Ace high school musicians to play on famous Castaways stage
A hand-picked group of young area musicians will play five nights in the historic Speakeasy Theater Room at the Castaways Restaurant Aug. 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12.
Called 15C, the eight-member band represents “the best players in town” between ages 15 and 19, according to organizer Dave Bolser.
Included in the band is saxophone player Ron Logan, a Coronado High School student.
The group will play a two-set, two-hour show starting at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets, available only at the door, are $6 for adults, $5 for students with IDs and free to ages 10 and under.
The Castaways is at 107 Manitou Ave. In the '70s and '80s, the 170-seat Theater Room featured such performers as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Frankie Avalon, Savoy Brown and Glen Yarborough. A Baldwin piano that had been bought to Charles' specifications is still on the stage and will be used in the show, Bolser said.
This is the second year in which 15C has played a summer series at the Castaways. Through fund-raising efforts, each musician will receive a per-show payment and a $1,000 college scholarship, said Bolser, who has also been doing voluntary fix-up work on the Theater Room.
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