Island Music Extravaganza will benefit SML Center

Join us on May 21 from 3- 5 p.m. for a concert by the SML Steel Drum and Marimbas bands of Smith Mountain Lake!

All proceeds will benefit the capital fund drive for the SML Center’s “Grand Plan” to purchase the vacant Grand Furniture showroom at Westlake and convert it to a center for arts, education, entertainment and private events.

The program of toe-tapping island-style music, performed by some 40-musicians, will be held at EastLake Community Church on Hendricks Store Rd. in Moneta. Tickets, sold only at the door, are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 13.

“Its quite fitting that a bevy of local musicians would entertain to help create a venue where performing arts can thrive at the Lake,” said “Pandaddy” Richard Rudolph, who is hoping to relocate the “pan yard” where the bands practice to the SML Center facility.”

“And the facility will accommodate programming far beyond arts performances,” added Vicki Gardner, former SML Chamber Executive Director who now serves as the board chair of  the 501c3 corporation seeking to own and operate the SML Center.

“In addition to a performance hall for audiences of up to 400 (plus-performance supporting spaces for rehearsals, costumes, etc.), the building will have classrooms for youth arts education and life-long learning for members of the SML Community; “work away from home” office spaces, display areas for art/photo shows and visitor information; casual gathering spaces and more. 

Concert-goers will have an opportunity to see preliminary renderings of the planned spaces and learn more about how they can help make the Smith Mountain Lake Center become a reality. 

Check out our Facebook event here!

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