PEAHOF inducts 18 Hall of Famers
Pittsburg’s cultural icons make up the
second induction class of the Pittsburg
Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame.
Induction Ceremony is scheduled Oct. 4 at
the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg
High School campus.
include Pittsburg native James Barbagallo, a
noted classical pianist who earned the
bronze medal in the 1982 Tchaikovsky
International Piano Competition in Moscow,
and Johnny Steele, winner of the San
Francisco International Comedy Competition
scheduled for induction are popular Bay Area
jazz singer Faye Carol, gospel singer
Barbara Jean Davis, versatile singers Nicky
DePaola and Jesse DeTorres, accordion player
Lou DiMaggio, California Theatre organist
Tony Enea, jazz saxophonist Raymond Glasper,
big-band singer Bob Grabeau,
bassist-guitarist John Guerrero, versatile
musician Delfo Lanzafame, gospel singer
Ronald Lawson, singer-poet Guillermo Muniz,
the Bay Area’s “Queen of Gospel” Dorothy
Stanton, founder of Pittsburg’s first Latin
big band Felix Urbina, drummer Leo Vigil and
bluesman Sam Wesley Sr.
pleased to welcome this talented group into
the Hall of Fame. They represent the
diversity of the arts that makes Pittsburg
so unique,” said PEAHOF President Ralph
Ramirez, who was a member of Urbina’s band.
the Induction Ceremony are $10 general and
$20 reserved. They are available at the
Pittsburg Historical Society Museum, 515
Railroad Ave., the Railroad Book Depot, 650
Railroad Ave., and the PEAHOF website at
Induction Sign Up
the Induction Ceremony, a PEAHOF All-Star
Band will perform, inviting inductees to
number of tickets for the Induction After
Party to be catered by the New Mecca Café
will be available for $20 at the PEAHOF
Be Part of the Legacy of
Historic Creative Arts
of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become
a part of Pittsburg’s history by adopting a seat
in the historic Creative Arts Building on the
Pittsburg High School campus. Take pride in
knowing that your gift will benefit future
The Creative Arts Building’s
history includes performances by legendary
artists including: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles,
Stevie Wonder, James Brown and the San Francisco
Exciting changes have taken place in
Contra Costa County’s largest theatre which
opened in 1959. A $9 million renovation project
has brought the building up to state-of-the-art
standards allowing for quality productions. Make
a tax-deductible donation to ensure maintenance
of seats and support for youth mentoring
programs in the arts.
It’s so easy!!
Choose one of the options below,
complete the form with your details and return
with cash, check, money order made payable to
the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame
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You may mail your tax-deductible donation to
PEAHOF, 4476 St. John Lane, Pittsburg, CA 94565.
Adopting a seat is a perfect remembrance for
your children, grandchildren, spouse, parent,
grandparent or special friend or loved one. It
is a perfect way to honor birthdays,
anniversaries, graduations, dedications,
holidays and special events.
PHS grad’s novel on sale at
Banister, a 1965 Pittsburg High School
graduate, has woven an intriguing tale in
his most recent book, ‘Stolen Identity,’ a
novel currently on sale at the Railroad Book
Depot in Pittsburg.
Banister served as a
prosecutor with the California Attorney
General’s Office in San Francisco for 23
years before his retirement. Prior to that,
he had been a librarian, including two years
as head librarian at Robert College in
Banister has always
been interested in writing since his first
published work in the Hillview Jr. High
creative writing magazine. He used his
experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in
Ethiopia for his memoir ‘Eritrea
Remembered,’ which was published in 2011.
His 2012 novella ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ was
published in 2012.
The genesis for
‘Stolen Identity’ was, as they say in the
movies, “based on a true story.”
also a lawyer, told him about a case that a
firm was handling on a pro bono basis. It
involved a young man serving a prison
sentence for the murder of what he thought
was his adoptive father but had actually
brought him to the United States illegally.
From that brief
description, Banister has crafted an
intricately layered mystery-adventure story.
Books with a myriad
of intricate details sometimes run the risk
of overwhelming the reading, slowing down
the page-turning process, but Banister
avoids that. Despite the richly detailed
background, the book is a definite page
turner that is difficult to put down.
The book is on sale
for $15 at the Railroad Book Depot, 650
Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg.
Celebrating the music of the world’s
vocalists of all time
Sunday, July 26, 2015
at 2 PM
down memory lane celebrating the music
and popularity of two of the world’s
most beloved masters of vocal song…Ella
Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra.
clubs help PEAHOF
Local service clubs and individuals are
helping the Pittsburg Entertainment &
Arts Hall of Fame bring music to
Pittsburg junior high students through
the PEAHOF Arts Mentoring Program.
The Pittsburg Rotary Club
and Pittsburg Women’s Community League
have made contributions for the purchase
of instruments for use in the program.
John Guerrero, a founding
PEAHOF Board member and leader of
Natural Blend, one of Pittsburg’s oldest
bands, and Allan Grissette, drummer for
the Devil Mountain Jazz Band, have both
donated instruments for the program.
of the California Watercolor Association
have volunteered to work with students,
providing art mentoring in the
Not all donations are
You may wish to donate
a musical instrument or art supplies for
the PEAHOF Arts Mentoring Program at
Pittsburg junior high schools. Or you
may wish to share your artistic talent
and time as a mentor. You may also
consider donating a special piece of
artwork to PEAHOF. Contact us at