Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 25, 2013

Big band at Granada Theater Saturday

MT. VERNON — A 19-piece band with five vocalists will shake the rafters at The Granda Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

The concert, featuring The Invaders & Friends, a rock and soul review, will start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the ongoing renovations of the Granada Theater. Tickets are $10 each.

“I had a chance to see them in Salem when they did a benefit for another organization. They were so professional,” said Barb D’Arcy, a Granada board member. “It’s a big group. In the course of the evening, they covered the whole realm of music ... it was current times to back into the 50s and even beyond.”

The band, which has been together since the late 1960’s, but “reincarnated” three times since, features vocals from Bob Turnage, Tracy Schubert, Dottie Register, Marla Salvati and Denise Alexander.

Members of the band include: Turnage, drummer Tom Champion, Steve Mulvany, guitar; Rick Chapman, guitar; Don Nesmith, bass; John Gaston, keyboards; Becky Carpenter, keyboards; Brian Gansauer, guitar; Glenn Schubert, percussion; Aaron Champion, percussion; Randy Atkinson, trombone; Len Campbell, trumpet; Charlie Cox, saxophone; and Tom Baker, trumpet.

Elizabeth Shuler is the emcee. She and her husband Danny will also be performing.

The group features a wide variety of artists, including Blood, Sweat and Tears, the Beatles, Santa, the Supremes, Michael Buble, Elvis, Chicago, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and the Eagles.

“We’ve got an outstanding group of individuals and have got it down to a fine science,” said Turnage, who promises a fun-filled evening. Turnage said dancing is encouraged.

Turnage said the group, based in Salem, has been doing charity work since 2005.

The Granada Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore the historic theater and create a multi-purpose entertainment facility in downtown Mt. Vernon. All proceeds from the events held at the Granada benefit the ongoing restoration of the Art Deco theater.

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