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WRITER: Andy Gray

Guy brings blues history to Robins

WARREN — When Rolling Stone made a list of the 100 greatest guitar players of all time, Buddy Guy was ranked 30th. To the best of my knowledge, Rolling Stone never made a list of the 100 greatest showmen (showpeople) of all time. If it did, Guy should be ranked at least that high. Guy took the audience at the Robins Theatre to school on Friday, giving them a tutorial in the blues. Do his 85-year-old ...

Blues legend plays Robins

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Never miss a chance to catch a legend. And legend is a word that certainly applies to Buddy Guy, who will perform Friday at the Robins Theatre. Guy is without question the greatest living ambassador to the blues, one of the only remaining links to the icons that developed electric guitar blues and shaped the sound of rock music. He’s won just about ...

‘Peppermint Presents …’

YOUNGSTOWN — Peppermint Recording Studio on Indianola Avenue is a treasure trove of Mahoning Valley musical history, and Anthony LaMarca and Dean Anshutz are the prospectors panning for its gold. Or maybe they’re detectives. The musicians don’t wear trenchcoats, but Anshutz makes more than one Columbo reference while talking about their efforts to find forgotten recordings. Volume One of their finds is ...

YSU preps for 24th SFA, second at Wean Park

YOUNGSTOWN — The 24th Summer Festival of the Arts will spend its second summer at Wean Park on July 9 and 10. The event, presented by Youngstown State University and JAC Management Group, originally was held on the YSU campus but moved to the downtown Youngstown park last year. “We are returning to Wean Park with renewed excitement that the Summer Festival of the Arts is continuing into its 24th year, ...

Heritage Center presents ‘Meet the Kinsmans’

WARREN — Stories of the Kinsman and Perkins families have been a part of Warren’s Ghost Walk since its inception. As the Warren Heritage Center celebrates the 190th anniversary of the Kinsman House, the first majestic house on what became Warren’s “Millionaire’s Row,” the center is taking a deeper dive into the family’s lore and history. On Saturday, the center will stage “Meet the ...

Tears for Fears prepares ‘Tipping Point’ tour

Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal didn’t plan to go more than 15 years between Tears for Fears albums. The music industry had other ideas. Labels wanted them to work with outside writers but then rejected the songs they penned with collaborators. They were persuaded to focus on being a “heritage” act, content to play its ’80s hits. But Smith said they were getting a little bored playing the same batch of ...

Bluegrass Jamboree returns

BAZETTA — A two-year layoff doesn’t appear to have hurt the momentum for Mitch and Cindy’s Bluegrass Jamboree. “Presale tickets have been better than it’s ever been before,” co-founder Cindy Matheson said. “People seem much more interested than before about getting out with family, doing something outdoors.” The bluegrass festival planned Memorial Day weekend at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds ...

Fogerty, Hunt coming to Canfield Fair

CANFIELD — Country superstar Sam Hunt and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Fogerty will be the grandstand headliners for this year’s Canfield Fair. Hunt will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 with special guests Lily Rose and Ryan Hurd. Fogerty will close the fair on Labor Day, Sept. 5, with Hearty Har opening. Hunt only has two full-length albums, 2014’s “Montevallo” and 2020’s “Southside,” ...

Valley protesters: Don't repeal Roe

YOUNGSTOWN — Dr. Alexis Smith choked back tears as she shared her abortion experience with several hundred people at a Bans Off Our Bodies rally Saturday on the steps of the Mahoning County Courthouse. She was in medical school, already committed to $200,000 in education loans co-signed by her parents, when the relationship she was in ended. She then discovered her birth control had failed and she was ...

Youngstown rally draws hundreds of abortion rights supporters

YOUNGSTOWN — Dr. Alexis Smith choked back tears as she shared her abortion experience with several hundred people at a Bans Off Our Bodies rally today on the steps of the Mahoning County Courthouse. She was in medical school, already committed to $200,000 in education loans co-signed by her parents, when the relationship she was in ended. She then discovered her birth control had failed and she was ...