330 Day Concert will showcase area music
Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:
• The Summit is bringing its 330 Day Concert to Youngstown this year.
The public radio station declared March 30 “330 Day” in 2016 when it launched a digital radio station devoted exclusively to music from the region. The annual concert commemorating the musical holiday has grown into a showcase for 33 acts in one night.
I didn’t make it to last year’s edition in Canton, but the 2018 show at Akron Civic Theatre ran smoothly and left the audience in awe at the amount of musical talent that can be found in the 330 area code and beyond.
This year’s lineup, which will perform at Stambaugh Auditorium starting at 7 p.m. March 30, should do the same.
Mahoning Valley acts always are well-represented on the radio station — The Vindys, JD Eicher, Radio Lark and Demos Papadimas were among the most played local acts on the main signal at 90.7 FM in Struthers and 91.3 FM in Akron in 2019 — but this year’s lineup is more Valley-centric than ever before.
Joining those four acts listed above will be Angie Haze Project, Black Wolf & The Thief, Brian Lisik, Broken Transmitter, The Building, Carlos Jones, Cave Twins, Diamond Kites, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, East 9th, Hayden Brooke, Hey Monea, Hoss & The Juggernauts, Indre’, The Labra Brothers, Lee Ann Binder, Leo D’Angelo, Marc Lee Shannon, Ohio Weather Band, The Outside Voices, Ray Flanagan, Sam Goodwill, The Shootouts, Spirit of The Bear, Spy Convention, The Super Babes, Michael Weber, Whiskey Pilot and Yankee Bravo.
Each act gets to play one song, and traditionally most of the musicians return to the stage for a group finale.
Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $10 is requested to offset costs.
Those interested in attending can register for free tickets at thesummit.fm or the330.net.
• Another great showcase for local and national talent is Federal Frenzy, the downtown Youngstown music festival staged by Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions.
This year’s event is April 25, but folks can help pick one of the acts that will be featured at this year’s event.
Westside Bowl in Youngstown will host the Federal Frenzy Face-Off at 7 p.m. Friday.
Six acts — Juliet, Fifth & Aurora, Nick Adduci, Shelby Olive, Very Good Friends and The Locals — are scheduled to perform, and the audience gets to vote on which act will get a slot on the Federal Frenzy schedule.
Admission is free.
• Kent is one of 13 cities in four countries that recognizes International Clash Day, a holiday created by Seattle radio station KEXP-FM to celebrate the musical legacy and social activism of The Clash.
Friday is the official holiday, but Kent kicks off its three-day celebration today.
Proceeds from this year’s event will support Jail Guitar Doors, a program that supports music equipment donations and songwriting workshops at Grafton Correctional Institution in Lorain, and some of the programming this year revolves around the issue of mass incarceration.
Panel discussions on mass incarceration and and the arts are planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the governance chambers of the Kent Student Center. The Zephyr Pub will display visual representations / interpretations of poetry written by inmates.
The Summit will present a free screening at The Kent Stage of the documentary “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” focusing on the acclaimed singer-songwriter who battled mental health issues. Standing Rock Gallery will display some of Johnston’s early sketches, which never have been exhibited before.
Musical performances will include Free Black! and Cherry at 10 p.m. today at The Zephyr; The Boys from County Hell playing an all-Clash set at 7 p.m. Friday at Water Street Tavern; Kill the Hippies, Modem and Fringe Candidate at 10 p.m. Friday at Euro Gyro; and Harvey Pekar, Garter Shake, Muppethead and The Katy at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Dome.
Standing Rock Gallery also will show a live stream from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday of a concert from Grafton Correctional Institution featuring Kent’s Modem and three prison bands — The Crew, Rich N Glory and Contra Band.
Complete details be found online at kentclashday.org.
Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@ tribtoday.com