By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON — February will bring a variety of events to the King City’s Granada Center for the Performing Arts.
The events will begin 6 p.m. Feb. 5 with the “Freezin’ Riders Winter Classic Benefit Concert,” a first-time event featuring the music of two bands, Blind Date and 300 Circle Drive.
The concert, for which admission is $10, is being hosted by Mom and Pop Productions, WDML, the Granada, the A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education Freedom Riders, and A.B.A.T.E. Chapter 27. The event will benefit the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, the Granada and the Amy Schultz Child Advocacy Center.
The bands will be shooting a video for Youtube during the concert to promote upcoming albums, said Blind Date band member Bob Lograsso.
Lograsso said event organizers chose the Granada for the first-time event because of the venue’s value to the community.
“We just wanted to get more people involved and see what a great venue the Granada is,” he said. “We wanted to get people to future events.”
The band Blind Date is comprised of musicians Lograsso, Greg Calvert, Dana Demaris and Tony Malaway, and plays classic rock music, Lograsso said. 300 Circle Drive is a band with a primarily pop punk sound comprised of members Michael Lograsso (Bob Lograsso’s son), Donnie Calvert (Greg Calvert’s son) and Danny English, Bob Lograsso said.
“We’re very excited,” Bob Lograsso said of the upcoming charity show. “I think it’s going to be cool; I’m very pumped up.”
For more information on the bands to play at the Feb. 5 show, check out their Web site heatofthebeat.com.
The next upcoming event at the Granada will require attendees to slip on masks.
The 2010 Masquerade Ball from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 6 will feature music, dancing and appetizers. The event is being held by the Orthopedic Center of Southern Illinois Relay for Life team, and all proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life.
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