The Update | Jimmy Buffett Tribute, with the Coral Reefers, at Warren Amp

WARREN, Ohio – To celebrate the legacy of the late Jimmy Buffett, who died last year, Fins to the Left will reunite for one performance, which will take place Saturday, July 13, at the Warren Community Amphitheatre.

The Buffett tribute act is led by North Lima native Shawn Lawless. It will be joined on stage at the concert by members of Buffett’s own band, the Coral Reefers.

Members of Fins to the Left announced their retirement at their last show at the Warren amphitheater in July 2022. But after Buffett’s passing last year, the act decided to reunite for one concert.

The show will be part of this summer’s River Rock at the Amp concert series at the amphitheater.

“It’s going to be a huge tropical party at the Amp.” said Ken Haidaris, concert promoter and owner of Sunrise Inn in Warren. “There’ll be no opening band. We’re going to let Fins play the Buffett hits all night and really turn it into a big beach party.”

The full River Rock schedule will be announced April 16.

Tickets to the Fins to the Left concert are $15 and on sale now at They will also be sold at the gate.

Scrappers Single-Game Tickets on Sale

NILES, Ohio – Mahoning Valley Scrappers single-game tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5.

Tickets will be available online at, by calling 330 505 0000 or at the Chevy All-Stars Box Office at Eastwood Field. Prices start at $7.

The Scrappers will play 40 home games during the 2024 season from June to the end of August. The home opener will take place at 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 7, against the Frederick Keys. 

Promotions for the 2024 season will soon be announced. Ticket packages are on sale now at

Audition for ‘9 to 5’ at the Playhouse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auditions for The Youngstown Playhouse’s production of “9 to 5: The Musical” will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the theater off Glenwood Avenue.

Callbacks will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 10.

Director Connor Bezeredi is seeking to fill a cast of 20 to 25 people ranging from 18 to 50 years old. Auditionees are asked to bring headshots and are welcome to bring backing tracks to use when auditioning.

Rehearsals will begin April 15 and take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. Performances will be June 7-9 and 14-16, with the possibility of a third weekend June 21-23.

The Hoyt Adds Art Classes for Spring

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Arts & Education at the Hoyt has expanded its course offerings in ceramics, digital photography, drawing and children’s classes for the spring semester.

New classes include Tile Charms and Wax Resist Techniques. The tile charms are perfect for jewelry making but may also be applied to keychains, bookmarks and other decorative uses.

There will also be a four-week ceramics class titled Throwing Cylinders and Sgraffito. Sgraffito is the technique of scratching designs through slips applied to greenware before they are glaze fired.

A four-week course in Drawing & Illustration will move students (age 16 and up) from guided practice to imaginative illustrations.

Other courses include Graphic Design, Photo Manipulation and Creative Photography.

Art Essentials will be offered to students age 9 to 15. The two-part course offers painting the first four weeks and 3D creations the second four weeks. 

For information on registering or to view the full schedule, go to Additional classes will cover ceramics, watercolor, drawing, stained glass, mosaics, origami, yoga and music.

Scholarships are available for all ages, and EBT cardholders are now eligible for 100% tuition discounts. Materials fees may apply. For information, go to

Art Exhibit Depicts Mill Creek Park Scenes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “A Walk Through the Park,” an exhibition of works by local artist Thomas Sewickley, will open April 6 and run through July 7.

The free exhibition will be in Weller Gallery, inside the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

Sewickley grew up on the North Side of Youngstown, where he attended Ursuline High School. He has a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree from Kent State University. He teaches digital art technology at Harding High School in Warren.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.