Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 18, 2012

Granada to host Led Zeppelin salute

MT. VERNON — — It hasn’t been a long time since The Granada Center has “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” but it will be once again on Saturday with a salute to Led Zeppelin.

Trampled Underfoot and special guest Last Alarm will take the stage at The Granada Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m, said center board member Tom Schroeder, for the salute to the iconic 1970s band known for such songs as “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Stairway to Heaven” and many others. Doors open at 7 p.m.

“You get to hear a great show for $5. You can’t beat that, plus helping to support The Granada,” Schroeder said.

Most recently, The Granada was the site of a guitar competition Friday; the grand prize were backstage passes to the Pageant in St. Louis to meet Steven Vai on Sept. 29.

Events such as “A Salute to Led Zeppelin” help the center cover operating expenses with any remaining funds going toward renovations, board member David Lister said. The board, he added, is looking to increase the frequency the center is rented for private events such as weddings and birthdays to increase funds for further renovations.

Earlier studies, he added, show the  center can be self-sustaining through rentals.

“We get more and more people calling to rent the facility,” he said, including an upcoming Civil War wedding and a high school reunion. “We want to encourage everyone to come out and support our project. We don’t want the city to have to pay money to help run this facility but it is a tremendous asset to the city.”

The non-profit center is funded through events and donations, having raised roughly $500,000 in money and in-kind services since members of Save the Granada took over the center in 2002 following its closing almost 10 years earlier.

Since then, renovations have included a new ticket booth, a new roof, rewiring and more. Other work needed includes tiering the first floor, building a bar area and a prep area for caterers.

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