YSU’s Penguin Productions ready to party at 9-hour festival this weekend

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown State University student organization will close down four blocks in downtown Youngstown for one big nine-hour party this Saturday.

Federal Frenzy begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. There will be 24 bands and six venues. It’s being promoted as family friendly and is free to get in.

By 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, the main stage on Federal Street was up, all that was left to do was covering the cables and securing the plastic drums with water, which for one man proved to be as wet as the weather.

“The weather really got us this morning. We had to keep working in the pouring rain and the cold but we just keep going,” said Dave Terpak, of Forty Two Event Production.

Federal Frenzy is a product of Penguin Productions, a group of 17 Youngstown State students who organize the on-campus music programs, with Federal Frenzy being the biggest.

Carolyn Jesko was involved with Penguin Productions as a student and is now the advisor.

“So I think the first year there were about 3,500 that were downtown and last year we had 6,000,” Jesko said.

Jake Capezzuto and Brandon Fisher are the two original members of the Youngstown-based band Northern Whale, which will be playing at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts at 5 p.m.

They’ve played Federal Frenzy three times.

“I mean, the Youngstown music scene is incredible, so it’s definitely cool to get that all together in one place for a real cool festival,” Capezzuto said.

“It’s good because a lot of the Youngstown bands are, I think, really going places but they’re all kind of doing their own things. So to get them together so everyone can see them all in one day, it’s super fun,” Fisher said.

The Whistle and Keg bar will be right in the middle of Federal Frenzy. It’ll have 10 local beers on tap and five collaborative beers. Plus, Penguin City Beer and Jameson Irish Whiskey will be pairing on an event.

“Penguin City will also be doing a screen printing event with Gorilla Joe’s which is kind of cool. You can see how screen printing is done live and of course buy the shirts as well,” said Whistle and Keg manager Haley Luckage.

Federal Frenzy isn’t all music, though. At the Lemon Grove above The Federal, there will also be an art show.

There will also be six food trucks lined up along N. Phelps Street.

Getting around might be a challenge though because Federal Street will be closed from Central Square to Hazel Street, and Phelps will be shut down from Boardman to Front Street.

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