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The October 2017 Live Music Round-Up: 31 Acts For The Month Of October

Get the heads up on all the live bands heading into town this month.

October, more like Rocktober, amirite? Alright, all awesome puns aside, October’s live set list is looking pretty legit this year. With this combination of big names, classics, and indie acts all headed to the Capital City, you’re going to find it hard not to go to each and every one of these live shows.

Well, we lumped them all together for one comprehensive round-up of all the bands stopping through that you’re definitely going to want to see. Each show is organized by date, so you can plan your concert calendar accordingly. So invest in some earplugs and grab your favorite band tee, we’ll see you out there once the curtains come up.

Theory of a Deadman

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What: Post-grunge Canadian rock band from Delta British Columbia. This band was one of the first to be signed by Nickelback frontman, Chad Kroeger.
When: Tuesday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

ZZ Top

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What: This classic heavy blues-rock band is all about big beards and dressing sharp. It’s not every day you get to see a live band in the rock and roll hall of fame so don’t miss out.
When: Tuesday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Ed Sheeran

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What: Ed Sheeran is a singer/songwriter superstar and a sometimes Game of Thrones extra. Watch him lay down his most popular hits right here in Columbus.
When: Tuesday, October 3  from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Nationwide Arena, 200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Modest Mouse

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What: Known for their densely eclectic sound, Indie rock legends Modest Mouse returns to the Capital City for an angst-fueled night of fun and debauchery.
When: Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Drive-By Truckers

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What: This country-alt band boasts “southern pride with erudite lyrics”. This band isn’t afraid of getting political, as they’ve proven in their latest album.
When: Wednesday, October 4, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Judah & the Lion

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What: An American alt-rock band from Nashville Tennessee, they’re probably best known for their song “Take it all back”.
When: Thursday, October 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Needtobreathe

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What: Just a set of good southern boys playing American Christian rock tunes.
When: Friday, October 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Marilyn Manson

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What: A British electronic pop duo from Silverdale, Lancashire.
When: Monday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Buddy Guy

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What: Don’t miss your chance to witness this legendary blues guitarist in action.
When: Wednesday, October 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: The Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phoenix

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What: Listen to the French Indie Pop band perform all the hits from their latest album, “Ti Amo”.
When: Tuesday, October 10 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Milky Chance

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What: Milky Chance brings their stylized folk music straight from Germany to the Capital City.
When: Wednesday, October 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Electric Six

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What: Electric Six specializes in a garage disco pop style that can’t be explained, you’re just going to have to experience it for yourself.
When: Wednesday, October 11 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m
Where: The Basement, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Columbus Jazz Orchestra 45th Anniversary

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What: The Jazz Orchestra celebrates it’s 45th anniversary and kicks off their 2017-2018 music season.
When: October 12 to October 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

A Day To Remember

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What: The band will be joined by fellow touring acts Moose Blood and Wage War.
When: Friday, October 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Max Frost

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What: Max Frost is a self-styled blue-eyed soul artist out of Austin, Texas. He combines elements of hip-hop, pop, and blues to make his own personal blend of music.
When: Tuesday, October 17 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: The Basement, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Andrew W.K.

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What: Andrew W.K. doesn’t just play party rock anthems, he defines them.
When: Thursday, October 19 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

O.A.R.

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What: Get in touch with their signature Americana jam rock sound and reconnect with superstar band O.A.R.
When: Thursday, October 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Jason Aldean

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What: Fan of Country music icon Jason Aldean? Want to hear such tracks as “She’s Country” and “Big Green Tractor”? Then don’t miss this live event.
When: Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

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What: Rossen Milanov conducts these classical masterpieces by Beethoven with Caroline Shaw on violin.
When: October 20 and October 21 at 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Where: Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

The War On Drugs

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What: The Philadelphia Indie rock giants The War on Drugs, just released their latest album, “A Deeper Understanding”. Take in their new tunes live as they continue their fall tour.
When: Friday, October 20 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Kings of Leon w/ Dawes

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What: Made famous by their singles “Sex on Fire” and “Use Somebody”, the alt-rock band returns to the forefront with a host of new singles and songs.
When: Friday, October 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43210

K.Flay

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What: K.Flay utilizes an “introspective” blend of hip-hop, indie, and electronic sounds to produce a sound all her own.
When: Friday, October 20 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Anna Nalick

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What: Most famous for her 2005 single “Breathe (2am)”, Anna Nalick comes to Columbus to perform her blend of soul and pop.
When: Saturday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
Where: Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St, Columbus, Ohio 43202

Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd

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What: If you can’t see Pink Floyd live, why not settle for the next best thing? Wish You Were Here may just be a cover band, but they do each song much deserved justice.
When: Saturday, October 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m
Where: Newport Music Hall, 1722 N High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201

Alt-J

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What: Alt-J brings their funky brand of experimental rock to the Arch City.
When: Wednesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where:  Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Ben Folds

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What: Witness the legendary Ben Folds wail away at the keys as he covers all your favorite classic tunes.
When: Thursday, October 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

MAX

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What: Known for his track “Lights Down Low” featuring Gnash, catch the artist as he wraps up his Meteor Tour.
When: Friday, October 27 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: The Basement, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Missio

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What: Comprised of singer/songwriter Matthew Brue and producer/instrumentalist David Butler, this electronic duo hails from Austin, Texas.
When: Friday, October 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: A&R Music Bar, 391 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Districts

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What: The Districts play good old-fashioned American Indie Rock, no genre-bending here. If you’re looking for pure, angst-filled amplifier static, look no further.
When: Saturday, October 28 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Basement, 391 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43215

The Front Bottoms

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What: The Front Bottoms are a two-piece indie pop-punk band from Wycliffe Lake, New Jersey.
When: Saturday, October 28 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

GRiZ

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What: With an album that just debuted at #1 on the electronic music charts, nothing is slowing down Griz as he continues his “Good Will Continue” tour.
When: Tuesday, October 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Express Live!, 405 Neil Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215

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