Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame Induction 2021
Many a musician has been inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame since it was created in 1997, but the 2020 inductees has to wait a bit longer than most march their way toward the museum in Arnolds Park. Last year's induction was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the association welcomed a double-class over the weekend to make up for it. The association also dedicated the two theaters in its hall of fame to notable volunteers Naomi Senn and Doris Welle on Friday evening. The induction's annual parade took a new course this year to accommodate the local farmers market Saturday morning. The parade typically marches up Lake Street from Berkley Bedell State Pier, but this year's route headed up the promenade from the pier to the Central Emporium and then back along Broadway Street to the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Museum. The group jammed to songs like Elvis Presley's "Little Sister," Bubby Holly's "Peggy Sue" and Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" along the way. After arriving at the museum's patio, IRMMA President Ralph Kluseman offered a microphone — and lent a guitar — to anyone itching for an impromptu performance or two. Formal induction took place Sunday in Spirit Lake at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts and was followed by an induction concert at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park.