“Rock ‘n Roll is Here to Stay” – an all-star concert on October 22 at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center in Albert Lea, MN
Presented by the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center and the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association
(Arnolds Park, IA) Six all-star musicians from Minnesota and Iowa will be performing a tribute to rock ‘n roll music at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center. The show starts at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 22 and features Jana Anderson, Denny & the DC Drifters from Minnesota and Terry Klein, Jerry Jones, Phil Christy and Rockin’ Vance Jorgensen from Iowa. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Marion Ross PAC box office, 507-377-4371, at www.actonbroadway.com, or at the door.
The show was the brainchild of Denny Charnecki from the legendary DC Drifters Band. Denny has had a fabulous career having worked with artists such as Tommy Roe, Freddy Cannon, the Drifters, Chuck Berry, the Coasters and many, many more. Denny & The DC Drifters are a regular favorite annually at the Roof Garden in Okoboji, and the perform regularly all over the region.
According to Denny, “I did lots of shows with John Senn (late co-founder of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association), and I had the pleasure of working with Terry Klein and the boys down in Okoboji. I thought it would be great to do a show that showcases and benefits their non-profit Association.” Clay Norris, Executive Director of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association adds, “We are thrilled that Denny asked us to be a part of such a great show, and for the opportunity to present our Association to a key border market. We’ve recruited a few Hall of Fame artists from Iowa and invited our friend Jana Anderson, a star vocalist from Minnesota to perform.”
Jana Anderson, the little girl from small town Minnesota who has gone global as a lead singer and backup singer to many superstars. She has sung with and/or for: Fleetwood Mac (2003-2010), Stevie Nicks, Prince, Don Henley, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Paul Simon, Don Henley, Smokey Robinson, The Beach Boys, Ronnie Spector, just to name a few. Prince wrote a song for her entitled “Jana Jade’s Army” and Jana has a gold record from Prince’s movie soundtrack “Graffiti Bridge”.
Terry Klein is a 2000 Individual Artist Inductee in the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame. He was also inducted as part of Upson Downs in 2010. Terry had a 16-year run with the nationally famous show band Upson Downs and also toured with Dee Jay & the Runaways, The Senn-Menn and The Crowd Pleasers. During his career, he has appeared on the same bill with such greats as Chubby Checker, The Vogues, The Platters, The Coasters, Herman’s Hermits and many more.
Jerry Jones received the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He played with John Senn and The Senn-Menn, Generations of Rock, and The Lake Patrol Band. Jerry recorded with fellow Inductee Becky Thoreson, and played in several cabarets with Clark Marshall and his group The Sliders.
The most recent Hall of Fame Inductee on the performer list is drummer Phil Christy. Phil was inducted Labor Day weekend 2021, and has been playing drums since the age of 12. He was the drummer for Spectrum 78 which later became Vegas, The Silver Dollar Band. That group recorded several songs on the Sonic label. Phil has taught and continues to teach drumming to many people from ages 10 to 30 years old.
Rockin’ Vance Jorgensen hails from Mason City, Iowa and has performed professionally since 1977. A lover of rock ‘n roll and pop music, Vance has played with numerous bands and at a variety of venues, including the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park and the Surf Ballroom and Museum in Clear Lake. He has also played several charitable live solo performances from Minneapolis, MN to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Vance currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association.
For more information see www.iowarocknroll.com or Facebook.