The Update | A.J. Croce, Anthony Rodia, ABBA Tribute Band Coming to Valley

WARREN, Ohio – Singer-songwriter A.J. Croce will come to the Robins Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 10, for an 8 p.m. concert.

The son of Jim Croce will celebrate three of his father’s classic albums on the tour: “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Life and Times” and “I Got a Name.”

The Arizona Daily Star describes Croce as “connecting the dots between a father and son, who despite never really knowing one another shared a musical bond.”

Tickets range from $39 to $75 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at and the theater box office, 160 E. Market St.

The concert will feature a multimedia presentation accompanying Jim’s songs “Operator [That’s Not the Way It Feels],” “Time in a Bottle” and others.

Comedian Anthony Rodia Coming to Powers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Anthony Rodia will return to Youngstown on Saturday, Sept. 21, for an 8 p.m. performance at Powers Auditorium.

The comedian last visited the area in September.

With his observations on marriage, parenthood and road rage, to his anecdotes, Rodia has earned a massive audience on social media and will be the subject of a comedy special on Prime Video on May 1.

The first-generation Italian American was born in Westchester, N.Y., and grew up there.

Tickets for his show will go on sale Friday, April 26, at, by phone at 330 259 2951 and at the DeYor box office, downtown.

ABBA Tribute Act Returning to Packard

WARREN, Ohio – ABBA tribute band Mania (formerly ABBA Mania) will return to Packard Music Hall on Oct. 19.

The act has toured the United States since 2009 and has also performed in several other countries.

ABBA’s timeless songs were written to be enjoyed live, and Mania provides a two-hour show of uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking, music, with staging, lighting and effects.

Tickets range from $75 to $25 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at at 10 a.m. Friday. A presale will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday; use the password waterloo.

May Day Event to Celebrate Labor, Nature

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown May Day Festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, at Calvin Center for the Arts, 755 Mahoning Ave.

The family festival will celebrate human rights and the bounty of nature.

May Day is a historical celebration for organized labor and many religious traditions that welcome the return of spring with dance and song.

This festival will mingle both traditions. It will include free food for all diets and is family friendly. Admission is free.

The event will include an AFL-CIO-sponsored Memorial to Fallen Workers at noon Sunday.

Musical performers will include Crash the Great, LibCor, Miss Dreadful, Grizzly, Emotional Labor, Johnathan Blackshire, Tom Cvetkovich, Tim Raridon and more. 

Speakers and roundtables will include: local activist Alice Lynd on the social justice method called accompanying; a presentation from Northeast Ohio Workers Center; a workshop from Bending Oak Permaculture; a talk on the next steps for Ohioans’ reproductive freedom, history of the Palestinian liberation movement; discussion on early labor militancy in Youngstown by Ben Lariccia; and a presentation by local author Sean Posey.

Food vendors will include Rabbit Food, Sauceeino and Krooked Kitchen.

The event will include crafts for young and old, including making herb wands, seed bombs, painting and more.

Bird Walk at Westminster College

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Bird lovers and enthusiasts are invited to attend the 2024 BirdTok Community Bird Walk at Westminster College from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Led by Westminster students, the event is open to anyone who wishes to connect with nature, observe local bird species, meet students and enjoy the company of fellow birdwatchers.

The bird walk is easy and casual and will begin at the dock on Brittain Lake on Westminster’s campus. Participants will be able to explore the beautiful surroundings of the college while learning about the birds that live in the area. Westminster is home to wildlife sanctuary spaces certified by the Bartramian Audubon Society of Slippery Rock, Pa.

Attendees should wear appropriate shoes and bring their own binoculars, as a limited number will be available for borrowing. However, binoculars are not necessary for participation.

Participants are also encouraged to download the Merlin App to their smartphones to help identify species.

Though the event is free and open to the public, registrations are requested by emailing

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