Divas of December

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:30pm

Terri O'Leary - Terri started her band career in The Ted Baxter Experience in 1994. From there she joined Natalie Kurchak in Midnight Grafitti in 1997 and still performs with Natalie from time to time. In 2000, she joined Ribbon Grass and the band worked its way to becoming one of the most popular dance bands in that decade, topping it off with Johnstown Magazine's "Best of Johnstown" awards in 2009 and 2011. Since then she's sang with Ribbon Grass Acoustic with Ruschelle Dillon and most recently That's What She Said, again with Ruschelle Dillon. For the Divas show, Terri will be introducing her latest project, Little Red & The Greys with Steve Toma and Shawn Mock (both of YUM fame and too many other bands to mention).

Jill and Leah - This sister duo has been singing together for the past 15 years. They are excited to be a part of this evening featuring all of the ladies to benefit The Stork Fund.

Ruschelle Dillon - Ruschelle is a writer, singer, guitar player, and guitar instructor who has rocked stages all over PA since the early 90s. She has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for many cover bands and also bands who wrote their own songs. From her first band, Blue Food to her current band(s) That's What She Said (with Terri O'Leary) and the Dillons with her husband Ed, Ruschelle has been entertaining the masses for 25 years.

Natalie Kurchak - Natalie will be performing with Midnight Acoustic, a classic rock trio that has been playing on the local music scene in for more than 20 years. The band includes husband/wife duo of Natalie (lead vocals, percussion), John Kurchak (guitar), and Bernie Kralik (guitar/harp). While the primary focus of Midnight Acoustic is classic rock from the 60s through the 80s, their repertoire also includes several newer songs from current artists including Brandi Carlisle, Pink, Adele and Grace Potter. Natalie, John and Bernie also play in the classic rock band Midnight Graffiti. Natalie is the female lead singer for Flood City Brass, voted simply the best band by Tribune Democrat readers in 2009.

Rachel Allen - Rachel is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher. Her experience includes 17 years of hospice as a music practitioner serving patients in a variety of conditions and continues to work at Windber Hospice. She has six years of experience providing Trauma Sensitive yoga and facilitating expressive music to women who are incarcerated, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, in various community based settings in partnership with Women's Help Center, Victim Services Inc, Tableland, Torrence State Hospital and Cambria County Prison. Rachel teaches Creative Movement through the Fine Arts Department at Saint Francis University. She has performed as a solo artist throughout the region and with Bo Moore as part of the acoustic duo (Rachel and Bo) and with her multi-instrumentalist son Johnny Bayush. She currently sings in a group that does primarily a capella music called Her Harmony.

A group of all-star musicians will be backing up the ladies. They include: Steve Toma, Shawn Mock, Ed Dillon, Ben Frick, Jason Selfridge, John Kurchak, and Bernie Kralik.
Proceeds will benefit The Stork Fund,a local charity formed to help local women with infertility and adoption needs.

Doors at 7pm - Music at 8pm
$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP or Student ID
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D

Venue of Merging Arts
305 Chestnut Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
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