The Whitesidewalls will play at the Surf Wednesday, Feb. 1.

CLEAR LAKE — The annual Winter Dance Party is ready to rock with some new faces and returning favorites at the Surf Ballroom, Feb. 1-4.

The event celebrates the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “Big Bopper” Richardson, who died in a plane crash following a Winter Dance Party appearance at the Surf Ballrooom on Feb. 3, 1959.

Headlining this year’s event is Pat Boone, who first made his mark in the 1950s with such hits as “Love Letters in the Sand,” “Moody River,” and “April Love.” 

Other new faces include the Bobbettes, whose most famous hit was “Mr. Lee,” Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys and Sid King and the Five Strings.

Danny and the Juniors,  Flamingos starring Terry Johnson, Josh Holmes Trio, Tommy Allsup, Marshall Lytle and Jason D. Williams all return to the Surf, as well as John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, featuring J. P. Richardson, Jr., son of The Big Bopper, and Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens. The Valens family will also be on hand.


Wednesday, Feb. 1 —

1 p.m. Press conference and unveiling of the plaque designating the Surf Ballroom’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

7 p.m. “Warm-up” concert featuring the Whitesidewalls, Surf Ballroom. This is a separate ticket from the Thursday-Saturday main event concerts, which are sold out. Tickets are $7 in advance; $10 at the door.

Thursday, Feb. 2 —

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Rockin’ & Boppin’ Record show, Best Western Holiday Lodge, Clear Lake. Free and open to the public.

10 a.m.-noon. Dance lessons, Surf Ballroom, free to Dance Party ticket holders $5 to general public.

Noon-3 p.m. KRIB Record Hop featuring 1959 Winter Dance Party emcee Bob Hale, Surf Ballroom Lounge, free to ticket holders; $5 to general public.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Winter School Dance Party, featuring “Buddy’s Buddies” presented by Winter Dance Party Scholarships and Awards Program, E. B. Stillman Auditorium, Clear Lake Middle School, $5 at the door.

7 p.m. Evening concert featuring Denny & The DC Drifters, The Flamingos starring Terry Johnson, Danny and the Juniors and Jason D. Williams. Sold out.

Friday, Feb. 3 —

7:30 a.m. Record show continues at Best Western.

9-11 a.m. Surf Ballroom Rockin’ Kids Show, providing rock and roll history, music and dancing for K-6 students. Music by John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, free to students and Dance Party ticket holders; $5 to general public.

11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. British Buddy Holly Society Luncheon, Best Western, email margaret@myomnitel.com for tickets.

Noon-3 p.m. KRIB Record Hop with Bob Hale, Surf Ballroom Lounge; admission free to ticket holders; $5 to general public.

2 p.m. Wedding/vow renewal at the Surf Ballroom. Cake and champagne follows those who want to get married or renew vows. Contact Denni Sue at: ercksn1@netins.net.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Live from the Red Carpet broadcast locally through CLVision, Surf Ballroom.

7 p.m. Evening concert, Josh Holmes Trio, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Marshall Lytle of the original Comets and Tommy Allsup. Sold out.

Saturday, Feb. 4 —

7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Record show continues at Best Western.

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Record and Memorabilia Show, middle school gymnasium, free admission.

10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m, Rockin’ the Art of the 50s and 60s, MacNider Art Museum, Mason City. Come to MacNider to see what some of the 1950s artists were creating. Free admission.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Variety Show Luncheon, Best Western, Clear Lake. Show and luncheon will feature local musicians and actors. Doors open at 11 a.m.; lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tickets sold in advance only; call 641-357-6151.

Noon-3 p.m. KRIB Record Hop with Bob Hale at Surf Ballroom Lounge; free to ticket holders; $5 to general public.

2-4 p.m. Alan Clark and the Classics; Clear Lake Arts Center, free admission and open to general public.

2 p.m. Memorial crash site tour. Motorcoach leaves the Surf, but visitors will still be required to walk last one-quarter mile, so dress warm. Tickets $7, available at the Surf.

7 p.m. Evening Concert: Pat Boone, the Bobbettes, Sid King and the Five Strings and John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party. Sold out.

Variety show Feb. 4 in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE  — The Clear Lake Arts Center and the Clear Lake Chamber have teamed up to present a 1950s Variety Show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the the Diamond Ballroom at the Best Western Holiday Lodge.

The show will feature local musicians and actors in musical vignettes, comical skits and more.

Doors open at 11 a.m., with lunch served at 11:30. The show begins at 12:15 p.m.

Tickets are $20, available from the Surf Ballroom, online at www.surfballroom.com, or by calling 641-357-6151.

The show is sponsored by Clear Lake Bank and Trust, CLTel, Dean Snyder Construction and the Surf Ballroom and Museum.

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