Frustrated because you can’t get tickets to one of Taylor Swift’s concerts in Pittsburgh this weekend?
Get over it by flooding your sadness with haluski and kielbasa at the Simply Slavic festival in downtown Youngstown on Friday and Saturday.
This small but fun event will be held on East Federal Street between Central Plaza and Champion Street. Admission is $5.
Held on Fridays from 5pm to 11pm and Saturdays from noon to midnight, it’s not the biggest festival, but it’s one of the funniest. Of course, there is also a wide variety of Slavic food and drinks, as well as dancing and live music.
It culminates in the Vatra, or bonfire, which will be lit after dark on Saturday night to the music of the Harmonia folk band.
Contrary to what you may have heard, not every street in downtown Youngstown is closed for redevelopment.
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Looking ahead to next week, REO Speedwagon will return to town for a concert at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater on Wednesday, June 21st.
The rock band – often dubbed the “Taylor Swift of the ’80s” (no one) – will bring audiences a range of classic pop-rock hits. The hit list includes “Keep Loving You,” “Run,” “Run the Storm,” “I Can’t Resist This Feeling,” “It’s Time I Fly,” “Go With the Change,” and “Don’t Let Him Go” .
The opening of the Speedwagon will be Nashville actor Levon, who was forced into service after Donnie Iris had to pull out.
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At the Youngstown Playhouse, a production of “The 39 Steps” kicks off a two-week run with Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
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There are some other interesting items on the schedule.
The 1976 Led Zeppelin concert film “The Song Remains the Same” will be showing Friday at 7 p.m. at the Robbins Theater in Warren ($7).
The ever-funny Disco Inferno will bring their wacky ’70s outfits to life at the Warren Amphitheatre on Saturday nights. Admission is $10.Opening Ceremony Old Skool will start at 5:30pm
The annual Juneteenth Festival runs through Sunday, with cultural festivals on Saturdays and Sundays at Wayne Park in downtown Youngstown. It will feature food trucks, vendors, musical performances, cook-offs and other events. Free parking is available at the neighboring Covelli Centre.For information, click here.
For a complete overview of what’s going on in Mahoning Valley, check out the list.
Above: REO Speedwagon with founder and vocalist Kevin Cronin (second from right) at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater on Wednesday, June 21.
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.