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Today’s entertainment picks:



Published: Fri, July 4, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Today’s entertainment picks:

v Packard Band concert and fireworks, 8 p.m.: A free concert of patriotic music will be followed by a fireworks display. It’s at the South Lawn band shell at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren.

v Party on the Plaza, 6 p.m.: Catch Philadelphia rock band Stolen Rhodes at 8:30 p.m. at this outdoor party in front of Warehouse 50, on Central Square in downtown Youngstown.

v Ox Roast, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: The annual beef blast, antique show and flea market is back in Mesopotamia, intersection of state Routes 534 and 87; mespofire.com.

v Ellwood City Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.: The 34th annual event features hundreds of vendors and plenty of live music and dance; ellwood-city-festival.net.

v Gratefulfest, all day: Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band will take the stage at 8:45 p.m. at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, near Garrettsville; nlqp.com.

“The Walking Dead” marathon (9 a.m., AMC): We know you’ve been missing those repulsive zombies from “The Walking Dead.” Now is your chance to catch up with the gore fest via a three-day marathon of episodes, fittingly dubbed a “Dead, White and Blue Weekend.”

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS: Here’s our big-bang theory: Nothing matches watching fireworks live and in person. But if you happen to be anchored to the couch this year, television has plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” to offer as well. The explosive programming starts with “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” (8 p.m., NBC), which has Nick Cannon hosting the festivities from New York City. Among the performers are Miranda Lambert, Hunter Hayes and Lionel Richie. Also on tap: “A Capitol Fourth” (8 p.m., PBS). It’s hosted by Tom Bergeron, who welcomes, among others, Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle and Jordin Sparks to the party on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. And don’t forget the “Philly 4th of July Jam” (8 p.m., VH1), featuring the Roots, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and other musical acts performing from Philadelphia.

TV listings, B6

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Composer debuting ‘Banner’ version for nation’s birthday

WASHINGTON

American composer- conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation’s birthday.

Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual “Capitol Fourth” celebration in Washington. But this year, the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in performing a special new arrangement.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.

It was in September 1814 when Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of the flag over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after a 25-hour British bombardment.

“A Capitol Fourth” will be broadcast today at 8 p.m. on PBS and NPR.


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