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The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle gives a sneak preview to a future arts venue in Lansing

Oct 13, 2014

The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle gave a sneak preview to a new arts venue in Lansing.

Dylan Rogers is the director and front man of the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle. It's a 15-piece band made up of 11 musicians including banjo and accordion players, as well as actors, shadow puppeteers, dancers and chorus girls in flapper dresses .

The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle held their CD release show this weekend in what will eventually be the Robin Theater in REO Town.

“The band does an energetic live show, tons of music and we throw in a lot of extras to keep you entertained," says Rogers, who owns the Robin Theater. "It’s all about entertainment value.”

Rogers and his wife recently bought a foreclosed, two story building in REO Town, Lansing, just south of the capital. That area was named after the man behind Oldsmobile, and because it was home to car plants, the neighborhood followed the boom and bust cycles of the car industry.

The Rogers' plan to soon move into the second floor of the building and open up the main floor as a theater next August. Rogers hope the space will eventually host a number of different events, such as film nights, dance nights, poetry readings, and concerts.

"Our vision for REO Town is a place where artists live and create," Rogers says. "We are hoping to be a part of that."

*Listen above to Dylan Rogers and learn more about the Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle*