Pabstolutely will return Sept. 7 with Daikaju as the headliner.

Pabstolutely will return Sept. 7 with Daikaju as the headliner.

The blue-collar rock music festival at the Royal Oaks has a reputation for far-from- ordinary bands, and Daikaju, a surf-punk quartet from Alabama, is a prime example.

The band members perform in face paint or kabuki masks. Even more notable, they never talk on stage, and none of their songs have lyrics. To get their point across, they use mime-like notions, and otherwise let their blazing guitars do the talking.

Last year, Daikaju’s set blew away the crowd at the Oaks, which is at 924 Oak St., East Side.

Daikaju just returned from a tour of South Korea and Japan, said Pabstolutely organizer Joe Stilson.

The Oaks blocks off Lansing Avenue and erects a stage there for the festival. Daikaju will play the final slot on the outdoor stage, beginning at 9:15 p.m.

It will be preceded by Chicago’s MUTTS, The Suede Brothers, Crazy and the Brains, Jason and the Punknecks, Whiskey Daredevils, Sam Goodwill, Sirens Everywhere, Feckweed, The Whatleys, Thundervest and Punk Willie.

The vendors and beer truck will stay open until 1 a.m., but the live music outdoors will end at 10:30 p.m. So after Daikaju, the music will move indoors, with Turbo Lovers going on at 10:45 p.m., followed by Modern Life at 11:45 p.m.

Pabstolutely starts at noon. Admission is free, but those who intend to purchase alcohol must pay $5. Pabstolutely, as always, raises money for Golden String Inc. Over the years, it has donated thousands of dollars to the agency, which helps adults with disabilities.

Vendors at the festival will include Touch the Moon Candy Saloon, Youngstown Pulse magazine, Artistic Dermagraphics, Bareknuckle Tattoo, Bitter Hearts tattoo, Rusty Waters T-shirts, Salon Hampi, Gorilla Joe Printing Co., Amplified Arts Jewelry, One Hot Cookie and more.

Chris Yambar’s collection of offbeat stuff is for sale

Chris Yambar, the Youngstown-based pop artist and comic-book creator, has amassed a collection of interesting stuff over the years.

On Saturday, he’ll put much of it up for sale to help raise money for Rust Belt Theater’s Studio for Young Actors.

The sale will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Rust Belt’s space in the Calvin Center building, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown.

Titled “Chris Yambar’s Booksapalooza+,” this special sale will feature hundreds of books from the artist’s personal library. Book themes include the arts, biography, pop and trash culture, religion, beat philosophy, collectibles, entertainment and more. There will also be vintage Polynesian, exotica, oddball, comedy and jazz recordings, indie comics, and original rock music paintings by the artist. There will also be a life-size Homer Simpson for sale.

A percentage from each item sold will benefit the Studio for Young Actors, which provides free workshops and performance opportunities to local students. The studio, now in its fourth year, focuses on writing, designing and staging original work, and giving local students the opportunity to collaborate with local artists and musicians.

Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and boxes. For information, call 330-506-1991 or email


An exhibition of photographs from Afghanistan and other war-torn lands by John Wendle is on display at the Butler Institute of American Art through Oct. 29.

Wendle, a Youngstown native and a 1998 Ursuline High School graduate, is an independent photographer, reporter and videographer based in Kabul, Afghanistan. His work has been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times and several major overseas newspapers.

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