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Live Music Abounds this Weekend in the Arena District: Feb. 4 - Feb. 10

The Arena District, quickly becoming one of Columbus' hottest spots for live national and local music stops, has another eventful weekend ahead.  So bundle up, put on your snow boots and head out to Columbus' hippest districts for some great music and greater fun.

The Basement to Host MTV Featured Pop-Punk Band

On Thursday, February 4th, newly signed pop-punk rockers from Virginia, The Friday Night Boys, continue the Once it Hits Your Lips Tour with a stop at Columbus' underground rock scene home.  Because of the immediate success of their  independent debut EP, The Sketch Process, in the Spring of 2008, the band was asked to perform on MTV's Total Request Live on a segment called "On Your Radar".   Since then, they have signed a record deal, released their first full-length album, Off the Deep End, featuring the sure-fire hit "Stuttering", about the all-to-familiar circumstance of a boy attempting to talk to the girl of his fancy, and embarked on their first headlining tour.  Their catchy melodies and real-life lyrics are proving to be a rising force, so catch them while you can in this most intimate of settings.  Support for the tour is provided from Anarbor, The Ready Set, The Bigger Lights and Great Big Planes.  Doors open at 7:00 to all ages for just $12.

Then on Friday, February 5th, The Basement hosts the DF 2010 Kickoff Show presented by Down Front Productions.  The show features local talent The Fritz, Etana Caplin, Liberty Deep Down, Twenty One Pilots, Only the Hopeless Surrenders, and Death Card.  Doors open at 5:30 to all ages with a $12 cover.

The weekend closes on Saturday, February 6th with a show from Hurt People, Hurt People presented by 6th Street Vacant.  Support for the show will be given by Postscript, afortiori, and High-Five Atom Bomb. 

The A&R Music Bar Welcomes National Tours 

Michigan band, Greensky Bluegrass, brings their brand of original songs and soundscapes played with traditional bluegrass instruments to Columbus on Thursday, February 4th.  Winners of the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition,  Greensky Bluegrass, in addition to becoming embraced within the bluegrass community nationwide, are also accepted emphatically within the jam-band community.  On any given night, along with their set of originals, one may hear covers of Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley turned bluegrass.  Doors open at 8:00 to all ages for just $12.

Then on Saturday, February 6th, guitar prodigy Scotty Bratcher will take the stage.  Scotty says he has been playing guitar since the age of two when he first fell in love with the blues-y style of Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Since then, Scottie has cut out his own unique style mixing blues with southern rock and crossing boundaries that blues bands rarely feel free enough to cross.  He has toured and played with the likes of Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Foghat, Buddy Guy and many more.  Doors open at 8:00 to all ages with a $7 cover.

Park Street Tavern Busy with Weekend of Music and Super Bowl Chilli Cook-off

On Friday, February 5th, Faux Real 5 will take the stage in order to fill up the dance floor and turn up the heat on Park Street!  The following night, professional cover band Mrs. Robinson and the Graduates will entertain the crowd with their mix of classic rock goodies.  But that all sets the stage for Park Street Tavern's 6th annual Chilli Cook-off and Super Bowl party.  Come out to watch the big game and enjoy soul warming chilli!

As always, if anyone was forgotten, feel free to e-mail me at and I will make updates as soon as possible.  Thanks for stoppin' by and have a safe and wonderful weekend in Columbus' Arena District.


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