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Concert To Benefit Danny DeGennaro Foundation, October 21

October 6, 2017 5:36 pm0 commentsViews: 13
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Noted musicians and Bucks County Community College aspiring performers will come together in the name of keeping the legacy of Danny DeGennaro alive on Oct. 21 as part of the third annual Creative Inspiration concert at the Newtown campus of Bucks County Community College.

The nonprofit Danny DeGennaro Foundation fundraises to provide music and art scholarships to Bucks County Community College students. Named for the late singer/songwriter and guitarist, Danny “Rio” DeGennaro, who traveled the world playing with the Billy Squier Band and the Grateful Dead offshoot Kingfish, the Foundation was established to inspire future musicians following the Levittown musician’s untimely death in 2011.

The concert features a performance by Katelyn Cryan, of Yardley, a Bucks County Community College sophomore and this year’s scholarship award winner. “I love the Foundation,” Cryan said. “I think it’s so wonderful that Danny DeGennaro’s family were able to make something good come out of something so incredibly tragic.”

Johnny Betz will accompany Cryan for a song. Lisa Bouchelle & the Gyrl Band will also join her onstage.

Paul Baroli, of Levittown, the lead singer and bassist for Grateful Dead tribute band Steal Your Face, was inspired by DeGennaro, who mentored him and his band. “We just hit it off and he took me under his wing,” Baroli recalled.

As for the Oct. 21 show, Baroli said guests should expect a high-energy show featuring Grateful Dead covers, as well as DeGennaro songs. “Whatever our set is, we want to take you on a trip just like the Grateful Dead would have done,” Baroli said.

The Creative Inspiration concert will be held on Oct. 21 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road in Newtown. Tickets cost $10 for students; $20 for adults; and $50 for a VIP reception, which includes a meet & greet with artists and beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Seating is limited. Buy your tickets at Langhorne Coffee, 102 S. Bellevue Ave., in Langhorne or online at ■