The Cellar rock club to reopen
162 S. Bridge St., Struthers
Before it went silent about a year ago, The Cellar in Struthers was one of the Valley’s best rock venues. In addition to local bands, it hosted shows by national acts such as Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Reel Big Fish, Michael Stanley, The Clarks, Bret Michaels, Hinder and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
The club in the basement of the downtown building that houses Los Gallos Mexican restaurant (previous incarnations include Kelly Pavlik’s 13th Round and Bridge Street Billiards) will reopen Oct. 14 and 15 with two concerts.
Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of rock band Boston in the ’90s, after the late Brad Delp left the band, will give a 10 p.m. concert Oct. 14 that will feature all the classic-rock giants’ hits, such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Long Time” and “Don’t Look Back.”
Disco Inferno will take the stage at 10 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets for both shows are available at thecellarrocks.com and at all Los Gallos restaurants.
The Cellar closed during a transitional period in which the new owners — Los Gallos — renovated the restaurant above it. Improvements made to The Cellar include the shortening of the bar to make room for tables near the stage.
Eric Ryan Productions is assisting with concert booking, which will include regional and national acts. Ryan, who is now executive director of Covelli Centre, got his start as a promoter and club operator at The Cellar.
As always, The Cellar will be open only for shows, which will be booked most Fridays and Saturdays.
SALEM NATIVE HELPS SHAPE SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND
A Salem native has been selected to shape the first Disney park in mainland China.
Larry A. Davis, a 1969 graduate of Salem High School, is a senior show producer for Walk Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of Walt Disney Co. for theme park design and development, in California.
He is one of a handful of Disney producers picked to oversee creative development and execution of the new Shanghai Disney Resort project. The resort will include Shanghai Disneyland, a Magic Kingdom-style park that will blend classic Disney and Pixar stories and characters with all-new attractions tailored to the people of China.
Davis will focus on the entry plaza and Main Street of the Shanghai Disneyland, which will be decidedly different in aesthetics and architecture from Disney’s other parks in Anaheim, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
The 963-acre Shanghai Disneyland carries a construction pricetag of $3.7 billion and is slated to open in the fall of 2016.
Davis will work out of Glendale, Calif., for the next two years of design and development and then move to China once construction begins.
Davis has a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and a master’s from California State University-Long Beach. He is the son of Elaine and the late Pete Davis of Salem, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Maureen Ryan.
Davis also is known for his modern sculptures of fantastical creatures, which he makes out of found objects and spare parts. Some of his work was on display at the McDonough Museum in Youngstown earlier this year as part of an alumni exhibition.