Tag Archives: Nyabinghi

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream

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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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Update

Been busy lately, so the updates aren’t going to come as fast as I would like. At this stage of the project, the easy stuff is just about out of the way. Now it’s onto items that aren’t searchable. This is nowhere near as fun as just typing something into Google and getting a hit, so don’t expect any regularly scheduled updates. I’ll come and go as energy levels allow.

In any sense, I’ve got some questions for all of you:

1. The White Stripes allegedly played a show at the Nyabinghi in the late ’90s. Finding a specific date has been a pain in the ass. If anyone has any info on it, let it fly in comments or send me a note.

2. I might be wrong, but I have a hunch that the Jackson Five probably played here during their pre-Motown days (1966-68). Since that era in that group’s history wasn’t well documented, a lead of any kind would be appreciated.

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