By Frank Meyers (Opinion Nation)
So, April has come and gone already. Let’s take a look back and see what Youngstown had going on. I can tell you that good times rolled and the beers flowed. It was a bit of a slower month in the way of shows for this guy here. With that being said, the shows I did make it out to where all awesome.
One of the highlights of April for me was getting to see the Guilty Pleasures at Cedars on Good Friday. This is a group that I completely enjoy watching and listening to. It is made up of some older yet still very entertaining musicians from Youngstown and surrounding areas. Although there set is made up of cover songs, they still have a passion and love for what they are doing up on the stage, and you can feel a sense of gratitude between the band and all the fans that come out to their shows. You may not be getting the thundering, fast paced, take no prisoner style that many of the younger local bands are bringing to stage nowadays, but there is nothing wrong with a fun, laid back, live in the moment type of show from time to time, and the Guilty Pleasures are definitely the ones who will give you that.
Also in April, we had the return of White Cadillac to the stage for their first show of 2014.They made their return at the Royal Oaks with guest The Whiskey Daredevils. There was definitely a great turnout for this one as White Cadillac made sure the fans remembered why they have been waiting so eagerly to see them live again. These guys own not only the stage, but the entire venue when they show up and start to play. Just watching the crowd interaction and feedback you would think you were at a stadium show to see one of the great metal bands from the 80’s or something. Hard not to have a good time.
A very appreciated change of pace came later in April when Cedars hosted Penguins in Bondage: The YSU Frank Zappa Ensemble. The second time seeing this and it was just as good if not better than the first. Would have never thought that I would enjoy anyone doing covers of Frank Zappa songs, especially a college ensemble. Well, lets just say that those thoughts were silenced very quickly. This was a great night with a very diverse crowd of people attending. There was the young crowd in their band t-shirts and jeans, drinking their cheap beers while listening to some great music. Then the other part of the crowd was the older more mature part with their dress clothes and glasses of wine. Sitting idly at the bar enjoying the show from a distance. Not that there is anything wrong with either, it is actually quite refreshing and in some ways a testament to the diversity in the Youngstown music scene.
These are just the highlights of the shows I was able to attend in April. There were other things that took place in April such Chapless Larry at Chippers Sports Bar which I heard was a great show. I know Amnesty for Astronauts played in Fernengels in Salem with Days Before Empires, and I can only imagine how great that must have been. Also, I know Steven and the Damned had a show or two I was unable to make. Along with others that I am sure were great shows. Unfortunately you can’t make them all.
May is now here and some stuff to keep your eye out for: May 10 at Cedars The Spastic Hearts, Turbo Lovers, and special guest from Chicage Voice of Addiction. May 10 at Crawlspace Amnesty for Astronauts and Pilot the Mind May 16 at Cedars Baroque Monody, Pilot the Mind, and Harnessing the Sun Just a few, be sure to pay attention for other dates in the near future.