So much concert news came out in the past week; here are some of the highlights.
Bruno Mars, the multifarious pop star whose pleasant Police bite "Locked Out of Heaven" has been inescapable of late, will headline Schottenstein Center on July 10 with support from breakout British pop singer Ellie Goulding and, according to Ticketmaster, Columbus-friendly indie-rock/soul hybrid Fitz and the Tantrums. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $48.10 to $102.30 after fees.
Anthem-flinging Vancouver rock duo/hometown hockey arena rabble-rousers Japandroids will play a CD102.5 Low Dough Show at Newport Music Hall on Wednesday, June 12. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for $5. (It bumps to $8.35 after fees, but I think that still qualifies as "Low Dough.")
Legendary Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah will play A&R Music Bar, which seems small for him, on Friday, May 3. Those tickets are already on sale, and they cost $32.50 after fees.
Celtic punks Flogging Molly (featuring Columbus resident George Schwindt on drums) will reprise last year's post-Crew game concert with a show after the Columbus Crew/Portland Timbers soccer showdown on Sunday, July 7. The Crew's website has more info.
Lastly, a large portion of the Ohio State Fair's Celeste Center performers were announced recently. So far it's the usual mix of aging country stars/second-tier classic rockers/Christian music: Steve Miller Band, Martina McBride, double bills including George Jones/Tanya Tucker and Styx/REO Speedwagon and Christian worship band Hillsong Live. Tickets for all that and more at Ticketmaster's Celeste Center page. If somebody like recent fair entertainers Weezer, Devo, Ke$ha or Miguel is announced later, we'll be sure to let you know.