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Federal Frenzy Returns Downtown April 27

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Federal Frenzy, the downtown music festival hosted by Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions, will return April 27, featuring more than 20 regional bands.

The festival, scheduled 2 to 11 p.m., is free and open to the public. The headliner isLos Angeles-based rock artists Robert DeLong. Also featured are the winners of the first Federal Frenzy Faceoff: Juliet and Black Wolf and the Thief.

“Federal Frenzy is five years strong and an established event in the Youngstown community,” said event lead Megan Crees in a release. “Over 6,000 people were in attendance last year, and the response we’ve received thus far in anticipation for Federal Frenzy 2019 is truly remarkable.”

Participating venues in this year’s Federal Frenzy are The Federal, O’Donold’s Irish Pub & Grill, Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts, Lemon Grove, Whistle & Keg and Rhine Haus.

The PenPro Main Stage, set up on Federal Street will feature DeLong, Cleveland-based soul blues band Samfox, Youngstown indie band Spirit of the Bear and soul-punk-astroblk band Mourning A Blkstar. On the 330 Stage sponsore by Summit FM are The Shootouts, Sam Goodwill and The Dreamers.

Among the bands including YSU faculty, alumni and students are The Broken Relics, Deliquency Jones, East 9th, The Frank Toncar Project, Janaesound, Northern Whale, Pella Penguins, Pleading the Fifth, Radio Lark, The Safest Ledge, Steve Wright, The Super Babes, Very Good Friends, The VVilderness and Ziya MC.

“With this being my first year on the committee, I cannot wait to see how the event comes together,” said Federal Frenzy talent lead Allison Marado. “It has been an amazing opportunity to be a part of a group that gives exposure to so many talented acts. A focus this year for the talent team has really been to make this an event for everyone by creating a diverse lineup and I believe we have accomplished just that.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.