Ganado mayor opens live music venue

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Sept. 16, 2010 at 4:16 a.m.

GANADO - After many months of renovation, Ganado's newest live music venue, the Rear Window Listening Room, is finally ready to kick off its grand opening weekend.

Beginning Friday, the Listening Room, a 70-person music venue located in downtown Ganado on East Menefee street, presents the Homegrown Tour with Nashville-based singer-songwriters Jeffrey East and Rebecca Vine, with special guest Dee Briggs.

"There's nothing like it around here," Ganado mayor and Listening Room owner, Clinton Tegeler, said. "It's similar to the opry houses in the area, but we'll have all styles of music each week."

East and Vine were hand selected from Nashville to play the Listening Room's inaugural weekend, and were flown in specifically to help launch the grand opening.

Tegeler said as the Listening Room grows and finds a following, it will host artists from all over the country. Currently, he's concentrating on recruiting musical talent from Austin.

"It's close by, and there's a diverse mix of artists there," he said.

About four months ago, Tegeler purchased the two-story venue, formerly the town's Masonic Lodge, and quickly began converting the building into a unique multipurpose venue. In addition to featuring a variety of live music including, jazz, blues and acoustic rock, Tegeler said the Listening Room may eventually showcase stand-up comedians and other types of entertainment throughout the week.

"I have a partner who's helping me find talent," Tegeler said.

The building will also be available to rent for private parties, he said.

Admission to the Listening Room's grand opening is $12 per person, and $20 for admission with a catered meal from Ganado Cafe, Tegeler's other business venture. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday for ticket holders with meal vouchers, 7:30 p.m for the general public.



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