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The grand opening of the Old Town Portola Event Center on Commercial Street features the live musical stylings of Tony Savage’s Reno Bad Boys featuring Chris David and Jackie Landrum as the first band to play on stage on the evening of Sept. 15. Photo by Ian Hoffmann

Grand opening at Old Town Portola Event Center

The Old Town Portola Event Center held its grand opening Sunday, Sept. 15, with Tony Savage’s Reno Bad Boys featuring Chris David and Jackie Landrum the first to play the stage.

The late summer event lent cool breezes to the sounds of favorites such as “Margaritaville” echoing along Old Town Portola, while many enjoyed a cool beverage and food by Lena’s Cantina.

The space has gone through many evolutions, and where the community once gathered to bowl, they now gather to enjoy dinner and a show with friends and neighbors.

The historic train murals created by Rafael Blanco made a dramatic scene for attendees, and the entry walkway, comprised of 260 engraved bricks thus far, demonstrated the community spirit that brought the Old Town Portola Event Center to life.

“Each brick laid represents a donation of $100 or more that went into this event center,” said organizers of the 501(c)(3) corporation.

All were invited to help complete the entry walk leading to a kiosk and the center by making donations with envelopes placed on the provided seating for the event.

With the groundbreaking inaugural concert, the Old Town Portola Event Center on Commercial Street is officially open and accepting bookings for the month of October of this year, as well as for the next season, which will run from June 1 through Oct. 31, 2020.

For more information about the newly opened Old Town Portola Event Center, contact Tiffany Burson at 260-6338 or email [email protected].

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