2000 - Matousek Family Lifetime Achievement Award
Danny Matousek was involved in Music in one way or another most of his life. He was a member of the Velaires who were inducted into the Iowa Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Danny passed away in the Spring of 1998 just prior to a scheduled performance with other IRRHOF Bands at Swisher Iowa.
The loss of Danny has left a big void in Rock and Roll History in Iowa.
This Award is presented to those persons that have displayed, during their lifetime the same dedication, spirit, professionalism and made a lasting contribution to Iowa Rock and Roll Music, as did Danny Matousek.
The Year 2000 Award was presented to Robert Edward (Bob) Dawdy on September 3, 2000. Bob was inducted into the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association's Hall of Fame as a member of the Velaires in 1997. Many a Musician got his start watching Bob play guitar. It was never uncommon to see several young would-be musicians crowded around the stages where he performed as they tried to pick up on the techniques that made Bob such a great guitarist. He Truly was a trendsetter who touched off many a musical career.
Today, he continues to Teach Guitar. This Award goes to Bob For his dedication, his long career, and his numerous musical accomplishments.