BRAINERD — The final event in the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s 2021-2022 Cultural Arts Series will be Zeppo, a hard rock band that brings the music of Led Zeppelin to life.
The concert on May 14 will take place at 7 p.m. on the stage of the John Chalberg Theater on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.
Series producer Patrick Spradlin describes the band as a group of talented musicians who have chosen one of the most comprehensive catalogs of familiar rock hits in music history.
“These guys aren’t trying to make you think they’re Led Zeppelin,” Spradlin said. “They don’t wear wigs or costumes; no one is trying to make themselves look like Robert Plant or Jimmy Page or John Bonham. Instead, they really do Led Zeppelin’s music justice.
Spradlin says he saw the group at an arts conference in Milwaukee a few years ago.
“I admit I was skeptical going in,” he said. “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.”
Zeppo will perform the Zeppelin catalog that every rock lover knows so well. 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” , will be part of the band’s concert offerings.
“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. Since then, the band has performed throughout the Midwest to packed audiences who appreciate not only their musical talents, but 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.
Tickets for Zeppo are available at the CLC Theater box office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.