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Chicago sounds great at Youngstown amphitheater

YOUNGSTOWN — Chicago may be the perfect act for evaluating the sound at the new Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre — big band, variety of instruments, several lead singers, wide range of musical styles. It passed with flying colors. The band sounded great. The lyrics were easy to hear, ...

‘Peppermint Pals’ plays local music rarities

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • The Summit public radio station (90.7 FM) will dip into the Mahoning Valley’s musical history at 5 p.m. Sunday with a program called “Peppermint Pals.” Program director Brad Savage will be joined by Anthony LaMarca of The War on ...

Pride Youngstown parade steps off noon Saturday

The Pride Youngstown Parade and Celebration gets a new location for its 11th year. The parade will start lining up at 11 a.m. at the Tyler History Center parking lot in the 300 block of West Federal Street. The parade will start at noon and head west on Federal Street to Central Square, ...

Hall of Presidents opens at McKinley Memorial

An exhibition featuring watercolor portraits of U.S. presidents opens today at the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum & Library. “Hall of Presidents” was created by Youngstown artist Christie Galazia and will be on display through Aug. 23 in downtown Niles. Museum director ...

Fairy tales inspire art show

In Akron Art Museum’s “Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World,” contemporary artists use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of life today. Classical fairy tales, the kind collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 19th century, are filled with disturbing ...

Trio of hitmakers to play in Youngstown

YOUGNTOWN — Three acts who dominated radio in the 1970s and ’80s will play three Youngstown venues in the coming week. Chicago will play the new Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre on Friday, Lionel Richie returns to the Covelli Centre on Saturday and Kansas is booked at Stambaugh ...

Center offers Hand-On History programs

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will offer free Hands-On-History Open Houses 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in July at the Tyler History Center, 325 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Each week will feature a different local history theme. Hands-on activities include immersive programs, arts and ...

YWCA displays women’s art through July 26

The 37th “Women Arts: A Celebration!” exhibition opens Saturday at the YWCA, 25 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown. Priscilla Roggenkamp, associate professor of art at Ashland University, judged this year’s exhibition, which includes paintings, pastels, 3-D works, fiber arts, ceramics and ...

Straw Hat stages ‘Shrek’ musical in Ashtabula

ASHTABULA — “Shrek the Musical Jr.” opens Friday as part of the Straw Hat Theatre summer season at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. An all-youth cast will stage the musical based on the popular animated tale about an ogre and a princess who is not what she ...

Second fest adds more ribs to the rock

The second Ribs-N-Rock Festival will serve up four days of music and twice the meat. Eight rib vendors will sell slabs starting today in the Southern Park Mall parking lot, up from four in its first year. Promoter Corey Ward said, “We knew the four would do well, but they were pounded for ...

Terry is on the mend, RWB is on the road

Red Wanting Blue lead singer Scott Terry picked up a couple new things since the band’s last northeast Ohio appearance — a broken wrist and an Instagram account. The broken wrist came the day after the band played the Kent Stage in early May, when Terry took a fall while climbing on a ...

Stapp now focused on music and family

An Internet search of news stories about Scott Stapp turns up nothing but interviews and information about his upcoming album “The Space Between the Shadows.” That’s far different from the press that surrounded the former Creed frontman when he started his solo career. Following the ...

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• ON SALE THIS WEEK • David Phelps, former Gaither Vocal Band member, and five-time Grammy winner Sandi Patty will perform 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets range from $25 to $55 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Stambaugh. • Two shows go on sale at 10 a.m. ...

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Special Events Local CANFIELD FAIRGROUNDS, 7265 Columbiana Canfield Road, Canfield: Canfield Rotary Fireworks Fest, 6 p.m. Saturday. 330-533-4107. CROSSROADS BAR & GRILL, 4887 State Route 305, Southington: Trinity’s Ride Poker Run, first bike out at 11 a.m. Saturday and last bike in ...

Post-concert drive sparks upcoming show

Most times, the long drive home from a concert in Cleveland or Pittsburgh is a battle to stay awake. Occasionally, it can provide inspiration. Photographer Bob Jadloski and I were driving home from KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., last September after seeing Van Morrison perform as part ...

Playhouse shows all-female cabaret

Youngstown Playhouse will fill a hole in its schedule with a cabaret show featuring some of the area’s best female talent. “Maureen Collins and Friends” will kick off a new cabaret series in the Playhouse’s Moyer Room performance space. When the Playhouse had to cancel the musical ...

Historical society recreates Idora Park big band dances

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will recreate the big band dances of the 1930s and ’40s at Idora Park with an event Friday at the Tyler History Center. Many local, regional and national musical performers drew capacity crowds at Idora during the peak of the big band era. Youngstown ...

W.D. Packard Band honors student musicians

The W.D. Packard Concert Band will present awards to two outstanding graduating musicians and will be joined by two guest artists at its next concert. The band will recognize the winners of the George Garstick Memorial Award for Musical Excellence and the Adone T. Calderone Award for Musical ...

Pride comes to Warren

The first Full Spectrum Pride in the Valley Festival will take place Saturday in downtown Warren. The event is organized by Full Spectrum Community Outreach Center in Struthers, which was created to promote awareness, education and mental and emotional health while advocating for the ...

Slavic baking winner announced

Three area bakers won prizes at the ninth Slavic Baking Competition held earlier this month in advance of the Simply Slavic Festival. Mary Rogenski of North Jackson won first place for baking rogoliki, which translates to “little antlers.” Anne Zagorec of Hubbard finished second for ...