The Update | Grand Opening for Octave Café; ELO Tribute Concert at Ford

YOUNGSTOWN – Octave, a live music café and event center on the Phelps Street walkway, downtown, will have its grand opening on Friday.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. for a cocktail hour with owners Gary Reynolds Jr., Jay Simon and Micah Hall Sr., as well as the staff. All of the owners are also musicians who have performed extensively in the area.

A ribbon cutting will take place at 5 p.m., followed by a a performance by The 4 Quarters jazz band and then the Octave’s house band.

The Octave, which is in the space formerly occupied by Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts and Rhine Haus, also has a banquet hall that can be rented. For information, go to

Electric Light Orchestra Tribute Concert

YOUNGSTOWN – Turn to Stone, a tribute to Electric Light Orchestra, will come to Ford Family Recital Hall, downtown, on May 4 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

The performance will capture the essence of a 1970s concert by the band. Complete with a string section, Turn to Stone will perform ELO’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Bring Me Down,” Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Telephone Line,” “Turn to Stone,” “Evil Woman” and “Do Ya.”

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Christmas at Collingwood Sale and Show

CAMPBELL, Ohio – The second annual Christmas at the Collingwood Center will take place Friday, Dec. 22, featuring live comedy, music and craft sale, basket raffle and visit from Santa Claus.

Visitors are asked to wear their favorite ugly sweater.

It will follow the Collingwood’s weekly fish fry, which take place from 4-7 p.m. The center is at 633 Porter Ave.

Double i Indigo Improv comedy troupe will perform at the event, which will start at 7:30 p.m. The troupe’s members are Brian Berlin, Dan Betts, Dan Hudock,

Melissa Kuttler, Athena Tausch, Amy Winner and Rachel McLaughlin.

Vocalists will include Adam Dominick, Lexi Dombrosky, Shiloh Hart, Tyler Stouffer, Rich Dombrosky, Zoe Anderson, Jessica Collingwood, Erica Kovach, Pricilla Kovach and Stacy Anderson.

Vendors will include Debbie’s Delights, Black Squirrel Studios, Rachels Custom Gifts, Designs by Gina, Lotions and Scrubs Apothecary, Scentsy, Moon and Stars Bath Body and Soul and Paparazzi Jewelry. DJ provided by Diva Entertainment.

Tickets are $10 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased in advance by calling 330 536 7250, or online at Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Watercolor Art Exhibit at JCC Gallery

YOUNGSTOWN – An exhibition of works by the Mahoning Valley Watercolor Society is on display in the gallery at the Jewish Community Center, 550 Gypsy Lane, through Jan. 28. A reception will take place Jan. 7 from 1-3 p.m.

Tribute to Motown Concert at Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Shadows of the 60s, A Tribute to Motown’s Super Groups will come to the Robins Theatre on March 1 for an 8 p.m. concert.

The act salutes the legacy of artists such as The Supremes, The Four Tops and the Temptations.

Tickets range from $49 to $39 (plus fees) and go on sale Friday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. at the box office, 160 E. Market St., and online at

The show features the costumes, choreography of and spirit of the era. It ends with a medley of songs by Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes, Junior Walker & The Allstars, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Contours and more.

Comic-magician Andy Gross Coming to Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Comedian-magician-ventriloquist Andy Gross will come to the Robins Theatre on March 16 for an 8 p.m. performance.

Tickets range from $45 to $32 (plus fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at the box office, 160 E. Market St., and at

Guests must be at least 18 years old.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available that include a meet and greet with Gross, who will teach how to do a special trick featuring his talents.

Nashville Artist Taylor Borton to Return

YOUNGSTOWN – Nashville-based country music singer-songwriter Taylor Borton, a Hubbard native, will return to the Mahoning Valley this month for two performances.

Borton will be at the Cork & Cap, 3225 Elm Road NE, Warren, on Dec. 29 from 7-9 p.m. She will also perform at Birdfish Brewing, 140 E. Park Ave., Columbiana on Dec. 30, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free to both shows.

Borton’s original songs are in the traditional country style. She will perform alongside steel guitar player Pete the V.

Pictured at top: Octave, on the Phelps Street corridor downtown, will have a grand opening celebration on Friday.

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