Weekend Entertainment | An Amazing Lineup of Live Music Awaits

What a great weekend of live music awaits.

It starts Friday evening with a concert by The Vindys and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra at Powers Auditorium.

Jackie Popovec and John Anthony of The Vindys and Erik Ochsner, guest conductor of the YSO, talk about the concert in this video.

Friday’s performance will reprise a concert the Youngstown rockers did last year with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Take my word, it is a must-see event. I have been to hundreds of concerts, but that Vindys-Canton Symphony concert will always stand out. Here’s my review of it.

Also on Friday night, a trio of modern blues greats will team up for a 7 p.m. show at Packard Music Hall in Warren.

Shemekia Copeland is headlining, with opening acts Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, and Ana Popovic. That is not too shabby. All three of them are headliners.

Copeland has one of the instantly recognizable and soulful roots music voices of this era, and Castro has been raising the roof at bars and theaters for over three decades.

Somehow, it will get even crazier Saturday, when the action moves to downtown Youngstown.

Federal Frenzy will start at 2 p.m. inside and outside at Penguin City Brewing. The all-day free rock festival, featuring headliner Bully, is simply the best free festival anywhere. It’s an incredible lineup that will culminate with a searing set by Bully, who I have traveled hours to see. And let me repeat – it’s free.

A few blocks away, at Covelli Centre, the British hard rock legends Judas Priest will headline a 7:30 p.m. concert that also includes Sabaton.

If ever there was a band whose gleaming guitar riffs cut through the fuzzy acoustics of an arena, it is Priest. The Rock Hall of Famers are still in their prime, too. Check out this review of their latest album, which was released last month.

Finally, Nashville songwriting great Bob DiPiero will return to his hometown for another of his American Made songwriters series shows.

DiPiero has done these shows at Ford Family Recital Hall, in the DeYor Performing Arts Center, for a decade, but this one is being billed as his final one. It will feature an incredible lineup, too; joining DiPiero in the intimate venue will be the great Vince Gill and Offor Blessing, the Chrisitan pop star and former contestant on “The Voice.” The show is sold out.

The music streak continues Wednesday, when local singer and TV personality Debórah Benton will sing the music of Dionne Warwick at Ford Family Recital Hall. Learn more HERE.

For a complete look at everything going on in the Mahoning Valley, check out The List.

Pictured at top: Judas Priest will return to Covelli Centre on Saturday.

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