Rick Derringer to perform in Fairfield at benefit for cancer center
Musician Rick Derringer will be the featured artist in the "Night of Music" rock concert at Fairfield University's Quick Center on Saturday, Nov. 23. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver & Pancreatic Disease at St. Vincent's Medical Center.
Derringer has had a four-decade career in the music industry writing, producing and performing hits in a variety of genres, from classic rock, to jazz, blues and spiritual songs. He was just 17 when Derringer's band, the McCoys, recorded "Hang On Sloopy." The band merged with Johnny Winter in 1969.
Derringer was the producer of all gold and platinum Winter Brothers recordings and later appeared on albums with Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, Kiss, Mason Ruffner and Madam X.
In the mid-80s, he discovered Weird Al Yankovic, and produced music for his Grammy-winning albums and videos, such as the Michael Jackson parody hits "Eat It" and "Who's Fat?" Over the last two decades, Derringer has recorded blues CDs, such as "Back To the Blues," "Electra Blues," "Blues Delux," "Jackhammer Blues" and "Tend the Fire."
"A Night of Music" will be hosted by radio personality Brian Smith.
The concert will also include performances by Christopher Robin, who has played with Gregg Allman, the Marshall Tucker Band, Robert Cray and B.B. King; and a performance by the Doug Wahlberg Band.
Keith Lebo, a lifelong area musician, died from pancreatic cancer in 2009.
One year later his brother-in-law, Jim DeSantie passed away from pancreatic cancer. Jim was a U.S. Marine.
This is the fourth annual benefit concert that has been organized by their wives, Charlene Lebo and Suzanne DeSantie in memory of their husbands.
The concert will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments, cash bar and a silent auction, followed by the concert at 6 p.m.
A special meet-and-greet session with the performers will begin after the performance for ticket holders of the $100 seats. Other ticket holders may attend the meet-and-greet for an additional $20 on a limited basis. All tickets may be purchased at https:give.stvincents.org/nightofmusic2013 or at www.ANightofMusic.com.
All proceeds will be used to help those who are fighting pancreatic cancer.
Funds will support education, screening and patient support services through the St. Vincent's Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver & Pancreatic Disease at St. Vincent's Medical Center through Swim Across the Sound.
For more information, visit the web site www.ANightofMusic.com.