The Update | Provocative Rock Show Coming to Cedars; St. Maron Festival Is This Weekend

YOUNGSTOWN – The SoapGirls, a garage-punk band from South Africa with an uncompromising live show, will make a tour stop at Cedars West End on Friday, Aug. 19.

The provocative band, fronted by French-born sisters Camille and Noémie Debray, have been touring clubs in Europe and North America since April.

The sisters got their start roaming the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, as street performers for nine years, singing and selling homemade soaps to tourists and donating the proceeds to hospitals. They became so recognized that the locals began calling the lively but nonchalant young ladies “The Soap Girls.”

The band would soon sign with Universal Records but chafed under the major label’s demands. They decided to cut ties, producing records and never compromising on their songs or their live performance. 

The SoapGirls released “Calls for Rebellion,” their first independent album in 2016.

Their second release, “Society’s Rejects,” came in 2017 and was followed by “Elephant in the Room” (2019), which included the hit “One Way Street.”

The act’s current album, “In My Skin,” was released in June and includes the single “Breathe.”

Doors open at 8 p.m. for the Cedars show, and admission is $10. Opening acts will be Gatlin and Where’s Winona Now?

St. Maron Parish Festival Is This Weekend

YOUNGSTOWN – St. Maron Church, 1555 Meridian Road, will bring back its annual festival this weekend.

The event will take place from 4-11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

Homemade Lebanese food will be sold, including lamb kabobs, kibbe, grape leaves, hummus, tabouli salad, kafta kabobs, and desserts. There will also be a full bar, a raffle, bounce houses for children and carnival games.

The House Band will perform Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m.

Pictured at top: The SoapGirls will play Cedars West End on Friday.

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