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Stairway to Eleven: Zeppo Concludes Performing Arts Season

Web posted May 10, 2022
The final event of the 2021-22 Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series will be Zeppo, a band of hard rockers who bring the music of Led Zeppelin to roaring life. The May 14 concert will be at 7 p.m. on the stage of the John Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College.

Series Producer Patrick Spradlin describes the band as a group of very talented musicians who’ve chosen one of the most extensive catalogs of familiar rock hits in music history. “These guys don’t try to make you think they are Led Zeppelin,” said Spradlin. “They don’t wear wigs or costumes; no one tries to make himself look like Robert Plant or Jimmy Page or John Bonham. Instead, they just really do musical justice to Led Zeppelin’s music.”

Spradlin says he saw the band at an arts conference in Milwaukee a few years ago. “I’ll admit, I was skeptical going in,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of tribute bands that just don’t measure 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 has come to know 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 a part of the band’s concert offerings.

“I don’t know anyone who listens to rock who hasn’t heard these songs,” said Spradlin. “This band has real musicianship, and really bring it to the table with the way they play this music. You’ll hear these hits and other deeper catalog cuts from Zeppelin.”

Zeppo started as a fun, casual jam session in a basement in St. Paul in 2016. Since then the group 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 group is comprised of John Eller, known for 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 has performed with Brian Setzer, the BoDeans and the Honeydogs; and Mark Mraz of the Mraz Brothers.

“While this is the last concert of the season, and my final appearance as emcee for this series, there will be music concerts this summer and the series will pick up again in the fall,” said Spradlin.

Tickets for Zeppo are available through the CLC Theatre Box Office at (218) 855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com

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