Get ready for the 17th annual Baby Boomer Shindig on July 29


From: Steve Cooker
Minnesota City

For 17 years now all age groups show up to dance to 1960s hit songs by the Classic Rockers and Friends at the Blackhorse on Highway 61, Winona.

The event will be held on July 29 at 7 p.m.

The BBS is not a “benefit,” however, we always raise money for people struggling with illness with freewill offerings. This year our friend and bandmate Keith Zeller, battling pancreatic cancer, is our benefactor. He was inducted into the Minnesota and Iowa “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” Keith and wife Michelle have lived and worked in Winona after they lost their home in the Rushford flood several years ago. Keith’s dad, a Lanesboro area native, was a well-known promoter and booking agent in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Keith would come home from school near St. Paul and find Roy Orbison, Bobby Vee, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochrane and more at the dinner table. Most would stay the night at their home to save on hotel bills back in the day. Keith got his first guitar lessons from these international icons.

Boomers from Florida to California come home for the BBS. This year’s line up includes Greg Wolfe, from various local bands including the North Country Band; Eric Saecker, a well seasoned bass player; Steve Kulas, drums; and myself. Special guests this year include Rick Rian from the Fabulous Ferraris, NCB and Rode Hard and Put Up Wet bands; plus, all the way from Madison, Wis., is Winona boy and West Point grad John Bell on keyboards; his wife, singer Claire Furgeson; and singer Barb Timm (Rascalls), a delightful Lewiston farm girl who still milks 25 heads of Holsteins a day with her hubby.

The BBShindig is a Winona area “get together.” We always have FUN FUN FUN … till her Daddy takes her T-Bird away.

After the Shindig we’re all goin to the Sky View Drive Inn Theatre, then skinny dipping behind the Lake Lodge. (Don’t tell the cops.)


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