CLEAR LAKE - The king of rockabilly will appear at the 2011 Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom.

Jerry Lee Lewis is the headlining artist for the  Winter Dance Party, scheduled for Feb. 2-5, 2011 at the Surf Ballroom. 

Advance tickets for the event go on sale at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Oct.19.

Lewis is scheduled to appear during the Saturday evening concert on Feb. 5. 

Lewis was one the  musicians who created rock and roll in Memphis, Tenn., at Sun Records in the 1950’s, and at nearly 75 years of age, is still going strong. 

Lewis is still touted today as the wild man of rock and roll, with a career and rock and roll lifestyle filled with reckless, high-spirited impulses. 

He is known best for his piano-pounding hits from the late 1950’s, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.”  Though he didn't write many of the songs he performed, he transformed them into uninhibited, rowdy rock and roll that he proudly called “the Devil’s Music.” 

In 1986, Lewis became one of the first to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.

Surf Ballroom & Museum Board President Jeff Nicholas said, “We are extremely excited to announce that Jerry Lee Lewis is part of our 2011 lineup.  Jerry Lee headlined a number of shows with Buddy Holly, so he has a special tie to Buddy, and likewise our event.”

The complete entertainment lineup is expected to be announced by week’s end, according to Laurie Lietz, executive director of the Surf Ballroom & Museum.

The series of events and activities, along with updated information about the event will be available on the Surf website at">"

Advance tickets for the 2011 event will be sold for $110.00 each and are valid for the evenings of Thursday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, Feb. 5. 

Both tickets and seating  will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  Seating is priced at $60 for a four-person booth, $90 for a six-person booth and $150 for a table which seats 10 people. 

Patrons must purchase a minimum of four tickets to reserve a four-person booth, six tickets to reserve a six-person booth and eight tickets to reserve a 10-person table on the floor.  The booths and tables will be reserved in a person’s name for all three evenings of entertainment. 

Tickets are non-refundable.  Tickets and seating reservations may be purchased on-line at the Surf Ballroom’s web site (" href= ""> or by calling the Surf's box office at (641) 357-6151 beginning at 8  a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19.  A separate ticket for Wednesday, Feb. 2 will be offered as well, with details to be announced soon.

Questions should be directed to the Surf Ballroom & Museum by calling  641  357-6151, by email at or write to 460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake Iowa 50428.


(2) comments


I spent my teen age years going to dances at the Surf. Back in the late fifties and sixties. congratulations to the Surf for still going strong when many other ball rooms have fallen. I was there the night buddy Holly and his group died. I have many wonderful memories of the entertainers and dances. I have never been back to the BH days, I use to think that I wanted to--but now I just don't think it would be the same and ruin it for me--I will just keep the great memories.


"The Killer" is comin to the Surf. It's about time.

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