Southern Park Mall announces outdoor concert series

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• Southern Park Mall will host three drive-in concerts in its parking lot next weekend.

College Night on Sept. 10 will feature the bands RDNA and No Funk No Justice. Country Night on Sept. 11 includes Chris Higbee and Northern Whiskey. Sept. 12 showcases “Women Who Rock” and will feature The Vindys, Leann Binder and Rajma and Friends.

According to Southern Park General Manager Brian Gabbert in a statement released Wednesday, “As part of the fabric of the Youngstown community, we have been inspired by the resilience of our neighbors. We are excited to welcome guests to this drive-in concert experience and provide a safe way for our community to share a summer evening together.”

Tickets will be sold in advance (by vehicle) through Eventbrite with a portion of the proceeds going to the Salvation Army of the Mahoning Valley. Those attending also are encouraged to bring school supply donations for Potential Development and Boardman Local Schools.

Vehicles will be admitted starting at 6 p.m. each evening with the music starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 7:30 p.m. the other two nights.

Cars will be directed to a parking spot safely distanced from others, where guests can tune their radios to a designated station for audio streaming. Concertgoers will be required to either stay in their vehicles or stay within arms-length of it.

Food and beverages will be available on site along with restrooms and hand sanitizing stations.

Tickets per vehicle are $10 on Sept. 10 and $20 Sept. 11 and 12. The Concert Series at Southern Park Mall … Drive-In Style is sponsored locally by Sweeney Buick, PNC Bank and John and Jackie Burgan of Boardman.

• Wednesday was the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and its Concert for the Rock Hall at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

I still have vivid memories of that weekend — listening to Sun Records founder Sam Phillips regale a small group of reporters with stories of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash; watching legends like Little Richard, James Brown and Al Green bask in the attention of a stadium-sized crowd and deliver show-stopping performances; seeing for the first time some of my favorite items in the Rock Hall’s permanent collection.

No doubt one of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic is some kind of celebration to commemorate that anniversary. The Rock Hall is sharing photos and stories from fans on its website, rockhall.com, and social media accounts. And it will host a virtual conversation on Sept. 16 with legendary DJ Norm N. Nite about his new book, “The House That Rock Built,” which includes behind-the-scenes stories about the battle to bring the museum to Cleveland.

Back in July I wrote about the Rock Hall’s exhibit, “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment,” which looks at the long history of musical artists addressing issues of social justice.

For those who can’t make it to Cleveland to see it in person, the Rock Hall has created a digital tour of the exhibit on its website, which is the next best thing to being there. In some ways, it’s better than being there because the digital tour has commentary by Chuck D of Public Enemy (who talks about writing the anthem “Fight the Power” for Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing”) and other contributors to the exhibit.

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


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