Songwriter launches 50 State Tour with seven Ohio shows

Instead of Twenty One Pilots' Tour de Columbus, songwriter Damien Jurado is embarking on a 50 State Tour, which he launched this month in Ohio. And though Jurado managed to book seven consecutive shows in Ohio without a single Columbus date (c'mon, Damien!), locals can easily catch him in Newark at new ballroom venue Thirty One West. While Jurado's recent, Richard Swift-produced releases have been psychedelic, full-band affairs, the musician prefers performing solo, stripping songs down to their emotional cores. (Safe bet)