Entertainment/Celebrity Appearances


We love those Bitchin’ Rides! And, MSRA is very excited to announce that Dave Kindig, Kindig-it Design, is returning to this year’s Back to the 50’s!! Dave, his beautiful wife Charity, and Kevin Schiele (Kevdogg) will be here all three days and they are bringing a couple of those “Bitchin Rides”!

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 2:00-4:00pm, and on Sunday from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

image-400x267“I am a Hot Rodder married to my beautiful wife Charity for 25 years. We have two amazing children, Baylee and Drew. I love what I do everyday!”
Dave Kindig – Owner/Designer

Dave starteDave Kindigd 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.

Website:  http://www.kindigit.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kindigitdesigns
Facebook: Kindig It Designs
Facebook: Dave Kindig
Instagram: @DaveKindig
Instagram: @Kindigitdesigns

The BANDSHELL STAGE located on the east side of the fairgrounds near the Space Tower, and the WEST END ENTERTAINMENT STAGE located west of the grandstand in West End Market. Be sure to check out below what is happening on each stage each day!

NEW THIS YEAR AT THE BANDSHELL STAGE:  On both Friday and Saturday evenings there will be an opening act, DANCE SPECTRUM, prior to the bands scheduled to performed; and an intermission act, comedian SCOTT NOVOTNY, who will perform during the intermission. For  photos, bio’s, and contact information for Dance Spectrum, and for Scott Novotny, please scroll down  the webpage to BANDSHELL STAGE – Opening and Intermission Acts:

FRIDAY – SATURDAY – SUNDAY   .. Dixie Land Band 264x138The 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

FRIDAY – June 22, 2018  6:30pm – 9:30pm – THE ARCADES
at the  BANDSHELL STAGE (Located near the Space Tower)

THE ARCADES are a Minnesota based, family-friendly cover band that plays all the top dance tunes of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s. From Elvis Presley and The Everly Brothers, to Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. We can play them all. Ballads are a specialty, but we can rock and roll with the best of them.
This talented group of singers and musicians have been playing professionally for many years and know exactly what the audience loves to listen to and more importantly, loves to dance to. As a six member group playing guitars, bass, keys, sax and drums, we provide a wide variety of music and a very entertaining stage show. Come on out and join the fun!
To read more about The Arcades visit their website: http://thearcadesband.com/

FRIDAY – June 22, 2018  7:00pm – 9:30pm  BOOGIE WONDERLAND
at the WEST END ENTERTAINMENT STAGE  (located west of the grandstand in West End Market)

Boogie Wonderland. This is the real deal. If you have never seen them they totally light the stage up with light and sound. You’ll be able to feel that feel of the 70’s and 80’s. There will be dancing everywhere!
The premier disco tribute band hailing from the funkiest side of Minneapolis, packing dance floors since 1997. Recognized as one of the top dance bands in the US. This is the original Boogie Wonderland that is one of the most well-known, top Live Performance shows in the Midwest and the Nation for over 19 years and counting. Boogie Wonderland combines powerful vocals with solid musicianship for an experience you’ll never forget. The Bands performance/show incorporates different styles of music using the Disco Hits of the 70’s, 80’s and well known top 40 songs, past and current, as the driving force.
To learn about Boogie Wonderland visit their:
Website: https://www.boogiewonderland.us/
Facebook:  Boogie Wonderland Shows
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockindisco

SATURDAY- June 23, 2018 Noon – 3:00pm – PIN-UP CONTEST hosted By Marilyn Mercury of Mercury Studios with the band THE STAR CHIEFS. at the WEST END ENTERTAINMENT STAGE  (located west of the grandstand in West End Market)

Saturday afternoon starting at 12:00 p.m. we will have a PIN-UP CONTEST that will be hosted by Marilyn Mercury of Mercury Studios. and support from the Katfish Kittens. Jenny said, “and several of Katfish Kittens are multiple contest winners as well, we know pin up!” Jennie Gorbunow has been actively participating in our Back To The 50’s car show as Marilyn Monroe in past years. Jenny was the right person to take the lead in this Pin-up contest. Besides competing in pin-up contests she has won the Miss Missippippi Mayham contest. And the Star Chiefs will be playing some great Rockabilly during the voting and Judges make a selection of Miss Back To The 50’s 2018. There will be a 1st and 2nd place as well as other surprises throughout the show.
Ladies, interested in entering the PIN-UP contest? Contact Jennie for details at Marilynmercury1965@outlook.com or CLICK HERE!

