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Grammy-winning musician to headline Fourth Annual Creative Inspiration concert

New Orleans jam band George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners will headline the Danny DeGennaro Foundation’s Fourth Annual Creative Inspiration concert on September 28th at the Zlock Performing Arts Center at Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown.

A fundraiser for the nonprofit organization created to preserve and further the legacy of the late Levittown musician by the same name, the concert also features performances from up-and-coming musicians the Foundation has been mentoring, as well as Danny DeGennaro Foundation 2018 Bucks County Community College scholarship award winners Sylvia Salas and Bee Niranon.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Cara Cartney, of Levittown, will headline the VIP area at the concert.

The Foundation’s mentors, Johnny Betz and sax player Mike Reinig, took Cara under their wing three years ago.

“They’re amazing musicians,” Cara said. “I love everything they do. They just have so many great ideas. They hear things that other people don’t hear. They’ve been doing it for so many years.”

For the last six years, Cara has hosted open mic nights at Sparky’s World Famous in Levittown.

The Foundation has since assisted with several videos and recordings and plan on helping with the recording of an upcoming EP.

“When I first started I was afraid to even perform in front of people. I was working on just doing cover songs,” Cara said. “It’s amazing to me what I can do now. Now I’m ready to help other people and work more on my originals.”

Cara will play alongside Reinig and Foundation mentor Steve Burke, who, in addition to playing bass, will back her up with cello and violin.

The concert will be held from 7:00 to 11:00pm, with a special 6:00pm VIP concert, also at Zlock Performing Arts Center.

Tickets cost $30 general admission and $50 for a VIP reception, which includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Reserved seating is limited.

Buy your tickets at Zlock Performing Arts Center Box Office,  215.968.8087, or online at bucks.edu/tickets. 

Discounts are available for Bucks alumni, military and seniors (65+). Contact the box office for savings code.

PHOTO CAP: Singer Cara Cartney (left) will headline the VIP stage at the Creative Inspiration concert with backing from saxophone player Mike Reinig, a Danny DeGennaro Foundation mentor.