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Hotel California: A Salute Eagles performs Oct. 21 James Lumber Center for Performing Arts College Lake County Grayslake.

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles performs Oct. 21 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

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Updated: December 17, 2012 1:58AM

GRAYSLAKE — Music fans of a certain age who are super fans of the Eagles can step back in time Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. when Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles performs at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St.

For more than two decades, Hotel California has touched the hearts of fans by faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy award-winning sounds of the Eagles. Audiences will experience a showcase of megahits such as “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight” and “Hotel California.” The group was founded to help fill the void left by the demise of the Eagles in 1982.

Gwethalyn Bronner, executive director of the Lumber Center, saw Hotel California perform in New York and said the stage presence of the group was incredible.

“I actually think it’s the magic of that particular set of performers … they just had this kinetic energy that took people to the Eagles,” she said.

By blending their talents, Hotel California reproduces the sound of the Eagles’ studio recordings, while recreating the group’s classic sound, and delivering a modern, action-packed performance that brings this timeless music to new audiences.

Each concert presents a showcase of the Eagles megahits as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love will Keep Us Alive.” The group also performs select titles from the solo works of original Eagles members Don Henley, Glen Frey and Joe Walsh.

The concert’s opening act is The Mojo Daddies, a Lake County band that plays a mixture of pop, rock and blues originals. From their inception in 2007, The Mojo Daddies have grown in popularity in Lake County (and beyond) through their memorable appearances at local venues, fund-raisers and community events.

The Mojo Daddies has released an original music CD (“Back to Champaign”), and opened for national artists such as Los Lobos and Dennis DeYoung. The group consists of Mike Dikelsky, Craig James and Rob Twardock.

Twardock is a familiar face around CLC, as his “day job” is interim dean of the Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Division and professor of engineering.

Prior to the concert, fans can enjoy food and beverages (wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee) at the new pre-show mingle, which starts in the lobby 45 minutes before the show.

Tickets range from $13 to $39. Groups of six or more qualify for discounted ticket prices. For more information, call (847) 543-2300 or visit

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