The Star Chiefs, a Rockabilly band from Minnesota, play traditional rockabilly, using the time tested formula of slap bass, vintage drums, and twangy guitars. The Star Chiefs take pride in the musical form that evolved from African-American Blues, Western Swing and Honky Tonk. The Star Chiefs have been playing this authentic American music around the Twin Cities since 2007. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Buddy Holly are just some of their influences, as well as many “Neo” Rockabilly acts of today.
On Saturday, The Star Chiefs will also be performing on the stage in the Ladies Showcase building at 4:00pm. The Ladies Showcase is located on the corner of Judson and Underwood.

To learn more about the Star Chiefs check out their Facebook page.


SATURDAY  – June 23, 2018  6:30pm – 9:30pm  THE CASTAWAYS!
at the BANDSHELL STAGE  (Located near the Space Tower)

The CASTAWAYS are a nationally-known Minnesota based rock’n’roll band that audiences have been demanding, and enjoying, for many years. From community concerts and dance party events to the intimate settings of the country club or wedding reception, The Castaways showcase their unique vocal and instrumental talents for an exciting sight and sound experience.
The Castaways are comprised of four talented musicians. Jim Donna, keyboards and vocals, was one of the original founders of the band.  In the band’s early  days, The Castaways recorded Jim’s composition ‘LIAR, LIAR’, which became a million seller that vaulted the band  into the nation’s top ten!  In later years, Bob Donna, guitar and vocals, joined the band along with Rick Snider on drums and vocals and Ralph Hintz, bass and vocals. In 2005, Jim Donna was inducted into the Minnesota Rock/Country Hall of Fame.
To read more about The Castaways visit their website:  http://www.thecastawaysrock.com/

SATURDAY – June 23, 2018 7:00PM – 9:30pmJACK KNIFE AND THE SHARPS
at the WEST END ENTERTAINMENT STAGE (located west of the grandstand in West End Market)Saturdays evening performance will be Rockabilly’s finest JACK KNIFE AND THE SHARPS. Ric Hollister is a Legend on the music scene. The stage gets powered up with with music that will take you back in time. JKATS has done 3 tours to entertain the Troops, Appeared from Iraq to Hawaii, and many shows locally. They are always a show not to miss.  Facebook: Jack Knife and the Sharps

SUNDAY – June 24, 2018  CHURCH SERVICE, THE MEMORIES, Closing Ceremonies
at the BANDSHELL STAGE (Located near the Space Tower)

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!

on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Evening shows begin at 6:30pm

Dance Spectrum “All That Dance” Youth Performing Company was founded in 2013.  The dancers study Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop.  The Company is an opportunity for highly dedicated dancers to perform entertaining dance in a variety of venues, while learning the art of performance and public recognition. Company dancers participate and contribute to community events, “giving back” as dancers and caring citizens.
Dance Spectrum has been a performing arts school for over 30 years and is located on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul.  They aspire to teach the art, skill, and discipline of dance in a supportive and non-competitive atmosphere with opportunities to perform throughout the year.  They are committed to teaching dancers ages three to adults and offer classes in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and acro dance.
Visit their website at Dancespectrum.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DanceSpectrumMN

Scott Novotny was born and grew up in Mayo Clinic, MN (aka Rochester). He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where he double-majored in Theatre/Speech and English. He taught Junior High English and was Theatre Director at Dassel-Cokato High School for two years, and has been performing stand-up comedy for 25 years.

Scott has been in the comedy “business” for over 30 years. He is quickly becoming the most sought-after entertainer for corporate parties, awards banquets and conventions throughout the Midwest. He has the ability to play to a wide range of audience members while keeping the performance professional and appropriate.

A versatile performer, Scott headlines comedy clubs throughout the United States, has acted in numerous stage productions, worked at the “Brave New Workshop” as an improvisational actor/writer, owned and operated The Comedy Cabaret— MN’s first fulltime comedy theatre, and has written for “Saturday Night Live” and the comic strip, “Strange Brew“.

For Scott’s complete bio visit his website:  https://www.scottnovotny.com/
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/scott.novotny.5 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Scottaroni