Music fest brings ‘sounds of summer’

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l More than 15 area acts will perform on two stages Saturday at the Sounds of Summer Festival in Hubbard.

The main stage headliner will be Akron’s Ohio Weather Band, whose latest album is “Don’t Try.” The outdoor stage lineup will start with Joe Campana at 12:30 p.m., followed by The Service Monkeys, Smokey Honey Bluesband, Leo D’Angelo, The Super Babes, Avoxe, Black Wolf & the Thief, The HR Department, Fifth & Aurora, Hayden Brooke and Whiskey Pilot before Ohio Weather Band’s 10 p.m. set.

Performing inside Woodland Cellars, 212 N. Main St., will be Corey Azok, Frank Toncar, John Sailor, Drifting Thing and Zero to Sixty.

The festival runs from 1 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 in advance through Eventbrite or $10 at the door.

l “Dear Evan Hansen” won six 2017 Tony Awards, including best musical, and it remains a hot ticket on Broadway after more than 1,000 performances.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s been just as popular on the road. Its weeklong run in Pittsburgh sold out in advance. Cleveland gets the touring production for three weeks, but most shows only have limited seating available.

That doesn’t mean theatergoers without tickets are shut out. They might even be able to get a bargain.

Following a tradition started by “Rent,” “Hamilton” and other popular theater attractions, a limited number of $25 tickets will be available for each of the 24 Cleveland performances at the Connor Palace from June 11 to 30 through an online lottery.

Folks can register online at and click the register here button under Playhouse Square.

The lottery will start at 9 a.m. two days before the performance day, and entries will be accepted for 24 hours until 9 a.m. the following day. Winners and non-winners will be notified by 11 a.m. and they will have until 4 p.m. that day to purchase a maximum of two ticket for $25 each.

The tickets are non-transferable and can be picked up at the Playhouse Square box office one hour before curtain time.

The top tickets for “Dear Evan Hansen” sell for $159, so $25 tickets are a deal. Good luck.

l Opening Saturday at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is “Forever Warped: 25 Years of the Warped Tour Presented by Journeys,” which chronicles the history of the music festival that catered to generations of skate punks and emo kids. Artifacts include Katy Perry’s tiger-striped dress and pink guitar used on Vans Warped Tour 2008, which was her very first tour; a damaged guitar used by Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman on the 2005 tour; and No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont’s Gibson Explorer played at the original Vans Warped Tour in 1995.

A concert is planned as part of the opening festivities with Warped Tour alumni Simple Plan, We the Kings, Hawthorne Heights, Emery, Chali 2na & Cut Chemist, Meg & Dia and Peter McPoland & the Haps. Music starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35.

l Concertgoers will notice some changes when KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., starts its 30th summer concert season with country star Luke Bryan on Friday.

The outdoor amphitheater, with a capacity around 25,000 people, has increased the seating in sections 1-3, those closest to the stage. Those sections have new seats with “thicker softer cushions, adjustable armrests and cupholders” according to a press release sent out Wednesday.

All concertgoers will have the option to sample foods from celebrity-owned restaurant concepts at the venue. Art Bird, a partnership between former Oprah Winfrey chef Art Smith and Lady Gaga’s father Joe Germanotta, sells fried chicken, biscuits, macaroni and cheese and cole slaw.

Character actor Danny Trejo is the face of Trejo’s Taco, which sells Los Angeles taco stand fare like carne, chicken and mushroom asada tacos and chipotle chicken nachos.

Questlove Impossible Cheesesteak puts a vegetarian twist on the Philadelphia’s favorite sandwich using Impossible Foods’ meat substitute, and Wolfgang Puck’s California Pizza Kitchen will see 10.5-inch cheese and barbecue chicken pizzas.

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