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Hear rock legends' music with local twist at Embassy Theatre's Down the Line concert Saturday

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Rock 'n' roll tribute concert

What: “Down the Line: Legends from Locals” is a musical tribute to five legendary rock 'n' roll icons, performed by local bands. The concert benefits the Embassy Theatre.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Cost: $15 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Embassy Theatre box office, Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000.
Note: Tickets are selling quickly, so Embassy staff advise people to buy in advance or buy when the box office opens at 5 p.m. the day of the show.

Tribute bands will put their own touches on songs from AC/DC, David Bowie, Van Halen and more at Embassy Theatre.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 12:01 am

Bagpipers playing AC/DC? David Bowie's music played on the Grand Page Organ?

It's all part of “Down the Line: Legends from Locals,” a tribute concert Saturday benefiting the Embassy Theatre.

Local bands will take the Embassy stage to put their spin on five rock 'n' roll icons. Here's the lineup:

•The music of David Bowie will be played by the Hope Arthur Orchestra. Bowie, 67, from Great Britain, is best known for hit singles including “Fame” and “Young Americans.” The Hope Arthur Orchestra's performance will incorporate the Embassy's Grand Page Organ. The Hope Arthur Orchestra debuted in 2013 at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival and is working on a debut album.

•Van Halen, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, formed in 1972 and became one of the most successful rock bands of the early 1980s. Hits included “Jump” and “Panama.” Little Green Men is covering Van Halen. The band's most recent CD was recorded at Sweetwater Sound Studios in Fort Wayne.

•If you grew up in the '70s, how could you not remember “Ramblin' Man,” the Allman Brothers Band's first top-10 single. The band, synonymous with Southern rock, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Phil's Family Lizard will perform Allman Brothers' music. The local band plays regularly at nightclubs in this area.

•Lou Reed passed away in October. His musical career included a time with Velvet Underground before striking out on a solo career. He's probably best known for his hit single “Walk on the Wild Side.” Local band Heaven's Gateway Drugs will play Reed's music. Here is how the band describes itself on its website: “Heaven's Gateway Drugs is a music group that uses the palette of psychedelia to paint a multi-sensual message of human love and experience through both recorded media and live performance.” The band plays frequently at the Brass Rail.

•And last but not least, Australian hard rock band AC/DC is covered by the River Bottom Nitemare Band, with special guest O-Tools Bagpipe Brigade. To refresh your memory, AC/DC gave us gems such as “Highway to Hell” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” both released in the '70s. The bagpipers will add their sound to the AC/DC song “It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock 'n. Roll).”