Light Up Night 2022

Icons of the Pittsburgh music scene John Vento and special guest world-touring saxman and composer Kenny Blake will bring their hallmark sounds to The Lindsay Theater Community Room as part of Sewickley Light Up Night festivities on Friday, Dec. 2.

Vento, the frontman for the long-lasting, high-energy Neid’s Hotel Band, switches seamlessly into the acoustic realm and is known for his encouragement to young and established musicians alike. A linchpin of Band Together Pittsburgh, Vento works diligently to ensure music and performance opportunities are available to young people impacted by autism and frequently hosts free autism friendly Open Mic sessions at the Theater.

Special guest Blake, another musical veteran, has performed in his Steel City hometown and as a soloist and sideman across the U.S. and the world, from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cape May, N.J. His music has reached top spots on jazz charts and Jazziz magazine critic Jonathan Widran declares, “Not since George Benson has a jazz artist emerged from Pittsburgh onto the national scene with the gale force of saxophonist Kenny Blake.”

From 7-9 p.m., their free performances with Matt Barranti (guitar), Greg McIltrot (percussion), Fred Delu (keyboard) and Willy Franklin (bass) will highlight heartfelt and holiday music during the annual community celebration that draws thousands to the small town.

Before music takes center stage, caricaturist Jimmy Kanfoush, whose talents have been shared on the longtime series Ink Shrink on Moon Cable TV Network, will be sketching away, so if you need a quick family portrait for this year’s holiday cards or want to watch one come to life, stop by.

Also, the Child Health Association of Sewickley, Relay for Life and Ambridge’s Iron House Theater will be on hand with information about their organizations.

Outside the Theater, the youth stage will offer constant activities with cheering, dance and musical performances from 5 to 9 p.m., with a break for the 8 p.m. fireworks. To accommodate this new stage setting, Walnut Street will be closed to vehicles.

For information on free parking, a map of events and more, please visit the Borough’s website.