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Vintage Rock â�?�?nâ�?�? Roll The music was jumping – vintage rock 'n' roll all the way – when the South Dakota Rock and Roll Association presented its first induction/concert spectacular for the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May at the former Arkota Ballroom. Now, it's your turn for a front row seat as SDPB Television presents the nostalgic concert on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. The show includes performances from Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Vee, Sherwin Linton, Gary Mule Deer, Gene Carroll and the Shades plus many more. Hall of Famer Myron Lee will join SDPB's host on Aug. 2 to talk about the show and encourage membership in the Friends of SDPB. Fans can see a preview of the concert, interviews with the inductees and share their memories and photos online at sdpb.org/rocknroll. The first inductees included bands from all over the state: • Gene Carroll and the Shades, Sisseton. • Sherwin Linton, Watertown. • Myron Lee and the Caddies, Sioux Falls. • The Jadesmen, Sioux Falls. • Byrnes Brothers Band, Pierre. • Gary Miller (Gary Muledeer) and the Vaqueros, Spearfish. • The Mystics, Aberdeen. In addition, the association honored a radio station, KIHO in Sioux Falls, and two DJs: "Smilin Jack" Shafer and Bob "KIHO Helge" Helgeson; the UA Recording Studio, Bill Van Dusen, Sioux Falls; the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls and the Spearfish Pavilion; promoter Ken Mills, Sioux Falls; and an out-of-state artist, Bobby Vee. The Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls was a jewel of the state's early rock and roll days. In its heyday, it hosted orchestras, big bands and rock and roll artists. Some of the biggest names in the business played at the Arkota, with crowds sometimes exceeding 1,000. Eventually, the building was acquired by the El Riad Shrine of Sioux Falls and restored and refurbished. Today, it is the forum for parties and dances, still on the original wood floor. Let's rock the night away. Join SDPB Television for some great music and nostalgia. South Dakota Public Broadcasting is a statewide multi-media network offering quality entertainment and lifelong learning via Television, Radio, Internet and Education & Outreach. For information about SDPB and the Friends of SDPB, go to SDPB.org or call 800-456-0766.
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