2011 - Band
Band Members: Jon Moravec, Paul Johnson, Bill Pelchat, Tony Newby, Missy Kunze
Roadhouse was formed in Sioux City in the early 80's by drummer Tony Newby. In the startup years, the band played clubs and casinos and went through numerous personnel changes until Tony was able to get the perfect blend with lead guitarist Bill “Chopper” Pelchat (Silver Strings, Hall of Fame 2008), keyboardist Jon Moravec, bassist Paul Johnson (Natural Color, Hall of Fame 2009) and vocalist Missy Kunze. Roadhouse has played for more than 25 years with most of the members staying together for more than 20 years.
In 2000 Roadhouse won the Rivercade Battle of the Bands in Sioux City and opened in front of several thousand people for the national country act, The Tractors. The band also played with Atlantic recording artists, The Drifters.
Roadhouse has been one of the most popular bands in the Western Iowa area for many years. The lead vocals and harmony are outstanding and the chemistry of the musicians make audiences want to get up and dance. They feature creative arrangements of popular songs as well as many originals. Their show truly has something for everyone and boasts a repertoire of more than 300 songs.
Roadhouse teamed up with Natural Color in 2009 to help them in their IRRMA Hall of Fame induction year. During that year and continuing forward, they have generated much excitement with performances including the 2009 induction concert and a Rock the Roof appearance in 2010.
Roadhouse has been a long-time supporter of IRRMA. The band has played for fundraisers at the Woodbury County Fair in Moville, Stormin’ Norman’s in Waterbury NE, The Chesterfield in Sioux City , The Avalon Ballroom in Remsen, Pioneer Valley Days in Sergeant Bluff, and Rock the Roof at the Roof Garden. They have performed shows with IRRMA Hall of Fame bands Magnificent Board of Directors, Spectacle, Velaires, Dodge Boys, Silver Strings, Charades, and Natural Color.
Roadhouse is a well-polished band and stays extremely busy playing about 40 weekends a year. From auditoriums to bowling alleys, stadiums to pubs; Roadhouse has done it all. It’s been 25 plus years and counting for Roadhouse, and hopefully many more! For their dedication to quality entertainment and years of pleasing audiences throughout Western Iowa and the contingent states, Roadhouse joins the members of the IRRMA Hall of Fame Class of 2011.