Exhibition to feature concert photos by Valley photographers

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Staff report


Several of the Mahoning Valley’s best and most-experienced photographers will be featured in “First Three Songs, No Flash: From Hometown Heroes to Hall of Famers,” a concert photography exhibition opening Saturday at Trumbull Art Gallery, 158 N. Park Ave., downtown.

The exhibition will run through Aug. 24 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the dedication of David Grohl Alley on Aug. 1, 2009. It will feature images from the dedication ceremony that Grohl, a Warren native, attended that day, and his subsequent visits to the area.

Also included will be photos of the many stars who have played Mahoning Valley venues in the last 15 years: Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, KISS.

Many other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and top-drawing acts will also be represented, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, George Clinton, Van Morrison, Dave Matthews and Willie Nelson.

Acts from the past with Mahoning Valley ties – Glass Harp, Mom’s Apple Pie, Michael Stanley Band – will be displayed as well as a new generation of local performers starting to attract regional attention and radio exposure: Dennis Drummond, who appeared on NBC’s “The Voice”; The Vindys; Spirit of the Bear.

The exhibition was made possible through a donation by Covelli Enterprises.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

“First Three Songs, No Flash” gets its name from the restrictions normally put on photographers when shooting rock concerts.

It will feature photographs by:

Bob Jadloski, a Warren native whose concert photos have appeared in the Tribune Chronicle for more than 30 years and who started photographing bands as a teenager, going on the road with Mom’s Apple Pie.

William D. Lewis, a Warren native who started his professional career with the Tribune Chronicle and has worked for the past 34 years with The Vindicator.

R. Michael Semple, a Warren native who has been a photojournalist for the Tribune Chronicle for 42 years.

Daniel Montecalvo, a Warren native and photographer who also has been soundman for Michael Stanley for more than 40 years.

John Patrick Gatta, a Niles native whose work has been featured in such national magazines as Rolling Stone, Relix and Pollstar and online for Jambands and American Songwriter.

Chara Politte and Geneva Anderson of Flashblind Photography, house photographers for the Covelli Centre and JAC Live since 2010.

Eric Broz, who chronicles the Mahoning Valley’s current music scene on the Facebook page Drink Up Youngstown.