from Dale Sohlstrom and the Entertainment Committee:
Wow! We had a wonderful lineup of talent on display at the 44th MSRA Back to the 50s. A big THANK YOU to all who performed – The Holy Rocka Rollaz, The Bad Companions, Jack Knife and the Sharps (JKATS), Robby Vee and his band, The Memories, Sean Emery, The Dixieland Pickup Band, and Big Q Radio with their Pinup Girl contest.
Thank you to Dave Kindig and his crew at Bitchin’ Rides. They showed up with some exceptional cars, signed autographs and met with folks all weekend. Their booth was a popular stop for many folks.
And a special shout out thank you to all the participants and spectators who came out to enjoy our show!
DAVE KINDIG, BITCHIN’ RIDES, KINDIG IT DESIGNS
His new big rig will be located near the fairgrounds main entrance. Cosgrove and Dan Patch. He and Kevin will sign autographs on Fri and Sat at 11:00am – 1:00pm, and 2:00-4:0pm, and on Saturday from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
Dave Kindig, Charity Kindig, and Shop Foreman, Kevin “Kevdogg” Schiele will be at the show on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday along with a couple of their “bitchin’ rides.”
Dave started as a young child, drawing cars and playing with hot wheels and turned that passion for cars into the self-taught entrepreneur that he is today. Dave’s imagination and keen sense of style continually produce some of North America’s most beautiful hot rods and customs. Dave continues to push the envelope on what is possible with car design and year after year his shop churns the best Bitchin’ Rides on the planet.
(They) say, car design is an art form with few true masters. From concept & design, to build and then the finished product. It takes a person with special skills and vision to craft manufactured automotive vehicles into customs. It takes an entirely separate set of skills to turn these vehicles into masterfully designed One Off Custom Car Design fabrication business.
2007 GM Design Award 2008 Utah Hot Rod Inductee
2012 Trendsetter Award (Goodguys) 2012 Master Builder Award
2013 Ford Design Award
ENTERTAINMENT AT THE BANDSHELL (Located near the Space Tower)
FRIDAY – June 23, 2017 6:30pm – 9:30pm
HOLY ROCKA ROLLAZ
They’ve rocked the MSRA Back to the 50s car show in the past and we are excited to have them return this year.
Take an authentic trip Back to the ‘50s with Minnesota’s Own! If you love the rock ‘n’ roll music of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley & The Comets (and many more!) ~ then you have found your DREAM band! There’s nothing but PURE EARLY AMERICAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ABOUT THEM.
Nothing pleases these rock ‘n’ roll veterans more than seeing different generations enjoy this classic music together. The Holy Rocka Rollaz play with such energy and joy that people of all ages can’t help but pack the dance floor and celebrate. The trio collectively brings decades of live and studio experience to their shows and music.
SATURDAY – June 24, 2017 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Join us for an evening of electricity and music hosted by international touring artist
ROBBY VEE a Rock-n-Roll Original, second generation rocker & Rockabilly Hall of Famer!
Robby hails from one of popular music’s most hallowed legacies- “the Rock ‘N’ Roll family. Named after his father Bobby Vee (Take Good Care of My Baby, the Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Rubber Ball, Devil or Angel, Run To Him, Come Back When You Grow-up Girl, Love You More Then I Can Say), and family friend, Brian Hyland (Sealed With a Kiss, Gypsy Woman), both legendary pop music icons, he’s steeped in rock’s timeless tradition of pop, swing, rockabilly and bop. Robby’s talent, creativity and perseverance as a singer/ guitarist/songwriter and entertainer has captured the attention of audiences and respected industry professionals world wide for more than a decade.
He has learned from, and shared credits and stages with the architects and legends of Rock ‘N’ Roll, such as Little Richard, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins, Sir Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Dion, The Righteous Brothers, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Dick Clark and his ‘Caravan of Stars Rock ‘N’ Roll Show’ and many more. Robby is currently touring his new record “Blue Moon Blue” to Fairs, Festivals, Casinos and Theaters with his Rock-N-Roll Caravan, featuring a tribute to the golden era of rock-n-roll with video and music tip of the hat to his father Bobby Vee including Buddy Holly and “The Day The Music Died” .
