Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association held their first event in the 2019 “Iowa Rocks Talent” on March 21. The event took place at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji. Two bands and one individual won the event and will advance to Finals. Triple Shot, The Noobers, and Kaela Weston will compete at “Iowa Rocks Talent Finals” on Saturday, August 31st at the Roof Garden Ballroom in Arnolds Park.
Triple Shot, a band from Spirit Lake, consists of Carter Lambert (15) on Vocals/Bass, Gwen Gehrke (14) on Vocals/Guitar, Lexi Duffy (15) on Vocals/Keyboard, and Carley Wells (17) on Vocals/Drums. The Noobers, a band from George, consists of Myles Master (17) on Vocals/Lead Guitar, Martin Macias (17) on Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Solomon Johnson (18) on Vocals/Drums, and Austin Dixon (18) on Vocals/Keyboard. Kaela Weston was the youngest vocalist that night and is from Milford.
“Iowa Rocks Talent” is a 21 and under statewide event that provides professional development of young musicians and encourages participation in music outside of school. Remaining regional events will take place in Mason City (April 27), Shenandoah (May 4), Des Moines (June 1), and Dubuque (virtually in April). Winners of regional events advance onto Finals to compete for recording time and performance opportunities.
Catamount Recording, Walmart, Wabash Entertainment, Drake University, Pearson Lakes Art Center, The Main Event, Michael Thoreson Farm Bureau Financial, John Walachy Music Legacy, Midwest Piano & Music, Dickinson County News, Arnolds Park Amusement Park, and Lakes News Shopper are sponsors of the event. Musicians can still register for upcoming events at www.iowarocknroll.com/iowarockstalent.
Established in 1997 as the first state rock ‘n roll music association, the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association is a statewide 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve the legacy of rock ‘n roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth, and inspiring artists.