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Island Fever Showcase
September 4 - September 7
What is the Island Fever Showcase? Island Fever Showcase is a nationally-recognized music festival featuring Trop Rock music sponsored jointly by the Isle of Iowa Parrot Head Club & the Surf Ballroom & Museum that will be held over Labor Day weekend in 2020. The event features musicians, bands & artists that tour the country performing to fun-loving crowds at parrot head (Jimmy Buffett fans) functions. Proceeds raised from the event will be donated to the North Iowa Cultural Center to support programming for low-income children. The event has been nominated for the Trop Rock Music Association’s Event of the Year at the 2019 awards ceremony.
What makes this event so unique? The Surf Ballroom is one of the most iconic stages in American music history. Designated by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a Rock & Roll Landmark the Surf was the final venue in which Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & J.P. ‘The Big Bopper’ Richardson performed. The three rock & roll icons were killed in a tragic plane crash just outside of Clear Lake as they left en route to their next tour performance. The tragedy is widely referred to as “The Day the Music Died” and the Surf became “…the bedrock of where the sound and attitude of rock and roll changed forever.” Trop Rock music graced this iconic & sacred stage in 2018 & will return for an encore edition in 2020. Musicians, fans & promoters of the genre all agree that Island Fever Showcase is unquestionably one of Trop Rock’s greatest moments!
Donny Brewer & The Dock Rockers
James “Sunny Jim” White
Tropicool (James “Sunny Jim” White, John Patti and Jimi Pappas)
Mike Nash and The Southern Drawl Band
The Compass Rose Band
Corned Beef & Curry
The Peter Mayer Group
Thom & Coley Shepherd
The Boat Drunks
Drop Dead Dangerous
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