Billy Joel tribute band plays at Saturday benefit for Kennedy Center

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Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band that includes two longtime members of Billy Joel’s own band.

 

Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band, will perform at the Kennedy Center’s seventh annual Magic Moments benefit Saturday, April 6 at the Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus. Songwriter and singer Beau Badrick will be the opening act.

The event is the main funding source for the Kennedy Center Autism Project, which helps more than 400 local children with autism and their families.

 

Cocktails, food and silent auction

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail party, food and silent auction, followed by the concert. A black box after-party will cap off the festivities at 10:30 p.m., where guests can meet the performers.

Wines and spirits will be provided by Moet Hennessy USA and Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market.

Tickets for the cocktail party and concert are $125 per person, while black box tickets are priced at $225 per person. Buy tickets online at thekennedycenterinc.org or call 203-365-8522, ext. 216.

 

Two band members play with Joel

DelGuidice and Big Shot perform all of Billy Joel’s greatest hits as well as some of the lesser known tunes most appreciated by a true fan of “The Piano Man.” The band also plays songs by other artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, The Beatles and Journey.

Now performing with Big Shot are two members of Billy Joel’s band, drummer Chuck Burgi and guitarist Tommy Byrnes.

Burgi has been Joel’s drummer since 2005 and is an original cast member of Billy Joel’s Broadway musical “Movin’ Out Band.” Byrnes has performed with Joel for 23 years.

Front man DelGuidice is a well-known Long Island singer and songwriter who has released two of his own original CDs.

 

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