Get ready for George Thorogood

Covelli Centre will announce an outdoor concert today that could be the first of several this summer.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will come to the downtown arena Aug. 11 for a festival-style concert in the rear parking lot.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 15. General-admission tickets are $25, with Gold Circle tickets available at $49.

The concert is part of the 2nd annual Tangled Up In Blues Festival. Last year, the head-liners were Buddy Guy and Robert Cray.

The blues-rocking Thorogood has produced some absolute classics over the years, including “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love” and “Move It On Over.”

The arena has a few other concerts in the works, but they have yet to be confirmed.

Former Cherry Monroe members BACK IN ACTION

Youngstown native Matt Toka will release his self-titled EP on June 12 on Warner Bros. Records, marking his debut since becoming a Los Angeles-based pop-punk act.

Toka is still known locally as the front man for Cherry Monroe, a power-pop band that skyrocketed to regional fame (and a Universal Records contract) from 2004-06.

The six-track EP includes the studio versions of previous YouTube-only tracks “666” and “Ode To My Family,” as well as “Say10,” which is available from digital retailers. The EP will be released physically and digitally, with the digital version including videos for “666” and “Get Money.”

Toka also will be part of the Vans Warped Tour, which will begin in mid-June and includes stops in Cleveland on July 11 and Pittsburgh on July 12.

Another former member of Cherry Monroe also is on the road and rocking. Ryan Harris joined Warner Drive, an LA-style rock band based in that city, as guitarist a few years ago.

Warner Drive has two albums to its credit — including 2011’s “K-Go!” — with a third in the works.

The band was in Youngstown last week for an impromptu Tuesday night show at the Lemon Grove. It will play the Stardust Lounge in Pittsburgh on July 16 and again Sept. 16


Now in its 16th year, the All Good Music Festival has moved to Legend Valley concert venue (formerly Buckeye Lake), which is off Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Columbus. The location promises much better access, which was a problem at the former site in West Virginia.

The festival will be July 19-22.

The diverse lineup ranges from rock, bluegrass, indie and funk to electronica, hip-hop, collaborative jams and some other things.

It includes The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Flaming Lips, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby featuring Branford Marsalis, Michael Franti, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lotus, Dark Star Orchestra, G. Love & Special Sauce, Red Wanting Blue, Papadosio, The Werks, Tea Leaf Green, The Lumineers, Rumpke Mountain Boys and many others.

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‘Cheapest drinks in the entertainment industry’

First Niagara Pavilion’s summer-concert season includes Drake, Lady Antebellum, Phish, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Vans Warped Tour, Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Tour, Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, Big Time Rush, Def Leppard and Poison, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Motley Crue and Kiss — with more to be announced.

Amazingly, it also includes $4 beers.

The Pittsburgh-area amphitheater has dropped its price for a 12-ounce domestic draft to just $4, which it calls “the cheapest drinks in the entertainment industry.”


The Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, aka, the steel museum, is participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative, which offers free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer at more than 1,600 museums.

The program began in 2010 as a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Defense Department. It’s adding 300 new museums this year.

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