The Holy Rocka Rollaz came from the Twin Cities to help us get off to a rockin' good start for Winter Games weekend.
They performed Friday night to an appreciative audience of rock 'n' roll fans at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji. Mark and Lisa Flora (guitar and upright bass) along with drummer Levi Stugelmeyer led us all through '50s and early '60s music from the likes of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the Beatles and many more.
Lisa does Patsy Cline with the best of them. "She's Got You" was very well done and "I Fall to Pieces" was heart wrenching.
We in the seats were invited to clap and sing along to the gospel country song "I'll Fly Away," and we did with much enthusiasm.
Mark is the singing, guitar-playing emcee of their show. He told us several interesting historical stories about the origins of some songs they performed. We got a history lesson along with an evening of great music.
Mr. Flora composed a song that was beautiful and insightful. He named it “When I Turn This Corner,” and we all really enjoyed that number.
His instrumental performance of "Sleep Walk" was very well done.
The show concluded with three very different styles of music. "Crazy" written by Willie Nelson but made famous by Patsy Cline was awesome. We all sang along to "I Saw the Light," and he ended the show with what he called the greatest rock 'n' roll song ever — "Johnny Be Good."
The audience was not ready for the show to end, so we brought the trio back for one more. They treated us to Buddy Holly's "All My Love."
It was a fun night of "oldies" music very well performed. Rock 'n' roll is here to stay!