The Update | Concert Nights at Eastwood Field; Ohio Brewers Win Awards

NILES, Ohio – A series of tribute band concerts will take place this summer at Eastwood Field, beginning the weekend of June 9-10.

The Summer Hits at the Ballpark series, sponsored by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and Moxie Events, will feature 10 evening concerts of music ranging from classic rock to Motown to country. Shows will take place on evenings that the Scrappers are not playing at Eastwood.

General admission tickets are $12, with the exception of the Signs of Life Pink Floyd experience concert, which will be $15. VIP field seats with private bar access and giveaways are also available.

Those who purchase a ticket before opening weekend will receive a voucher for a ticket for any Scrappers game this season. Go to, call 330 505 0000, or go to the Eastwood Field box office.

Here is the schedule:

  • June 9: Fresh Horses (Garth Brooks tribute) and American Ride (Toby Keith).
  • June 10: The Magic of Motown.
  • June 24: FMX, the Fleetwood Mac Experience, with Out of Eden (Eagles).
  • July 8: Signs of Life (Pink Floyd).
  • July 15: Rock of Love (Poison), Armageddon (Def Leppard), Jovi (Bon Jovi) and Panama (Van Halen).
  • July 28: The Four C Notes (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons).
  • Aug. 11: Gunpowder and Whiskey (Miranda Lamberton and Chris Stapleton).
  • Aug. 12: The Reid Project (Stevie Wonder), Too Hot (Kool and the Gang) and Let’s Groove Tonight (Earth Wind and Fire).
  • Aug. 25: Earth to Mars (Bruno Mars), with The Prince Project.
  • Sept. 3: My Kind of Party (Jason Aldean), with Keith Ormord (Kenny Chesney).

Ohio Brewers Win 10 Awards at Beer Cup

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Seven Ohio craft breweries earned top accolades for their beers at the 2023 World Beer Cup awards ceremony on May 10.

The Buckeye State bolstered its reputation as a beer destination by winning 10 awards in this year’s contest. Ohio’s best showing at World Beer Cup was in 2022, when 13 breweries combined for a total of 15 awards.

Fat Head’s Brewery of Cleveland reasserted its beer competition dominance with a total of four awards. This was the brewery’s best showing at the event and increases its World Beer Cup medal count to 13. 

The brewery has earned at least one World Beer Cup award in each competition dating back to 2012. Fat Head was one of only three breweries in the competition to earn four awards.

Two Ohio breweries returned to the World Beer Cup stage with awards in the 2023 contest, including a gold medal for Wolf’s Ridge Brewing’s Daybreak in the Coffee Beer category. The Columbus-based brewery took home the silver award in last year’s competition. 

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery’s Smashing Honey Blonde took the silver award in the Honey Beer category with Smashing Honey Blonde. Hoppin’ Frog has now brought back a total of three World Beer Cup honors to its brewery in Akron.

Four Cincinnati area breweries took home World Beer Cup awards for the first time this year. 

Rhinegeist’s Cheetah earned gold in the American-style Cream Ale category for the Cincinnati brewer. 

Sonder Brewing’s Voss took top honors in the German-style Koelsch category. The brewery is in Mason.

Streetside Brewery’s Black Cats took home the silver award in the English-style Brown Ale category. Streetside is in Cincinnati.

Sharonville’s Third Eye Brewing earned a bronze award for Higher Purpose in the Sweet Stout or Cream Stout category, the same beer that won a gold medal in the 2021 Great American Beer Festival competition.

More than 10,200 beer entries were received from 2,375 breweries across 51 countries.

Author to Speak on Lake Erie Lore

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Great Lakes writer Wendy Koile will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in the meeting room at Denny’s Restaurant, 4020 Belmont Ave., as part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s lecture series.

Admission is $10 ($5 for society members). Reservations are suggested; call 330 726 8277.

Koile is an English instructor at Central Ohio Technical College and the author of four books published by the History Press: “Lake Erie: Murder and Mayhem,” “Disasters on the Lake Erie Islands,” “Legends and Lost Treasures of Northern Ohio” and “Geneva on the Lake.”  

Koile will discuss some of the facts, legends and lore of Lake Erie.

Pictured at top: Pink Floyd tribute act Signs of Life will perform at Eastwood Field on July 8.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.