Local band to perform at Saturday cancer benefit

Several classic rock musicians will perform "A Night of Music" at The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield U. on Nov. 17 in memory of Keith Lebo and Jim DeSantie. The benefit concert will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments, cash bar and a silent auction. The concert begins at 7. Proceeds from the concert will go to The Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver & Pancreatic Disease at St. Vincent's Medical Center.

A Night of Music will be hosted by radio personality, Brian Smith. Smith was 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.

Christopher Robin who has played with Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band, Robert Cray and B.B. King will be the primary performer. Bobby Paltauf, a 13-year-old blues guitar player will join Robin on stage. Bobby has opened for America, Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne and just finished performing with Gregg Allman. Daniela Cardillo will also join Robin on stage.

Also performing will be The Doug Wahlberg Band, whose members have traveled internationally and have performed with The Doors and Peter Tosh, Holden Truelove, who at age 9 appeared on stage with The Marshall Tucker Band and Buddy Guy, Fairfield bluesman Johnny Boots and popular Trumbull band Remember September.

Keith Lebo, a lifelong area musician started playing clubs at 14 years old. He played in several area bands during his musical career. Lebo died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. One year later his brother-in-law, Jim DeSantie also succumbed to pancreatic cancer. This is the third annual benefit concert that has been organized by their wives, Charlene Lebo and Suzanne DeSantie in memory of their husbands.

Tickets for this event are $100, $75 and $50. Lebo's final CD will also be for sale at the event. 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 SWIM Across the Sound Pancreatic Cancer Center. All proceeds will go to The Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver & Pancreatic Disease At St. Vincent's Medical Center through Swim Across the Sound. Tickets may be purchased at stvincents.org/nightofmusic2012 or ANightofMusic.com.