BRAINERD – The final event in the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s 2021-22 Cultural Arts Series will be Zeppo, a hard rock band that brings the music of Led Zeppelin to life.
“I admit I was skeptical,” series producer Patrick Spradlin said in a press release. “I’ve heard a lot of tribute bands that just don’t live up to the music they play. This was not the case with Zeppo. They are the real deal.”
the Led Zeppelin The tribute band will perform at 7 p.m. on May 14 at the Chalberg Theater on Central Lakes College’s Brainerd Campus.
Spradlin saw Zeppo at an art conference in Milwaukee a few years ago. Spradlin describes the group as a group of very talented musicians who have chosen one of the most extensive catalogs of familiar rock hits in the history of music.
“These guys aren’t trying to make you think they’re Led Zeppelin,” Spradlin said. “They don’t wear wigs or costumes, nobody tries to make themselves look like Robert Plant or Jimmy Page or John Bonham. Instead, they really do Led Zeppelin music justice.
Led Zeppelin was formed in London in 1968; the English rock band consisted of vocalist Plant, guitarist Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer Bonham.
“The band’s blues outbursts frequently gave way to heavy folk, mystical psychedelic rock and orchestral detours – a testament to the British band’s versatility and willingness to push sonic boundaries,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. The Cleveland-based museum’s band biography says the band were “as influential” in the 1970s as the Beatles were in the 1960s.
Plant no longer plays with Led Zeppelin these days. Instead, he’s hitting the road with Allison Krauss, promoting the duo’s second collaborative album, “Raise the Roof.”
“Hard rock and heavy metal as we know them wouldn’t exist without Led Zeppelin, one of the most popular and innovative rock bands of all time,” according to the Rock & Roll Hall website. of Fame.
Zeppo will perform songs like “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, “Kashmir”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Immigrant Song”, “Good Times Bad Times” and the all-time rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven “. part of the band’s gig offerings when it first appeared in college.
“I don’t know anyone who listens to rock who hasn’t heard those songs,” Spradlin said. “This band has real musicality and really brings it to the table with the way they play this music. You’ll hear these hits and other deeper cuts from Zeppelin’s catalog.
Zeppo began as a “fun, laid-back jam session” in a basement in St. Paul in 2016, according to the press release, and the band has performed throughout the Midwest to packed audiences who not only enjoy their musical talents, but also their “down-to-earth humor and fun personality.”
The band consists of John Eller, known for his previous work with Shiny Lights and Shabby Road Orchestra; Paul Boblett, who has performed with Fathom Lane and Faith Boblett; Terrance J. Fisher of Run Westy Run; Noah Levy, who played with Brian Setzer, the BoDeans and the Honeydogs; and Mark Mraz of the Mraz brothers.
“Although this is the last concert of the season and my last appearance as emcee for this series, there will be music concerts this summer and the series will resume in the fall,” said Spradlin.
The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center‘s 2021-22 Cultural Arts Series kicked off Sept. 24 with the Fabulous Armadillos and the musical group’s tribute to Vietnam War-era music, “What’s Goin’ On ?” at the Gichi-ziibi Arts Center in Brainerd.
Tickets for Zeppo’s May 14 concert are available at the CLC Theater box office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.