Red Wanting Blue, a band known for its engaging and passionate live shows, headlines Federal Frenzy 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in downtown Youngstown.
The event, sponsored by Youngstown State University Penguin Productions, the Rich Center for Autism at YSU and the city of Youngstown, features 17 acts, including 10 YSU-affiliated student bands.
Free and open to the public, the event is a merger of the previously successful Live on Lincoln and Festival on Phelps. Martini Brothers Burger Bar, O’Donold’s Irish Pub, and Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts will host live music performances throughout the afternoon, and a local artisan marketplace will take place on Phelps and Federal streets. Outdoor stage performances begin at 6 p.m. featuring grunge rock artist Bully, local Americana favorite and YSU graduate Jordan Depaul, and Red Wanting Blue.
The Summit FM, a locally owned and operated, member-supported public radio station, will sponsor the Federal Frenzy Listener’s Choice Award for eligible student performers. The winning act will be offered an opportunity to perform and record a three-song set in The Summit’s Audio-Technica Studio C. In addition to student bands, each downtown venue will host a national touring act. Confirmed artists include Ohio-bred spoken word poet and songwriter 7HYKOO, Pittsburgh based pop-soul-funk artist Joy Ike, and The Lighthouse and the Whaler.
Here is a video from the event: