West Deer’s John Vento uses music as force for good

For a guy who admits that he had a late start in taking original music seriously, John Vento certainly is making up for lost time. In the past 20 years, the West Deer singer-songwriter, who grew up in Penn Hills, has recorded three albums with his John Vento Band, five as lead singer with the Nied’s Hotel Band — voted Best Bar Band in Pittsburgh — and three with the Plum-based Businessmen, a group primarily organized for fundraisers.