Community events for Youngstown amp, summer movies announced

FILE - Ryan Gosling, left, and Margot Robbie pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Barbie' on July 12, 2023, in London. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP, File)

YOUNGSTOWN — Tributes to Tina Turner, Elton John and Billy Joel, as well as contemporary jazz artists, will play the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre as part of the Premier Bank Community Events Series.

The rest of the lineup was announced Friday, the same day Youngstown band RDNA kicked off the series with a Party on the Lawn concert held in conjunction with the city’s First Fridays series.

Two additional Party on the Lawn concerts are planned on First Fridays. The Tina Turner tribute Sheena B. & the 445s on Aug. 5 and Lee Alverson will play the music of Elton John and Billy Joel on Sept. 6 with his show “One Man! One Piano! One Night!”

Instead of a concert for the First Friday in July, the amp will host a Movie on the Lawn with “Barbie,” the top-grossing film of 2023, showing at 9 p.m. July 5.

According to JAC Marketing Manager Jared Laczko, nothing is planned at the amp for the first Friday in June because that is the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO” at the Covelli Centre.

The one event with an admission fee for the series is the annual Wine & Jazz event, which will be July 13 and feature flutist Althea Rene and saxophone player Jeff Kashiwa.

The title track of Rene’s 2013 album “In the Flow” topped the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart. She also is the author of “Becoming Chocolate Barbie – A Guide for Professional Women in the Music Business” and the recipient of a 2021 Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Kashiwa is a former member of the jazz group The Rippingtons and has released 11 solo albums.

Tickets for Wine & Jazz are on sale now through Ticketmaster and at the Covelli Centre’s Southwoods Health box office.

Other events include a Juneteenth Skate Day & Cabaret on June 19 that pays homage to the skating rink Reed’s Arena and the African Culture Weekend, both staples of Youngstown’s black community.

Night Out for Neighborhoods, a concert and fundraiser for local neighborhood watch organizations, is planned for Aug. 30. Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past’s Non Violence Parade & Rally closes out the amp schedule Oct. 6.

In the press release announcing the series, JAC Vice President and amphitheater Executive Director Jordan Ryan said, “We are grateful for Premier Bank and the funds they provide to help underwrite these events which allows free or very low-cost admission to all members of our community.”

The “Barbie” movie will be shown in conjunction with the Youngstown Summer Movie Series, which also announced its full lineup.

Six movies will be shown in Wean Park at 9 p.m. on Mondays and the lineup focuses on sequels and remakes with “Trolls Band Together,” “Top Gun Maverick,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Shrek 2,” “Jaws 2” and the 2023 version of “The Little Mermaid.”

Have an interesting news story? Email Entertainment Editor Andy Gray at agray@tribtoday.com


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