AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Turn Up the Heat!
ACFL&MH Acquires Rare Collection of
Michele Bensen & the Bensen Burners
Saturday January 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Michele Bensen returns to Carnegie Carnegie Hall bringing
a little sizzle to ease the bleak mid-winter doldrums.
Football is anathema to arts and cultural programming. “You just can’t fight it in Pittsburgh,” laughs ACFL&MH Executive Director Maggie Forbes, who always checks the Steelers’
schedule before scheduling a special performance.
Which is why Forbes has had her eye on the weekend between the last NFL playoff game and the Super Bowl. “We’d like to carve out that weekend without NFL football as one that belongs to Carnegie Carnegie Hall. We can’t think of a better performer to end the ‘Bye Weekend Blues’ than Pittsburgh jazz great Michele Bensen.”
Michele Bensen is a standout jazz vocalist, a hometown girl (since age 6) who has been singing professionally since she was 18. Her career has taken her up and down the East Coast and to the Caribbean, and her talents are widely recognized. She was inducted into The Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009 and, in 2013, was the first of only two women honored by the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild as a Living Jazz Legend.
Ms. Bensen has sung at Carnegie Carnegie Hall once before. She was a last minute substitute for indisposed vocalist Maureen Budway in BNY Mellon Jazz Presents A Gala Tribute to Joe Negri at the Music Hall in 2011. There was instant chemistry between her and Carnegie Carnegie Hall’s superb acoustics and intimate historic character.
She has since been a headliner at the last two Carnegie Celebrates Jazz events in September. Michele was part of a long and impressive roster of performers this fall, and sang a short set
that brought the audience to its feet. Forbes thought it was time that Bensen had a night to herself. “I contacted her and she said she’d love to come back to the Music Hall!”
The stage will belong to Ms. Bensen for January’s concert. She will perform with featured musicians Robbie Kline on sax and flute, “Catch 22’s” gifted guitarist Ken Karsh and
pianist, bassist and percussionist to be determined. Ms. Bensen will open with a 45-minute set and take a break. Wine, beer and snacks will be for sale in the Studio before the concert and during intermission. Ms. Bensen & the Bensen Burners will return after intermission for
a longer set. “We’ll just see how long it goes,” promises Bensen.
Turn Up the Heat! BNY Mellon
Presents Michele Bensen& the Bensen
Burners takes place on Saturday,
January 24 at 8:00 p.m. The doors open at 7:00. Tickets are
$20, available at www.carnegiecarnegie.org or at the door. For
information call 412-276-3456, x6.
The concert is the second in the ACFL&MH’s Listen Locally
series, which is underwritten by Papa J’s Ristorante.