The Lake Geneva Challenge Gala Dinner

1 Apr 2016

The Lake Geneva Challenge Gala Dinner is being celebrated on the lakeside at the world famous Montreux Casino that was originally built in 1881. Throughout the twentieth century, it played host to many great symphony orchestras and by the late 1960s, jazz, blues and rock artists began to perform there. In 1967 the first Montreux Jazz Festival was staged at the casino rapidly growing to become the second largest jazz festival on the planet.  Originally featuring almost exclusively jazz artists, in the 1970s the festival began broadening its scope, including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. It was during a performance by Frank Zappa in December 1971 that the Casino burned down after a fan set the venue on fire with a flare gun! 

Deep Purple were due to play later that week, they arrived to find nothing but smoke giving rise to their famous song "Smoke on the Water" which starts with probably one of the best ever guitar riffs!  The Casino was subsequently rebuilt, reopening in 1974 continuing to host the Jazz Festival until it out grew the facility in 1994. So bring your guitars, relive the moment, eat well and maybe even try your hand at Blackjack, Roulette....