IRRMA - Keeping Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Music Alive

Iowa’s Musical History

The rock ’n roll genre gained momentum in Iowa as teenagers began to listen to “their music” during the late 1950s and early ’60s. Progressive adults recognized the growing trend of rock ’n roll music, and worked to develop it and make it widely accessible throughout the state of Iowa. It was not long before radio station deejays were playing this new music over the airwaves, grand ballrooms and road houses around the state were hosting teen hops and nearly every town and city regardless of size had at least one hometown rock ’n roll band. With that, a new musical generation was born.

The Iowa Rock ’n Roll Music Association, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization, was formed in 1997 in order to retain and preserve the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll music in Iowa. The IRRMA provides music education programs statewide to schools, churches and youth groups. We also host, sponsor and promote various entertainment events and concerts throughout venues in Iowa. The IRRMA Hall of Fame also inducts bands, musicians and others that have contributed to rock ‘n’ roll music in Iowa every Labor Day Weekend.

The IRRMA’s Mission

Preserving the legacy of rock 'n roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth, and inspiring artists.

Our Vision

  • To Honor: Yearly induction ceremonies for selected artists into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.
  • To Educate: A museum displaying important artifacts relating to the history of rock 'n roll music in Iowa. In partnership with community organizations, year-round education through statewide programs, museum workshops, and contests.
  • To Inspire: Offering Iowa artists and music lovers of all ages an opportunity to showcase their talent, develop their skills, and network with others.

To experience Iowa’s rock ’n roll past, present and future, come visit us! Our museum is located at 91 Lake Street in Arnolds Park, IA, and you can contact us at our office/museum at (712) 332-6540.

Museum/Office Summer Hours (mid-May to mid-Sept):

  • Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum/Office Winter Hours (mid-Sept to mid-May):

  • Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Weekends by appointment only

Our mailing address:

P. O. Box 557
Arnolds Park, IA 51331