Mogen’s Heroes And Surfin’ Safari
May 27 @ 6:00 pm-9:00 pm CDT
Mogen’s Heroes began having fun making music on Halloween night 1978 in Chancellor. The band, founded by Waubay native John Mogen while teaching vocal music in Lennox, soon added guitarist Tom Steever. Drummer Scott Klaverkamp joined in the early ‘80s. Their tight three-part harmonies became the band’s trademark. Television anchorman Doug Lund replaced Klaverkamp in May 1988. Wagner native Dennis Gale took over guitar duties in February 1997. Bill Hoffman, a Redfield native, became the drummer early in 2003. That’s the trio that still plays today.
With the addition of a younger Hoffman, the band’s playlist went from doing Elvis to featuring Four Seasons tunes. “Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown” made way for Beach Boys arrangements. Working with three vocalists who could hit the high notes delighted the audiences. The band has always taken pride in pleasing a wide variety of ages.
The Surfin’ Safari Band is an exciting new group comprised of 5 experienced, talented, and versatile musicians who all share a passion for the ever popular Oldies and Golden Oldies music genres. The group is extraordinarily strong vocally.
The goal of this group is to present a different, exciting, and appealing entertainment experience…a significant change of pace that will appeal to audiences and customers over a broad range of ages; young, old, and in between. This band exclusively performs the “Oldies” and “Golden Oldies”; that is, 50’s and 60’s music, DooWop, Surfin’ Music, Rockabilly, and more.
Importantly, there is big difference in this group. The Surfin’ Safari Band will deliver arrangements of the music that are true to the era in which it was originally recorded and performed. You’ll hear no “hopped up” or “heavy-metalized” versions of the oldies. But you will hear strong instrumentation, strong vocals, and strong vocal harmonies.
The Iowa Rock N’ Roll Association
The Rock the Roof concert series is presented by the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Association. The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.