By: Billy Blaze | June 25 2019
On the second day of summer after a long stretch of severe storms, the clouds parted Saturday, June 22 allowing the sun to shine on the first paid concert at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre featuring rapper Gucci Mane amongst other local talent. After the previously scheduled Michael Stanley and Donnie Iris concert was postponed due to inclement weather, the people of Youngstown were looking forward to getting out of their homes to enjoy the Amp’s first concert and TRUE summer weather. As the supplier and operator of both the lighting and audio for the venue, load-in Saturday morning went seamlessly without rain and thunderstorms to interfere. A blue sky, a bright sun, and a gentle breeze served as the perfect backdrop to our on-site operations where we turned the Amp from an empty stage to a show-ready performance venue brought to life by immersive sound and an engaging lighting display. Word spread fast of the anticipated concert experience because ticket sales, in addition to last minute purchases at the box office before the event, brought around 2,500 people including Mayor Tito Brown.
As the doors opened, a diverse crowd of people entered the venue ranging in ages and backgrounds. Quickly, everyone’s social barriers dropped and conversations amongst friends and strangers alike began striking up across the lawn. People who would never engage with one another otherwise were having fun in sharing the experience of music and what the Amp means to the city of Youngstown. As the lineup of openers consisting of local acts DJ Get It, Ace 500, Set It Up Dance Ensemble, DajshaDoll, and Moodzie took to the stage and energized the crowd they showed that Youngstown has an abundance of talent to offer. The audience’s anticipation for Gucci steadily grew thanks to our energetic hosts for the night; Akron’s DTone and Youngstown’s Lisette Elena. Once Gucci Mane hit the stage the audience fully tapped into the kinetic energy of the event. Friends, family, and strangers reciting the lyrics and dancing together to the rapper’s biggest hits was definitely the biggest highlight of the night. Members of the dance ensemble even took it upon themselves to become the unofficial hype people of the concert breaking into choreography for some of the songs to further enhance the experience.
The show ended with the sun setting on Gucci’s performance with the Market Street bridge now named the Huntington Bank Community Alley illuminated in a variety of colors off to the side of the Amphitheatre. A picturesque ending to an event that kicks off the next chapter in Youngstown’s history. Youngstown is proving that it has more to offer than its legacy suggests and is ready to take the city into the future. As Saturday’s show proved, music is one of those things we all connect on no matter our differences, and by nurturing downtown’s rich musical culture with projects like the Amphitheatre the revitalization of Youngstown will continue to improve the community and its offerings.
JBL VTX V20 High Power Line Array System
JBL VTX V20 Stage Monitor
2 Midas M32 Digital Consoles
12 Shure UHF R Wireless Microphones
Pioneer Pro DJ Backline
16 Martin Mac Quantum Profile Fixtures
16 Martin Mac Quantum Wash Fixtures
5 FTEP Effect Mole PAR 200
Martin M1 HD Lighting Console
100′ MOJO Blow Through Barricade
Lighting Lead: Dan Young
Lighting Asst. Kevin Yacucci
Audio A1: Bill Lowery
Audio A2: Nick Meranto
Stage Manager: Krista Shuff
Account Rep: Tony Ferrello
Crew: IATSE Local 101
Produced by JAC Live & 2 Deep
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