Holiday Concert Fundraising For Music Education

John Mulhern, Geri Mingori and Steve Shive perform. Photo via Katalinas Communications.

A local musical non-profit is dedicating its holiday concert to the education of young, aspiring musicians. On Dec. 14, the Danny DeGennaro Foundation will host its Holiday Celebration Party, with all proceeds covering tuition costs for songwriting workshops.

Murdered in 2011, DeGennaro was a Levittown resident who played with members of the Grateful Dead and the E-Street Band. His friends and colleagues established the foundation to help new musicians break into the music scene.

John Mulhern, a close friend to DeGennaro, helps teach musicianship and production to Fundraiser winners. He will lead a new pair of songwriting workshops at Bucks County Community College in the winter.

“We’re trying to keep his name and his legacy alive. Danny was always helping other songwriters and other people,” Mulhern said. “He was a Bucks County staple. Anybody who is from here knows who Danny DeGennaro is.”

Local musician Casey Welborn will open the concert with Chris Benedetti. Then, Jim Mitchell and The Repeat Offenders will be the feature band, with special guests Sam Storm, Kevin Wilkes, Joey Sylvia, and Will Lohr.

“Veteran musicians who have been told about the workshop are very enthused,” said fellow Foundation member Edward Mero.

Anyone looking to donate to the scholarship fund can do so here. Facebook will match any donations made on Dec. 3 as part of Giving Tuesday. People looking to sign up for the workshop can visit ddfjamsongwritingworkshops.org.

The concert will be held at Hurricane Jacks, located at 7759 New Falls Road, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free and there will be raffles and 50/50.