Seasons Archives: Summer 2017

Benny BenackSax, Clarinet, Trumpet & Vocals

Consummate Showman and Sizzling Pittsburgh Jazz Legend and Band Leader, BENNY BENACK and his Quartet will “TAKE THE ROOF OFF” of Lincoln Hall, Saturday night, September 16 at 7:30 PM!   Benny’s virtuosic artistry on sax, clarinet, trumpet and vocals will be backed up by some of Pittsburgh’s hottest musicians wailing, rocking, and charming the audience with Swing, Jazz standards from the Great American Song Book, Dixieland, and Rhythm and Blues.

Last year in his cameo appearance in a night of New Orleans Jazz, Benny had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand and wanting MORE BENNY!  Now, an entire night of his magical audience charisma and extraordinary musical virtuosity and versatility.

He’s the MAN – This is THE Band – and  It will be WORLD CLASS JAZZ & SWING for a “hot time in the old town of Foxburg” and the perfect late summer night out.  Be sure to wear your dancing shoes! They will make you want to get up and shake a leg… but if you prefer to sit and enjoy, there will be plenty of musical variety and outrageous riffing to entertain and delight!

Tickets are $20 for Adults and Students $5.  Beverages will be available by donation.  Call 724 659-3153 to reserve or buy online here. 


Benny Benack, Jr.
 is a legend in the Pittsburgh jazz and night club scene – a band leader well known for his virtuosic musicianship and charismatic audience appeal.  The Benny Benack Band plays everything from jazz, swing, big band, and Dixieland – with wonderful vocals from the Great American Song Book and more.

The band’s front man is no stranger to the music world.  His father, Benny Benack, was a Pittsburgh band leader and at the forefront of the Pittsburgh jazz scene in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Benny Jr. song continues the family’s musical tradition playing trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone.  His son, Benny Benack III, is following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps as a jazz trumpeter and vocalist, currently building a big name for himself in the jazz scene in New York City.

DANCE AT GOLDEN TWILIGHT – to the grooving and rocking sounds of John Burgh’s BIG BAND ORCHESTRA on Sunday, August 13 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at beautiful RiverStone Farm in a new shaded location west of the H-Barn.  Bring your lawn chair, cooler, picnic basket, AND dancing shoes, and join us for an unforgettable day in one of the most scenically beautiful places in western Pennsylvania – RiverStone Farm!  BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY.  Children under 6 are FREE, Students are $5,  and Adults are $20.

Known throughout the Pittsburgh area and to ARCA audiences for his musical versatility in a broad spectrum of styles, John Burgh has toured Europe with the Billy Price Band, recorded five albums with Gathering Field and has performed backing up Doc Severinsen, Rita Moreno and Billy Crystal.  For this special golden summer evening concert at Riverstone Farm, John Burgh is bringing a 10 piece BIG BAND Orchestra comprised of Pittsburgh’s preeminent, first call instrumentalists and vocalist performing old style swing, to jazz standards, rhythm and blues, pop and rock… sure to get ALL ages up and dancing. 

BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY.  Children under 6 are FREE, Students are $5,  and Adults are $20. You can buy tickets here or call 724 659-3153 to reserve.  

It’s RAIN or SHINE – so plan for the day, no matter what.  Any issue with weather, we simply move inside to the H-Barn Arena.

Gates open at 4:00 PM. RiverStone Farm is located at 352 Foxview Road, Foxburg, PA 16036, just up the hill from Foxburg.   Once in the area, follow the signs to the turn onto Foxview Road off of Route 58 (Foxview Road on one side and Metz Road on the other). Bring your lawn chair, cooler, picnic basket, AND dancing shoes, and join us for an unforgettable day and evening dancing under the stars.  

Would you also like to enjoy ARCA’s annual Membership Pig Roast Picnic, which precedes the concert this year at 3:00 PM for ARCA Members?

 You can become an ARCA MEMBER  by August 7 and be a part of the festivities! Click here to become an ARCA member and reserve and pay for your dinner ticket by August 7 to attend the ARCA Membership picnic, making a full day of it at scenic RiverStone Farm.

