Town: Sioux City
Concert Date: Saturday, July 22
Concert Time: stay tuned for set times
Thirty years. It’s an eternity in rock ‘n’ roll, and a marathon for the bands who fly its tattered flag. Revisit the class of 1988, and the casualties are piled high: a thousand bands that blew up and burnt out. In this chew-and-spit industry, the Spin Doctors are the last men standing, still making music like their lives depend on it, still riding the bus, still shaking the room. They’ve never been a band for backslaps and self-congratulation. Even now, plans are afoot for a seventh studio album and another swashbuckling world tour, adding to their tally of almost two thousand shows. But faced with that milestone, even a band of their velocity takes a breath for reflection. “I’d never have guessed,” admits drummer Aaron Comess, “this would have turned into thirty years of making great music together.”
Like all the best rock ‘n’ roll mythology, the final page of the Spin Doctors’ biography remains forever unwritten. But if the band’s story is to begin anywhere, it should be at New York’s New School university in the fall of ’88, when a fateful door-knock sparked the first meeting of Comess and guitarist Eric Schenkman. Trading as the Trucking Company, Schenkman, local legend John Popper and a charisma-bomb vocalist named Chris Barron had been making a glorious noise in the clubs downtown. But when Popper committed himself to Blues Traveler, the remnants sought new blood. Having assured Schenkman that he’d “check them out,” Comess formed a ferocious rhythm section with Bronx-raised bassist Mark White. “When I first met them,” recalls White, “I thought, ‘These are some funky-assed white boys.’ I’m the black guy in the band, and they had to teach me to play the blues.”
Be a part of the Spin Doctors VIP Concert Experience
The RAGBRAI L Concert Series features some of the top national, regional and local bands to ever take the stage. This year’s line-up celebrates the ride’s golden anniversary with nostalgia bands from the past five decades. All concerts are free and open to the public.
You can upgrade your concert experience with a VIP ticket that includes access to: a private restroom, beer garden, drink tickets, air-conditioned suites with premium seating, charging stations, and shaded seating. Listen to the bands from the best seat in the house and avoid the crowds with the exclusive VIP ticket. Purchase all six VIP experiences for a $300 discount plus our RAGBRAI L Concert Series Tee as part of your package.
Experience the Spin Doctors concert in an exclusive VIP area and watch the concert from the best seat in festival. The VIP experience includes:
- Private Bathrooms
- Air-Conditioned Suites with premium top level views
- Private Beverage Garden
- Drink tickets
- Charging Stations
- Shaded seating
VIP quantities are limited and vary depending on the town venue and size. VIP experiences aren’t available for Ames or Davenport due to venue size and location.