April 11, 2014

Vintage rockers plan Turlock stop

Carnegie ROCKS! event brings members of KISS, Dokken and Night Ranger to the Carnegie Center in Turlock for a special show to premiere a new exhibit May 24.

Art world, are you ready to rock?

Some famous names in heavy metal are coming to Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center for the premiere of the Carnegie ROCKS! exhibit May 24. Hard rock heavyweights Ace Frehley of KISS, the band Night Ranger and guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob will all appear at the opening night fundraiser event. Night Ranger will also perform in the Carnegie Loft.

San Francsico-based hard rock band Night Ranger had hits in the 1980s with singles like “Sister Christian,” “When You Close Your Eyes” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America.” Tickets will be limited to 200 seats and start at $250 for individual buyers. Those at the $1,000 sponsor level and above will also receive a meet and greet, photos and autograph session with Frehley, Lynch and members of Night Ranger and more.

The event kicks off the Carnegie ROCKS! exhibit featuring more than 40 vintage rock and roll guitars owned by Turlock collector Matt Swanson which will run May 25 to August 17. This is the first time Swanson’s collection, which includes acoustic and electric guitars and memorabilia from the 1930s to today, will be on public display.

Turlock native Swanson is the president of Pet Extreme and his family’s Associated Feed and Supply Co. The avid musician and music enthusiast is also a partner is the Turlock recording and video studio The Creation Lab and the former president of the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation. Recently he became one of the executive producers of the new Corbin Bernsen-directed romantic comedy “Christian Mingle” that was shot partially in Turlock and stars “Party of Five” alum Lacey Chabert.

“(Swanson) has been instrumental in pulling the entire show together,” said Carnegie spokeswoman Ali Cox. “He is a music enthusiast with a passion for rock and roll. We’re very excited, especially given the strong regional pull the Carnegie Arts Center has. We’re very excited about the exhibit.”

All tickets to the VIP Premiere event include the Night Ranger concert, early Carnegie ROCKS! exhibit tour with Swanson, three open hosted “Rock ‘n’ Roll” bars, food, a signed book and commemorative pilsner glass.

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