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Stray Cats legend Lee Rocker to play April 26

Lee Rockers, an icon of modern popular music, will perform April 26 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd, as part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series. Submitted Photo

The Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center will host Lee Rocker at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd as part of the Cultural Arts Series.

Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide.

Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.

"To have someone of this caliber, who has been a rock legend on an international scale, is really incredible," series producer Patrick Spradlin said in a news release. "We're really fortunate to bring someone of this stature to the area."

In addition to his work with the Stray Cats, Rocker has recorded or performed with Carl Perkins, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Keith Richards, John Fogerty and Scotty Moore. Rocker was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1982, as was his father. They are the second father-son duo to be nominated for a Grammy in the same year.

Tickets are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at www.clcperformingarts.com.

Venue changed

The Chalberg Theatre location is a change in venue from the previously announced Tornstrom Auditorium.

Spradlin said people currently holding tickets will be contacted about their seating preference in the new venue. Ticket holders with questions should contact the box office at 218-855-8199.