The Surf Ballrooms hosts guitar legends – Ted Nugent and Dick Dale – two nights in row. Add hot rods and strong women, and you’ve got a weekend in North Iowa to look forward to.
• “Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent returns to the Surf Ballroom Thursday, Aug. 3, with The Tom Fuller Band set to open the show. Tickets are $38 in advance, $43, if available, the night of the show. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
To millions of guitar lovers everywhere, Nugent is rock and roll. Known as much for his incredible guitar skill as he is for his outspoken opinions and onstage antics, Nugent is considered one of the world’s leading guitar showmen. His no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. Nugent has released more than 34 albums, and has sold a career total of 30 million records.
• End the summer with Endless Summer and an ‘Aloha Theme’ at the final Party in the Park of the season, Friday, Aug. 4, in Charles City.
Bring your best “aloha gear” to Central Park from 5-9 p.m., where there will be a hula hoop and costume contest. Other activities include ring toss, planko, carnival games, Bingo, chair massages, Zumba demonstrations, glow sticks, and more. Food and beverage vendors include Black Dog BBQ, Dave’s Restaurant, Hy-Vee, Kim’s Cupcakery, Maximo Lupus, Rotary, TLC, and the Pub Crawlers. Admission is free. Food can be purchased with Chuck chip currency available in the park.
Mark your calendars for the annual C.L.A.S.S. Car cruise and show Aug. 4-5, sponsored by Clear Lake Auto Social Society.
On Friday, cruise the lake at 5:30 p.m. and then return to the Surf Ballroom for a dance from 7:15-11 p.m. with The Whitesidewalls and special guest Dick Dale. Line up for the cruise begins in the Kingland Systems lot, with a meet and greet from 3-5:30. Cost of the cruise is $5 per car. Show & Shine is noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at City Park, with awards at 3:30. Coupe De Ville will play from the bandshell from 6-10 p.m.
• Legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale, along with The Whitesidewalls, will play at the Surf Ballroom Friday, Aug. 4, following the the CLASS Car Club’s annual Summer Dance Cruise. Tickets are $18 in advance or $23 at the door, if available. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
Officially described by the guitar company as a “Fender Legend,” Dale is the King of the Surf Guitar. During the late ’50s, he staked claim to a guitar sound in Balboa, California, that became synonymous with surf culture.
The Whitesidewalls Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue has been the Midwest’s ultimate 1950s and 1960s doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll show band since its founding more than 40 years ago. Featuring five singers playing multiple instruments, the tight harmonies and driving dance beat of The Whitesidewalls are the signature of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue.
• Author Anna M. Lewis will share stories of female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today in “22 Women of Steel & Stone: Women Architects” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Lewis is an award-winning toy inventor, author of “Women of Steel & Stone” and “City Doodles – Chicago” and a STEM advocate/lecturer. Admission is free.