The Update | Blues Traveler, Peppa Pig Concerts; Immigrant Caricatures Exhibit

WARREN, Ohio – Blues Traveler will bring its 35th anniversary tour to the Robins Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Tickets to see the Grammy Award-winning band range from $55 to $35 (plus applicable fees), and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

An online-only presale will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday and is accessible only to members of Friends of the Robins Theatre; to join, go to or the box office.

Blues Traveler formed when the original members – John Popper, Chandler Kinchla, Brendan Hill and the late Bobby Sheehan – were in high school in New Jersey. The band would go on to release 14 albums and produce the hit songs “Run-Around,” “Hook” and “But Anyway.”

In “Run-Around,” the band had the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history.

Blues Traveler’s latest effort, 2021’s “Traveler’s Blues,” is nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Traditional Blues Album.

‘Rent’ Opens Thursday at Kent-Trumbull

WARREN, Ohio – Kent State Trumbull Theatre’s production of the rock musical “Rent” will open Thursday and run for eight performances.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is on the campus at 4314 Mahoning Ave.

Tickets are $20, plus fees ($17 for students and seniors, $13 for children under 13) and can be purchased in advance by calling 330 675 8887 on online at

Melanie Lucas is the director, Emma Wason is the music director, and Dana Warren-Tolios is choreographer.

The cast includes Harmon Andrews, Jacob Glosser, Brooke Jai, Isaiah Blue, Alexis Maxine, Elizabeth Huff, Ethan Hess and Alexander.

“Rent” is the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical, written by Jonathan Larson, about a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in Manhattan’s East Village. It is set in the late 1980, amid the specter of AIDS.

Peppa Pig Coming to Packard Music Hall

WARREN, Ohio – Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig’s
Adventure will come to Packard Music Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 1, for a 6 p.m. show.

Tickets for the live, family-friendly musical experience are $52.50, $42.50 and $32.50 and go on sale Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at (fees apply) and the Packard box office.

In the 60-minute show, Peppa Pig goes on a camping trip with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe.

Exhibit Looks at Caricatures of Immigrants

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – A new exhibition at Arts & Education at the Hoyt’s latest exhibit, “Immigration and Caricature: Ethnic Images from the Appel Collection,” shows examples of caricatures of immigrants once commonly found in American media that would be considered offensive today.

The artwork depicts standardized national views that were once used by mass media and advertising to communicate a distorted message about distinct groups of people. 

A free gallery talk about the exhibition with the Hoyt’s resident historian, Robert Presnar, will take place at 6:30 p.m. July 21. Presnar will begin by sharing why our area was an attractive destination to the early settlers and why it remains an attractive destination in modern times. Presnar will also take a look at national immigration trends and examine the social, economic, and political issues that encourage the movement of large groups of people, then and now. 

A second gallery talk will be offered by genealogist, Andrew Henley on August 11, 6:30 pm, to discuss the intensely personal side of immigration history.  Henley will reveal how learning about one’s own past can help us discover how our own lives fit into the human experience to change our own narrative. 

While admission to both talks is free, reservations are requested; call 724 652 2882 or go to, 3245 Logan Way.

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