The holiday weekend is upon us. Hopefully the rain keeps up (up in the clouds, that is). Outdoor events Thursday include the continuing Trumbull County Fair, which starts every morning at 10 a.m. at the fairgrounds, 899 Everett-Hull Road, Cortland. The fair closes Sunday.
Also on tap is Flip-Flop Fest, the annual beach party at the Lake Milton State Park amphitheater in Craig Beach. The party includes music by the Jeannette Jones band.
Over at the Yellow Creek Theater, which is behind the library on U.S. route 224 in Poland, the Steve Cipriano Band (an Eric Clapton tribute band) will give a free 90-minute concert.
Jordan DePaul and the Reputations will be at The Cellar, 162 S. Bridge St., Struthers, at 9 p.m. Friday night in what looks to be the weekend’s top rock show. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door for this 18-and-over event. Jazz-rockers Subourbon Sun is the opening act. Jordan DePaul, which is known for its island vibe, has added a new guitar player. “It has really evolved our music,” said DePaul. “It’s a fuller sound ... more intricate, more progressive.” The new guitarist is Joey Verzilli.
Party on the Plaza will try again this Friday. The outdoor party series on the area outside Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Youngstown has been known to attract rain. Scheduled to perform this time are Sonic Age and The HouseBand. Music starts at 8 p.m.
It’s the Fourth of July and there is no shortage of family-friendly events and fireworks displays. For proof, check the list in the centerspread of this magazine.
Gingerspittz has become known for its intense and theatrical live shows, and the Berlin Center-based metal band has developed a devoted following for it. The frenzy is worth checking out, even if you’re not a metal fan. Gingerspittz will headline a Saturday-night show at Barley’s, 21 W. Federal St., downtown Youngstown. K-Awake and Black Black are also on the bill.
Let’s play trivia. Fins to the Left is the name of the tribute band that will be playing at Warren Community Amphitheater on Saturday evening. Can you guess which artist the band imitates? The free show starts at 5 p.m. and also includes Uptown Cats, a Motown and funk ensemble. The amphitheater is on Mahoning Avenue in downtown Warren. And the answer to the question is (of course) Jimmy Buffett. Now let’s all sing: “The weather is here, wish you were beautiful ...”
Gratefulfest continues at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. The four-day music festival, now in its 10th year, includes performances by Dark Star Orchestra every day. Go to nlqp.com.
Well, they changed the name of Chevrolet Centre — it’s now Covelli Centre — but the lawn in front of the arena is still the grassy knoll, and Monday night is still free movie night there. This week’s offering is “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller about a sensitive and misunderstood fish that just wanted to go to the beach. Film starts around 9 p.m.
A touring production of the brilliant Broadway smash “Les Miserables” opens a 15-show run at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center on Tuesday. For ticket information, call (412) 456-6666 or go to pgharts.org.