Tomorrow, Youngstown will be host to R5, a nationally touring band popular with teens and young adults.
The band formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The group consists of brothers Ross Lynch (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar), Riker Lynch (bass), Rocky Lynch (guitar), their sister Rydel Lynch (keyboard) and friend Ellington Ratliff (drums). R5 developed their name from all having R’s to begin the band members’ first or last names.
The group began gaining fans quickly and created a YouTube web series called R5 TV to keep their fans informed on everything they were doing. The channel helped launch their career and became a successful aspect in marketing the band, with over 4 million views to date. The band also got a boost in fans when Ross Lynch landed acting roles with the Disney cooperation, playing Austin Moon in the sitcom “Austin & Ally” and starring in “Teen Beach Movie.”
With growing support for the band coming in at all angles, they released their first EP, “Ready Set Rock,” on March 9, 2010. It did surprisingly well, becoming one of the Top 3 on the iTunes charts within 24 hours of its release.
The group later was signed to Hollywood Records in April 2012. In August 2013, Radio Disney began promoting their up-and-coming album, “Louder,” by playing the single, “Pass Me By.” The album later climbed its way up to number 2 on the iTunes charts.
Now, with their latest album, “Louder,” out, R5 is making their way across the nation in their biggest tour yet. The group has a stop in Youngstown, and the venue is expecting a full house.
Kelly Geisel, the director of marketing and advertising at Stambaugh Auditorium, said that they are excited to host the up and coming band.
“Bringing a young … band like R5 to Stambaugh Auditorium allows us to introduce a whole new audience into our iconic facility,” Geisel said. “Building a relationship with a younger generation means that they will have an understanding of the types of events we have to offer as well as an appreciation for this beautiful facility.”
According to Geisel, Stambaugh Auditorium has been known for hosting events geared toward more mature audiences, such as organists and orchestras. Lately, the venue has been bringing in different stars — like Florida Georgia Line, Kelly Pickler, Lewis Black and Brian Regan — and having them fare extremely well.
Geisel said she is looking forward to hosting more shows geared towards all different audiences in the future with different acts like Kansas, Joe Nichols and The Newsboys all paying a visit to the facility.
Ticket prices vary for different shows, with many being free. For the 7 p.m. R5 show, the prices for tickets range from $10-$46 and some are still available for purchase.
A complete list of shows and events are available at stambaughauditorium.com or by calling the box office at 330-259-0555 or toll free at 1-866-516-2269.