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Hall of Fame Bands Coming To Davies Amphitheater

By Joe Foreman, Editor

If you like that old time rock ‘n roll music, the Davies Amphitheater is the place you need to be Saturday night.

Three hall of fame bands will share the stage as the Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Music Association (IRRMA) brings its “Rock The Roof Road Show” to Glenwood for the first time ever. The concert, featuring the music of Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Con Brio, The Fortes and The Thunderbirds, is being staged as a joint fundraiser for the Davies Amphitheater roof replacement project, IRRMA and the Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Museum.

“The Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Music Association does concerts like this throughout the state, including four or five a year in the southwest quadrant,” said Steve Brown, a member of the IRRMA Board of Directors and an original member of the Lenox-based Thunderbirds band. “We’ll split the proceeds. In this case, the amphitheater needs a new roof, so the ‘Rock The Roof’ theme is very appropriate.”

IRRMA is a non-profit organization established in 1997 to preserve the history of rock ‘n roll and other types of music in the state of Iowa. The Iowa Rock ‘N Roll Museum, funded and operated by IRRMA, is located in Arnolds Park in Lake Okoboji. IRRMA also provides educational programs and scholarships to high school students across the state of Iowa.

Davies Amphitheater manager Gordon Woodrow said the rare performance by the three Hall of Fame bands promises to be a highlight of the 2010 summer season at the amphitheater.

“This is the first time we’ve had a concert like this in Glenwood,” Woodrow said. “It’s going to be quite a night.”

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and last at least three hours. Advance-purchase tickets are now available for $10 at the amphitheater, Glenwood State Bank, First National Bank and Jim Hughes Real Estate. Admission on the night of the show is $12. Gold Card season passes will not be honored for this special concert. In case of inclement weather, the show will be moved indoors to the Glenwood Community High School Auditorium.

A sloppy-joe supper, with all proceeds going to the amphitheater roof fund, will be served prior and during the concert. The meal will cost $5 and consist of a sandwich, chips, vegetable and dessert.

Woodrow said the original roof on the nearly 30-year-old Davies Amphitheater is expected to be replaced next spring, prior to the start of the 2011 summer season. The existing roof will be replaced with a high-grade shingle similar in appearance to the existing shingles. The Davies Amphitheater Board of Directors had initially given consideration to installing a metal roof on the structure, but has opted to go the shingle route, Woodrow said.

“We want to maintain the original design on this facility that won some architectural awards when it was built,” Woodrow said.

Woodrow said architect Pete Franks, hired by the Davies board of directors, has inspected the amphitheater and approximately $250,000 in repair and potential improvement projects for the facility have been identified. Phase I consists of the roof replacement and the repair of existing brick work on the exterior walls of the amphitheater. Phase II calls for cement work and an upgrade to the dressing room and restrooms.

To date, approximately $15,000 has been raised for the improvements. The amphitheater board is in the process of pursuing grant funding for the projects in addition to private donations.