Music options abound this weekend
There is an abundance of great live music options this week.
Some of them are free. All of them cost less than a lawn ticket at Blossom Music Center or KeyBank Pavilion.
• River Rock at the Amp is expanding beyond its classic rock forte on Saturday with Uptown Funk, a tribute to current pop hitmaker Bruno Mars, at the Warren Community Amphitheatre, 321 Mahoning Ave. NW.
The band recreates the sound and the dance moves of Mars, who is known for such hits as “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “Marry You,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “When I Was Your Man,” “24K Magic” and the song that give the tribute act its name.
The horn-driven classic rock of Guys without Ties will get the music started at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, with children 12 and younger admitted free.
• Youngstown’s Spirit of the Bear will be joined by some of the area’s top acts for the Fiction Forest music festival, which moves to Westside Bowl in Youngstown in its second year.
The indie pop / rock band, which drew a big crowd to the main stage at Federal Frenzy earlier this year, is bringing in Cleveland’s The Lighthouse and the Whaler as this year’s headliner. Also on the bill is Harbour, Sam Goodwill, Labra Brothers, East 9th, Model Rockets, Diamond Kites, Black Wolf and the Thief, Very Good Friends, No Funk No Justice and Eastwood.
Doors open at 2 p.m. Saturday and the music starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 1 a.m. with band’s on both the upstairs and downstairs stages.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets, which include bowling with the bands and a merch bundle, are $30 and available through Friday
• Downtown Salem will celebrate DJ Alan Freed on Saturday at the second Freed Fest.
Freed, who moved to Salem when he was 10 years old and graduated from Salem High School in 1940, is credited with coining the term rock ‘n’ roll. The phrase wasn’t invented by Freed, but he certainly popularized the term to describe the music he played on his Cleveland radio show.
And the Moondog Coronation Ball he organized at the Cleveland Arena in 1952 generally is considered the first rock ‘n’ roll concert.
More than 20 acts will perform between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. to celebrate Freed. Performers include Demos Papadimas, Indre, Leanne Binder & Rajma, Terry and Diane McCabe, Super Babes, Abbey Road, Randy Strader and the Tribute Band, John Fitch, Grease Monkeys, Mike Webb, Hayden Brooke, Leo D’Angelo, Whiskey Pilot, Katie O’Neil Duo, Flocko Torres, AC Jones, Diana Chittester, Ms. Waskins and Baxter Burgundy, JD Eicher and the Willis Gordon Band.
Admission is free. For more information, go to www.freedfest.com.
• Shifting away from rock, the Canfield Community Concert Band is hosting the fourth Winds at the Winery on Sunday at Mastropietro Winery, 14558 Ellsworth Road, Berlin Center.
Music starts at 1 p.m. and will feature Take Five Brass Quintet, Girard Community Swingtime Band, Cortland Community Band, Ashtabula Brass Band, Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, Canfield Community Concert Band and Austintown Fitch Alumni Jazz Band.
Donations are accepted and all proceeds benefit the Piggyback Foundation, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to maintaining normalcy for families experiencing life-threatening illness. Food will be available for purchase from Monaco’s Concession and Catering. Wine and beer and light snacks will be available for purchase from the winery. Guests may bring their own food and lawn chairs. Picnic tables and chairs will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
• On Friday, more than 30 acts will play free sets at 26 locations in Kent for the 11th Kent Blues Fest.
Some of the acts include harmonica player Wallace Coleman, Akron / Kent favorites 15-60-75 The Numbers Band and the Eric Clapton tribute Evolution, with music featured everywhere from bars and restaurants to bookstores and outdoor parks.
The music starts at 5 p.m. and full lineup and schedule is available at www.kentbluesfest.com.
Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at agray@tribtoday .com