Local News: Midwest All Music Association to Host Hall of Fame Induction (10/19/22)
REMSEN — The Avalon Ballroom in Remsen will be the site of the 2022 Midwest All Music Association (MAMA) Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, October 22.
MAMA is an organization formed to recognize all genres of music across the heartland (not just rock ‘n roll and country.)
MAMA recognizes, remembers and honors the people and places that have had an impact on music in the Midwest. It is a non-profit organization that donates generously to promote music education.
The 2022 inductees for the Western Iowa event are:
• Individuals — Big Daddy; bob the cowboy
• Bands — Starfire; Bob Merchant and the Shadows; Galaxy
Big Daddy hit the airwaves in Sioux City in 2004 when Classic Rock 99.5 was born. He brings over 30 years of radio experience to the morning show Classic Rock 99.5.
Cowboy Bob Rounds forgot more about country music than most of us will ever know. He began his broadcasting career in 1981 with Midwest Rodeo Sports Review. He was then hired on KMNS Radio that fall. He was part of the original KSUX “Super Pig” team in September 1990, then helped launch KOLK “Cat Country 102.3” in September 1995. Two years later, Cowboy Bob returned to KSUX. In 1997, Bob took on the role of program director and mid-day personality, positions he still holds today.
In 1990, Cowboy Bob launched “Nashville Nuggets…The Country’s Golden Age”. Over the years this morphed into “Sunday Morning Gold” and “All Request Classic Cafe”, both of which are still in business today.
The five-member band Starfire from Southwest Minnesota grew up listening to the songs they now perform at various Upper Midwest venues. Specializing in nostalgic “golden oldies,” Starfire was nominated for induction into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and received the CJS Promotions Performance Award for “keeping the music alive.” Their dances and shows have drawn a loyal following of oldie enthusiasts from all over the Upper Midwest.
Starfire was founded in 2001 to focus on performing music from the “Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll”.
The band performs at casinos, public and private celebrations, classic car shows, county fairs and concerts.
Bob Merchant and the Shadows
Bob Merchant started playing in bands in 1964 and over the years has been in several bands. Since the early 2000s, it was officially Bob Merchant and the Shadows which consisted of Bob, Mark Scott, Cathy Sandage and John Bekish. And 2022, Bob, Mark Scott, Cathy Sandage and Billy Engel.
Galaxy Band is the brainchild of art instructor and Armstrong School drummer Jeffrey D. Speltz, a native of Cedar Rapids, and came together in 1982 with Jerry Behnkendorf as lead vocalist, Darla Henriksen as lead singer. as lead vocalist, Glenn Henriksen as keyboardist and Mary Henriksen as bassist.
The band members have changed over the years and the current roster of Galaxy Band members includes Jerry Behnkendorf, Glenn Henriksen, Donald Fausch and Mark Kurseth. The group continues to perform for dances and events, with their busiest time being summers in Okoboji, as well as many other Upper Midwest venues including the Clay County Fair in Spencer and Stormin’ Norman’s in Waterbury, Nebraska. . Galaxy are known as a variety band, with a focus on music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Doors to the Avalon Ballroom will open at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the door only.
The induction ceremony will begin at 4 p.m., hosted by Big Daddy with an autograph and photo opportunity immediately following, during which fans and friends can meet the inductees for autographs and merchandise.
There will be a break from 5 to 6 p.m., with food and drinks available.
At 6 p.m. the dancing and show will begin and continue until 11 p.m., with 2018 inductees The Jammers from Le Mars, then Starfire, Mike Langley (2021 inductee who was ill last year) followed by Bob Merchant and The Shadows and Galaxy completes a nocturnal spree.
Dan Ruden of Le Mars, and member of the Jammers, is a member of the MAMA Board of Directors.
He said the best part of being a board member is because of what MAMA stands for.
“MAMA is unique in that it recognizes all types of music. Our first inductee was Simon Estes, opera singer. It’s great to honor all types of musical talent from bands and instrumentalists and individual artists such as singers and those behind the scenes such as sound engineers, etc. “, did he declare.
“I especially love that the money raised by MAMA is donated to schools in the area where our events are held to be used for college music programs. Last year, MAMA donated $1,500 to the college programs of the two Remsen schools,” he added.
Ruden also said that for those inducted, it is an honor and recognition of their contribution to music.
“I hope this is a great honor for those inducted into the MAMA Hall of Fame. Each year, the MAMA Board of Directors takes a great deal of time and consideration to select, review, and then vote to induct groups and individuals in the MAMA Hall of Fame,” he said.
Ruden hopes locals will take the opportunity to attend the event, which will provide great music and fun.
“I think anyone who loves music should be interested in coming to the event, first because it’s a great time, Big Daddy is doing a great job hosting the event and is very entertaining, you can honor the inductees, the Merrill Legion provides food that can be purchased which helps support them, there will be tons of great music to listen to and dance to, and finally proceeds will be donated to area schools for support their college music programs,” he said.
Ruden added that the board would also like to thank the sponsors, the Merrill American Legion, the National Security Bank of Sioux City and the Avalon Ballroom in Remsen.