"Rockin' the River Music Fest" slated for May 27, 28, 29 at Lakeside Ballroom

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Blue60 band members, front from left, are Tim Canfield, Jan Beardsley, Steve Wendl and Kate Vink; back row, Dennie Hinrichs, Dakota McWhorter, Jade Beardsley and Kim Beardsley. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Guttenberg's historic Lakeside Ballroom presents "Rockin’ the River Music Fest," a three-night event set for May 27, 28 and 29, with the main event, "Head East" (to be featured in a separate story in next weeks issue of The Press) on Saturday night. The music festival will mark the nationally recognized historic landmark's grand opening under new management. Platinum event sponsors are Brown’s Sales and Leasing, with dealerships in Guttenberg, Elkader and West Branch, and Ironhill Power Sports of Waukon. Premium sponsor is Fidelity Bank & Trust in Guttenberg. 

"Lakeside is committed to providing Guttenberg and Northeast Iowa with quality entertainment and good food and drink. We appreciate the support of the City and community. We hope Lakeside and Guttenberg grow as a destination for recreation and memory making for years to come!" say Lakeside owners Kyle Selberg, Norie Thuerauf and Ron Shorkey. 

Ticket information

Blue60 will take the stage on Friday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m. performing rock hits from the 1960s and 70s. $5 cover at the door.

Head East will be performing their hits on Saturday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m. with The Love Handles opening at 5.30 p.m. "We expect Saturday night to sell out, so we encourage you to buy your discounted tickets in advance!" says organizers. 

Ticket options include:

• $20 per person in advance for "Head East"

  • VIP tables for 4 – prices range from $140 per table to $160 per table and include admission.  

  • Backstage Pass - meet "Head East" on Saturday! Meeting time TBD. Limited to 25 people. $50 per ticket includes admission

High Mileage will perform on Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m., playing rock hits from the 80s. $5 cover at the door.

Lakeside's sports bar and kitchen open at 11 a.m. "Come early and enjoy a drink and bite to eat at Lakeside sports bar and kitchen. Happy hour is 3- 6:30 p.m. except Saturday. There will be a limited menu Saturday night," says Norie Thuerauf, bar and restaurant manager. 

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Blue60

If you are looking for a rockin' good time come experience "Blue60" – named "The People's Band" in action. The eight-member band has built a loyal following over the years through hard work, love of music, and most of all, appreciation for their fans.  

Blue60 members

The Blue60 Band is based out of Anamosa and has been together nearly 10 years. "If there is one thing the band shares in common it's a lifelong love of music," says Steve Wendl, spokesman for the group. "Our band spans a full generation, with the oldest member 73 years of age and the youngest, 27.  All of us love Sixties music for very different reasons.  The older members actually lived during the British Invasion, when rock and roll changed forever. The music of that era influenced everything that followed, and that has captured the imagination of our younger members." 

"Blue60 members include Kim Beardsley - lead guitar; Dakota McWhorter - lead guitar; Jan Beardsley - keyboard and vocals; Kate Beardsley Vink - saxophone and vocals; Dennie Hinrichs - rhythm guitar and vocals; Steve Wendl - lead vocalist; Jade Beardsley - drums and Carolyn Walker (subbing on May 27 for Tim Canfield) - bass guitar. 

"You've probably noticed a strong Beardsley connection in the band membership! Kim is the brother-in-law of Jan, and the grandfather of Jade.  Jan is the mother of Kate. Music clearly runs in that family!" Wendl explained.

"Livin' The Dream"

The Blue60 band shared their philosophy. "Music is an addiction, a passion, a need that simply cannot be ignored," said Wendl. "Once you have performed on stage – well – it's a feeling you can never forget. The band's tagline is 'Livin' The Dream' which tells you how we feel about our situation. We have the good fortune of doing what many only dream of – playing in a rock and roll band with many talented others who share our passion. It really helps keep the older ones among us feeling young and vital. We wouldn't trade it for anything!"

Blue60 performs shows in a wide variety of venues across Eastern Iowa. "We will play just about anywhere! Bars and restaurants large and small, outdoor festivals in summer, the Riverside and Rhythm City Casinos, private parties - you name it.  We even live streamed a couple of times during the pandemic," listed Wendl. 

