Summer Concert Series

Take in some great live music at the Surf Ballroom! The Summer Concert Series features live music by regional & well known musicians, hosted on select Wednesday evenings from June 5-August 28, 2024.

Doors open nightly at 6pm, with donations for the Surf Ballroom & Museum's Education and Outreach Programs being accepted in lieu of admission.

Sponsored in part by Raymond JamesⓇ, Clear Lake Bank & Trust & Dean Snyder Construction.

The Sweet Nuthins

The Sweet Nuthins

June 5, 2024
Genre: Cover Band

The Sweet Nuthins are a pop group from North Iowa, specializing in 60's-90's covers.

Martin & Kelly

Martin & Kelly

June 12, 2024
Genre: Country

The incredibly talented duo of Jilly Martin and Ryan Brooks Kelly have become the next must-see act from New England to Nashville. Over the years, they’ve been featured as support acts for many traditional, and mainstream country artists. Standouts in today’s crossover country music scene, Jilly & Ryan’s songs bridge the boundary between traditional and new country. They’ve made their mark with highly-acclaimed original music and are winning over audiences each and every time they perform. Jilly and Ryan’s compelling song-writing, dynamic vocal harmonies and stunning musicianship have them poised for a breakthrough in the music industry.

Birdchild

Birdchild

June 26, 2024
Genre: Cover Band

From Des Moines Iowa, Birdchild is the Midwest's premier '80s synthwave-infused cover band. With their unique twist on contemporary hits, they transport audiences back in time to the neon-soaked, nostalgia-filled era of the 1980s, all while keeping the dance floor pumping with infectious energy.

Mark Cameron Band

Mark Cameron Band

July 10, 2024
Genre: Singer/Songwriter


Minnesota based singer, songwriter and guitarist Mark Cameron has been active in live music for over thirty years. Mark began his performing career in the rich folk-rock scene of the early 1970’s and brought this influence into several bands he founded during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Today Mark’s focus is centered on crafting original Blues songs with strong melodies and memorable lyrics. The range of Mark’s material stretches the Blues beyond safe limits with a focus on “foot stompin, butt shakin” music that is built for a live audience.

Ryan Davis & The Roadhouse Band

Ryan Davis & The Roadhouse Band

July 17, 2024
Genre: Blues


At the frayed bottom-edge of Indiana – just a moderate bike ride north of LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - multi- instrumentalist, artist and songwriter RYAN DAVIS' Americana-noir soundwaves have been emanating for years in a myriad of forms. As driving force for the lauded STATE CHAMPION, long-running member of TROPICAL TRASH, administrator of the esoteric and excellent CROPPED OUT festival, and lone proprietor of the SOPHOMORE LOUNGE label, Davis lays down his first proper 'solo' release with 'DANCING ON THE EDGE' – a rich, 2-LP tapestry of tunes that absolutely glows over seven expansive cuts. It's a pure collage of modernity and heritage.

After a period of introspection spent re-immersing himself in his drawing & painting practice, as well as his newfound delvings into instrumental music, Davis' sea change was imminent. "I wasn't sure I would ever make another record of 'song' songs," he says, "but last year I started writing again and it eventually took the shape of the record at hand. I worked painstakingly hard on the material. It felt virtually impossible to complete for a bulk of the time I spent trying to enter into it, but the process pulled me out of a strange place. I was eventually able to live inside of the songs enough to understand the world within them to ultimately help shape them into what I understood them to be." Indeed, there's a load of inspiration captured in the grooves with Ryan's unfiltered, folk- traditioned approach to poetic twists-of-tongue meeting head on with sublime instrumentation.

Colleen Orender

Colleen Orender

July 24, 2024
Genre: Blues/Jazz


Nashville Recording Artist Colleen Orender's new music is a sultry jazz dream with pop sensibilities and a touch of James Bond. A touring blues and soul artist for decades, Orender turns your hometown venues into smoldering 1930's Mississippi juke joints. She teamed up with Michael Davey in Nashville to produce her new sound that many are comparing Amy Winehouse with Julie London's essence. We see a new genre stand on its own, the Sophisticated Pop of the decade.

Elton & Billy

Elton & Billy - The Tribute

July 31, 2024
Genre: Tribute Band


“Elton & Billy – The Tribute” is the ultimate live experience in the music and the spectacle of the legendary piano men! This is not your average tribute concert. This is a full-on tribute experience for all the senses featuring three hours of music by two of the most influential and important artists of our time, Elton John and Billy Joel! Enjoy a show of chart-topping hits that span decades. Explore the decadence of the 70’s with the “Rocket Man” himself. Let the “Piano Man” take you on a walk down the streets of 1980’s New York. From yellow brick roads to Italian restaurants, it’s all here! This is the closest that you will come to seeing these two stars together on stage, face to face. Andy Anderson (Elton John) and Tony Bohnenkamp (Billy Joel) bring the fantastic music and iconic personalities to life with spot-on performances, accompanied by outrageous outfits that’ll make you think you’re seeing the real thing. With the backing band of Nick Borror, Joe Kiplinger, and Sam Mogerman you will enjoy the rock ‘n roll concert you’ve been waiting for! Come be a part of the ultimate live experience with the music that influenced and defined generations. From “Bennie and the Jets” to “Only The Good Die Young,” this event has everything you will ever need to see and hear from these two legends. You’ll love the spectacle that is “Elton & Billy – The Tribute”!

Jordy Arndt & The Howlers

Jordy Arndt & The Howlers

August 7, 2024
Genre: Singer/Songwriter


Jordy Arndt and the Howlers are a five piece alternative country band hailing from Northern Iowa. Their debut single “Die Alone” epitomizes how their sound combines the folk wisdom of gravel roads with the hard and heavy living of punk rock. With influences that range from the early outlaw music of Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard to the modern acts such as Lucero and Jason Isbell, Jordy Arndt and the Howlers are quickly making a name for themselves in the Iowa music scene.

The Schmidt Brothers

The Schmidt Brothers

August 21, 2024
Genre: Cover Band

We are The Schmidt Brothers from Vinton Iowa. Growing up, music was always a huge part of our lives. Our father introduced us to our passion of performing when we were little kids. The three of us have been performing with many bands for the last 15 years all around Iowa. But now, we have decided that it is time to pursue our dream of creating our own band, The Schmidt Brothers. We are a true variety band covering many genres such as country, pop, and specializing in 80’s rock n’ roll (Journey, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner etc.). Follow us as we bring you music videos of songs that you know and love.

Drop Dead Dangerous

Drop Dead Dangerous

August 28, 2024
Genre: Southern Rock

Drop Dead Dangerous is a musical force that has taken the continental United States and the Caribbean by storm. A band full of songwriters that intertwine addicting melodies with honest, passionate lyrics, they are described by their loyal following to be among the best in the business. Kitty Steadman is the lead singer and guitar player that combines a magnificent voice with a party hard attitude that has brought fans all over the country to their feet. Melanie Howe, also commonly known as, “The Djembabe,” fills the pocket with grooves and percussive magic that can only be found on the Drop Dead Dangerous stage. The Drop Dead Dangerous harmonies sound as if the two women have been singing together their whole lives. They joined forces in autumn of 2015 to not only tour and spread their brand of music, but to change the southern rock and country landscape. Be prepared for a wild ride of original music and powerful entertainment when you catch one of their shows, and be warned… This could get DANGEROUS.


Summer Concert Series