Upcoming Major Events – (February-April 2015)

FEBRUARY

Brad Paisley. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. Brad Paisley will perform with opening acts Parmalee and the Swon Brothers. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. $65-$45.

An Evening with Colin and Brad. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. Sunrise Entertainment will present the comedy improv duo for one show. 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. $55-$25.

Symphonic Valentine: Symphony Idol. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. Three finalists from “American Idol” – Lakisha Jones, Haley Scarnato and Matt Giraud – will join the Youngstown Symphony performing songs like “Georgia on my Mind,” “My Heart Will Go On,” “I Will Always Love You,” and more. 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too. This traveling stage play is based on the 1954 Hollywood musical. 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 16.

Let It Be. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-0264. The global tour of “Let It Be” comes to the Mahoning Valley for one show. The performance captures the Beatles’ meteoric rise from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to their later studio masterpieces. Hear live performances of early hits like “Twist and Shout,” “Baby You Can Drive My Car,” and career toppers such as “Hey Jude,” “Come Together,” and, of course, “Let It Be.” Ticket presales began online at midnight on Jan. 21. Public sale online, over the phone and at the DeYor PAC box office began on Friday Jan. 23. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20.

Toughest Monster Trucks. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. Monster trucks come to Youngstown for two nights. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21. $25-$10.

Stomp. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. Sunrise Entertainment will present “Stomp” in a beat-filled live show that utilizes brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more. 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25. $56.50-$36.50.

YSU Skeggs Lecture: Valerie Plame. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. Former covert CIA operations officer Valerie Plame, author of “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House,” will speak as part of YSU’s Skeggs Lecture Series.  Plame was a covert CIA operations officer in 2003 when she found herself at the heart of a political fire storm when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her secret status to several national journalists, including conservative syndicated newspaper columnist Robert Novak who published her name.  She remained silent throughout the controversy, but then wrote her New York Times best-selling autobiography “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.” 7 p.m. (lecture) 8 p.m. (book signing). Wednesday, Feb. 25. Free.

Paula Poundstone. Ford Family Recital Hall at DeYor, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. The DeYor Performing Arts Center and 88.5 WYSU will present comedian Paula Poundstone for one show. A regular panelist on NPR’s weekly quiz show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” she also tours regularly. 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. $75, $35.

American Heart Association’s Heart Ball. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. The annual event includes dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction in a benefit for cardiovascular and stroke prevention and  research. 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. .

MARCH

Annual event: Goodwill Auction. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-759-7921 for tickets. The Annual Junior Group of Goodwill Antique and Collectible Auction begins at 7 p.m., Friday, March 6 with hors d’oeuvres, pastries, cash bar, basket raffle, 50/50 raffle, silent auction of fine jewelry, collectibles, and vintage clothing. Saturday, March 7 features an auction of collectibles and antiques, beginning at 10 a.m. March 6-7, $25.

Brit Floyd. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. This Pink Floyd tribute act comes to Packard for one show. 8 p.m., Friday, March 6. $49.50-$32.50.

Josh Turner. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. The multi-platinum Nashville recording artist comes to Warren for one show. Logan Brill opens. 8 p.m., Saturday, March 7. $42.50-$32.50.

Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000. 3 p.m., Sunday, March 8. $18.

The Three Little Pigs. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. This children’s classic will be performed by the Young Artists of  Opera Western Reserve. It features music from four of Mozart’s operas (“Don Giovanni,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Cosi fan tutte,” and “The Magic Flute”). The performance is appropriate for children of all ages. 3 p.m., Sunday, March 8.

WWE Live. Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown, 44503; 1-800-745-3000. WWE returns to Youngstown in “Road to WrestleMania.” Features Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt and more. 7 p.m., Sunday, March 8. $110-$15.

Brian Regan. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Regan balances sophisticated writing and physicality. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12.

Bill Cosby. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. Comedian Bill Cosby plays Warren for one show. 8 p.m., Friday, March 13. $65-$42.

