Rock ‘n’ roll royalty to perform benefit concert

Musician Rick Derringer will be the featured artist in “A Night of Music” rock concert at Fairfield University's Quick Center on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.

Derringer has had a five-decade career in the music field and is best known for the songs "Hang On Sloopy" with the McCoys in 1965 and "Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo" in the early 1970s, and for his many collaborative efforts with brothers Johnny and Edgar Winter.

The concert will benefit the Keith Lebo-DeSantie Center for Liver and Pancreatic Disease at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Other performers will be the Alpaca Gnomes and the Doug Wahlberg Band. Special guest artists who will be sitting in throughout the evening include Denise Daniels Biagi, Dizzyfish's Eric, and Chris McCavill.

This will be the fifth annual benefit concert held in memory of Keith Lebo and Jim DeSantie.

Drinks, silent auction, Meet and Greet

The event will begin at 6 with refreshments, a cash bar and a silent auction, followed by the concert at 7. Attendees who purchase the $100 ticket can attend a Meet and Greet" with Rick Derringer, Doug Wahlberg, the Alpaca Gnomes, Eric from Dizzyfish, and Denise Daniels Biagi after the performance.

Other ticket-holders may attend the Meet and Greet for an additional $10.

Tickets are $100, $75 and $50, and may be purchased at

A Night of Music will be hosted by radio personality Brian Smith, who was host of WPLR-FM's longest running morning show.

Derringer: Alice Cooper to Barbra Streisand

Derringer has been a writer, producer and performer in music genres from classic rock to jazz, and blues to spiritual songs. He was 17 when his band, the McCoys, recorded "Hang On Sloopy." The band merged with Johnny Winter in 1969.

In addition to his work with Johnny Winter and brother Edgar Winter, in the 1970s and 1980s Derringer appeared on albums with Alice Cooper, Richie Havens, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Barbra Streisand, and Kiss.

In the mid-1980s, Derringer helped discover Weird Al Yankovic and produced music for his Grammy-winning albums and videos, including the Michael Jackson parody hits "Eat It" and "Who's Fat." In the 1990s, Derringer produced, wrote and performed the Hulk Hogan theme song "I Am A Real American" for the World Wrestling Federation.

Both died from pancreatic cancer

Keith Lebo, a lifelong area musician, started playing clubs at 14 years old and played in several area bands during his musical career. He died from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

One year later his brother-in-law, Jim DeSantie, also died from pancreatic cancer. The annual concert is organized by their wives, Charlene Lebo and Suzanne DeSantie, in memory of their husbands.

Net proceeds will be used to help those who are fighting pancreatic cancer. Funds will support education, screening and patient support services through St. Vincent's Swim Across the Sound.