Top 5 Don’t-Miss Gigs This Week

Since the weatherman is calling for more April showers this week, we’re giving you five good reasons to stay inside and rock out to encore-worthy live music—from local favorites to timeless superstars, country to a capella genres. You’ll start thinking the rain isn’t so bad after all.

1. April 26: An Evening with Crosby & Nash

Once part of folk-rock superstar group Crosby, Stills & Nash (and also Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), this classic 1970s duo presents fan favorites from the past four decades. While times have changed since their politically charged tunes of previous years, their musical brilliance (and Crosby’s awesomely bad rocker hair) has not. Tickets: $27.50–$53.50. Tues 8 pm. Taft Theatre, 317 Fifth St., downtown, (800) 745-3000

2. April 27: Colin Hay
After cutting his vocal chops with famed 1980s Australian band Men at Work (the creators of quirky single “Down Under”), Hay has continued to ride the momentum of his solo career. Having been a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Bands and contributing to the Scrubs soundtrack, the Aussie-American rocker is now supporting the 2011 release of his eleventh solo album, Gathering Mercury. Tickets: $20–$25. Wed 8 pm. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 779-9462

3. April 29: Tanya Tucker
In 1972, this country-singing prodigy broke airwaves at just 13 years old. Countless Tucker songs have become anthems of American life, and her loyal fans celebrate her newest tunes from My Turn, released in 2009. Bring your Wrangler jeans and boots, y’all. Tucker is authentic country. Tickets: $40–$75. Fri 7:30 pm. Newport Syndicate, 18 E. Fifth St., Newport, (859) 781-7700

4. April 30: Sweet Home A Capella
The word “a capella” used to conjure up images of a 1950s barbershop quartet. But these days, a capella has taken a turn for trendy. Three Miami University student a capella groups—the Cheezies, the Misfits, and the Mergers—team up to perform anything from Journey to Justin Timberlake. Instruments are so overrated. Tickets: $5. Sat 7:30 pm. Hall Auditorium, 101 S. Campus Ave., Miami University, Oxford, (513) 529-3200

5. April 30: Kry Kids Album Release
Be among the first to experience the newest generation of this local quartet’s pulsing electronica-punk beats. The fete—revealing their new five-song EP—comes complete with a selection of totally awesome Kry Kids duds and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Oh, and drummer Brent Donaldson is a former Cincinnati Magazine editor, so go show him some love. Cover: free. Sat 10 pm. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside,


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