Columbus native and internationally acclaimed violinist Christian Howes is back in town this week for a series of performances around the fifth installment of his Creative Strings Festival. Per the press release:

"Ten national guest artists, including violinists, cellists, bassists and pianists, will rehearse with 30 string players from around the globe as part of the Creative Strings Workshop which takes place June 29 – July 4, 2009 at the Otterbein College campus. Ten ensembles headed by these guest artists are scheduled to perform at venues all over Columbus during the week."

Howes and company will pop up daily from 12:30-2 p.m. for lunch-time gigs at the North Market, 59 Spruce St., and nightly from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Dick's Den, 2417 N. High St. The full schedule after the jump...

Columbus native and internationally acclaimed violinist Christian Howes is back in town this week for a series of performances around the fifth installment of his Creative Strings Festival. Per the press release:

"Ten national guest artists, including violinists, cellists, bassists and pianists, will rehearse with 30 string players from around the globe as part of the Creative Strings Workshop which takes place June 29 – July 4, 2009 at the Otterbein College campus. Ten ensembles headed by these guest artists are scheduled to perform at venues all over Columbus during the week."

Howes and company will pop up daily from 12:30-2 p.m. for lunch-time gigs at the North Market, 59 Spruce St., and nightly from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Dick's Den, 2417 N. High St. The full schedule after the jump...

North Market schedule:

Daily lunchtime shows at the North Market, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. June 30th and July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (Free)

Dick's Den schedule:

§ Monday: Rob Thomas § Tuesday: Double Bill: Stephanie Nilles and FiddleFoxx plus Bluegrass jam § Wednesday: Alex Hargreaves and Bert Ligon § Thursday: Double Bill with Jeremy Kittel and Marcelo Vieira § Friday: Double Bill with Billy Contreras and Daniel Kelly § Saturday: Christian Howes and Friends

Plus these special performances:

Tuesday, June 30: -Jazz Jam w/ Erik Augis and Pete Mills at Park Street Tavern, 501 Park St., Columbus, OH ($5) 8:30-11 p.m. -Jazz Jam at Rumba Café, 2507 Summit St., Columbus, OH, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1: -Creative Strings Showcase at Espresso Yourself Music Café, 50 W. Olentangy St. Powell, OH, 6:30-8 p.m. ($4) Thursday, July 2: -Creative Strings Showcase at Espresso Yourself Music Café, 50 W. (Olentangy St. Powell, OH, 7-9 p.m. ($4)

Friday, July 3: -Christian Howes and Friends with special guest Alex Hargreaves at Rumba Café, 2507 Summit St., Columbus, OH, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ($5) -CSW Youth Jazz String Orchestra at Battelle Hall, Otterbein, 4 p.m. (Free) -Creative Strings Showcase at Crimson Cup Coffee House, 7-9 p.m. (Free)

Saturday, July 4: -Marcelo Vieira At Havana, 630 N High St., Columbus, OH (Free) -Daniel Kelly at Gallery Hop on High Street in the Short North , 8-10 p.m. (Free) -Christian Howes with the Bobby Floyd Trio at The Lobby, 2390 S Hamilton Rd., Columbus, OH, 6-9 p.m. (Free) -Bluegrass Jam at Bluegrass Musician Supply, 1370 S High St., Columbus, OH, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Free)