Summer Showcase Series

Take in some great live music in the Surf Ballroom! The Summer Showcase Series is held annually on Thursday evenings in June and July. Each show is held in the Surf Ballroom & Museum’s Cypress Room to utilize the initial purpose of its construction–to enjoy local and regional entertainment in an intimate sit-down environment. Various genres of music, such as country, rock, blues/roots, acoustic, and R&B are featured, exposing different types of music to fit the tastes of the general public. An acoustic or electric guitar is raffled off each week to an audience member as a thank you from the Surf to all that support live music.

Each show will include one hired regional artist, and will additionally showcase local musician(s) to play a 30-minute set to open for the regional artist(s). Doors open at 7pm nightly.

Food and drinks, including a full cash bar, will be available for sale at each show. These sales support the concert series and future events. Free will donations are also accepted!

Interested in the opportunity to perform during the Summer Showcase Series? Please submit a recording or press kit to

Mallory Huffman

Education Coordinator


Submissions may also be mailed to Surf Ballroom, 460 North Shore Drive, Clear Lake, IA 50428. Individuals must be 18 years of age and may not use recorded background tracks.