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Red Wanting Blue delivers decade finale

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l There was no band I saw more in the 2010s than Red Wanting Blue, so it’s fitting RWB headlined the final concert I saw of the decade.

The band ended the year at Akron’s Goodyear Theatre on Saturday, topping a fantastic triple bill with Akron native Joseph Arthur and Youngstown’s The Vindys.

The show had a loose, fun vibe, a welcome antidote to checking the score of the Ohio State-Clemson football game on my phone.

Vindys’ lead singer Jackie Popovec joined RWB to belt out “I’ve Got a Feeling It Hurts” with lead singer Scott Terry, a reprise of their duet last summer at the Rock & Ribs Fest in Boardman. Arthur, with a lyric sheet in hand, added some vocals to “Finger in the Air,” and Arthur, Popovec and Vindys guitar player Rick Deak all joined in on an encore of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancin’ in the Dark.”

There were confetti cannons and giant balloons that gave the show a New Year’s Eve feel even though it was a couple of days before the holidays.

RWB celebrated the 15th anniversary of its “Pride the Cold Lover” album (and its recent release on vinyl) with a couple of rarely played tracks, and it expanded the arrangements of some setlist staples.

Drummer Dean Anshutz’s percussion plays an increasingly important role in the live arrangements. It was reminiscent of how drummer Glenn Kotche played such a dominant role on the latest Wilco album, “Ode to Joy,” and its accompanying tour.

Arthur, playing his first hometown gig in three years, was solo, but he fleshed out songs like “Travel as Equals” and “I Miss the Zoo” with guitar loops, iPad percussion and dual microphones, one with enough echo in it to make it sound like he was accompanied by a choir on the choruses.

The Vindys got the show off to a rousing start. The three-piece horn section added punch to the arrangements, and John Anthony and Deak trading guitar solos on “Don’t Ask” / “Whipping Post” was a highlight.

l Speaking of The Vindys, the band will be the headliner for the Brite Winter music festival in Cleveland on Feb. 22.

The mostly outdoor music festival will feature nearly 40 acts at multiple locations on the West Bank of The Flats, and this is The Vindys second year playing the gig. Spirit of the Bear, originally from Youngstown and currently based in Columbus, also will perform.

Other acts include Red Rose Panic, Harbour, Tad Weekes & Adowa, Uptight Sugar, Uptowne Buddha, Aphiniti, Sylmar, Smoke Screen, Honey and Blue, Jul Big Green, Aloof, Fubbs ‘n’ Chubbs, Mush and The Katy. Art installations and other attractions are part of the event.

General admission tickets for the festival are free. Those who want to support the cause can purchase VIP tickets for $45, which include enhanced viewing near the outdoor stages, heated tent access, a private restroom trailer, snacks, unlimited hot chocolate and coffee and an exclusive cash bar in VIP Tent.

Tickets and more information are available at www.britewinter.com.

l Limp Bizkit, Weezer and Blink-182 will be the headliners for the Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield.

This is the third year for the event, held on the ground of the Ohio State Reformatory, where the film “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed. Ticket prices included self-guided tours of the prison, which some claim is haunted.

The festival, running July 10 to 12, will include more than 40 bands and 60 tattoo artists as well as the haunted house attraction Escape from Blood Prison.

In addition to the headliners, other acts include Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Falling in Reverse, Candlebox, Badflower, Atreyu, Static-X , Puddle of Mudd, New Politics, All That Remains and We Came As Romans.

Weekend passes are $219 and VIP packages start at $369 with prices jumping Feb. 1. Tickets and more information are available at inkcarceration.com.

Andy Gray is entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@ tribtoday.com

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