hebdo. The first artist to ever perform at The Parlor, Hebdo once again will be bringing passionate and engaging storytelling to the stage. Also, North High Brewing will be supplying drinks, free of charge, so your ticket cost goes a long way in supporting the local community.
Time: 7 p.m. | Date: Friday, Oct. 11 | Address: German Village (secret location revealed after ticket purchase) | Admission: $40
Del & the Wave, A Cure for Love, Guest House, The Buffalo Ryders @ The Shrunken Head
The bang-for-your-buck concert on this month’s list is a headline-packed party at The Shrunken Head. At the head of the pack is the dreamy-sounding indie-rock group Del & the Wave, which started out as a project in Connecticut and made its way to the Midwest. Circleville/Columbus group Guest House will also be providing those same dreamlike vibes with their introspective lyrics and guitar melodies. Rounding out the lineup are Ohio acts A Cure for Love and The Buffalo Ryders, so get ready for this Buckeye state throwdown.
Time: 8 p.m. | Date: Saturday, Oct. 12 | Address: 251 W. 5th Ave. | Admission: $8
Souther, Safari Room & Ghost Soul Trio @ Ace of Cups
Ace of Cups is known for attracting big-talent names in and around Columbus, and two of Columbus’ best happen to be sharing the same billing this month. The R&B and blues-driven music of Souther will have you swaying back and forth all while getting lost in the group’s powerful storytelling. On the other end is the experimental indie-pop group Ghost Soul Trio, who have had a big year with the release of their album Too Many Futures. Nashville group Safari Room, friends of Ghost Soul Trio, fit in somewhere in between with their ambient-sounding tunes.
Time: Doors 7:30 p.m. | Date: Thursday, Oct. 17 | Address: 2619 N. High St. | Admission: $7 / $10 DOS
The Cordial Sins In Memory EP Release @ Rumba Cafe
Rounding out this month’s list is another popular Columbus-bred band. The Cordial Sins, who have amassed a following from around the country touring in support of Elvis Depressedly and playing alongside many other major acts, come to Rumba Cafe to celebrate an EP that drew inspiration from the band’s latest tour and being on the road. Joining The Cordial Sins in the celebration are Columbus electro-folk group wyd and the all-over-the-place rock group from Nashville Oginalii, who come around Columbus every now and then.
Time: Doors 9:30 p.m. | Date: Friday, Oct. 25 | Address: 2507 Summit St. | Admission: $8 / under-21 pays additional $2