MAVIS STAPLES PLAYS FOR FREE TONIGHT, PEOPLE!! Photo by Chris Strong
Free concerts, expanding breweries, neighborhood block parties — this weekend has it all. As always, here’s what I’d do this weekend if I could be everywhere all the time.
It’s not often you get the chance to see a living legend perform for free. Unlike other living legends I’ve seen perform, Mavis is still relevant, vital and full of vigor. A truly unique music-going experience this weekend, in one of the city’s most picturesque settings. These are the moments that make me fall in love with this city over and over.
During my 90-minute interview with Zauber’s Geoff Towne last week, we talked way more about beer than the subject at hand (his picks for this week’s Things We Love feature). Which, you know, I’m not complaining. I love talking beer, and so does Geoff. What excited me most about his plans for the Grandview brewery (beyond positioning his bar as another great option to watch soccer games) are his plans to move beyond the expected craft-brew offerings. As he launches four new beers to the public this week, you might see an IPA on tap, but it’ll come with a twist, in their case, a Belgian twist. Expect the same from Zauber’s other beers, which will mostly arrive with Belgian and German inspirations behind them. Towne used the phrase “depth of field” often, and it’s exactly what Columbus’ microbrew scene needs more of.
I probably look forward more to CrestFest every year than any other Columbus festival. I don’t mean to oversell it; it’s not much of a “festival.” But that’s precisely why I’m so enamored with this neighborhood block party. It’s small, unpretentious and gives me a chance to get to know my neighbors, listen to live music and drink in public — mere blocks from my front door. If you’re looking for a more low-key music festival this weekend, opt for this one.
The hippest festival this weekend arrives via Franklinton, of course. This eight-year-old arts festival expects to take advantage of the neighborhood’s fledgling arts ambitions by presenting its biggest lineup yet. Watching the live creation of outdoor murals is hella cool enough, but you won’t want to miss out on the chance to tour 400 West Rich, the artist collective helping put on Urban Scrawl. The huge, sprawling, labyrinth-like corridors provide the most illuminating insight into our city’s diverse arts scene.