Kaleidoscope presents ‘Blisstaken’ jazz-poetry group


Steele, Johnson and Weinhand

(From left) Terry Steele, SRU professor emeritus of music and saxophonist, Andy Johnson, a Pittsburgh poet, and Mike Weinhand, a guitarists, will bring their band ‘Blisstaken’ to Slippery Rock University at 5 p.m., April 24, in the University Union Multi-Purpose Room.

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April 12, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Jazz saxophone, jazz guitar and spoken poetry will be combined during a concert presentation by "Blisstaken," at 5 p.m., April 24, in Slippery Rock University's University Union Multi-Purpose Room. The band includes Terry Steele, SRU professor emeritus of music who plays saxophone, Pittsburgh musician Mike Wienand on guitar and poet Andy Johnson as the reader.

Terry Steele


The band's presentation is part of SRU's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

The trio focuses on the creation of art through improvisation on standard jazz and blues pieces. Its themes include vulnerability, hope and joy.

Steele is a founding father of jazz at SRU. He joined SRU in 1975 and retired in 2007, teaching woodwinds, sax and directing jazz ensembles. He started student jazz combos at SRU in 1997 and led students on hundreds of performances, including a tour in Russia. Steele remains an active performer.

Kaleidoscope, SRU's 15th annual arts festival, runs from April 14-28. This year the festival will feature 28 dance, theatre, music, literary and visual arts events. Children's Day will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 23, at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. Programs will include earth-friendly activities.

For the complete schedule of events to go:


MEDIA CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine | 724.738.4854 | gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu