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Presented by the Historic Surf Ballroom & Museum in association
with The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


For nearly six decades, The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa has hosted an amazing array of legendary national artists, from the big band and country swing greats, to the popular rock and rollers of the day.† Today, restored to the original vintage design, the Surf Ballroom stands proudly as one of the few remaining venues of its kind in the nation. Throughout itís colorful history there is no association with The Surf that is stronger than the fateful last performance of rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, J.P. ďThe Big BopperĒ Richardson and Ritchie Valens on February 2, 1959. During the annual Winter Dance Party commemoration planned for 2009, there is the extraordinary opportunity to celebrate, ď50 Winters Later,Ē the legacy and influences of these talented young men.† More broadly, it is an opportunity to mark the calendar of rock and roll history reflecting on the special nature of this moment, paying tribute to music and artists of the past and present, and, the obvious fact that the music did not die February 3rd, 1959.

The Surf Ballroom and Museum, Inc is†a non for profit organization dedicated to the preservation and accurate representation of this historic event.



The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.

The Rock Hall hosts scores of educational programs and events each year to illustrate to the world that rock and roll is the foremost cultural movement of our time. From major concert events to lectures and panel discussions, these programs reinforce the Museumís commitment to the celebration, study and interpretation of rock and roll music and its roots. Programs highlight not only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, but also a broad spectrum of social, cultural, economic and political issues as expressed through popular music from the blues, country and gospel of the early 1900s to the classic rock of the 1960s to the hip-hop and pop sounds of today. Programming is delivered using a variety of formats, including performances, lectures, film screenings and conferences - in venues both on- and offsite to help the Museum reach expanding audiences.