Taddy Porter and his band

First of all, I was bummed to discover that The Subjects who are playing Bernie's tonight aren't The Subjects I saw at The Treehouse a couple years back at least, they don't have any Columbus date on their MySpace right now. So I can't endorse that show.

And I'm guessing most of you aren't ready to shell out lots of cash to see Billy Joel and Elton John at Nationwide Arena.

I can, however, nominate Stillwater, Oklahoma's own Taddy Porter as the performer of the night. I worry about back-to-basics rock 'n' rollers, who often go so far back to basics as to remove any trace of personality or pizazz. That's not a problem for Porter. His monster riffs and slide solos sound fresh, not stale, as if he just discovered the wonders of electric guitar. He'll play with Mount Carmel and The Main Street Gospel tonight at Circus, 1227 N. High St.