The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2023 that will be honored during the Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular on Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 3.
Ralph Kluseman, President of the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Association stated “I’m looking forward to celebrating the talent of the inductees who have made an incredible difference in all our lives. This Class of 2023 Hall of Fame inductees are testament to caliber of the talent in Iowa and also the talent of inductees from around the world that have enriched our lives.”
Executive Director Clay Norris added, “We’re so excited to present this incredible class of inductees and award winners. It’s always like a big family when we get together. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Arnolds Park during the induction celebration planned for Labor Day weekend.”
The festival kicks off with a Rock the Roof Concert on Thursday evening, August 31. Friday evening features a special concert to be held in the Roof Garden with 1964 - The Tribute, who are being inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame. 1964 – The Tribute is a band that according to the Rolling Stone magazine is: “Best Beatles tribute on Earth.”
The Opening Ceremony and Guitar Marching Band, Autograph Party, Iowa Rocks Talent Contest and Inductee Meet & Greet will all be on Saturday, September 2. The weekend culminates with the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Induction Ceremony and Concert on Sunday, September 3.
2023 Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Inductees:
Band Category: House of Large Sizes, Mercurys, The Rathbones, Renegade, Rushmore,
Border Band Category: Denny & The D.C. Drifters
Out of State Band Category: The Beatles, The Young Raiders, 1964 The Tribute
Promoter Category: John Murren, Brent Stockton
Individual Category: Bobby Berge, Andy Blumenthal, Christopher Jon Furman, Kevin Hanick, Ed Hart, Sam Irish Sr., Andy Krayer, Craig MacGregor, Ron Smith
Women Who Rock Category: Becky Morrison-Fox, Melanie Rosales
DJ Category: Jamie Grout
Radio Station Category: KNOD, Harlan
Support Person Category: Kent Hertz, Donald Higgins and Dennis Higgins, Kirk West
Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award: Jimmy Ryan
Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award: Tony Valdez
2023 Special Achievement Awards:
Spirit Award: Lone Tree Horns
John Senn Legacy Award: Steve Daly
The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association annually inducts musicians, bands, DJs, ballrooms and others who have significantly contributed to rock and roll music in the State of Iowa. Since incorporation in 1997, more than 500 entities and over 1,900 individuals have had the honor of being inducted or awarded. Inductees must have a minimum of 25 years of experience in the music industry.
The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association welcomes nominations through the website www.iowarocknroll.com. Nominations that have been brought forward on or before September 2023 will be considered for the Induction Class of 2024.
Details on the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame Induction Spectacular Weekend schedule and ticket information will be forthcoming at www.iowarocknroll.com
The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth, and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, as a 501(c)(3) non- profit statewide organization.
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