The Update | Blippi, Arena Rock Show and the Return of ELP Coming to Warren

WARREN, Ohio – Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour will come to Packard Music Hall on Oct. 20 for a 6 p.m. show.

The tour is based on the popular children’s show.

Tickets range from $59.50 to $29.50 (plus fees) and go on sale at (fees apply) and the Packard box office at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7. An online-only presale will take place Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the password PACKARD.

That Arena Rock Show Tour Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – That Arena Rock Show will come to Robins Theatre on Saturday, Oct.  14, at 8 p.m.

The show is a high-energy theatrical tribute to the major classic rockers of the ’70s and ’80s, such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, AC/DC and Bon Jovi.

Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, at the box office and at A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Go to the website for information.

Music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Returns

WARREN, Ohio – Welcome Back My Friends: The Return of Emerson Lake & Palmer will come to Robins Theatre on Friday, July, 21, at 8 p.m. 

Tickets range from $55 to $40 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St. A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The show unites drummer Carl Palmer on stage with his late bandmates, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, through the use of massive video walls.

After exploring the idea of a hologram tour in detail, Palmer (with the estates of Emerson and Lake) opted for what they felt was a more honest approach using live footage. The voice and instrumentation of Lake and the keyboard playing of Emerson will be mixed with Palmer’s live drumming.

Emerson and Lake passed away nine months apart in 2016, leaving Palmer to carry on the band’s musical legacy. 

“About five years ago I explored the idea of trying to reunite the band using digital holograms,” Palmer said. “We saw a few shows of other artists, but it did not seem like an honest approach. Then we realized the film we made of ELP’s sold-out run at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1992 had everything we needed. We were able to use just the camera shots of Keith and Greg, with the sterling audio tracks of their performances resulting in a combination of film and onstage performance that brings back the magic of ELP.” 

The tour is being launched with the full approval of the Emerson and Lake estates, as well as the various managers who have represented the members of the band.

ELP was formed in early 1970 and became a supergroup with sales of over 50 million records. The tour will coincide with the new BMG box set of classic ELP hit singles pressed on vinyl with reproductions of the original picture sleeves.

Boardman Parade Organizer to Speak

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Mark Luke, organizer of Boardman’s Memorial Day Parade, will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, St. James Meeting House at Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by Boardman Historical Society.

Luke has been associated with the parade for many years, and will discuss its history and future. A former Youngstown/Boardman Kiwanis vice president, he is a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, director of the Boardman Community Foundation and secretary of the Boardman Civic Association. He is also a trustee of the Lake Park Cemetery Association, former governing board member of the disbanded Mahoning County American Cancer Society, a volunteer for the Salvation Army, Boys Scouts and United Way, and former member of the Board of Commissioners of Boardman Park.

A question-and-answer session will follow the 45-minute program. Reservations are suggested; call Dona Hammond at 330 726 0651.

Prints by Malorie Martin at Weller Gallery

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “Real and Imagined,” a free exhibition featuring prints by local artist Malorie Martin, is now open at the Weller Gallery at Davis Center, Fellows Riverside Gardens. It will run through July 3.

The exhibit features printmaking that explores the true-to-life forms of flora and fauna, in contrast to their artistic, or imagined, renderings. By utilizing cyanotype, a photo-chemical printmaking process, Martin first captures the silhouette of different flora onto paper and fabric, then block prints hand-carved images of the same plants or corresponding insects. 

“These works seek to highlight the differences between what we see and what we create when working from nature, in a bright and whimsical way,” she explained.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monthly Square Dance at Howland Venue

HOWLAND, Ohio – The Friendly Squares’ monthly square dance will take place Saturday, April 8, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Howland Senior Center, 8273 High St. 

Rebecca Shull will be the caller, and Frankie Hammond will cue line dances. Admission is $6.

This will be a high/low dance, with alternating tips for new dancers currently taking lessons and tips for more experienced dancers. Dress is casual, and light refreshments will be served.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.