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Expect ‘Ruckus’ when rods cruise into fairgrounds

Gray Areas

Entertainment Editor Andy Gray

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

* Rockabilly Ruckus returns to the Trumbull County Fairgrounds this weekend.

The event is a celebration of hot rod culture — the cars, the music and the fashion.

The car show on Saturday is open to pre-1979 vehicles and will feature custom cars, rat rods and vintage race cars. The Wall of Death motorcycle thrill show will perform trick, fancy and acrobatic riding along a vertical wall each day.

A pin-up contest also is scheduled Saturday, and women can get a pinup style updo and men can get a cut and shave for free in the Pinup Palace and barbershop.

The entertainment lineup features Leo D’Angelo, the Muleface Brothers, and Billy and Neptunes on Friday; Steve Trent, V-Syx and Jane Rose & the Deadend Boys on Saturday; and Ben Anderton, The Modernes and Hot Rod Deluxe on Sunday.

This will be the fifth year for the event, which — like everything else — was canceled in 2020. Complete information is available at rockabillyruckus.com.

* It was great to see two generations of Youngstown music history on stage at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre on Saturday.

As the The Vindys revealed in an interview here last week, Tom Figinsky from Left End joined the band for a cover of Left End’s “Bad Talkin’ Lady” during the concert scheduled to celebrate the release of The Vindy’s album “Bugs.”

Before bringing Figinsky on stage, Vindys’ lead guitar player John Anthony said fans often would mention Left End to lead singer Jackie Popovec and him when they first started performing live, and both of them were too young to remember the band that was a fixture on the local club scene in the ’70s signed to Polydor Records. That 1974 release, “Spoiled Rotten,” sells for about five times more to record collectors today than it did in stores 47 years ago.

Some of The Vindys’ younger fans may have heard “Bad Talkin’ Lady” for the first time Saturday, but many in the crowd cheered loudly for the song that was a local radio staple. I didn’t live here then, but drummer Pat Palombo’s memoir “Tenacity: The Left End Story” is a great chronicle of that era.

And technically, it was three generations of Youngstown history on stage. Vindys’ guitar player Rick Deak also was a member of Sinomatic, which was signed to Atlantic Records, which released its self-titled debut in 2001.

“Bugs” is available to hear on all of the streaming sites, and the CD is available through the band (www.thevindys.com) and at Record Connection in McKinley Heights.

* A Youngstown native will be among the guests this month at the Steel City Con pop culture convention at Monroeville Convention Center outside of Pittsburgh.

Many might not recognize Jim Cummings’ face, but they know his voice — as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and about 400 other characters from animated features and television series.

He’s voiced characters in many of Disney’s biggest hits, including “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas” and “Hercules.” He also was the singing voice of Rasputin in “Anastasia.”

He’s joined in a lineup that will include Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Jon Bernthal, Meat Loaf, Tom Arnold, Breckin Meyer, Carl Weathers and six of the actors from “The Warriors” (Michael Beck, James Remar, David Harris, Thomas Waites, Terry Michos, Dorsey Wright).

Ticket information for the event running Aug. 13 to 15 is available at www.steelcitycon.com.

• Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.

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