Downtown music event hits the right notes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A new music event in downtown Youngstown, not only hit all the right notes, but it’s helping the community at the same time.

Sunday evening saw Second Sundays; a trip back in time to the hay day of jazz music.

“The scene in Youngstown is very good in the sense that you have a lot of jazz lovers,” said Jere B of Second Sundays.

The event began 15 months ago at the Lemon Grove. It’s new home is the Tyler History Center in downtown Youngstown.

Jazz Vocalist , Laura Varcho from Cleveland, was Sunday night’s performer. She’s no stranger to Youngstown; she performed at the city’s jazz festival a few years ago.

“When Jere calls, I zoom out to Youngstown,” said Varcho.

Second Sundays brings jazz artists from places like Cleveland and Pittsburgh to downtown Youngstown, so jazz fans don’t have to make the trip to those cities. All they have to go is come right downtown to enjoy the music.

“We’re bringing New York, Baltimore, Virginia and new D.C. right to downtown Youngstown,” said Jere B.

The evening of music also promotes a local charity every month with the help of the Chick Fil-A at Southern Park Mall’s charity of the month.

“We have a voucher that runs for two weeks. It kicks off on the second Saturday of each month, so it’s the day before the second Sunday,” explained Chick Fil-A employee Pamela Freeze. “Charity of the month gets 15 percent of voucher sale.”

Eastern Regional Kidney Foundation is this month’s recipient. All of the money stays local.

“Kidney Disease is a silent disease a lot of people have it and don’t know they have it. If you catch it soon enough it can be slowed down,” said Meghan Highland of the Eastern Regional Kidney Foundation.

Second Sundays is a monthly event, and just like the name suggests, it’s held on the second Sunday of the month and includes dinner. Admission cost helps pay for the artists and other expenses.




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