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YSU Sets the Stage for Blake Shelton

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- It was the calm before the storm Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium, as a small crew erected a stage on the 50-yard line for the Blake Shelton concert Saturday. The massive west stand of the stadium was also eerily quiet. The only action there was from a handful...

Jellybricks Make Their Return to Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Sometimes, a song comes to Larry Kennedy only when he stops trying to write it. “There are times when it’s like the song was preloaded in the back of my mind, and it just flowed out,” said Kennedy, frontman for the Jellybricks. “’Corner of My Eye’ was like that.” Kennedy is the […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sometimes, a song comes to Larry Kennedy only when he stops trying to write it. “There are times when it’s like the song was preloaded in the back of my mind, and it just flowed out,” said Kennedy, frontman for the Jellybricks. “'Corner of My Eye’ was...

Warren Philharmonic Eyes Move to Robins Theatre

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Talks have begun toward making the Robins Theatre the permanent home of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. “It seems like a natural fit,” said Barry G. Dunaway, executive director of the WPO. “It’s a little too early to say, but we are in talks with them.” The Robins Theatre will have its grand […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Talks have begun toward making the Robins Theatre the permanent home of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra. “It seems like a natural fit,” said Barry G. Dunaway, executive director of the WPO. “It’s a little too early to say, but we are in talks with them.” The Robins...

Valley Wine Enthusiasts Enjoy ‘A Night in Napa’

YOUNGSTOWN – Casa Piena is Italian for “full house,” and that’s exactly what Carmen Policy had for his A Night in Napa event Tuesday evening. Policy, a Youngstown native, is a lawyer and businessman who is best known as a former team executive of the San Francisco 49ers and later, the Cleveland Browns, for which […]

YOUNGSTOWN – Casa Piena is Italian for “full house,” and that’s exactly what Carmen Policy had for his A Night in Napa event Tuesday evening. Policy, a Youngstown native, is a lawyer and businessman who is best known as a former team executive of the San Francisco 49ers and later,...

Entertainment Digest | Week of Sept. 16, 2019

Salem theater presents ‘Mamma Mia!’ SALEM – Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., will present “Mamma Mia!” for two consecutive weekends, beginning Sept. 20. Show times will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28; and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29. The musical, based on the hits songs of ’70s pop […]

Salem theater presents ‘Mamma Mia!' SALEM – Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., will present “Mamma Mia!” for two consecutive weekends, beginning Sept. 20. Show times will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28; and 2 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29. The musical, based on the...

Robins Theatre Returns to Its Roots with Opening Act

Robins Theater Warren

WARREN, Ohio – After two years of renovation work, the Robins Theatre will reopen with a salute to its roots with a concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The grand reopening act, set for Jan. 9 2020, comes 97 years to the day of its original opening. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy was selected as the […]

WARREN, Ohio – After two years of renovation work, the Robins Theatre will reopen with a salute to its roots with a concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The grand reopening act, set for Jan. 9 2020, comes 97 years to the day of its original opening. Big Bad Voodoo...

Creepy ‘Monogamy’ Kills with Laughter at Rust Belt Theater

By J.E.Ballantyne, Jr. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Rust Belt Theatre Co. has long laid its foundation in the production of original material. It is, in fact, the only local theater that relies strictly on that format. Risky yes, but The Rust Belt has successfully stood the test of time by traveling that highway. Their latest […]

By J.E.Ballantyne, Jr. YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Rust Belt Theatre Co. has long laid its foundation in the production of original material. It is, in fact, the only local theater that relies strictly on that format. Risky yes, but The Rust Belt has successfully stood the test of time by...

‘Dreamgirls’ Sold Out for the Weekend

YOUNGSTOWN – The success of the Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “Dreamgirls” is more than James McClellan dreamed was even possible. McClellan, operations manager of the theater, said “Dreamgirls” has sold a total of 3,119 tickets, and grossed $41,000. The musical has sold out all seven performances and now sits as the second-highest selling show in […]

YOUNGSTOWN – The success of the Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “Dreamgirls” is more than James McClellan dreamed was even possible. McClellan, operations manager of the theater, said “Dreamgirls” has sold a total of 3,119 tickets, and grossed $41,000. The musical has sold out all seven performances and now sits as...

Arts and Entertainment Scene Very Much Alive

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Vindicator is gone, but the Mahoning Valley’s entertainment scene is very much alive. I have felt the absence of the Vindy more than most, because I worked there for the past 14 years as entertainment editor. During that time, I covered everything from opera to monster trucks. But as they say, […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Vindicator is gone, but the Mahoning Valley’s entertainment scene is very much alive. I have felt the absence of the Vindy more than most, because I worked there for the past 14 years as entertainment editor. During that time, I covered everything from opera to monster...

Entertainment Digest | Week of Sept. 9, 2019

Oktoberfest on the Square Returns WARREN, Ohio — The fourth annual Oktoberfest on the Square will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Courthouse Square, downtown. The event, which supports the Trumbull County Historical Society, will feature 22 local businesses, eight restaurants and five breweries. “This year we focused on increased […]

Oktoberfest on the Square Returns WARREN, Ohio -- The fourth annual Oktoberfest on the Square will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Courthouse Square, downtown. The event, which supports the Trumbull County Historical Society, will feature 22 local businesses, eight restaurants and five breweries. “This...