For more information on the ARCA Membership picnic and becoming an ARCA member, call 724-659-3153.

About the Musicians

John Burgh and his band have been so popular with ARCA Members playing during the annual membership picnics and late into the night, with Members dancing for hours.  Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to bring John Burgh back with a ten piece BIG BAND ORCHESTRA for an ENTIRE evening of joyous music-with celebrated Pittsburgh musicians.

It’s going to be a gorgeous summer night of grooving and rocking to BLUES, JAZZ & ROCK ‘N ROLL as keyboardist John Burgh and superb cross-over, world travelled and acclaimed musicians will make you want to get up and shake a leg… but if you prefer to sit and enjoy, there will be plenty of musical variety and outrageous riffing to entertain and delight!

John BurghJohn Burgh was first introduced to the Pittsburgh music scene on 1982 when he joined the Harold Betters Band playing five nights a week at the South Hills Sheraton.  John graduated from IUP in 1981 as a piano performance major, and has returned there many times to play with nationally known artists such as Billy Crystal, Rita Moreno, and recently Doc Severinsen.

John played for many years with the Billy Price Band touring Europe in 2003. He has played and recorded 5 albums with the rock group Gathering Field, playing Hammond B3 organ. Besides filling in occasionally with CLO productions like Miss Saigon and Addams Family, he enjoys playing piano for local musical productions in Sewickley. A long time member of the Balcony Big Band (18 piece jazz band), playing monthly at the Jergels Rhythym Bar in Warrendale.

Many people will remember his performances over the last 30 years in the Oil City/Franklin and Foxburg area.  John grew up in the Harmony/Zelienople area playing piano accompanying his father, who played banjo, and helping his family in the tractor salvage yard business, which he continues to this day.


BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY.  Children under 6 are FREE, Students are $5,  and Adults are $20. You can buy tickets here or call 724 659-3153 to reserve.   

“Dimensional Wonders” Exhibit

What art offers is space, wrote American novelist John Updike – “a certain breathing room for the spirit”. Visual artists then become the choreographers of this space of mind and spirit – whether meditatively drawing us into an experience of untold dimensions or creating protected physical spaces to hold our precious thoughts, papers and worldly treasures.

The Red Brick Gallery’s Exhibit, “Dimensional Wonders”, presents such a refreshing space in which to catch your breath with paintings of Steve Hindman and fabric-coiled baskets of Linda Thompson from Friday, June 2 to July 9 at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.

Meet the Artists at an Opening Reception on Sunday, June 11, from 4 to 6:00 PM when when musicians from CARNIVAL OF SOULS will match the inspiration of Steve Hindman’s Celtic interlace art with spirited music.  

Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Painter Steve Hindman

Since his retirement as an educator in the Philipsburg-Osceola School District of Pennsylvania, Clearfield artist Steve Hindman has been working on a series of paintings taking the Celtic interlace art of his ancestors and adapting it to abstraction and color field painting. Inspired by the Book of the Kells, his technique begins by painting layers of transparent and opaque paint stains to create an ambiguous background for the viewer to explore. He then overlays a Celtic grid pattern and illuminates with double knot-work, to create a level of iridescence. The grid layer creates a fluid moving layer above the colored background and adds a shimmering effect.

Viewers have described the surface beauty and unfolding dimensions of his paintings as mesmerizing, inducing a kind of meditative state. Hindman says, “Each artwork I attempt invites the viewer to experience new relationships of movement, pattern, and color. I present a new vision beyond the basic Celtic knot-work into manifestation of feeling, creativity, and technical skill. It is my intention to take the viewer on a journey into my work, assist them to understand and acquire a new language and see abstraction as something insightful in its own right. All painting is in its simplest form just paint on the surface of a support. The artistry comes in how the work draws the viewer into a sense of wonder. My work is an attempt to give form to that innermost creative impulse.”

The fun part, according to Hindman, is the constant experience of expanding and stretching as an artist. From looking at topography maps, it occurred to him that he could create a grid and interlace the Celtic knot-work over a landscape. A painting coming over from the Winkler gallery in DuBois has mountains in the foreground and background and a bright sky, overlaid by Celtic knot-work.

