By Cassandra Lucyk
Youngstown State University’s Penguin Productions is hosting its ninth-annual Federal Frenzy, April 22.
Mia Albaugh, president of Penguin Productions, said Federal Frenzy connects students with music and the greater Youngstown community.
“[Federal Frenzy] gives a lot of people an opportunity to see concerts, bands, live music, food trucks and activities,” Albaugh said. “We have some art projects going on, so it’s an opportunity for everybody to experience that in a free way.”
Penguin Productions is a student-led organization that creates community events. Albaugh said it has been working all semester on this project.
“It’s really cool and awesome to mention how hard everybody works. Like our talent team, right off the bat, as soon as we came back from [winter] break we needed to start looking for our headliner,” Albaugh said.
Federal Frenzy was previously located on West Federal Street, but because of the construction in downtown Youngstown, the event was moved to East Federal Street. The change allows Penguin Productions to partner with Penguin City Brewing Co.
Aspasia Lyras, co-owner of Penguin City Brewing Co., said there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
“There will be three stages around our area. We’re gonna have a stage in our tap room, a stage in the way back of our warehouse and there’s also gonna be a nice beer garden outdoors next to the main stage,” Lyras said. “They’re gonna have games, fun drinks, mocktails and cornhole.”
Penguin Productions and Penguin City Brewing Co. teamed up with the Youngstown Flea.
Derrick McDowell, founder of the Youngstown Flea, said the company has a small role in Federal Frenzy.
“This year [the Youngstown Flea] consider ourselves a community collaboration. We’re falling into whatever Penguin Productions has planned,” McDowell said.
The Flea will bring lawn games, a curated selection of 30 to 35 vendors and stage set up at its building.
Penguin Productions announced the lineup of artists on its Instagram. The headliner Mick Jenkins and other local artists such as The Commonheart, Fifth & Aurora and East 9th will take the stage.
To see more of Penguin Productions’ events, visit its Instagram, @ysupenpro. For more information on Federal Frenzy, visit its website.