John Burgh All-Stars – From New Orleans to Foxburg

John BurghKeyboards
Lisa BleilVocals and Percussion
Benny BennackSaxophone, Clarinet and Vocals

It’s going to be a “hot time in the old town” of Foxburg!  Have a perfect date night out, grooving and rocking on a late summer evening in Foxburg’s Lincoln HallSaturday, September 14 at 7:30 PM as ARCA All-Star favorites John Burgh, Benny Benack and Lisa Bleil come together for an unforgettable night of music and dancing, on the second floor of the Foxburg Free Library.

John Burgh’s band has been so popular with ARCA Members at the last two Outdoor Concerts at RiverStone farm with the audience dancing for hours on the grass in the golden twilight. This year they’re MOVING INSIDE to Foxburg’s Lincoln Hall!

Adults $20 and Students $5.  Beer and wine will be available by donation.  Buy online here –  Call to Reserve 724 659-3153 – or cash or check at the door.  Special thanks for ARCA donors Linda and Michael Bradley for sponsoring the John Burgh All-Stars concert.

Keyboardist JOHN BURGH is joined by a six piece band including the Pittsburgh legend BENNY BENACK on clarinet/sax and superb vocalist LISA BLEIL in an evening of sizzling Jazz, Swing and Dixieland, plus dancing to the Blues and Rock n Roll, with wonderful vocals from the Great American Song Book.They will make you think you’re on Bourbon Street.

And be sure to wear your dancing shoes! These world travelled and acclaimed musicians will make you want to get up and shake a leg at the back of Lincoln Hall or enjoy a slow dance with your sweetheart… but if you prefer to sit and enjoy, there will be plenty of musical variety and outrageous riffing to entertain and delight!

As a teaser, here is Lisa Bleil singing Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5’s “I want you back” with the John Burgh Big Band at the 2018 ARCA Summer Outdoor Concert.

About the Musicians

Band Leader & Keyboardist John Burgh

John BurghJohn Burgh and his band have been so popular with ARCA Members performing for the last two summers at the Outdoor concerts at RiverStone Farm.  Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to bring JOHN BURGH back to Lincoln Hall with a six piece BIG BAND for an evening of joyous music-with celebrated Pittsburgh musicians – including BENNY BENACK and LISA BLEIL.

John 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.

Vocalist Lisa Bleil

Lisa Bleil is returning to Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts for the third time, having headlined for two years in ARCA’s 2017 and 2018 outdoor concerts at RiverStone Farm. From Rock n Roll and Jazz to the Blues and the Great American Songbook, vocalist LISA BLEIL is sure to charm and delight AND get you up and dancing!

Versatile vocalist LISA BLEIL is known for her performances on the Emmy-winning PBS series “Live From Studio A” and can also be seen on the nationally-televised PBS specials  “Rock, Rhythm & Doo-wop” and “Red, White & Rock” performing with Frankie Avalon, Frankie Valli, Connie Francis, Englebert Humperdink, among others.

LISA BLEIL has been singing professionally since she was 18. She attended Carnegie Mellon University where she majored in classical vocal performance, and since then she has performed in nearly every facet of the business. From jingles to theater to television to teaching…she even did singing telegrams in college!  Lisa has fronted several local bands over the years, most recently Cityscape. She is currently teaching vocal jazz at West Virginia University and can be heard singing at events and clubs around the Pittsburgh area.   

Enjoy Lisa Bleil singing with a big band including her sons Clint and and Adam in the jazz Christmas tune, “Cool Yule”.

Benny Benack – Clarinet, Sax & Trumpet

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, Dixieland, Rhythm and Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll – with wonderful vocals from the Great American Song Book and more.

Benny 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. 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.

ARIVE EARLY & EXPLORE FOXBURG!

Plan to Make a Day of it in beautiful Foxburg!  

Before the concert stop by the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop to enjoy the offerings of talented Cooperative Artists from the region.

Enjoy a walk along the Allegheny River trail or rent bicycles with Foxburg Tours OR have a Segway tour of beautiful RiverStone Estate in the morning or early afternoon!  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.

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