Overnight Town Bands

I hope it’s not too early to talk about the entertainment. What bands/acts are on your wish list this year? Last year (on my 10th RAGBRAI), I finally saw Hairball in Centerville. I was blown away. I am hoping that Hairball performs in Clear Lake. That would be phenomenal.

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Groeny82, January 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm

I liked the band the first night last year in Glenwood. I wouldn’t be disappointed one bit if they showed up again. I think a good classic rock cover band would be fitting for just about everyone in the crowd. I don’t go out to see many bands in the off season (the other 51 weeks of the year) so I don’t have any ideas for good ones to line up. Hairball of course is always good. Johnny Holm’s Band always seems to be popular.

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KRIS, January 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

How about a country band? Seems like its always rock and roll and never Country.

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jelly0317, January 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm

Two words: Brave Combo.

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Mike Murphy, January 23, 2017 at 7:56 pm

In Clear Lake it would be great if they could get a band that pays tribute to Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. I know there are at least two groups that do that, “The Night The Music Lived”, and “Winter Dance Party” I think that would be a lot of fun.

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Carl Anderson, January 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Boogie and the YoYoz is a real good band that plays a little of everything and they have a lot of energy. check them out on their web site

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Ken Reed, January 24, 2017 at 7:24 am

I thought they have had a country band or two in the last several years. I think they don’t do country as much because I don’t think there’s a huge demand for it. The groups of RAGBRAI folks that I’m around aren’t country music people. Rock bands are easy and good for everyone across the board.

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andytetmeyer, January 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

Brave Combo made me giggle. I’ll give you a dollar if they get hired. I heard the Nadas are playing at the country club.

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nocoloco, January 25, 2017 at 2:07 am

WISHLIST FOR BANDS …

Bands caught live from 2016 – Wish they would stop by RAGBRAI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMCutWGTHSU – Vintage Trouble
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBgMGuEf87Y – Trombone Shorty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0y_J2zDsNQ – Houndmouth
Also lucky enough to catch Mississippi Allstars, The Fray, Buddy Guy, Anders Osborne, Crystal Bowersox, Ray Lamontagne, Rick Springfield, Freddie King,

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nocoloco, January 25, 2017 at 2:17 am

WISHLIST FOR LUNCHTIME / BACKPOCKET

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAMMT1VC_cs
from near Iowa City — See Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVT7T1429zc
Diplomats of Solid Sound … are they still a THING these days?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si2RhvFOBzE
Joytime Jam in Van

Spazmatics from Austin — born to perform on RAGBRAI

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Ken Reed, January 25, 2017 at 7:54 am

nocoloco: Houndmouth is a phenomenal band. “Sedona” is such a kick-ass tune. The band Future Islands would be on top of my ultimate wish list.

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SFC JKL 2, January 25, 2017 at 8:56 am

I’m still holding out for U2. Send Bono an invite TJ. Our team’s pick would be AC DC who will be on tour this year. What I don’t need is another Styx cover band or any form of the original.

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Matthew P, January 25, 2017 at 9:12 am

I think it would be great to see the Nadas or Gaelic Storm(but I know that would be a stretch)

The Nadas
https://www.thenadas.com/home
Gaelic Storm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST1FZyKEFbA

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cyduke, January 25, 2017 at 9:50 am

I agree, we don’t need another Styx cover band. I wonder what Jimmy Buffett is doing this July?

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Ken Reed, January 25, 2017 at 9:53 am

Watch them book a Rush cover band. Yikes.

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WW2BUFF, January 25, 2017 at 10:29 pm

Since we will be north I’m hoping we get the Johnny Holm Band again. They added some younger band members and were really good last time in 2015 with a wide variety of music. Everything from classic rock to new Top 40 rock.

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