Congratulations go out to Larry and Dee Truman from Milford. They celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a party at Table 316 Steakhouse this week. They are well known locals as Larry works in the produce department at Hy-Vee and Dee sells real estate. They love to dance so chose to celebrate with Jessie James and the Outlaws providing the entertainment. Happy Anniversary Larry and Dee!
We all had the opportunity to hear two bands that were a part of our musical history for over 50 years. While they had both played the original Roof Garden and Roof Garden #2, they had never been on the same stage for a night of music. They were always the headliner. Last Friday night, The Rumbles from Council Bluffs/Omaha and the Fabulous Flippers from Kansas put on an amazing show in the jam-packed Roof Garden. A band called Daybreak opened the show. I had not heard them before. They are part of the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contingent of fine musicians. They were very good.
Friends Rod Jerke (Hot Rod) and Kevin King (Chevy Kevy) of both the Iowa and South Dakota Halls of Fame played with the Flippers. Jerke had played with that band years ago, before he moved to Sioux Falls and made music history from there. King lives in Des Moines and plays around here in Kevin & the Shane Gang. My dear friend Ken Hoyne from Sioux Falls lent his fabulous talent with a trombone to the Flippers as well. Joining him in the horn section was an outstanding trumpet player from Sioux Falls, Gavin Wigg. They both play here in the Lakes Area with the Massive Brass Attack so are familiar to many locals. It was a magnificent evening of music, dancing, laughter and singing along in addition to its historic significance.
Dr. Larry Dixon and Steve Samuelson of Spirit Lake, along with Doug Dingel from Terril are gearing up for a reunion of musician friends next week. The Seven Sons was a band of Morningside College students who used music to work their way through school. Samuelson joined them later. That band was inducted into both the Iowa (2002) and South Dakota Rock ‘n Roll Halls of Fame. These guys are getting together to play at the final Rock the Roof of the season. They are excited to be able to play together again and in the new Roof Garden. Among the band members coming from all over the country will be former Sioux Falls mayor Rick Knobe, a radio and television personality with a great sense of humor on stage. Ed Wade is a tall, lanky African-American from Chicago who has the smoothest voice imaginable. I think his son, another superstar on stage, is coming along. It will be quite a reunion of music, fun and friendship. I hope they all have a glorious time together. I can hardly wait to see and hear them on Thursday, Aug. 29.
If you have a reunion, family party or special event coming up this summer, let me know. Email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 712-320-2850.
Chat with you again next week!