Weekend Entertainment | Parker McCollum, the Doobies and Some Tasty Rock

Summer has officially arrived, along with a spree of outdoor concerts that range from modern country to classic rock, and also the Ribs N Rock festival.

Country music artist Parker McCollum is in Youngstown tonight for a 7:30 p.m. concert at The Amp. McCollum picked up his lyrical songwriting style in his home state of Texas and delivers it with Nashville polish. His new album, “Never Enough,” includes the singles “Tails I Lose,” “Stoned” and “Handle On You.”

Tickets start at $28.50. Click HERE.

On Wednesday, June 28, The Doobie Brothers will bring their reunion tour to The Amp. 

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band deserves every accolade. The current 50th Anniversary tour features the reunion of founders Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, but, unfortunately, Johnston won’t be at the Youngstown show. He is sitting out this leg of the tour because of back surgery. That’s a shame, but the concert should nevertheless be fantastic. 

The Doobies changed their lineup countless times during their long history, but the current tour includes the nucleus of Simmons and Michael McDonald (who originally was brought in as a temporary replacement for Johnston in 1975 when he had health problems), plus longtime Doobie John McFee on guitar.

Tickets start at $42.50 for the 8 p.m. concert. Click HERE.

The Ribs N Rock festival gets underway today at DeBartolo Commons, at the south end of Southern Park Mall in Boardman.

As the name implies, the event ($7; free until 3 p.m.) features some incredible ribs, cooked on site, and an evening lineup of live rock.

The Clarks are the headliners tonight. Scott Blasey, singer and guitarist for the Pittsburgh-based band, spoke with The Business Journal recently; read the story HERE.

Friday’s headliner at the festival will be Fuel (“Shimmer,” “Hemorrhage in My Hands”), and Saturday’s will be Gin Blossoms (“Found Out About You,” “Hey Jealousy”). Learn more about the festival HERE.

Pictured at top: The Doobie Brothers will perform at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre on Wednesday. (Photo by Clay Patrick McBride)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.