The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct more honorees this holiday weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes region. Doris Welle is one of the organizers behind the concert and celebration at the hall in Arnold’s Park.
“We’re inducting not just bands but radio stations, DJs, the support staff,” Welle says. This year, they’re inducting a support staff person from the legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. She says they’re also honoring “women who rocked” and other individuals, in addition to ballrooms.
Welle says one of the bands that’ll be inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame this year was popular in the 1960s, The Surfinks, from Jewell. The band will be peforming starting at 5 PM Sunday during the concert/awards ceremony in the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnold’s Park.
Other inductees this year will include: Deputy Dawg Band, Con Brio, XL’s, Morning After, The Impacts, The Charades, Crow, Melody Mill Ballroom, Darrell Winkie – disc jockey, Genuine John’s, Lou & Red Berry and the Bel-Raves, and Natural Color.
Welle says anyone who attends the ceremony and concert will be able to bid on some one-of-a-kind items, from autographed photos to guitars. She says there will be a memorabilia auction that includes items famous people from all over the world have signed and sent in to raise money for the museum. Since the first ceremony, nearly 800 people have been honored by being inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Story by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City