A Day & Night of Music: Benefits patients with pancreatic & liver disease

The premier rockers for Hair Bands, Mullett, will headline A Day & Night of Music Saturday, Aug. 22, from noon to 11 p.m., at Captain’s Cove Seaport, in historic Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport. Net proceeds will support education, screening, and patient support services through the St. Vincent’s Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease. This is the 6th annual benefit concert in memory of Fairfield residents Keith Lebo and Jim DeSantie. The jam-packed music program also includes performances by The Doug Wahlberg Band, Highland Rovers Band, To the Max, The Mojomatics, Denise Daniels Biagi, Kris Servilla, and the Fairfield School of Rock. The event will include food and drink specials, a raffle, and silent auction. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at SwimAcrossTheSound.org.

The program kicks off at noon with local favorites, the School of Rock Band House Band from Fairfield, Conn. For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids age 7 to 18 to rock on stage and in life. Providing the opportunity to go from the classroom to the staff, School of Rock students have played thousands of concerts on local stages to legendary venues and festivals across the world, including the Gathering of the Vibes, Blues Views and BBQ, SoNo Arts Festival, and the Greenwich Town Party.

At 6 p.m., Mullett will storm the stage.Making a much anticipated return from their Midwest summer tour, Mullett delivers the best of the 1980s Big Hair Band music with faithful renditions that recreate the vibe of those days with unrivaled conviction. Mullett has the unique ability to rock and captivate audiences with the sights and sounds of the Glam Band era like no other.

Kicking off the evening show will be The Mojomatics at 8 p.m. followed by a jam session featuring a musical mashup of the day’s performers. The Mojomatics is a hard driving, high energy blues band honoring the music pioneered by Muddy Waters. Formed by singer/harmonica player Manny Foglio and guitarist Bill Barrett, their 2006 CD, My Kind of Crazy, was chosen by the Connecticut Blues Society as the best independently released CD of 2006. In 2007, Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio selected them as the Blues Breaker of the week and eight songs from the CD were featured on Blues Ears Internet Radio and in constant rotation for a year.

Scheduled Performers

After School of Rock opens the show at Noon, the following bands will provide entertainment: (In order of appearance. Schedule subject to change.):

To the Max: Concentrating on classic rock from the 60s and 70s, this band plays everything from Credence and the Allman Brothers to Steppenwolf and the Stones. Mix in some danceable funk and TTMAX has audiences on their feet and loving every moment.

Highland Rovers Band: HRB’s multi-layered, upbeat, and danceable music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences searching for a distinct Celtic flavor. This band infuses popular rock percussive rhythms, bagpipes, fiddle, and vocal harmonies to create an intricate and fresh sound.

The Doug Wahlberg Band: Members of The Doug Wahlberg Band have traveled internationally and have resumes that boast performances with the unparalleled talents of The Doors and Peter Tosh. Wahlberg has worked on projects with such legends as Rick Derringer, Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin, and David Bowie’s guitarist.

6 p.m. — Mullett (see description above). Mullett will headline the outdoor stage.

8 p.m. — The Mojomatics (see description above). The Mojomatics will bring the evening performances inside/upstairs.

Multi-Band Jam Session: Following The Mojomatics, this set will keep audiences singing along and dancing late into the night.

Special Guest Performers

Denise Daniels Biagi’s beautiful voice has been heard internationally. She has performed at sporting, racing, and memorial events, as well as parties and weddings. She is the founder of Frankie’s Angels, a charitable organization she founded after the passing of her brother, Franklin Daniels. Denise has been recognized by the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation for her charitable work and she has also been involved in b-Cause Foundation of Connecticut. Denise is a realtor at Coldwell Banker in Fairfield and a proud mother.

Kris Servilla, a 20-year-old from Southport, will be sitting in with The Doug Wahlberg Band. A self-taught music master, Kris plays guitar, drums, bass, and sings in addition to mixing and mastering music. While his style is progressive metal and rock, he has been influenced by classical and flamenco genres. He currently teaches music theory and the guitar and dreams of touring the world with a band and becoming a luthier, building and selling eponymous guitars.

About Keith Lebo and Jim DeSantie

Keith Lebo, a lifelong area musician, started playing clubs at 14 years old and played in several area bands during his musical career. Keith passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009. One year later his brother-in-law, Jim DeSantie, passed away from pancreatic cancer. Jim was a proud Marine and proud of his country. He lived his life with a high moral standard that never wavered. This is the 6th annual benefit concert that has been organized by their wives, Charlene Lebo and Suzanne DeSantie, in memory of their husbands.

A Day & Night of Music will be hosted by radio personality, Brian Smith. Smith is perhaps best known as host of 99.1 WPLR’s longest running morning show. He also hosted his own afternoon talk show on WICC-AM, and more recently was a news anchor on FM News 101.9 in New York City. He writes for various publications and his website, BrianSmithRadio.com.

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