Busier than ever in his retirement, Hindman serves as President of The Susquehanna River Art Center of Clearfield and oversees two galleries and local arts programs.   In 2015, Steve Hindman art was displayed in the juried Allied Artists of America Exhibition at the National Arts Club Gallery in New York City.

Linda Thompson’s Fabric-Coiled Baskets

Linda’s fabric-coiled baskets are each uniquely contrasted in color, texture and decoration. Formerly a professional Gifted and Talented coordinator, Linda first discovered weaving when she and her husband spent five years in Brazil during his tenure as a corporate executive with PPG Industries.  While there, Linda found an English speaking weaving teacher from whom she learned the language of warp and weft as a calm pursuit in the midst of the turmoil of living far away from family and trying to fit into a new culture.   Returning to the U.S., her weaving led to her chosen artistic pursuit: “When I discovered fabric-coiled baskets, I knew I had found a great creative outlet!

As each row spirals into existence, there is surprise and fulfillment, color-play and texture, whimsy and structure. What is a basket? …a vessel… a pleasing shape… a means of self-expression.” Erik Wahl’s quote rings true with her: “The secret is not the mechanics or technical skill that create art–but the process of introspection and different levels of contemplation that generate it.”

An organized and structured person, Linda finds pleasing the repetitive motion of basket making and the tactile touch of the fabric and cord. She also enjoys finding beads to decorate her baskets, shopping at an annual quilting convention in Cleveland. Sometimes a fabric inspires a bead and sometimes the other way around. What gives Linda great satisfaction and relaxation is learning something new with each creation, unique in its own way. Part of the fun is the magic of not knowing what she is getting as baskets emerge from the sewing machine often not exactly as planned.

The mystical aspect, says Thompson, is that she will never know how the baskets will be used. “People who buy my baskets complete the project for me. The baskets aren’t finished until they are put to use by the people who purchase them. I create a vessel – and they fill that vessel or choose to leave it empty on a shelf as a decoration.” A blue and yellow fabric-coiled basket in one friend’s kitchen is filled with lemons, and the same basket perfectly matching French kitchen tiles in another’s home gives order to chaos, holding invitations and bills to be paid. Baskets made from camouflage fabric hold men’s keys and coins.

With the proceeds from her creations, Linda sponsors a program she calls “Baskets for Books” which provides easy readers to ESL (English as a Second Language) students in two elementary schools. As students improve their new English reading skills, they may choose one of the donated books and practice reading it with the teacher or volunteers. When they master it, they may take it home and keep it to proudly demonstrate their new reading skills to family and friends.

Red Brick Gallery is located at 17 Main Street in historic Foxburg, PA. Gallery hours are Fridays, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

International Pianist Sean Kennard

As the beautiful Allegheny-Clarion River Valley indulges in the lushness of summer, come into the air conditioned comfort of Lincoln Hall and luxuriate in the timeless beauty of piano masterpieces in the hands of internationally acclaimed pianist, Sean Kennard in Lincoln Hall in Foxburg at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 16.  

You will be moved and entranced both by Sean Kennard’s pianist sensitivity and virtuosic bravura. The Washington Post wrote of his “powerful and involved music making” and described him as “a strong luminous pianist.”

A recent prize winner in the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Sean’s debut recording received rave reviews:  American Record Guide said that he “plays Chopin’s preludes with more poise and vision than most pianists who have recorded them. He boasts a huge, romantic sound and a bold melodic vision.”  

Fanfare wrote that “his playing is full of life and sparkle… ” with a “mastery of Chopin’s idiom… in fingerwork that floats featherlike over the keys in the fast-paced preludes, giving the impression of complete effortlessness and in an emotional responsiveness to the poetics of the slow pieces that is quite touching.”  

Sean Kennard received his undergraduate Bachelors from the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music, a Masters from The Juilliard School, and is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Yale University.  He has accepted a position on the faculty of Stetson University beginning in the fall of 2017. Kennard completed a two-year residential requirement of coursework and writing a thesis at Yale, and is in the first of three years of required professional experience. That includes performing and teaching, and leads toward a D.M.A. in 2020 once he submits a portfolio and completes a final oral exam and recital.

