Marshall Crane sent me this awesome photo of a hot air balloon floating past the Spirit Lake water tower. This photo is a prime example of the many colorful things we get to enjoy here in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. We have such a wide variety of events and happenings going on daily around here. You always need to be sure to keep your eyes and ears open. I am sure you don't want to miss anything. Thanks for the picture Marshall!
John Mogen and his entourage of talented musicians (Mogen's Heroes) are coming from Sioux Falls next Friday night to play the Live on Lake Street dance in front of the Roof Garden at Arnolds Park. Mogen is the immediate past-president of the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association board of directors. He has been inducted into both the South Dakota and Iowa Halls of Fame and his band members are in the South Dakota Hall with him. Yes, they are very talented, but more importantly they are fun, nice people who give back to their community in so many ways. I am looking forward to seeing them again.
Mogen's Heroes are playing for a very special night as it is the Steve Daly Memorial Live on Lake Street. Steve (aka Shaggy) passed away very suddenly last Friday morning at the age of 67. He had the distinction of never having missed a Rock the Roof since 2004 and never missed helping at a Hall of Fame Induction since then either. He was a tireless worker for the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association and Museum. He raised thousands of dollars selling raffle tickets for the museum at Rock the Roof. The IRRMA board has decided to honor his memory at the concert on Friday, Aug. 7. It will be a 50/50 night with no raffle winner. All donations received will be divided with half going to the American Cancer Society as he was a cancer survivor of nearly two decades. The other half will go to the music museum to which he had volunteered hundreds and hundreds of hours. It will be a night of great music, time with Steve's family and remembering a really nice guy who loved to sing and dance. Showtime is 7 p.m.
A group of area musicians are getting together again next Tuesday evening. Dave Rowley & Friends will be putting on their annual summer show at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. However they will be outdoors for this concert, not in the Lauridsen Theatre. Rowley is from Spirit Lake, his pianist Ryan Sather from Spencer. He has several other friends who join him on stage. Carlos plays a really mean fiddle and comes over from the Cedar Rapids area for the show. Rowley usually has a guitarist from Sioux Falls, an area drummer and a variety of musicians. I am never sure who will be on stage from year to year but they are always very good. It is always a fun show and the guys on stage have just as good a time as we do in the audience. It is nice that some things can be counted on during this far from normal summer!
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.
Have a great week and be safe this weekend. We will chat again next week!