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Byrne brings theatrical show to Cleveland

“Hamilton” had some competition Tuesday for the best theatrical experience in Cleveland. David Byrne brought his American Utopia tour to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica that night, and it was a show that makes me want to talk about it as a theater critic instead of a concertgoer. If it was ...

Bell brothers make a Kool return to area

The “Gang” returns to its old stomping grounds the weekend. Brothers Robert “Kool” and Ronald “Khalis” Bell lived in in New Jersey when Kool & the Gang formed more than 50 years ago, but the brothers were born in Youngstown and returned to the area regularly as children ...

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On sale this week • Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has been added to the lineup for Rocktopia, the classical-rock concert event co-created by Youngstown Symphony Orchestra conductor Randall Craig Fleischer, and the concerts will feature two movements not heard on Broadway. Snider joins ...

Bigger crowd coming for second Y-Live

For the second Y-Live concert at Stambaugh Stadium, more people will be going and they will have more places “to go” while they are there. Promoter Eric Ryan said this year’s show headlined by Florida Georgia Line already has sold 20 percent more tickets than the inaugural event with ...

Lot of ups, not many downs for Wallen

Careers in the music business tend to go up down, up down. For Morgan Wallen, it’s been mostly up. Wallen had a record deal and a publishing deal within six months of moving to Nashville in 2015. He topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart earlier this year with “Up Down,” ...

Fairview hosts 24 Hour Theatre

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: l 24 Hour Theatre returns this weekend at the Fairview Arts and Outreach Center in Youngstown, home of Top Hat Productions. The event, which used to be staged at Trumbull New Theatre in Niles, gives performers a chance to create and stage ...

Italian Fest brings music, food downtown

YOUNGSTOWN — The 33rd Greater Youngstown Italian Fest returns to downtown Youngstown. The festival offers more than 40 food vendors selling Italian delicacies and fair food and more than two dozen retail craft vendors. New this year is a homemade wine contest. Entertainment is ...

Straw Hat stages ‘Forever Plaid’ for 3 weekends

The musical “Forever Plaid” will close the Straw Hat Theatre season on the grounds of the Ashtabula Arts Center. Written by Stuart Ross, “Forever Plaid” tells the story of a 1950s vocal group that dies on the way to its first real gig. Through a set of otherworldly circumstances, ...

Kids First stages ‘Shrek’

The Oakland Center for the Arts’ Kids First Theater Initiative will stage “Shrek the Musical” for a two-weekend run. Based on the popular animated film, the musical by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for 441 ...

Alteras is on ‘Fire’ after Warped Tour dates

Michael Dulay went to his first Vans Warped Tour concert when he was 15 years old. “Last time I went, I said, ‘I’m not going again unless I’m playing it,” the 27-year-old guitar player for Alteras said. This year, the Austintown native got to go twice, as Alteras played the ...

Millennial’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is just superb

COLUMBIANA — If Jesus had a fan club, what would it look like? Probably a lot like the opening scene of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical being presented by the Millennial Theatre Company at the Crestview Performing Arts Center. His followers, who in ...

Persistence and partnerships pay off for band manager

Two laptops and a desktop computer constantly run whenever Nicholas Mishko is in his tiny office in downtown Cortland, and his cellphone seldom goes more than a couple minutes before lighting up with another text or call. As a band manager, Mishko spends a lot of hours in that office, but ...

Harmonica duo performs with Packard Band

A father-daughter harmonica duo will perform Sunday with the W.D. Packard Concert Band. George and Janalyn Miklas have been playing harmonicas together since Janalyn was 2 years old. They now perform at harmonica festivals nationwide, including the international harmonica convention ...

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Wrestling comes to Packard WWE’s NXT Live! returns to Packard Music Hall on Sept. 8. NXT is a developmental division of the wrestling federation, and its matches appear exclusively on the WWE Network. Tickets are $75, $40 and $20 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the Packard box office ...

River Saints will record live album

Steve Vuich bought himself a 60th birthday present — a live album. Vuich’s band, The River Saints, will play three shows this weekend at the Apollo Maennerchor Club in Sharon, Pa., and all three performances will be recorded for an upcoming live set. “I wanted to document this ...

Parks farm hosts Bug Day

YOUNGSTOWN — Bug Day runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield. Kids can earn a “Master of Bugology” diploma by playing bug bingo, racing bugs, hunting for bugs, making a bug craft and other activities. Admission is free, and the ...

Baby boomer rock opera finds millennial audience

Nothing like a little national television exposure to turn the quintessential baby boomer rock opera into an appealing production for a younger generation. Millennial Theatre Company Artistic Director Joe Asente said NBC’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” on ...

P-Funk crew fills stage at Packard

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure I’ve attended events at Packard Music Hall where there were fewer people in the audience than there were on stage Saturday with George Clinton. Clinton had least 18 people in his ...

Selah Dessert Theatre announces upcoming season

Selah Dessert Theatre will use fewer actors for its entire 2018-19 season than the average community theater uses for one production. The intimate theater space above Selah Restaurant in Struthers will use eight actors, and the four shows planned already have been cast. “I precast this ...

Stambaugh receives $100,000 grant

The Youngstown Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Stambaugh Auditorium. The money will be used toward the engineering and design phase for the restoration and replacement of the outdoor staircase, pavilion and Fifth Avenue entry way of the concert hall. The restoration and replacement ...