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WRITER: Andy Gray

Vaughan brought blues to Warren

Jimmie Vaughan is a pro’s pro. During his concert Saturday at the Robins Theatre, Vaughan showed why he’s revered by blues fans, and why his famous younger brother — Stevie Ray Vaughan — often called him the better guitar player. Playing more than 25 songs in just under two hours, Vaughan and his talented six-piece band ripped through roadhouse rave ups like “You Can’t Sit Down,” slinky and ...

‘Faster’ debut

By ANDY GRAY Staff writer WARREN — Samantha Fish takes her blues into some different directions on “Faster,” her second album for Rounder Records. Martin Kierszenbaum, who’s worked with such acts as Lady Gaga, Sting and Sheryl Crow, produced the album and co-wrote eight of its 12 songs. There’s still plenty of electric guitar, but Fish’s vocals are out front in the mix, and there are keyboards ...

‘Rain’ delivers downpour of Beatles’ hits

WARREN —A lot of sons end up in the family business. In the Curatolo family, that business is being Paul McCartney. Paul Curatolo’s father, Joey, played McCartney in “Beatlemania” and originated the role in “Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles,” which started out in lounges, played 300 performances on Broadway in 2010-11 and has toured ever since. Paul — yes, he’s named after that Paul — ...

Grammy winner joins WPO for season opener

WARREN — A Grammy Award winner will join the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra for the opening concert of its 2021-22 season. Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra for Sunday’s concert at First Presbyterian Church in Warren. “This guy is one of the great guitar players, and he’s from right here,” guest conductor Michael ...

Gray Areas: Meijer seeks ‘Voices’

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment: • Local artists could collect a $5,000 prize through a program being offered by Meijer. The retailer is seeking art inspired by diverse outlooks and communities that will be featured on products, from stationary to home decor, that will be sold in 2023 in five categories — Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month ...

‘Youngstown’ gets local premiere this weekend in Boardman

“Youngstown” is the title and the setting for a new movie. That’s no lie, although one of its characters is a habitual liar. The other main character? Not so much. She’s incapable of telling a convincing lie, which is a big problem for someone in the witness protection program with a new identity. The low-budget comedy, conceived by former Liberty resident and co-producer Jesse Reed and co-producer / ...

Vaughan tells his story on record, tour

Jimmie Vaughan has quite a story to tell with his music. There’s four Grammy Awards, a platinum-selling album and a hit single with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the respect of his peers, including his brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who frequently called him the best guitar player in the family. That legacy unfolds on “The Story,” a massive career retrospective released earlier this year, and Vaughan bring ...

Ghost Walk shows how 19th century was killer

Barb Root doesn’t hesitate to give the Sutliff Museum credit for inspiring this year’s Ghost Walk. “I lovingly stole their idea ‘A Million Ways to Die in the 19th Century,’” said Root, who wrote and directed this year’s event, which is presented by the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and the Trumbull County Historical Society. “They have a whole series of videos on their website, and I ...

Two men work to preserve artifacts of Brier Hill works

PITTSBURGH -— For decades Youngstown Sheet & Tube’s Campbell and Brier Hill works turned out the steel and parts that built America. R. Gene Koch, a Mineral Ridge native who lived in Lake Milton, believed for decades that the wood patterns used to make those steel parts were worth preserving. “Look at the craftsmanship. Why doesn’t anyone care about these? This is a dying art, a part of the ...

Singing the hits

From teen idol to Teen Angel, Frankie Avalon has been entertaining audiences since the 1950s. Avalon, who celebrated his 81st birthday last month, has no plans to stop now. “It’s been my life for 60-some years,” he said during a telephone interview. “I look forward to it. I enjoy it. I love the reaction of an audience that’s been with me all those years from ‘Venus’ and ‘Bobby Sox’ through ...