The Tailfins have performed on the “Winter Dance Occasion” for the previous few years, however this 12 months it was compelled to be digital.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Within the Quad Cities music scene, 50s and 60s rock and roll is definitely alive, thanks, partly, to native band ‘The Tailfins.’
Earlier than Covid took over the world, it wasn’t arduous to seek out the group at casinos and venues throughout the area practically all 12 months lengthy. However now, as with so many musicians all through the nation, their 12 months was turned the wrong way up.
And one of the vital poignant losses, inside a 12 months full of them, was of the “Winter Dance Occasion.”
Firstly of yearly, the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, hosts the occasion to recollect and have fun. The Surf is the notorious venue the place Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and ‘The Large Bopper’ performed their remaining present earlier than tragically passing away.
“Everyone type of is aware of this story the place they flew out of Mason Metropolis that evening and so they all perished in a airplane crash,” stated Steve Pekios, one of many founding members of the Tailfins.
It is generally known as the day music died… but in addition turned the start of a beloved new custom.
For the previous 42 years, the Surf has hosted the “Winter Dance Occasion,” to have fun the rock and roll of the 50s and 60s. Hundreds of individuals attend, from all around the world, and bands pour in to play for the multi-day occasion.
Tailfins was honored to play as one of many home bands from 2017 to 2019. They are saying taking part in for that crowd, on the stage the place a few of their very own private heroes have performed, was magical.
“It simply brings everybody collectively to have fun factor, to have fun music. And that is what music ought to do,” stated Kerry Tucker, the band’s guitarist. “I feel it is simply the purest type of what music can do at its finest.”
The band says when the live performance was moved on-line this 12 months, they mourned the lack of the dwell performances, however had been glad one thing was being finished to at the very least hold the custom alive.
“When you’ve a venue like that, if you cannot have your dwell performances, then you definately’re not simply gonna shut down,” famous bass guitarist Robert Dahms. “You gotta hold it going, you realize. As soon as it is in you, you’ll be able to’t let it go.”
Pekios agreed, saying that the live performance makes you need to rise up and dance.
“It simply makes you are feeling comfortable,” he stated. “So I feel it will simply all the time be round. And we’re gonna do our half to maintain it round, anyway.”