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Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

•   Coffee lovers can get their daily fix at a discount and support the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley starting Friday.

Friday is National Coffee Day, and the mission is launching its Mahoning Valley Coffee Trail for the second year.

Trail guides go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Friday for $25. Last year, the 500 available guides sold out in less than an hour. This year, 750 guides will be available.

The trail includes 19 coffee sellers in the region, including some new participants. Each one is offering various perks and freebies for visitors (total value of the discounts in the trail guide is $62.74).

This year’s lineup includes Aunt Martha’s Donut & Coffee Shoppe, Branch Street Coffee Roasters, Cadence Coffeehouse & Creperie, Cortland Main Street Coffee, Coze Trek Outpost, Delightful Maple Cafe, Generations Cafe, Glenwood Grounds Cafe, Hallowed Grounds Coffee Co., High Octane Austintown, LiBs Market, The Mocha House (Youngtown, Warren and Boardman), Mudslingers of Niles, Napa Grocery, Nova Coffee Co. / Nova2Go, Peaberry’s Cafe, Steelnative Coffee, The Coffee Shop at Ridgewood and 26ThreeCoffee.

Those who visit every business by Nov. 21 and return their completed guide books will have a chance to win the grand prize. One winner chosen at random will receive a prize package valued at $965.64 and includes a personal barista lesson courtesy of Branch Street Coffee Roasters.

Trail guides will be available at www.RescueMissionMV.org/Trailguides.

•   Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland will unveil new marquees for its Euclid Avenue theaters tonight, and it’s offering a full slate of free entertainment to accompany the event.

Andy Grammer — whose hits include “Honey, I’m Good,” “Keep Your Head Up,” “Fine By Me,” “Don’t Give Up On Me,” “Fresh Eyes” and “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” — will perform on the PNC Stage outdoors at 8 p.m. before the Marquee Moments digital lighting ceremony at 9:15 p.m.

Entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include the alternative rock group LoConti Band, musical theater students from Baldwin Wallace University, past winners of the Dazzle Awards (recognizing northeast Ohio musical theater programs), the Cleveland soul band Apostle Jones, the Cleveland Cavs’ drum unit The 216Stix and DJ Kyro.

Admission is free, no tickets are required, and the first 5,000 in attendance will receive a LED wristband, courtesy of Medical Mutual, that will add to the Marquee Moments light show.

•   I decided to enjoy last week’s Drive-By Truckers show at Packard Music Hall like a fan instead of an entertainment writer.

I took some notes and a few photos (old habits die hard), but I took the day off, spent the afternoon hanging with friends and just enjoyed the performance.

It was a small crowd, but that didn’t seem to affect the band, which played 25 songs over 135 minutes in a show that didn’t end until 11:30 p.m.

DBT isn’t a band that plays the same set list every night, and the Packard show featured some old favorites (“The Boys from Alabama,” “Marry Me,” “Tornadoes,” “Rosemary with a Bible and a Gun”) a great cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper” and a bunch of songs from “Southern Rock Opera,” the album that made me a fan.

Chuck Tremblay, who played drums with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley in their pre-DBT band Adam’s House Cat, now lives in Cuyahoga Falls and was at the show, and the set list also included a couple DBT oldies (“Buttholeville” and “Lookout Mountain”) that first were recorded by Adam’s House Cat.

I got to talk to Hood after the show, and he left the area as a fan of both Mizu in Niles and Cockeye BBQ in Warren.

It was a great night in Warren — even if most of y’all missed it.

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


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