An Unpredictable June Ends…

“Vindy’s at the Mall”
Photo Credit: Mollie Crowe

An Unpredictable June Ends with the Ribs N’ Rock Festival 

Billy Blaze | July 1 2019

As June came to a close, the Mahoning Valley celebrated this past weekend with the Ribs N’ Rock Festival at the Southern Park Mall parking lot in Boardman. Going into its second year, the festival continued to grow becoming a four-day event and expanding its lineup of bands and rib vendors. Amongst these local, regional, and national acts was hometown favorite The Vindys who continue to rise to prominence performing at music festivals across the country such as Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI as part of their Emerging Artists Series. Headliners scheduled for the weekend included Pittsburgh-based band The Clarks, rock band Hinder, Scott Stapp of Grammy Award winning band Creed, and Ohio-made band Red Wanting Blue. With a large turnout over the course of the four-day festival, Ribs-N-Rock is another event that is essential to revitalizing our area and showing that the Mahoning Valley has a lot to offer residents and visitors. As dusk crept across the sky on Red Wanting Blue’s closing set, it was clear that Ribs-N-Rock will continue its growing success and become a “must-see” event every summer. Luckily, the event ended on one of the best days in terms of weather we have had as of late without a single drop of rain and the temperature only reaching the low 80’s.  

In recent weeks, the Northeast has experienced severe weather that ranges from torrential downpours and thunderstorms to extreme heat. Many homeowners and businesses have had to deal with the negative effects that severe weather has caused due to flashfloods and overheating. In a report by WKYC3, “Over 7,000 residents in Northeast Ohio were without power” after last Friday’s string of storms. Kennywood Amusement Park was forced to close early due to the heavy rain and hail that plagued Pittsburgh last Thursday flooding the entrance tunnel to the park. These are just some of several cases detailing the damage of this unpredictable weather. It is of the upmost importance to stay safe during severe weather conditions so make sure to stay up-to-date on weather forecasts and alerts provided by your local or national weather channels. Hopefully, as we move past June the weather will allow us to enjoy summer because the valley has a long list of exciting events coming. 

Here is just a small list of events happening this summer: 

  • Youngstown’s Summer Movie Series – July 1 through August 12 
  • Youngstown Music Festival and Fireworks – Thursday, July 4 
  • Trumbull County Fair – July 7 through July 14 
  • Summer Festival of the Arts – July 13 and 14 
  • The Youngstown Wine and Jazz Festival – Saturday, July 13 
  • Y Live: Blake Shelton – Saturday, September 21 

Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre Shows: 

  • Earth, Wind, and Fire – Thursday, July 4 
  • Norman Brown – Saturday, July 13 
  • Michael Stanley and the Resonators & Donnie Iris and the Cruisers – Saturday, July 27 
  • Brett Eldredge – Friday, August 2 
  • The Music of Queen – Saturday, August 10 
  • Muddfest – Sunday, August 11 
  • Ohio Players – Saturday, August 17 
  • Steely Dan – Tuesday, August 27 
  • Rob Thomas – Thursday, September 5 

For a complete list of events this summer check out the link below: 


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