The Update | Condado Tacos to Open; Honor for Bandleader Dominic Tocco

BOARDMAN, Ohio — The first Condado restaurant in the Mahoning Valley will open this summer at 1051 Boardman Poland Road in the small plaza that currently has Choolah and Mission BBQ.

Work is underway on the unoccupied middle storefront, which is one of three in the plaza.

Condado is a Columbus-based chain with 30 locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. It was launched in 2014 in Columbus.

Customers can select the meats and toppings to create tacos or bowls according to their preference. Condado also offers margaritas, beer, sangria and wine.

Event Will Honor Bandleader Dominic Tocco

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The 2022 Youngstown Music Awards will honor longtime Mahoning Valley singer and bandleader Dominic Tocco on April 24.

Tocco, who has been singing for 60 years, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in this special event at the Maronite Center in Youngstown.

Tickets are $20. The evening will be hosted by television personalities Len Rome and Jim Loboy, with guest speakers Anthony Traficanti, Carol Righetti and more.

Performers will include Steve Fazzini, Ashley Kermec and Butch Nichols.

Tocco and The Brotherhood will also perform a full concert. Proceeds will benefit

The event will include dancing, a cash bar, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are available at

Grand Opening Weekend for The Bunker at Mall

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Bunker and Double Bogey’s will have a grand opening celebration on Sunday April 10. The event will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Professional golfer Ben Curtis will be present to sign autographs and pose for photos with the Claret Jug trophy. The local band RDNA will play from noon to 3 p.m. The celebration will wrap up with a watch party of the Masters golf tournament.

The Bunker opened in January and overlooks the new DeBartolo Commons. It includes Double Bogey’s bar and grill, a seated family-friendly restaurant.

Free Jazz Concert at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Kent Engelhardt, and the Contemporary Ensemble, directed by John Anthony, will team up for a free jazz concert at 7:30 p.m., April 11, in Kilcawley Center’s Chestnut Room. 

The Jazz Ensemble will feature four pieces by graduate student guitarist/composer Chandler Carpenter and two pieces by alumnus Harold Danko in preparation for his residency that week. Danko will perform on two of the pieces.

The program will feature vocals by Noah Landry and Haley Tura. The Contemporary Ensemble will perform music by Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘N’ Roses, and Kelly Clarkson with vocals by Belita Rubante. 

Lecture on Sutliff Family, Underground Railroad

NILES, Ohio – The Sutliff Museum’s annual Nurturing Pathways to Freedom lecture series will conclude at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Community Auditorium of Boscov’s department store in the Eastwood Mall. 

Melissa Karman, director of the museum, will speak on “The Sutliff Family and the Underground Railroad.” Admission is free.

The Sutliffs were a pioneer family that came to Trumbull County from Connecticut. They settled in Vernon and became civic leaders through 1955. 

Sunday’s presentation will bring to light the Sutliff family’s role and influence during the anti-slavery movement, locally and nationally, through stories passed down through the family, articles describing their activities, and objects from the Sutliff Museum’s collection.

For information, go to or call 330 395 6575.

Researchers to Discuss Amish Life

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.  – Amish scholars from the College of Wooster will present insights and findings from their recent book, “Nature and the Environment in Amish Life,” during a hybrid lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Wallace Memorial Chapel at Westminster College and via Zoom. Admission is free.

David McConnell, professor of anthropology, and Marilyn Loveless, professor of biology emerita, will discuss Amish views and practices on farming, alternative medicine, wildlife, domesticated animals, nature and leisure, and more. 

“McConnell’s and Loveless’ research reflects solid interdisciplinary inquiry on less explored areas of life of our Amish neighbors,” said Kristin Park, sociology professor at Westminster. “Their findings challenge simple assumptions and replace them with complex views, behaviors and outcomes.”

McConnell has conducted fieldwork in Amish communities for over 15 years and has published articles on the changing face of Amish education, agriculture, and income and wealth distribution.

For information or Zoom requests, contact Park at or 724 946 7251.

‘Losing My Religion’ Art Exhibition to Open

WARREN, Ohio – An opening reception for “Losing My Religion,” an art exhibition by Dave Karr and Carl Paul Henneman will take place Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Art on Park building, 180 N. Park Ave. Admission is free.

The exhibition explores religious themes and symbolism through approximately 90 pieces of original work created and also curated by the two artists.

Stambaugh Youth Band in Concert

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band will close its season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, with a concert at Stambaugh Auditorium featuring senior soloist Natalie Alfera and the presentation of the Barbara Armstrong Scholarship. The concert will be presented with an in-person audience as well as live streamed. 

The concert will feature “Steel Valley Transformation,” a piece that was commissioned in 2019 by the District 5 OMEA Honors Band. It was written by Michael Kamuf, a Dana School of Music alum. The work celebrates the grit and resolve of the Mahoning Valley community.

It is divided into three sections: “Steel Diversity,” celebrating the success of the steel industry in the Mahoning Valley; “Resolve,” celebrating the strength of the community as it deals with the decline of the steel industry; and “New Beginnings,” celebrating the energy as the Mahoning Valley redesigns itself as the Voltage Valley.

Tickets for the in-person portion of the concert are $8 to $10, inclusive of all fees, and can be purchased in advance at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, and at

The concert will be livestreamed at no charge on the Stambaugh Auditorium Digital Concert Hall app, on Stambaugh Auditorium website, and on the Stambaugh Auditorium YouTube channel.

Pictured: Condado will open later this year in this plaza in Boardman.

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