After the concert, please join us to meet this most interesting and talented young artist at a reception and exhibit opening at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop on Main Street, Foxburg, featuring the artwork of Donna Edmonds, watercolorist;  Cheri Lee Anderton-Yarnell, potter; and Glenn Thompson, photographer.

Tickets are Adults $25, ARCA Members $20 and Students $5.   You may reserve tickets by calling 724-659-3153 or may purchase tickets online here.

Just an hour and half north of Pittsburgh, Lincoln Hall’s intimate acoustics provide a truly inspired environment to enjoy chamber music and pianists performing on its 7 foot Steinway. Built in 1909, the stage’s backdrop is an original hand-painted canvas of an actual scene downstream on the Allegheny River.  Lincoln Hall has a capacity audience of 120 and is located on the second floor of the Foxburg Free Library.

Plan to Make a Day of it in beautiful Foxburg!  Enjoy the glory of summer with a walk along the Allegheny River trail or rent bicycles with Foxburg Tours.  Have lunch at the Allegheny Grille with seating overlooking the Allegheny River, or for more casual fare, at Foxburg Pizza with salads, sandwiches and pizza.  Save time to enjoy wine tasting at Foxburg Wine Cellars and savor a gourmet coffee and hand made chocolate at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista.  Or spend the night in the lovely Foxburg Inn.

Sean Kennard

Sean Kennard has won top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), the International Music Competition of Viña del Mar (Chile), the Vendome International Piano Competition (Portugal), the Sendai International Music Competition (Japan), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (USA), the National Chopin Competition, the Iowa Piano Competition, the American Pianists Association, and the International Chopin Competition of the Pacific.

Kennard has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as Japan’s NHK Chamber Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique and Orchestre Royal de Chambre in Belgium, the German Chamber Orchestra of Frankfurt am Main, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Sinfonia Perugina, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the orchestras of Charleston, Sioux City and Honolulu.

The Washington Post wrote of his “powerful and involved music making” and described him as “a strong luminous pianist.” American Record Guide said that he “plays Chopin’s preludes with more poise and vision than most pianists who have recorded them. He boasts a huge, romantic sound and a bold melodic vision.” Fanfare wrote that “his playing is full of life and sparkle.”

Sean’s first teacher was Ellen Masaki. He received a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2004. In his final year at Curtis he won the institute’s Sergei Rachmaninoff Award, given to one graduating pianist each year. After subsequent work with pianist Enrique Graf he received a Master of Music from the Juilliard School (studios of Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald) and spent the following two years in the studio of Richard Goode.

Sean is currently engaged in doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music in the studio of Boris Berman. Kennard has completed a two-year residential requirement of coursework and writing a thesis at Yale, and is in the first of three years of required professional experience. That includes performing and teaching, and leads toward a D.M.A. in 2020 once he submits a portfolio and completes a final oral exam and recital.   Sean has accepted a position on the faculty of Stetson University beginning in the fall of 2017.

Sean Kennard, Pianist

Preludes Op. 28                                                 Frédéric Chopin
No. 11 (B major)
No. 13 (F sharp major)
No. 21 (B flat major)
No. 23 (F major)
No. 24 (D minor)

Ballade in G minor, Op. 23

Preludes Op. 28
No. 1 (C major)
No. 3 (G major)
No. 4 (E minor)
No. 7 (A major)
No. 8 (F sharp minor)
No. 15 (D flat major)
No. 16 (B flat minor)

Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31




Preludes from Book 1                                        Claude Debussy
No. 11, “La danse de Puck”
No. 7, “Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest”
No. 8, “La fille aux cheveux de lin”
No. 5, “Les collines d’Anacapri”

Prelude from Book 2
No. 12, “Feux d’artifice”

Three Movements from Petrouchka                  Igor Stravinsky

Bernie CunninghamLead Singer & Guitarist
Bob ArtisMandolinist
Karen ArtisString Bassist
Radford VanceBanjo Player
Michele Birkby-VanceFiddler

It’s a Bluegrass Jamboree in Foxburg – Back by popular demand!  Audience favorites, Bob and Karen Artis and Berne Cunningham, better than ever with a new banjo player and fiddler – Radford Vance and Michele Birkby-Vance!

