Costner concert will be recorded

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

More than local concertgoers might get a chance to see Kevin Costner and Modern West when the band performs at Packard Music Hall on April 22.

Promoters Sunrise Entertainment received notification Wednesday from Costner’s people that the band plans to tape the performance and footage inside the Warren venue for a possible future television project.

It would be nice to see the venue get some national attention.

The Academy Award-winning director and actor has been performing with Modern West – John Coinman, guitar and vocals; Blair Forward, bass; Teddy Morgan, guitar; Park Chisolm, guitar and vocals; Larry Cobb, drums – since 2007. The band has released four albums, including “Famous for Killing Each Other: Music from and Inspired by Hatfields & McCoys,” the History Channel miniseries Costner starred in and produced.

Costner’s next film, “Draft Day,” opens 11 days before the Warren concert. Costner plays the general manager of the Cleveland Browns in the film, which was shot last year in Cleveland.

Speaking of country music, Liberty native Bob DiPiero, who has penned 15 number one country hits and had his songs in the film “Country Strong” and on the television series “Nashville,” is bringing his songwriters series to Ford Family Recital Hall at the DeYor Performing Arts Center as a benefit for Compass Family and Community Services.

DiPiero will be joined by fellow songwriters Gary Burr, whose music has been recorded by everyone from Reba McEntire and George Jones to Ringo Starr and Kelly Clarkson, and Tim Nichols, whose songs include Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”

The songwriters take turns telling the stories behind the songs and performing them acoustically.

Ticket information for the May 2 show will be announced soon.

Rust Belt Theater Company in Youngstown announced its plans for the rest of 2014 earlier this month.

The theater founded by Robert Dennick Joki will continue its mission of showcasing original productions. Two new works will be featured this year. Joki and Josh Taylor are collaborating on a new musical version of “Alice in Wonderland” that will premiere Sept. 12.

Warren native Brian Lee’s play “Can You Hear Me?” a love story that unfolds between two people in adjoining prison cells who can’t see each other, is slated to open May 9.

Those productions will join past favorites, including “Forbidden Youngstown” (opens July 11), “Living Dead: The Musical” (Oct. 17), “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas” (Dec. 5) and the “Ugly Xmas Sweater Revue” (Dec. 19).

Joki also is bringing back his modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy “Electra,” which was the first play produced by Rust Belt at the Calvin Center. Once again, Terri MacSkimming will play the title role.

An actor showcase featuring Marisa Zamary opens June 6 for two weekends.

A Pittsburgh show was announced a few weeks ago, but Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rod Stewart and Santana won’t be skipping Cleveland on their joint tour. The two acts will play Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

Tickets don’t go on sale until March 31, but a presale for American Express card members starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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