This year’s Shindig will be on Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Blackhorse Pub & Grill.
The Winona Post sat down with Baby Boomer Shindig (BBS) spokesperson Arnold Ziffel to ask a few questions:
Are you from around here?
“I grew up on a hog farm between Pixley and Hooterville.”
What is the BBS?
“The Classic Rockers Band gathers friends to celebrate ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s music we grew up with for fun. All ages show up for dinner and to dance. They come from all over — some plan their summer vacations around this.”
You also raise money for people in need, correct?
“Yes. We take a free-will offering for friends most of us know that are ill or injured. Most are humbled by their need, so we’ve been keeping their names anonymous; they’re always grateful.”
Who’s playing with the Classic Rockers this year?
“Well-known area musicians. We invite skilled players and singers to join us on stage, as well.”
Rumor has it some very popular international musicians may join you.
“We don’t want to get everybody’s hopes up, but we’ve invited Paul and Ringo.”
How did you go about contacting them?
“Last spring, we threw a message in a bottle in the Mississippi, down by the levee; unfortunately, it washed up on the shores of Brazil. Now, two guys named ‘Saul’ and ‘Bingo’ are coming. How could we say no? It’s a good thing they both used to play with Sergio Mendez and the Brazill 66. What are the odds of that? We threw another bottle in the river for Paul and Ringo — hopefully it will wash up on the shores of England in time.”
Sounds like a good plan!
“We thought so, too. It was my idea!
When is the BBS?
“Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Blackhorse Pub & Grill on Highway 61 in Winona. The Blackhorse waived the cover charge, so the event is free!”