Come on down and gather by the river as Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts brings back to the beautiful Allegheny River Valley the exciting and energetic bluegrass of the Allegheny Drifters in concert in Lincoln Hall on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 PM!  It’s musical fun for the whole family that will remind you what country living is all about.  The stunning vocal harmony, blazing instrumentals and soulful singing and good old-fashioned bluegrass energy of western Pennsylvania’s finest blue grass ensemble will set your down-home toes a tapping!

Bring the whole family! Tickets are $15 for Adults and $5 for students.  Children under 6 Free.

index_image3From the western foothills of the Alleghenies, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Drifters have presented their exciting style of bluegrass to audiences across the country for over a decade. Their engaging, fast-paced show with bluegrass instrumental fireworks and heartfelt vocals appeals to all ages.

Take a break from the summer heat in Lincoln Hall’s air conditioned comfort and have a whoopin’ good time kickin’ up your musical-loving heels enjoying Bluegrass at its Best.   Bring ALL the generations of your family and your friends to this concert of joyous, toe-tapping, and soulful bluegrass music performed by western Pennsylvania’s own ALLEGHENY DRIFTERS.  

Allegheny Drifters Banner

Internationally acclaimed Bluegrass recording artists, The Allegheny Drifters have earned a reputation with their superb song selection and good old-fashioned blue grass energy and drive – and they have a huge following and are audience favorites right here in western Pennsylvania, as seen in this performance at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh in June of 2014.

Bob Artis and Bernie Cunningham’s natural duet blend echoes the sound and feeling of the golden age of bluegrass. When joined by the high harmony of bassist Karen Artis, this band presents a warm, authentic sound that touches the heart. Add Bob’s soulful mandolin and the exciting banjo and fiddle work of Radford Vance and Michele Birkby-Vance and you have an unbeatable bluegrass sound straight from the heart of the old Alleghenies.

In response to their CD, Can’t Wait, Canadian disc jockey Howard Bonner wrote, this is “a regional group who belongs on the national scene … a smooth but steadfast adherence to bluegrass music. Great CD release!”

The Allegheny Drifters are known and loved for their… “Tremendous talent and deep respect for the soul of the music they perform.”  Make a night of it –  Join the toe-tapping fun on Saturday, July 29 and experience their soulful music making in Lincoln Hall at 7:30 PM – and Bring the whole family.

About the Musicians

bernie-bioLead singer & guitarist Bernie Cunningham has one of the finest voices in traditional bluegrass today.  A born bluegrass singer, Bernie is the product of a West Virginia coal mining family, raised on traditional music. He and Bob have performed together for over 30 years. Bernie’s talents are in high demand; he’s recorded with several regional bands, released a solo CD and is a gifted and versatile multi-instrumentalist. The Allegheny Drifters is the first band in which he takes center stage as lead singer and guitarist. Bernie makes his home in rural Fombell, Pennsylvania.

bob-bioMandolinist Bob Artis is a veteran of the western Pennsylvania bluegrass scene. Playing professionally since the early 1960s, he began a tenure with Mac Martin and the Dixie Travelers in 1968, recording nearly 80 songs for the Rural Rhythm and County labels. Bob’s deep feeling for the music is reflected in his book Bluegrass, the first-ever history of the music, and in his classic modern song, “Blue Ridge”. He’s appeared on PBS’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and over his long career, has played or recorded with bluegrass legends Red Allen, Hylo Brown, Clyde Moody and Larry Sparks.

karen-bioBassist Karen Artis drives the beat with her rock solid rhythm on the upright bass and is an excellent singer whose high harmonies add warmth and depth to the band’s vocals. Also a talented songwriter, she contributed the title song for the “Climb Heaven’s Ladder” CD project. An award-winning designer, she handles all the graphics for the band. Karen’s outgoing personality and enthusiasm both on and off stage continue to win new friends and fans for the Allegheny Drifters. A native Pittsburgher, she and husband Bob live in suburban Forest Hills.

