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 thecip.org.
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 theridge.org.