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Rockin' the Redhouse rocks the Landmark Theater

A drummer plays as other band members stand in front  of him closer to the front of the stage.
Sue Morison
Blue Hat Photography
Rockin' Alumni Band perform on stage with band members.

Rockin' the Redhouse returned to the Landmark Theater Friday night as local companies sponsored their employees to compete in musical performances on stage.

The Mess You Expected opened the show, with a lead singer who happens to be the Redhouse facilities manager and technical director Craig Costello, joined by local music veterans.

We’re going to be doing all of our own music," Costello said ahead of the performance. "The bands competing tonight will be doing much more familiar songs to the crowd.”

Redhouse Director Samara Hannah said she enjoys the larger concert space the Landmark provides.

"We either do it in either the spring or the fall, and we have a rockin' good time," Hannah said.

Hannah said the six bands performing will be given longer set times this year.

“Most of these bands do not play outside of Rockin’ the Redhouse as a whole; people play in other bands," Hannah said.  "But, as a complete unit, they only come together once a year for this event.  They sell tickets to their colleagues who show up and say,  ‘Oh my goodness, I had no idea that you had that amazing talent’.”

The proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to music education programs offered by the Redhouse to foster creative learning opportunities for kids.

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