Brian’s picks

1) From my perspective, anybody doing respectful and artsy covers of 1970s pop material from Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is an artist worth seeing and hearing. So right here, I tip my cap to Broadway star and bluegrass/folk/pop/rock musician Ramin Karimloo, slated to be in concert with “From Broadway to Bluegrass” at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the Cabaret at the Commons series at 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Tickets, at the $15 and $30 levels, are going fast. Information: 812-376-2638 or

2) Comic singer Tim Hawkins’ purposely sophomoric spoof of Kansas’ classic hit “Dust in the Wind” triggered hard, juvenile laughter when I first heard it online last week. And I suspect it is may be funnier live. The performer brings his clean comedy to two shows at The Ridge church in Columbus, but only the 4 p.m. concert still has seats remaining. Tickets are $25 and $45 and are available at

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.