Thankfully the powers that be at the Pearson Lakes Art Center wisely moved their show last Wednesday evening indoors. The Interstate Cruisers were slated to play in the outdoor amphitheater but, thankfully, performed their evening of music in the air-conditioned Pomerantz Hall.
This Iowa Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame band is comprised of five great musicians: Steve Samuelson, Mike Anderson, Dave Steuck, Jon Johnson and Phil Sweeney. Their show was like sitting in a classroom for Music 101. We were introduced to the songs by the year they were created, and we were expected to shout out who the performer was. We started in 1956 and went well up into the 1970’s.
Their harmonies on Neil Sedaka’s “Calendar Girl” were very good. I really enjoyed Jon Johnson’s rendition of “Wooly Bully.” The art center staff passed around tin can rattlers so we could make noise to the beat of the songs. That was fun. We had a Hall of Fame drummer sitting at our table, so we were definitely in time to the beat. Thank you Larry Dixon!
We sang along to many famous artists’ songs — everything from the Beatles to the Birds, Eagles, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
It was a delightful evening of music and dancing; all conjuring memories for most of us from back when those songs first were performed. It was a great way to avoid the terrible heat and smoke outside, communicate with friends and get some exercise — all in one night. Thanks to the Interstate Cruisers for one of the most fun educational classes I’ve attended in quite some time.