Robins Theatre seat sponsorship underway

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• The Friends of the Robins Theatre Foundation is planning a “Sponsor A Seat Day!” on Saturday to raise money for the restoration of the downtown Warren theater.

All of the main floor seating was removed earlier this year to be refurbished completely — frame, paint, wood and upholstery — and to help offset the cost the public is being asked to sponsor seats.

Each sponsored seat will have a permanently attached metal plaque with room for a three-line inscription to commemorate individuals, family members, organizations, businesses, etc. There are nearly 1,500 seats available, and seats can be sponsored on the main floor, mezzanine or balcony.

The cost is $289 per seat, but that doesn’t mean the seat will be yours once the theater reopens. It’s not a permanent reservation. Event tickets will have to be purchased separately.

Sponsorships can be done online now at Those interested also can go to the Sunrise Inn, 510 E. Market St., Warren, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to sponsor a seat in person. Sponsors can choose their specific seat, and images will be on display of the restoration process.

The Friends of the Robins Theatre Foundation Inc. was formed to provide support for the restoration and maintenance of the venue. It has applied for and is awaiting IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) organization. Once that is received, all seat sponsorships will be tax deductible and a confirmation will be sent to all sponsors acknowledging the donation.

l Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership is seeking site-specific proposals for three public art projects.

The pieces will be installed in the areas of Woodland Street NE and Logan Avenue NE, Atlantic Street NE and Vine Avenue NE and Austin Avenue SW.

Artists selected for the projects will be paid for their work.

The deadline for proposals is Monday. For more information, contact Denise Rising at or 330-720-6535.

• DJ Alan Freed’s history in Cleveland — his 1952 concert The Moondog Coronation Ball is considered the first rock concert — helped the city land the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But Freed isn’t a native Clevelander. His family moved to Salem when he was a child and he graduated from Salem High School in 1940.

Salem will celebrate Freed with its first Freed Fest on Saturday.

The Salem Historical Society will have a display about Freed on view from 1 to 4 p.m. Eleven venues will offer live entertainment during the day and street performers also will be featured.

The entertainment lineup will include Austen Hutton Band, Wes & Jerry, Amy Russell, Praise Band, Broadway House Band, Brad Etto, John & Dave, HiFi, Sugar Tree Alley, Leo D’Angelo, Finding Sparky, Randy Strader, Abbey Road, Nifty, John Volio, Billy Page, Marshal Sarginger and members of Whiskey Pilot.

Performances are scheduled 9:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday. Additional information is available on the Salem Second Saturday Facebook page.

l Concertgoers will notice some changes when KeyBank Pavilion starts its summer season June 1.

A lounge has been created in the pavilion with a private bar, communal tables and a drink rail, where fans can get out of their seats but still have a view of the stage.

For those on the lawn, a two-tiered lawn deck with roof, private bar and chairs have been added as well as a reserved lawn area. A space will be sectioned off toward the front right of the lawn and includes complimentary chair rental. Of course, access to the lawn deck and the reserved lawn costs extra.

New food additions at the Burgettstown, Pa., amphitheater include grilling areas serving certified humane BBQ pulled pork and BBQ pulled pork hot dogs, loaded tater tots at The Coop, cheesesteaks and buffalo cheesesteaks at Chickie’s & Pete’s and ice cream and waffle cones from Bruster’s.

The first at KeyBank will be the Dave Matthews Band on June 1. The band will release “Come Tomorrow,” its first studio album since 2012, the week after the concert, and tickets for the 2018 tour include either a CD version or digital download of the new record.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at