Gamber celebrates Elvis at Gayville

Gamber celebrates Elvis at Gayville
Howie Gamber will celebrate the music of Elvis Presley at an 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Gayville Hall in Gayville. John and Susan McNeill will also perform.

Gamber, a member of the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has been a fixture in Midwestern music since the late 1950s, when he dropped out of Huron High School and joined his friends, the Ree brothers, in a Minnesota-based rock band. He later joined Johnny White and the Sons of the West, which played six or seven nights a week at the Club Cabana in Sioux Falls. After the twist became all the rage in Sioux Falls, Gamber headed back to Huron to perform in a band with his brothers.

Like Elvis, Gamber was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany before returning to the states. He organized his own five-piece band on his return that featured steel guitar and a mostly country repertoire.

They played Chicago, Minneapolis, and around the Midwest until 1968, when Gamber moved to Sioux Falls and performed regularly at Frenchie's, the Sundown Club, the J & M Club, and finally the Rainbow Bar, where he played every night of the week for five years.

In 1975, he and a partner bought the Purple Turtle in Sioux Falls and renamed it the Nashville Club, which became his base of operations. His six-piece band played there until 1979, and there he started performing Elvis tribute shows, with which he toured extensively across the country.

Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington St. in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door, or $12.50 reserved. Call 605-267-2859.

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