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Iowa rock hall of famers coming to Warren Center

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:25 a.m. CST

GREENFIELD — Good times rock ‘n’ roll comes to the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield when Hot Rod – Chevy Kevy takes the stage 7 p.m. June 14. Inducted last year into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the band has played gigs all over Iowa and the Midwest, including the Iowa State Fair and Surf Ballroom. They’ve opened for a long list of rock notables, including playing with Chuck Berry in the Metrodome.

Tickets for the concert are on sale now at Ed & Eva’s art store, 154 Public Square, Greenfield, 641-743-2566, and online at warrenculturalcenter.com. All seats are $15; auditorium doors open at 6:15 p.m. A special pre-show party is being planned. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available.

Rod “Hot Rod” Jerke and Kevin “Chevy Kevy” King both call Sioux Falls, S.D., their hometown and started playing in bands when they were in the eighth grade. In 1982 they formed a six-piece show group called Night people, which became one of the top club acts in the region. Some time later they started focusing on what worked best for them – ‘50s and ‘60s rock – and put together what’s become a popular routine – their tribute to the Blues Brothers.

A name change for the band, reflecting the fact that they were playing a number of car shows, came soon after. Hot Rod - Chevy Kevy went on to play more than 3,000 gigs before disbanding in 2000. They appeared with headliners such as Chuck Berry, Lou Christie, The Crytals, The Drifters, Leslie Gore, Tommy Roe, Del Shannon and Bobby Vee, as well as headlining many of their own shows. They’ve been regulars at the state fair’s annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion concert, and at many festivals and corporate events, including an appearance at Walt Disney World.

Hot Rod – Chevy Kevy was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, recognizing their careers that spanned 20 years together and continue with reunion gigs today.

Look for the band on Facebook and YouTube.

The Flag Day concert is sponsored by Fontanelle Drug, David L. Jungmann, First National Bank, Hotel Greenfield; Fisher, Fisher, Groetken, Adair; and Union State Bank.

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