Friday, July 25, 2008

Blog Release: This Weekend In Youngstown

This Saturday (tomorrow) would be a great opportunity to check out all downtown Youngstown has to offer. From the lovely Brooke Slanina:

There will be two tents bursting with artists selling their wears and working, artists doing live painting, plus lots of vendor tables for local non-profits (like the Oakland!). Plus, look for tattoo artists and piercers on site, not to mention fortune tellers, dancers, and street performers. BBQ provided by the Royal Oaks, everyone's fave Ytown tradition, and wash it all down with a cold one from the beer tents.

Two stages will be located in the area, each packed with talented musicians. Nick Celio, November Loop, 5 Elements, THE Realtime Digimob, Geo C and the Storm, The Starlight Darlings and soooo many more will be on stage for your listening pleasure.

3-5 is family-friendly time with fun activities for kids and The Stage, a drum circle, Julie Thomas' Tara Dance, and a kick-off from Mayor Jay Williams and a blessing from Father Noga.

Oh, and you read that right: THE STAGE will be making its outdoor premiere from 3-4 pm with performances from Dr. Ray's Amazing Sideshow of Science, musician/storyteller Chris Leone, a reading from Chris Barzak, song selections from Don Connors (before he heads off to Texas), and a selection from Lucasville which takes off for its Fringe Fest performances in NYC the first week of August! Support your Stage acts as many of them are also playing the regular schedule...even Eric Alleman of To Box With Man, who wowed the Stage crowd at our first Thanksgiving Stage 2 years ago!

Not only will yours truly be hosting the Stage, but I'll be hosting THE stage, emceeing the event until the last note is hit.

So please, make plans downtown for Saturday night. Between this amazing arts fest, the Thunder game, and the premiere of Chris Rutushin's Fine Tune/after-party at Cedars featuring Koebel, Matt Palka and the Caravan, Pretty Demons, and The Zou, there's more than enough to go around!!

See you on the grassy knoll....

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