Shinedown lights up Covelli Centre

With more than 40 concerts ahead of him in the coming months, it would have been understandable if Shinedown singer Brent Smith held back a little to keep his voice in shape for the long haul.

But at Tuesday night’s concert at Covelli Centre, Smith let it rip and held those long, soaring notes on “Second Chance.”

Shinedown has a grueling road ahead of it that will culminate in a run of outdoor shows in the first half of summer, including a July 10 date at KeyBank Pavilion.

But the hard-rockers from Florida are staying indoors for now.

Tuesday’s concert was before a full house at Covelli, and Smith expressed his appreciation for the support on a bitterly cold week night.

The act rewarded fans with a 1:45 set that went heavy on the new album, “Attention Attention,” and also sampled hits from the band’s extensive catalog.

After 15-plus years, Shinedown is in the elite level of the hard rock world, a fact punctuated by the pyro and explosions at Tuesday’s concert.

The quartet set the tone by opening with the driving “Devil” from the new album, and later got closer to the throng by moving to an auxiliary stage embedded in the pit.

A total of five songs from “Attention” – including the single “Get Up” – made the set list. The album would be a good candidate to be played in its entirety in concert, and Smith hinted in an interview a couple weeks ago that the band might do just that at a few shows later this year.

The crowd also came to attention for Shinedown’s version of “Simple Man,” the Southern rock anthem by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Jacoby Shaddix, the hyper lead singer of opening act Papa Roach, returned for “Cut the Cord.”

Shinedown finished strong with the fist-pumper (or middle finger-flipper) “Sound of Madness” and “Brilliant,” with its slashing punk guitar riffs and pounding percussion.


The McDonough Museum in Youngstown will introduce its first Open Projector Night on April 10, and is seeking entries.

An open projector night is like an open mic night, except for film, not music or comedy.

Filmmakers of any skill level who would like to share their work for an audience is asked to email their submission to

Acceptable file formates are MP4, MOV or a link to a host site, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Goodle Drive or Dropbox.

Videos or film clips must be no more than 10 minutes in length. They can be a finished piece or a work in progress.

Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until a 60-minute program is filled.

The evening will be open to all, and admission is free.

Open Projector Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the museum, 525 Wick Ave., on the Youngstown State University campus.

Guy D’Astolfo covers entertainment for The Vindicator. Follow him on Twitter at @VindyVibe.

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