Fifties, Sixties and Seventies

The musicians primarily cover the great music of the Sixties, but also include a few from the Fifties and Seventies as well.  "Our focus is on rock-and-roll dance music," he shared. "We often tell baby boomers that we are playing the soundtrack of their youth. We enjoy a full dance floor and work hard to keep it that way.  Blue60 is also known for being an approachable, fun-loving band.  We love to mingle with the dancers and make them a part of the show."  

Loyal following

Blue60 enjoys a loyal following. "We are fortunate to have many dedicated followers, without whom we would be nothing. The Something Else Dancers, a club of several dozen enthusiastic Fifties and Sixties music fans, often comes to our shows.  In fact, they often steal our thunder, attracting the attention and admiration of the crowd with their fantastic dance moves. We love it though, and are so grateful for their continued support.  We’re especially appreciative of Jim Meyer of the dance group.  He was instrumental in drawing us to the attention of the event organizers at Lakeside,” he said with gratitude. “We have some local Anamosa folks that are very faithful in attending our gigs. In fact, Barb and Cheyenne Lerch have become our “roadies.” Cheyenne lends a hand with the heavy lifting every band has to deal with, and Barb is the “door holder” and enthusiastic promoter of the band with the venue locals wherever we go. And of course, we have to mention our significant others. They not only tolerate the long hours and missed weekends, but often join us on the road and the dance floor.”

Memorial Day event

When asked if Blue60 was excited to perform at Lakeside, Wendl replied, “Are you kidding? We LOVE the great iconic ballrooms of Iowa, and are still pinching ourselves that we were asked to play for the Memorial Day event, especially to be on the same playbill as the legendary ‘Head East’ band. I grew up in Elkader, and have been to Lakeside many times. I know and appreciate its long and storied history. Nearly 100 years of being the focal point of entertainment for generations of Iowans! And we are looking forward to September, when we will return to Lakeside as part of a car show event being planned that month.  Thank you for having us, Guttenberg, and we hope to see you all at Lakeside May 27!” 

High Mileage

“High Mileage” has dedicated itself to reproducing music from the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. The high-energy rock-and-roll band is from Viroqua, Wis., and loves music and to entertain, as well as thrilling audiences all over the Midwest with the best songs built around strong vocal harmonies, instantly recognizable melodies and irresistible dance songs – throwing in some country and modern pop. Each member will have you engaged while singing along to your favorite song.  

“High Mileage” members include Lavon “Spanky” Felton, drummer; Tim Severson, lead guitarist; Zach Kumlin, bass player and vocals backup; Jesse Peckham, key board and back up vocals, and Tom Lohr, vocals lead singer.

“We primarily play 80’s and 90’s classic rock,” said Lohr. “We are excited to play at Lakeside Ballroom and be part of the Memorial Day anniversary event. This is only our second show in Iowa that we have ever played, and we are very excited to have a new crowd enjoy the music we play.”

“’High Mileage” has been playing together for approximately seven years. Two of its members are former members of ‘Back Home Boys,’ which was a well-known country band. We have had some great band members come and go, but the keyboard player, drummer and lead singer have been our mainstays,” he explained.

The band specializes in summer outdoor venues and fairs throughout Wisconsin. “We do play quite a few bars in the winter to stay fresh, so we don’t hibernate,” said Lohr. 

“Love Handles”

The “Love Handles” are an area, GermanFest, and Umbrella Art’s Music in the Park favorite. They are set to perform at Lakeside’s Memorial Day anniversary event opening for Head East, and will begin playing at 5:30 p.m.

“Love Handles” members Jim Scheffert and Chris Evers have been playing and performing together for the past 22 years. They both play acoustic guitar and sing. “We both grew up in Guttenberg and have been friends since we were little kids,” noted Scheffert. “We started singing to the turntable when our parents were downstairs playing cards.”

The laid-back duo play a little bit of everything and their easy back and forth banter adds to their popularity. “We have played all over Iowa and always look forward to playing in our hometown, especially getting the honor of playing at Lakeside,” said Scheffert. “We both love Lakeside because we grew up around it, and our families did too.”

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