Amazing History Race returns June 22

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Folks can put their local history knowledge to the test this month with The Amazing History Race: Mahoning Valley.

The event is billed as a scavenger-hunt-meets-road trip as individuals and teams follow a set of clues to track down six different landmarks spread throughout the Valley. Participants will need their own mode of transportation and a digital camera or cellphone to document their finds.

For those who get stumped along the way, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society will provide a “lifeline.”

The race will start at 5:30 p.m. June 22 at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown, and the finish line will be at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, 34 N. Phelps St., Youngstown, where a post-race party is planned.

The cost is $7 per person. To register or for more information, call 330-743-2589.

• Friends and fellow musicians are invited to gather at the TCAP Building, 1230 Palmyra Road SW, Warren, for a musical tribute to Billy Johnson.

The Warren musician died last week at his home at age 65. Over the years, he played guitar with the Old School Band, Total Package and The Valley Boys.

The event will run 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

• Last year, the Canfield Community Concert Band put out the call for piccolo players to join it for its rendition of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” march at Austintown Township Park’s Fourth of July concert.

This year, the band needs trombone players.

The band hopes to attract 76 of the horn players to perform the song “Seventy Six Trombones” from the Broadway favorite “The Music Man.” Trombone players of all ages are invited to sign up at the band’s website,

This year’s concert is scheduled July 3 as part of the Austintown Fireworks Celebration.

• The 2018-19 KeyBank Broadway Series at Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare doesn’t start until October, but they’ve already announced one of the attractions for the 2019-20 season.

“Frozen,” a Disney musical based on the 2013 animated hit, will play Cleveland in the summer of 2020.

The musical has been a hot ticket since it arrived on Broadway in February, and it is nominated for three Tony Awards — best musical, best book and best score.

All shows in the KeyBank series run for at least three weeks. “Frozen” likely will get an extended run, but information about exact dates, casting and other details weren’t included in Wednesday’s announcement.

• For those heading to the Ohio State Fair this summer, three free concerts have been added to the entertainment lineup.

Those who attended last year’s Federal Frenzy knows what a great live act Welshly Arms is. The Cleveland band announced a major label deal with Universal Music shortly after that Youngstown date, and the album “No Place is Home” was released last month. The band will perform on the Main Street Stage at 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

Other Main Street Stage acts include Sister Hazel (best known for the ’90s rock / alternative hit “All for You”) at 8:30 p.m. July 28 and the country duo Love & Theft at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2.

Admission to all three is free with admission to the fair.

• This falls into the category of how much someone is willing to go through for a cheap hamburger.

Hard Rock Cafe opened its first location in 1971, and the company that now has more than 200 locations in 75 countries is celebrating its birthday June 14 by selling its Original Legendary Burger — half-pound burger with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, onion ring, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun and served with fries — for 71 cents.

The nearest Hard Rock is the Northfield Park racino, which will be serving the burgers on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m. to noon that day. Dine-in only. No reservations. Expect a line.

The regular price for the burger is $14.95.

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