Twenty One Pilots Soar to New Heights

Twenty One Pilots *Taken from Higher Ground Music

Twenty One Pilots
*Taken from Higher Ground Music

This post was written by @MeganOkonsky who shares her love for good music, and only good music, on Music with Megan Okonsky.

At every show you go to there are opening bands that are nice and pass the time. And then there are opening bands that are so shockingly good they make you worry for how the headliner’s going to be able to follow them. For the past two years, that has been twenty|one|pilots.

Columbus natives Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun formed twenty|one|pilots in 2009 and have been creating a family-like fan base ever since, recently opening for such acts as Paramore, Walk the Moon and Neon Trees. They are well aware that there are only two guys onstage – not 21 (the name is a reference All My Sons, a play by Arthur Miller). Their high energy could top 21 other artists easily though; if you want to consume this “psych-pop” duo at their prime, see them perform live.

The need these guys have for putting on an unforgettable show is palpable and hits you like it hurts. They compete to see who will have the most energy on stage, and there is never a clear-cut winner. Tyler jumps off a piano. Josh flips off the piano. Tyler screams his soul into the microphone and Josh beats the crap out of his drums. Try getting bored at a show where the members of the band play on platforms held up by the audience. They never fail to amaze.

 Taken at Bunbury Music Festival, July 2013. Music with Megan Okonsky

Taken at Bunbury Music Festival, July 2013. Music with Megan Okonsky

Their music is not all about their tricks on stage. They could pull off a show without any gimmicks, with the straight and raw words of Tyler Joseph’s demons. It sounds emotional because it is emotional. It’s real. Hit up their self-titled first album and listen to “Addict With a Pen”; his confessions are humbling and his vulnerability is refreshing. In an era of pop music that hides behind drugs and uses blurred lines as scapegoats, we finally hear something real with twenty|one|pilots. Their music is a call to action, a call for honesty and community, spoken best in “Forest”.

Whether it’s from the first album, sophomore album, or occasional covers of “This is How We Do It” or “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, twenty|one|pilots is a band to pay attention to. The coming fall ends their current tour with Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco before a headlining tour around the globe.

They’re playing at the Breakaway Fest in Columbus today; pair this duo with Porter Robinson and Robert DeLong (who they’ll begin touring with this October), and you’ve got yourself one good day in Ohio.


A Day Full of Music for The Cade & Katelyn Fund

Dancing to Johnny Thief & the Kleptones

Dancing to Johnny Thief & the Kleptones


The fifth consecutive benefit concert for The Cade & Katelyn Fund was a huge success at The Beverage Source in Newark last night. A handful of generous sponsors and patrons led to an entertaining night with proceeds going to The Ohio State University Research for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Always fashionably late, I missed seeing Hollywood play. The Sunshine Room was awesome and it was a MUST that I finally see Johnny Thief & the Kleptones. The Kleptones’ guitarist, Pat Painter, “taught” me guitar when I was in high school. Quotation marks are needed for “taught,” because while he’s an incredible instructor, my diligent two days a week of practicing were not nearly enough to become as good as I wanted to be. And yes, he warned me of that.

I went back to Martin Music last year and have since forced him to learn all the British pop music I could make him learn. He loves it! Really! OK, at least we can agree that Prince’s Purple Rain is one of the greatest 8 minute long songs ever. Purple Rain was played twice last night. If that song can’t bring in more donations, then you’re totally fucked.

Reptile Smile closed out the benefit where the biggest star of the night was seen grabbing her crotch, encouraging audience members to dance and making everyone laugh and/or feel uncomfortable…

One final shout out goes to the food trucks last night, especially Mai Chau Truck. Spring rolls were the bomb.

Reggae Takes Over Downtown Gahanna



Seems I am one of very few who hasn’t heard of The Ark Band. The reggae group, based out of Columbus, performed last night as part of the City of Gahanna’s new summer concert series Creekside Live @ 5.

Concertgoers old and young danced and sang to classics like “Three Little Birds” and “No Woman, No Cry.” I enjoyed the provided Yuengling as I pretended to know every word I was lip-synching. Creekside and really all of downtown Gahanna is beautiful. I had never been to Creekside but will surely return for 80’s rock music when the Reaganomics perform July 19.

Creekside Live @ 5 kicked off earlier this month and will continue until the end of September. Check out the remaining scheduled concerts below and visit Creekside Live @ 5 for full details.

July 5 – JERSEY (Springsteen Tribute)

July 19 – Reganomics (80’s Rock)

August 2 – The Prodigals (Irish Rock)

August 16 – John Schwab Party Band (Party Variety)

September 6 – Grassinine (Mountain Rock)

September 20 – Capital Sound (Soul/Funk)

Drew Davis Dazzles at Brothers Drake Meadery (I LOVE alliteration!)



Columbus is home to many great musicians. Today, I’m putting the spotlight on one of my favorite singer/songwriters from the area. Although Columbus isn’t technically her home now, it’s the city that nurtured the talent of singer/songwriter Drew Davis.

Now performing across the country, while maintaining a marketing position in Austin, Texas, I couldn’t miss the chance to see Drew perform at Brothers Drake Meadery on 5th and High two weeks ago. Drawing an impressive crowd, Drew performed songs from her previous two albums and songs that will appear on her third album this fall.

In short, Drew’s music can be described as a cross between the seriousness of Fiona Apple and the bright, playfulness of Sara Bareilles. As I drank (slowly) my Scarlet Solstice, I fell in love with brand new song titled “Absence.” I hope this makes the cut for the new album. Other standouts of the night included “Ohio,” “Bottle of Sin” and “Not the Same.”

The four-year gap between her first two albums can be explained by a busy tour schedule and attending college in Georgia. However, I got word that the next album is being recorded THIS June with an expected release date later in the year; not even a year after her previous album, “Old, Old Heart.” 

Preview her music on SoundCloud then of course go to iTunes or Amazonmp3 to purchase her first two albums.

Drew Davis “Absence”

Me and Drew after the show 6/4/13

Me and Drew after the show 6/4/13