Banjo player Radford Vance
has been playing the banjo since he was 8 years old. Born in Richlands, Virginia, bluegrass was in his blood. Since age 12, he’s spent his years traveling the country playing the music that he loves, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many of the musicians who forged the path of bluegrass music, including Carl Story, Hylo Brown and Lawrence Lane. He formed his own band, Tradin’ Post, based in Mansfield, Ohio during the 1980s, and added his banjo expertise to the Ohio-based band Northwest Territory for 20 years. Radford brings his experience, vocals and banjo style to the Allegheny Drifters. From straight-up banjo rolls to melodic pickin’ he adds drive and feeling to the band’s sound.

Fiddler Michele Birby-Vance  If you’ve gotta have a fiddle in the band, Michele Birkby-Vance will delight you with her talent and enthusiasm. From a family of Grantsville, Maryland fiddlers, at age 10 she learned to play from her Dad, and went on to become a five-state fiddle champion. Along with husband, Radford Vance, she played bluegrass with Northwest Territory for 21 years. She also played fiddle on the very first IBMA award-winning “Daughters of Bluegrass” recording, and toured for 2 years with the New Coon Creek Girls. Always smiling, Michele brings a fifth vocal harmony to the band, and adds smooth backup and superb fiddling. She and Radford now reside in Garrett County Maryland.

About the Allegheny Drifters

In 2002, veteran western Pennsylvania bluegrass mandolinist Bob Artis was invited to put together a one-show-only bluegrass band to perform with the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra at their debut concert to be held in April 2003. Bob’s wife Karen Artis was the obvious choice to play bass, and friend and former bandmate Bernie Cunningham was called in to sing and play guitar. With the addition of Alabama transplant Jake Abrams on banjo, the Allegheny Drifters were born and were an instant hit.

At the time, Jake and his wife Lisa were busy with their own band, but Jake continued to help out on banjo when he could. In 2005, Keith Beaver, banjo picker from Leetonia Ohio was invited to join the band, and remained a popular member for nearly a decade until his departure at the end of 2013. Young med school student and Banjo player Gregg Welty joined the band in 2014, leaving in the summer of 2015 to resume his medical career.  He has been replaced by the talented multi-instrumentalist, Jim Scott, in 2015.

Hallmarks of the Allegheny Drifters are their stunning vocal harmony and their total commitment to professionalism. Through their many years of performing they’ve learned what audiences enjoy seeing and hearing, and work hard to please and entertain. They are a traditional bluegrass band without being overly bound to convention or restrained by the past. Bob, Bernie and Karen, all talented songwriters, add fresh material to the band’s catalog and continue to seek new ways of reaching out to audiences with their heartfelt message of real bluegrass.

The Allegheny Drifters released their first CD, Out of the Woods, in the spring of 2006. It was produced by David Mayfield and included guest fiddler Jeremy Abshire, who later went on to play with the Grascals. The project received great reviews – County Sales said “good songs, good singing, excellent listening” while Bluegrass Unlimited described it as “refined and well produced… traditional in the best possible way”.

In 2008, the band released Can’t Wait, featuring the outstanding fiddling of internationally acclaimed Michael Cleveland. WYEP’s Bruce Mountjoy referred to the material as “great original additions to the bluegrass songbook…tasteful arrangements that make each song come alive”. With a nod to Bob’s catchy title tune, Bluegrass Music Profiles enthusiastically declared, “Can’t Wait? Don’t wait! Get it!”

Their latest project, an all gospel CD, Climb Heaven’s Ladder finally debuted in 2014, delayed by a series of family losses and band members’ health issues. The titel cut was penned by Karen, and once again guest Michael Cleveland provided his blazing fiddle. All three projects have been well-received by national and international audiences worldwide via broadcast radio and streaming audio.

Over the past decade, the Allegheny Drifters have earned a solid reputation as one of their region’s most popular and hard-working bluegrass bands, performing at festivals, county fairs, corporate events, community day celebrations, universities, weddings, arts and crafts fairs, churches, rural grange halls and urban summer concerts.

Exciting to hear…fun to watch…the Allegheny Drifters enjoy what they do, and that joy is shared by their audiences and growing number of followers and fans.



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