By GUY D’ASTOLFO
With a lineup that includes bands such as Crazy and the Brains, Megachurch and All Dinosaurs, it’s safe to say that the Pabstolutely music festival is the edgiest one in the area.
“As far as music selection goes, we’re definitely edgier on the rock side,” said organizer Joe Stilson. “And we keep it a little more open to heavier bands and punk rock. It’s a little less mainstream.”
The fourth annual Pabstolutely festival will be Saturday at the Royal Oaks. The street along the side of the bar on the near East Side will be closed for the stage area, and vendors will set up tables along the periphery.
Crazy and the Brains, out of New Jersey, has played Youngstown once before, at the Oaks. Megachurch and All Dinosaurs will be making their local debut. All three are festival first-timers.
Megachurch might be the most offbeat. The trio uses audio clips from extremist evangelists in its songs, which otherwise have little or no vocals.
In the headliner slots will be ALBUM, Bob’s Country Bunker and Jason and the Punknecks, out of Nashville.
Pabstolutely raises funds for Golden String, a nonprofit agency that serves adults with mental disabilities.
It’s an all-ages event, but those who want to be served alcoholic beverages will be asked for a $4 donation.
New this year is a Pabst art contest. Participants can enter art of any genre that involves the Pabst beer logo.
The winner will receive a prize and have the artwork displayed inside the Royal Oaks for a year. The winning entry also will be incorporated into the logo for next year’s Pabstolutely festival.
Vendors will include Artistic Dermagraphics, Bare Knuckle Tattoo, jewelry by Pierre’s, the Youngstown women’s rugby team, the Little Steel girls roller derby team, Youngstownrock.com, Youngstown Pulse, Rusty Water Apparel, Touch the Moon Candy Saloon, Purple Cat, Royal Oaks barbecue and Golden String Radio.
There also will be raffles and an auction with prizes that include a Pabst beach-cruiser bicycle, a set of Pabst cornhole boards and a grille shaped and painted like a Pabst can.
The celebrity charity dunk tank will return, and DJs Martini and Richard Elmsworth will fill in between bands.
The festival begins at noon, with music starting around 2 p.m.