Sibley Band To Join Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame

Date posted - August 7, 2015

Arnolds Park, Iowa — A Sibley area band will be inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over Labor Day Weekend in Arnolds Park.
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The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association says the “Interstate Cruisers” from Sibley will join the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of this Labor Day Weekend. Band members include Paul & Shortie Veen of Charles City, Michael Anderson of Primghar, Dave Hill of North Liberty, Harold VanderSloot of Sibley, Phil Sweeney of Hartley, Dave Steuck of Ankeny, and Chuck Post of Sibley.

According to the association, the band began in May of 1983 called the “Blue Ribbon Express.” 1985 brought the beginning of changes in the lineup. Post left and was replaced by Dave Steuck. The name of the band changed to “Interstate Band” in 1986. Paul Veen joined in 1987 when Vander Sloot left. Shortie Veen came on board in 1998. A short time later the band name changed to Interstate Cruisers.

The band played together for over two years and eventually the name changed to the “Cruisers.” In 1990 Sweeney left the band followed six months later by the departure of Anderson. The other members continued on as the Cruisers with Dave Hill on drums and vocals. In 1995 Steuck rejoined the band briefly.

The Labor Day Weekend schedule begins with a Kick-Off Concert at 8 PM on Friday in the Roof Garden. The Southeast Iowa Hall of Fame IRRMA All-Stars are ready to entertain with music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Tickets for the Kick-Off concert will be $10 at the door.

A few returning favorite events include the Vintage Car Show, Battle of the Bands, Autograph Sessions and of course Pancake and Omelet Breakfasts.

The weekend’s grand finale on Sunday, September 6 includes the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony beginning at 2 PM and the Hall of Fame Spectacular Induction Concert, beginning at 6:30 PM on Sunday.

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