Weekend Outlook | A One-Two Punch of Beer and Boxing

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Like an unwelcome house guest who doesn’t know when it’s time to leave, this Arctic cold blast will linger for another weekend.

It’s the kind of weather that has put Valley residents in a protective stance, like a boxer fending off a barrage of jabs.

But for beer lovers and boxing fans, there are two good reasons to leave the house on Saturday.

The fourth annual Rotary Club of Youngstown Groundhog Beerfest will take place at Stambaugh Auditorium that day. Guests can choose from two sessions – 1 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. On tap will be a wide variety of fresh beer from local and regional brewers.

To learn more, click HERE.

Championship boxing will return to the Mahoning Valley – always a hotbed for the sport – on Saturday night with an impressive card at Warren’s Packard Music Hall. The evening will culminate in a bout between Ilunga Makabu and Thabiso Mchunu for the WBC cruiserweight championship.

The other seven bouts will include heavyweights Trevor Bryan and Jonathan Guidry, who will battle for the WBA title, and Alonzo Butler and Ahmed Hefny, who will battle for the NABA belt.

Tickets are not cheap; they range from $553 to $83 (fees apply). Click HERE.

It’s not all fisticuffs and fresh beer this weekend.

Chicago-based rocker Ike Reilly, who is always a favorite in Youngstown, will return to town Friday night for a show at Westside Bowl.

Reilly is kind of like the Springsteen of the Midwest. He’s got a slew of songs about hardluck characters and hard-living working folks, but with a folkier delivery and a sharper tongue. 

Reilly’s current tour comes on the heels of his 2021 album, “Because the Angels.” Tickets are $15 HERE.

If jazz is more your thing, try the OMEA Jazz Festival, which will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ford Family Recital Hall in the DeYor Performing Arts Center, Youngstown.

The festival will present the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 5 honors jazz ensembles, comprised of the best local high school and middle school musicians.

Tickets are $7 ($5 for students). Click HERE.

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