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REO Speedwagon

June 1, 2011
Twist and Shout
Tickets Selling Fast for REO Speedwagon

What would you do for your 10th anniversary? Flowers, dinner, perhaps a romantic getaway, if you’re Shellabration you book REO Speedwagon, return to Fort Dodge’s historic Oleson Park Bandshell and work to stage Fort Dodge’s biggest concert event ever. That’s a recipe for a memorable milestone. Since going on sale April 2nd tickets for REO Speedwagon have been a hot selling commodity according to Shellabration President, Jim Reed. “It’s been incredibly exciting, said Reed. To date we’ve sold tickets in six states and in cities all across Iowa. The response is overwhelming ly setting the stage for one awesome anniversary party.”

With the start of the Shellabration and the initiative 10 years ago, the mission of the organization continues to be to serve the greater Fort Dodge area through the delivery of exciting entertainment and performing arts options. They “aspire to inspire” while contributing to the economic development of the Fort Dodge area by serving as a significant tourism draw. Who can forget their early shows at the Bandshell with the Fab Four (2002), Three Dog Night with Head East (2003) and Little River Band & the Grass Roots (2004).

With the onset of the beginning phase of the Oleson Park Bandshell renovation, their annual show moved to Kennedy

Park with the Beach Boys

(2005), a year that produced 10 inches of rain in two nights and a postponed event that ended up taking place about a

month later with a 98 degree heat index. In the years following the string of successes and national artists continued with the Doobie Brothers (2006), the Guess Who (2007), Chicago (2008), CCR (2009) and last year’s Night Ranger/Grand Funk Railroad concert (2010).

Shellabration 2011 represents not only a milestone but also another goal achieved. “REO Speedwagon has been at the top of our list for many years, said Reed. We’ve wanted to bring them to Fort Dodge the past several years. The band booking stars finally aligned this year which seems both ironic and appropriate, given our 10 year mark.” Shellabration Vice-President Bill Rodewald agreed. “Given the significance of this year’s event, we wanted a band that rocks. REO Speedwagon is the perfect group to deliver the goods”, said Rodewald.

Hailing from Champagne (Illinois), the band’s early days in the 70’s consisted of driving around the Midwest in two station wagons playing small venue after small venue paying their dues. This Midwest, workmanlike ethic produced songs like “Ridin’ the Storm Out”, “Time for Me to Fly” and the classic rock anthem “Roll With the Changes”. It was their iconic, nine times gold certified “Hi Infidelity” album in 1980 that catapulted the band to arena filling rock-star status and made them a radio chart staple with hits like “Keep On Lovin’ You”, “Take It On the Run” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling”.

Centered around longtime lead singer and rhythm guitarist Kevin Cronin (who first joined REO in 1972), the band has a veteran core consisting of Neil Doughty (founding band member, 1967-present) on keyboards, piano, organ and synthesizers, bassist Bruce Hall (1977-present), lead guitarist Dave Amato (1989-present) and drummer Brian Hitt (1990-present).

Shellabration will also feature two talented, popular local acts in Saucy Jack and HipKnosis. Gates will open at 5:30PM with Saucy Jack kicking off the evening at 6:00PM followed by HipKnosis at 7:30PM and REO Speedwagon headlining the show at around 9:20PM. “We’re pumped to be able to showcase some of Fort Dodge’s best local bands, said Reed. It’s become a great tradition of ours, one that we plan to continue in years to come.”

Saucy Jack To Open for REO

“Excited to be part of 10 year Anniversary”

Local rock band “Saucy Jack” will once again be opening for the ten year anniversary of ‘Shellabration’, Fort Dodge’s annual summer rock concert.

Comprised of Stacy Peterson from Ames, on bass guitar and vocals; Jim Poffenberger from Ames, on guitar and vocals; and Andy Shelly, Fort Dodge, on drums, they are well known in the area for their great renditions of pop rock hits from the 80’s, 90’s and the present day.

All three members are excited to be part of the anniversary celebration said Peterson. “We look forward to seeing all of our Fort Dodge fans there, along with a few out of state fans that are planning on making the trip.” He added, “I grew up listening to and playing REO tunes, so to be a part of the 10th anniversary show, along with HipKnosis should be a lot of fun.”

Poffenberger agreed and said he would like to meet Dave Amato , REO’s guitar player.

“I hear he has a killer collection of Marshall amps.”

For Fort Dodger, Andy Shelly, being onstage and part of the music is always a rush. “I’m hoping for great weather so people can really enjoy the evening. It should be a great show.”

They all agreed that being an opening act is a thrill, and Poffenberger said, “A large stage gives us some freedom to move around a bit.”

Andy Shelly- “ Being part of the music is always a rush. It should be a great show.”

Tickets for Shellabration are $25 if purchased on or before Sunday, June 12th and increase to $30 beginning on Monday, June 13th leading up to the show on Saturday, June 25th. They can be purchased online at or by phone at (866) 468-3401. Tickets are also available for purchase in Fort Dodge at Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drug Store, Choice Printing, CS Bank, First American Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, Northwest Bank, Three Eagles Communications and Wells Fargo. Kids 12 years of age and under are admitted free and all tickets are general admission with festival style seating.

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