Yacht Club celebrates 10th anniversary


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The Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., is marking its 10-year anniversary with an all-day celebration. The event features a variety of bands, giveaways, and drawings. Live music will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 2 a.m. Jan. 27.

Owner Scott Kading is optimistic the event will be a hit.

“The turnout should be huge,” he said.

In the spirit of the venue’s decade-long existence (under the current management), the celebration will include 10 bands for $10 admission and 10-cent draws until 10 p.m. Saturday.

The club will also give away compilation CDs with songs from various performances over the past year.

“This year’s CD features extremely talented regional bands that have been seeing great success here. We love doing this and think this is a small token of our appreciation for people who continue to come to shows here,” Kading said.

Joe Scarpellino, a member of the band Dead Larry, which will perform at the event, agrees with Kading.

“The Yacht Club is legendary,” he said.

“I couldn’t imagine not being a part of celebrating its birthday. The Yacht Club and its amazing staff were the first to believe in Dead Larry, and they have been an integral part of making us who we are today.”

Brandon Paizek, the Iowa beer ranger at New Belgium Brewery, agrees that the event is a “super cool idea.”

New Belgium, along with several local businesses, will donate items to be given away during the anniversary party.

“We love working with the Yacht Club and are happy to celebrate 10 years with it, and we look forward to working with it for years to come,” he said.

If things continue at the current state, there will be many more years to come — the Yacht Club has presented more than 3,000 shows in the last 10 years.

Many more are scheduled for 2013.

“Ten years is an incredible feat that we never imagined when we started this,” said Kading.

“We finally have everything dialed in down here and are really good at what we do, but we also never rest on our laurels. Look for more improvements and some cool things to happen in 2013.”

Yacht Club Anniversary Party Featured Musicians
Dead Larry
Zeta June
 Item 9 & the Mad Hatters
American Honey
Bad Intentions
Velcro Moxie
John June

Where: Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn
When: 1 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Jan. 27
Admission: $10

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