Fifth Harmony. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. The all-female group Fifth Harmony will play Stambaugh as part of its Reflection Tour.  Formed during the second season of Fox’s X Factor, the group was voted the 2014 “Artist to Watch” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Their debut album, “Reflection,” includes the hit songs “Bo$$” and “Sledgehammer.” Also appearing for this show will be Jacob Whitesides, Jasmine V, and Mahogany Lox. 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 18.

Annual event: YAGA Wine & Beer Taste. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; contact Kristin Mullins at 614-448-1622 for tickets. The Youngstown Area Grocers Association’s annual event features gourmet food, beer, wine and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown HIV/AIDS Ministry and the Prince of Peace Center in Farrell, Pa. 6 p.m., Friday, March 20. $350  (reserved table for eight).

Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” with the Youngstown Symphony. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. This evening will feature the comedic genius of Charlie Chaplin and the musical versatility of Mozart. The Youngstown Symphony will perform the Chaplin score to a live screening of his 1931 silent film, “City Lights.” 8 p.m., Saturday, March 21.

Flashdance: The Musical. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. The live, stage version of the 1980s film comes to Packard Musical Hall for one show. 8 p.m., Monday, March 23. $63-$38.

Exile and Juice Newton. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-4885 and 330-841-2619. All five original members of Exile will be joined on stage with Juice Newton. Exile performs pop/country ballads and Juice Newton is known for her pop and country singing, songwriting, and guitar. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26. $35-$5.

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the 2011 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” will perform live in concert as part of the 2015 Diversity Leadership Recognition Celebration. Murphy, who performs in a style that recalls Frank Sinatra, has released two albums, “That’s Life” and “Christmas Made For Two.” The concert will be preceded by a catered dinner and includes presentations for the 2015 Recipients of the Diversity Leadership Awards and Diversity Leadership Minority Scholarship. Reservations are required. 5:30 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (concert). Friday, March 27.

TobyMac with Mandisa and the Capital Kings. Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, 44504-1603; 330-259-0555. Christian pop artist TobyMac will play Youngstown as part of an 11-city spring tour. Formerly of the group DC Talk, TobyMac will perform songs from his upcoming album as well as his biggest hits. His current album earned a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.” Mandisa and Capital Kings will open.  Mandisa is also a Grammy winner and was a finalist on season 5 of American Idol. Call for tickets and reservations. 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28.

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. This traveling theatrical show features the music of one of rock and roll music’s early pioneers. 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 1. $56.50-$36.50.

Ronnie Milsap: Legend In My Time Tour. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000. The 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee comes to Warren for one show. 8 p.m., Friday, April 3. $97-$41.

Hometown Heroes. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. Warren native and jazz standout Sean Jones will perform the “Arutunian Trumpet Concerto” and the combined Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra in Sibelius’ “Second Symphony.” 8 p.m., Saturday, April 18.

Tap at the Pack. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. Sunrise Entertainment and Packard will present this inaugural beer-tasting event. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18. VIP session (1:30-3 p.m.) $60; general admission Session (3-7 p.m.) $40.

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 330-399-4885 and 330-841-2619. Warren Civic Music presents. Direct from New York, “100 Years of Broadway” recreates the greatest moments from the finest musicals of the century. The show features five talented Broadway stars and is backed by a New York-based band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23. $35-$5.

Time Traveler: Moody Blues Tribute. W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1704 Mahoning Ave., N.W., Warren, 44483; 1-800-745-3000 and 330-841-2619. This Moody Blues tribute band will perform with the W.D. Packard Concert Band. 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25. $29-$13.

Sister Act. Edward W. Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown, 44503; 330-744-4269. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put into protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent. Soon it’s nun-on-the-run time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood. Based on the hit film, “Sister Act,” the stage play features an original score by Alan Menken/Glenn Slater (“Leap of Faith” and “Tangled”) and the musical styles from Motown and other 1960s pop. 8 p.m., Monday, April 27.

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