The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is getting ready to host its annual “Fifties in February” celebration starting Thursday night. Marketing director Jana Barracks says although thousands of people will converge on the Surf this weekend, it’s not the ballroom’s biggest draw. She says it’s actually the dance hall’s 13th-busiest weekend of the year, just one of many big events including the fourth of July. She says, though, it’s “going to be crazy,” and lots of fun. Barracks says things get underway on Thursday night with a sock hop at the Surf. Thursday night there’s a sock hop, for folks who just want to come in and get a low-cost taste of the fifties, with a dance contest and costume contest and live music by “The White Sidewalls.” Barracks says ticket-holders for Friday and Saturday nights will enjoy headline performers on the Surf stage. On Friday night, piano player Jason D. Williams will be followed by Nelson. On Saturday night, Johnny Rivers will be the headliner. Barracks says organizers of the event are always amazed that the celebration draws people from around the world to Clear Lake. Barracks says a lot come from Britain, and many come “in costume”…wearing bobby socks and poodle skirts, some of them 70-year-old ladies. Two-day tickets for Friday and Saturday are still available by calling the Surf Ballroom at 357-6151. For more information about the weekend, you can also look on the Surf Ballroom website at www.surfballroom.com.
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