Category Archives: 2000s

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream


Gil Mantera’s Party Dream are one of the last Youngstown acts to nearly make the big time. If you were around the Youngstown scene from the late 90s to mid 2000s, you understood why. There is no sense in trying to explain it here.

Let Ultimate Donny ( Richard Elmsworth) do it in a recent interview from the podcast Height Zone World.

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Nyabinghi 1998-2006

Opened in 1998 by Greg Barratt, who had owned another bar by the same name in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Nyabinghi at 1229 Salt Springs Road served as a haven for heavier stoner rock and metal as well as many other sorts of music in its brief existence. Plenty of acts who were big names or on their way to becoming big names played there such as the White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Clutch and the Melvins. Hell, even former child actor Corey Feldman played their once with his terrible band. It was an eclectic place with a killer jukebox and beer selection that made a name for itself on the national music scene with the Emissions From The Monolith music festival.

In 2006, Barratt put it up for sale on eBay, but a a potential buyer with the means to meet the $150,000 bid for the building and equipment never emerged. Nyabinghi’s last night was on New Year’s Eve 2006. The building fell into foreclosure and later housed a bar called Pope’s Pub for a short time. A deliberately set fire in Jan. 2009 caused $5,000 damage to the stage area. Sometime in the last two years, the building was razed.

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Beastie Boys battle for Barack

Adam Yauch, AKA MCA of the Beastie Boys, died today at the age of 47 after a 3-year battle with cancer. Locally he might be remembered by some for the time he and the rest of the Beasties showed up for a Rock The Vote show on October 29, 2008 at the then Chevrolet Centre to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The Beastie Boys, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also held court in Kilcawley Center at Youngstown State University during that trip which also featured Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Ben Harper and a guest appearance by actor Ben Stiller.

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