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Neno J. Aiello will appear at the Railroad Book Depot on Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 p.m. to promote his book ‘I Never Fished With My Father.’

The book, based on journals Aiello began at age eight, covers decades of Pittsburg life and the trials of a young boy growing up in the Sicilian-American tradition with his commercial fisherman father.

The book provides an eclectic journey, rich in Pittsburg lore, of a young man breaking away from the strong cultural heritage that drove his father.

The Railroad Book Depot is located at 650 Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg.

PEAHOF memberships bring benefits

Becoming a member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame can be a win-win proposition for you.

Members receive free tickets to the PEAHOF 2015 Induction Ceremony scheduled for October. Members will also be able to purchase tickets to the April 25 Abalone Benefit Dinner celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lanzafame Furniture for $50. Price for nonmembers is $55. Members receive discounts at other PEAHOF events, including the Second Sunday Jam Sessions which are scheduled to resume this spring.

One-year individual memberships are available for $30. One-year family memberships are available for $50. Lifetime members are available for $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships can be purchased on-line. 


Lifetime Memberships:

Family - $150

 Individual - $100
Annual Memberships:

 Family - $50

 Individual - $30

Become a PEAHOF member today

If you’re not a dues-paying member of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame, please sign up now by clicking here.

Yearly membership dues are $30 for individuals and $50 for families. Lifetime memberships are $100 for individuals and $150 for families. Memberships include voting rights and free tickets to the annual Induction Ceremony as well as discounts on selected events and merchandise.

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The Vision 

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.

Included in Hall of Fame experience is a 90-foot frieze depicting Pittsburg’s cultural history created by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. 

An interactive display will provide you with an up-close-and-personal look at members of the Hall of Fame.

Mission Statement

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame seeks to recognize local musicians, performers, artists and writers, commemorating their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg in hopes of  educating and inspiring the youth of Pittsburg to use and expand their creative abilities to enrich the community.

PEAHOF inducts 18 Hall of Famers

Eighteen of Pittsburg’s cultural icons make up the second induction class of the Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame.


The Induction Ceremony is scheduled Oct. 4 at the Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.


Inductees 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 in 1992.


Also 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.


“We are 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.


Tickets for 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


 Following the Induction Ceremony, a PEAHOF All-Star Band will perform, inviting inductees to join them.


A limited number of tickets for the Induction After Party to be catered by the New Mecca Café will be available for $20 at the PEAHOF website.


Be Part of the Legacy of Pittsburg’s

Historic Creative Arts Building

Take advantage 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 generations.

The Creative Arts Building’s history includes performances by legendary artists including: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and the San Francisco Symphony!

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 or use PayPal ... JUST CLICK HERE... 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 Book Depot


Michael 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 Istanbul.

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.”

Banister’s wife, 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
greatest vocalists of all time
          Sunday, July 26, 2015
at 2 PM


Travel down memory lane celebrating the music and popularity of two of the world’s most beloved masters of vocal song…Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra. 

Individuals, service 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.

 Members of the California Watercolor Association have volunteered to work with students, providing art mentoring in the watercolor medium.

Not all donations are monetary ones.

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 pittartshall@gmail.com.









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