The Update | Mafia Car Bomb Survivor at Event; Lorrie Morgan, Shemekia Copeland Concerts

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The “Youngstown Mob Talk” podcast will present “Cavbomb,” a special evening featuring the son of the late local racketeer “Cadillac Charlie” Cavallaro and the last surviving FBI agent to work the case.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click HERE. A VIP dinner is available, starting at 5 p.m.

In 1962, a mafia car bombing on Youngstown’s North Side took the lives of racketeer Cavallaro and his son Tommy. Another son, Charlie Jr., was badly injured.

More than 60 years later, “Mob Talk” hosts Johnny Chechitelli and James Naples will welcome Cavallaro Jr. back to town, along with special guest Cecil Moses, who worked the case as an FBI agent.

In this two-hour event, the hosts and the guests will explore the circumstances leading up to the bombing, as well as the FBI’s investigation and the aftermath.

The VIP dinner will be emceed by Las Vegas musician Jimmy Mulidore, a native of Youngstown. Mulidore grew up with the Naples brothers on Brier Hill and went on to have a lengthy career in Las Vegas, performing with Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and other stars.

Shemekia Copeland to Headline Blues Concert

WARREN, Ohio – Tangled Up In Blues Fest, featuring Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovic and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, will take place Sept. 30 at Packard Music Hall.

Tickets range from $52 to $26.50 (plus fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, at

The blues fest is presented by local radio personality Cornel Bogdan.

“Every single one of these artists has ties to our area from the beginning of their careers,” Bogdan said. “This really is a reunion of great acts who originally appeared at The Cellar in Struthers.”

Bogdan, who hosts the weekly “Tangled Up in Blues” show on radio station Y103, describes the lineup as being “as big as any bluesfest on the planet.”

Lorrie Morgan Coming to Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Country music star Lorrie Morgan will come to the Robins Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 12, for an 8 p.m. concert.

Tickets range from $59 to $29 (plus fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will start at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Morgan has had 14 top 10 hits and earned Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. She became the youngest inductee into the Grand Ole Opry at age 27 and is the first woman in her genre to launch her career with three consecutive platinum albums.

Little Beaver Creek Stream Life Day 

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Little Beaver Creek Stream Life Day will take place Sunday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beaver Creek State Park.

This free, family-friendly event, presented by the state natural resources department, will feature demonstrations and hands-on activities, including the chance to wade and look for aquatic creatures.

Stream Life Day gives visitors a chance to learn more about one of Ohio’s highest quality streams – the Little Beaver Creek State Wild and National Scenic River – and the ODNR professionals who work to protect and conserve this important natural resource.

Featured demonstrations include electro-fishing and creek seining to explore the underwater world of macroinvertebrates, along with wildlife displays and other naturalist-led activities. Visitors will have a chance to meet a variety of ODNR professionals, including natural resources officers.

Auditions Set for ‘Kiss the Moon’

STRUTHERS, Ohio – Auditions for Selah Dessert Theater’s season opener, “Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun,” will take place by appointment only on July 17 and 19 from 4 to 8 p.m., and July 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.

All roles are open. To schedule an appointment, contact director Mary R. Lynn via Facebook Messenger or call 330 554 2648.

“Kiss the Moon” is a heartwarming story by playwright Norm Foster about family, love and the courage to make the right choices. Performances are Sept. 21-23 and 29-30 and Oct. 6-7.

The director is seeking actors for these roles:

  • Robert, age 35 but with a mental age of 7 or 8. His childlike innocence leads to many humorous moments.
  • Claire, age 55 to 70. Robert’s mother, who is dealing with cancer and heart disease. She is anxious about what will happen to Robert after she is gone.
  • Holly, age 25 to 30. Not the most responsible person. She has a teaching degree but no teaching job. She is dating a college professor and is carrying his child.
  • Robert Simon, age 40 to 50. College professor who is dating Holly and divorcing his wife. He does not want the responsibility of a child and family.
  • Doctor, any age over 40. Can be played by a male or female.

Fundraiser at Penguin City for Animal Rescue

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Beach Please, the sixth annual fundraiser for Rebel Rescue Ranch (a nonprofit for unwanted domestic and exotic unwanted, will take place Sunday, July 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at Penguin City Brewing, downtown. 

Admission is $5 (free for children 12 and under).

The event will include performances by Fins to the Left, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, from 1 to 2 p.m.; and steel drum player Daniel Shiller will perform from 2:30 to 3:30. P.m.

Brittney Marie will provide Cirque-style entertainment, and DJ Spruce will play beach tunes for the remainder of the evening.

Tree Amigos Ohio will demonstrate a live tiki carving, and Yo Big Bounce will have its Danger Zone obstacle course available for all ages.

The event will also include the Rabbit Food vegetarian food truck, a hula hoop contest, best beach attire contest, photo opportunities for pets and their owners, cosplay actors and a basket raffle, plus 20 vendors.

Author Nancy Christie Releases Schedule

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Award-winning author Nancy Christie will appear at several regional locations through September, combining book signings for her debut novel, “Reinventing Rita,” with fundraisers for local nonprofits. Christie will donate a portion of the proceeds from the events to various food banks and other area organizations.

Here is the schedule:

  • July 15, 3 to 5 p.m.: Barnes & Noble, Woodmere (Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank).
  • July 22, 1 to 3 p.m.: Barnes & Noble, Akron (Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank).
  • July 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fireside Book Shop’s Authors Festival, Chagrin Falls (Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank).
  • Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Salem Regional Medical Center’s Look Nook Gift Shop, Salem (patient care).
  • Aug. 9, noon to 4 p.m.: Trumbull Regional Medical Center gift shop, Warren (Trumbull Memorial Women’s Auxiliary).
  • Aug. 12, 2 to 3 p.m.: Appletree Books, Cleveland Heights (Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank).
  • Sept. 23, noon to 4 p.m.: Pretty Good Books, Ashtabula (Homesafe Inc.).

Christie will present “Making Money with Words” on July 13 at Ashtabula Public Library; and “From Writer to Author” on Sept. 14 at Geneva Public Library. She will also participate in the Self-Publishing Roundtable at Cuyahoga County Public Library on Aug. 3.

Lecture on Construction of Berlin Dam

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers ranger James Frost will speak Saturday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant meeting room, 4020 Belmont Ave., for the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s lecture series.

Frost will discuss the Berlin Dam, which was built in 1943 as a flood reduction project. He will share photographs and stories, documenting the planning, construction, opening and operations of the important dam and lake, which are managed by the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers Pittsburgh District.

Admission is $10 ($5 for society members).

The event will include refreshments and entertainment and a raffle. For reservations or information, call 330 726 8277.

Vendor Fair at Ceramic Studio

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Café Rosé and Sarah’s Ceramic Studio are teaming up to host a Christmas in July vendor fair to support Buster’s Brigade and local artisans, crafters and bakers. 

It will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15. The studio and café are located at 4491 Mahoning Ave.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.