Click here to read ROBBY VEE bio.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY – June 23-24, 2017 6:00pm
Opening for the Holy Rocka Rollaz on Friday, and Robby Vee on Saturday.
With his talent and an uncanny ability to read people, Sean Emery will scoop up your audience and embrace them with his circusy skills, comedy, and showmanship. Sean is an eccentric and talented entertainer, wowing the crowd with jaw-dropping juggling stunts that will have you asking yourself “How does he do that?”
Professionally trained with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Sean is one of the most in-demand enteratiners for fairs, festivals, and corporate events around the country. When he’s not performing, Sean teaches circus arts at the University of Minnesota and also offers a workshop — Introduction to Antic Arts — to schools, libraries, and community events. Simply put, Sean has a lot of fun, and you will too!
SATURDAY AFTERNOON – Noon – 3:00PM
Mark & Rusty will be hosting the show live on Big Q Radio.
Rockabilly Radio MN is coming to Back to the Fifties!
l. The three bands, Jack Knife & The Sharps, The Bad Companions and The Holy Rocka Rollaz will be playing three hours of great rockabilly music. You’ll hear some originals and covers of some of the greatest 50’s artists to ever grace the earth. Artists like Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash, Johnny Burnette and Minnesota’s own Eddie Cochran. It’s going to be 3 hours of foot stomping and great dancing music!
Big Q Radio Pinup Contest, Saturday, 11am at the Bandshell. Free to enter, with great prizes awarded! Registration limited to the first 40 contestants! Register in person at the Big Q Radio booth Friday and Saturday before the contest. Located near the bandshell stage
Jack Knife & The Sharps play roots based American music, swing country and rockabilly. The band is a traditional 3 piece made up of Ric Hollister on vocals and guitar, Patricia Hollister on drums and Jack Erickson on bass. Jack Knife & The Sharps have played 3 USO tours in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo and Germany. They’ve also played stages and entertained crowds both big and small from Europe to Hawaii. Ric Hollister has spent the past 30 years playing alongside some of the biggest names in rock n’ roll history and his stories are as incredible as the music!
The Bad Companions are a long standing (and popular!) Minneapolis based roots-rock quartet. They’ve got two guitars, stand-up bass and drums, with great vocals! Through the years they’ve entertained corner bars to country fairs, cars shows and music festivals. Band founder Alan Subola is an award winning guitarist and accomplished songwriter, who has received glowing reviews for his work from around the globe in magazines like the UK’s highly respected MOJO. The band is top-flight, with players drawn from some of the best roots bands in the Twin Cities from the last few years: the renowned Dan Gaarder (Trailer Trash, Roe Family) on guitar, Hayden Grooms (The Hillions) on skins and Bill Keefe (Vibro Champs, etc…) slappin’ the doghouse. Singer and guitarist Alan Subola is a Vibro Champs’ vet as well and can be found on a stage somewhere in the Cities on any given night.
FRIDAY – SATURDAY – SUNDAY
The Dixieland Pick-Up Band is gearing up to spread happy music and fun parading throughout the fairgrounds from 10:00am to 3:00pm in their 1930 Model AA Ford! Like the “Gaslight Gang” with their lamppost this group of enthusiastic musicians from Minnesota spread their good cheer!
Click here for their bio and contact Information
SUNDAY – June 25, 2017
At the bandshell by the Space Tower
Church Service and The Memories
10:30am – Entertainment provided by The Memories
11:00am – Church Service – Chaplain Connie Warner and The Memories
1:00pm – Closing Ceremonies and Drawings – The Memories
The Memories will be entertaining before, during, and after the church service.
Tim Stevens and Warren Petryk first met as six-year olds on the bleachers of the Boyceville, Wisconsin, High School Gym in 1961 while watching their older brothers play basketball. They began performing music together during their grade school years with both playing trombone in the Junior High Band. Starting their freshmen year in the fall of 1969, Tim & Warren had every class together, for all four years of their high school career. Studying together, playing sports together, and spending extended hours in the band & choir room with music instructor Ken Kline, nurtured a friendship and bond that remains strong today.
To read the complete bio and their personal story of this amazing duo please click here!