Grammy-winner Gill to take part in ‘American Made’ concert

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Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

•   Bob DiPiero’s “American Made” Country Music Songwriter Series concerts have been a regular fundraiser for COMPASS Family and Community Services.

This year’s concert on April 27 at DeYor Performing Arts Center’s Ford Family Recital Hall is being billed as the final one, but they are going out with a bang.

Joining the Liberty native for the 10th and final event will be his good friend and country superstar Vince Gill.

Gill has won 22 Grammys and 20 CMA Awards, including song of the year four times, more than any other artist. He’s sold more than 30 million albums and charted 45 singles.

These days folks are paying triple figures for the cheap seats to see him perform with The Eagles’ “Long Goodbye” tour.

DiPiero’s resume should be plenty familiar to local audiences. Since moving to Nashville after graduating from Youngstown State University in 1978, DiPiero has had more than 1,200 songs recorded by other artists.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007 and has written or co-written 15 No. 1 country hits for such artists as Gill (“Worlds Apart”), Reba McEntire (“Little Rock” and “Till You Love Me”), Faith Hill (“Take Me As I Am”) George Strait (“Blue Clear Sky”) and Tim McGraw (“Southern Voice”).

Joining DiPiero and Gill will be Blessing Offor, who appeared on season seven of NBC reality competition series “The Voice” and Bravo’s “Platinum Hit.” Offor is a two-time Grammy nominee and two-time Dove Award winner for pop / contemporary recorded song of the year for “Brighter Days” and short-form video of the year for “The Goodness.”

For the “American Made” performances, the participants perform their songs and share stories about their creation.

The concert is presented by Hometown Pharmacy and YSU Cliffe College of Creative Arts and will benefit COMPASS’S Sojourner House domestic violence program.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the DeYor box office, by calling 330-259-9651 and online at experienceyourarts.org.

•  Foo Fighters’ 2024 tour doesn’t come anywhere close to the Mahoning Valley until July, and those dates are in Cincinnati and Hershey, Pa.

However, fans can catch a livestream of a Dave Grohl performance tonight as part of a benefit concert for a charity that provides medically tailored meals for those living with severe and chronic illness.

The Warren native will be one of the performers at the Love Rocks NYC benefit at the Beacon Theater.

The all-star lineup also includes The Black Keys, Hozier, Nile Rodgers, Tom Morello, Don Felder, Bettye LaVette, Joss Stone, Allison Russell, Emily King, Marcus King, Larkin Poe, Trombone Shorty, Luke Spiller of The Struts, Quinn Sullivan and Bernie Williams and a house band led by Will Lee.

The event is hosted by Conan O’Brien, Tracy Morgan and Jim Gaffigan and benefits God’s Love We Deliver.

The livestream is free for VEEPS subscribers and available for purchase for $19.99 at loverocksnyc.com.

•   Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival is a great place to see free performances by nationally touring acts. I’ve seen several favorites there over the years.

The list of main stage acts for this year’s event, running May 31 to June 9, hasn’t been announced yet, but Ben Folds fans can expect to see him on the closing night.

A spring-summer tour announced Wednesday includes a June 9 appearance at the festival. He’ll also play June 25 at The Goodyear Theater in Akron.


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