New Orleans R&B Party – The COLBYS

Bev Rohlehrvocals, rub board
John Colbykeys, vocals
Rick Matthorns
Mike Sweeneybass
Brice Fosterdrums

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with THE COLBYS!

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a New Orleans R&B Party in beautiful Foxburg with a star-studded night of entertainment with THE COLBYS.

This New Orleans style, piano driven R&B band, steeped in swing, gospel and blues is a “class act” led by the Emmy, Ace and Grammy award-winning producer/composer of the score for the Ken Burns “Civil War”, keyboardist and vocalist, JOHN COLBY with acclaimed R&B jazz singer/songwriter BEV ROHLER – the only woman to record with “The Persuasions” who has sung at the Newport Jazz Festival and Village Vanguard and with all the greats from the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra to the National Jazz Ensemble.

These two nationally celebrated and seasoned entertainers have been featured world-wide and across the United States with the likes of Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson, and since recently moving to Pittsburgh they appear weekly in the other ‘burgh’ at Con Alma and other venues. Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts is proud to present their Foxburg debut in Lincoln Hall on Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 PM. 

ARCA is grateful for the very generous donation of long-time patrons, Kears and Karen Pollock, sponsoring the debut of The Colby’s in Lincoln Hall.

“This self-controlled circus of songThis is Entertainment. These are artists who occupy a place in Tradition and live to pass it along from their place of respect. They are not here to show off, they are here to share. They are ebulliently excited to put their love out there and further the cause of the music they serve, and that enthusiasm shows.” Live Music News and Review

Come and party  – bring a group of friends and raise a glass to celebrate the summer solstice in style with Bev Rohlehr on rub board and vocals and John Colby on keys and vocals, joined by Rick Matt, horns; Mike Sweeney, bass; and Brice Foster on drums! This will be a sizzling night of world class entertainment and dancing for those who wish to boogie-on-out at the back of the hall or prefer to enjoy the show in the theatre style seating – where every seat in Lincoln Hall is ‘up close and personal’.

Adults $25  Call to Reserve: 724-659-3153 or buy online here.

Wine ($4) for Sale and Beer ($3).  

Dancing at the back of Lincoln Hall.


Best known for his work on Ken Burns ‘Civil War’ for which soundtrack he received a Grammy – keyboardist, vocalist, award winning composer and producer JOHN COLBY has been described as part Ray Charles and part Professor Longhair.

John’s work on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”and ‘Baseball’ won the ACE award and he is the composer of themes for ESPN’s ‘Sportscenter’ & ESPYs, Fox’s ‘Best Damn Sports Show’, NFL on NBC.  John has been Music Director for the ESPY Awards since its inception, The Player’s Choice, NASCAR, Indy 500 and College Basketball award shows on ESPN.

John was Music Director/Keyboardist for saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. He produced Clarence’s “Live from Asbury Park” CD which was released in the fall of 2004. He has performed with, among others: Ray Charles, Bill Murray, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Duane Eddy and Grand Master Flash.

Described as a combination of Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown and Ella Fitzgerald, BEV ROHLER has performed world wide and mostly throughout the Northeast in venues including Iron Horse Music Hall, Village Vanguard, and Newport Jazz Festival. She also has been a featured vocalist for such Big Bands as Mel Lewis’ Jazz Orchestra and the National Jazz Ensemble.

Bev’s album credits include “Symphony in Black”, a Smithsonian release; and “No Frills” by the Persuasions (the only woman to work with them,) “Johnny Shines & Co.”; “Rohlehr, Groves, Colby”; “Meat & More”; “Big World”, “Christmas Gumbo”, “Every Ounce”. She has appeared on TV in two episodes of the award winning children’s show Grover’s Corner.

Enjoy the RBG Exhibit Before the Concert

Plan to Make a Day of it in beautiful Foxburg and before the concert enjoy the ART & POETRY GROUP COLLABORATION Exhibit at the Red Brick Gallery and Gift Shop in the Upstairs Gallery, open on Saturday, June 22 from 11 AM to 7 PM. The RBG is directly adjacent to and a short walk from Lincoln Hall – located at 17 Main Street, Foxburg.

The exhibit – “EKPHRASIS: Writers Responding to Art” – features fifteen writers from the Bridge Literary Arts Center responding to artworks by fifteen visual artists from Arts Oil City and the region.  

RBG Artistic Director Jason Floyd Lewis was inspired in creating this collaborative exhibit by frequent ARCA poet/colleague and long-time Clarion University professor, Phil Terman, now affiliated with the Bridge Literary Arts Center, who wrote:

“The literary landscape between Erie and Pittsburgh is one of Northwest PA’s best kept secrets, housing an ever-evolving community of writers inspired by the diverse people, places, and atmosphere of our unique region.

The Bridge Literary Arts Center is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with the area’s inspired visual artists to create what the Greeks called “ekphrasis,” crafting a collaborative work of art.”

The exhibit runs weekends from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 30.

Plan to make it a day & ENJOY FOXBURG!

Allegheny River view from the Foxburg Inn deck.

Before The Colby’s concert enjoy Foxburg –
take a brisk walk in the gorgeous summer afternoon along the Allegheny River trail or rent bicycles or have a scenic pontoon tour on the Allegheny River with Foxburg Tours!

Have lunch or dinner 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 a wine tasting or drinks and snacks on the patio of the elegantly remodeled Foxburg Wine Cellars

Savor a gourmet coffee and hand made chocolate – or ice cream and confections, sitting outside at Divani Chocolatier and Barrista.

OR – Have a get-away-weekend and stay over Saturday night in Foxburg in the rustically elegant and remodeled Foxburg Inn – where every room has a view of the river!

or if the Foxburg Inn is sold out for a wedding, stay up the river at Emlenton’s historic bed and breakfast, The Barnard House.