Creek Fest 2010 is Saturday

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Mill Creek Valley will be the backdrop for this weekend's Creek Fest 2010 at the Fred Jaminet Farm, located two miles north and two miles west of Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband

Last summer, area residents Fred Jaminet and Kurt Rasmus were talking about the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival which was going on in New York at that time and mused about Cherokee putting on something like that.

Well, you know how it goes - sometimes, big things can come out of such seemingly innocent musings, and this was one of those times. Before you knew it, Jaminet and his wife Peg, and Rasmus and his wife Joyce, were looking into the possibility of actually staging a Woodstock-like outdoor festival here. They formed a corporation, Jamin-R Enterprise, rented some pasture land near Mill Creek, lined up some excellent musical performers, and "Creek Fest 2010" was born.

Though this is the initial Creek Fest, Rasmus said they're calling it "Creek Fest 2010," with the hopes that it will became a regular - if not annual - event.

The date for the event is this Saturday, July 17, and the venue is two miles north and two miles west of Cherokee, at the intersection of Valley Road and High Country Road, near Mill Creek , the "Creek" of Creek Fest.

The festival will run from noon on Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday, and there are five musical acts who will be performing. Paullina resident David Fintel will kick things off with his set at noon and he'll be followed on stage at 2 p.m. by another local act, The Soggy River Bottom Boys, who will be performing from 2 until 5 p.m. Soggy River members include Denny Holton, Steve Thomas, Mike Hoover and Jimmy Davis of Cherokee, and Larry Jorgeson of Ames.

Rasmus said that all the acts will be using the same stage and sound system, so there should not be much "down time" for acts to set up, and the music should be relatively continuous throughout the day. All of the musical acts perform a variety of music types, so there should be "something for everybody" to listen and dance to.

For just this one day, the traditional "three R's" of reading, writing and 'rithmetic - will be replaced by Riata, Rumbles and Rude Band.

Following the Soggy River Bottom Boys, the band Riata will take the stage. Riata plays a lot of country music, but they also play some rock as well. Riata will be playing from 5-8 p.m., and will be followed on stage by the one-and-only Rumbles.

The Rumbles entertain people with popular rock and pop dance music. The group used to play on a monthly basis at the old Cobblestone Ballroom in Storm Lake back in the 1960s and 70s, and they have always done an excellent job of "covering" the latest hits. They have done some recording on their own, too, and had a big regional hit in 1968 with the song "Jezebel."

The group has gone through several personnel changes through the years, but through it all, the one constant has been drummer/vocalist Steve Hough. Hough also took over the group's management several years ago. The other current members of the group are Todd Henseler (bass) ,Tim Vasquez (keyboards) and Gayle Adams (guitar). The original group was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

The Rumbles are scheduled to perform from 8-11 p.m., and they will be followed by the closing act, The Rude Band, from Sioux Falls, S.D. The Rude Band, like the Rumbles, area an excellent "cover" band, performing many hits in excellent fashion. Their song list is one of the most varied in the business, with "no musical genre off limits, no era untouched, and no hit out of reach," according to their website. The Rude Band has been together for 19 years and group members are vocalist/guitarist Garret Hansen; vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Greg Kleinhasser; vocalist/bass player Trace Mahoney, and vocalist/drummer Tyson Conn.

The Rude Band will play from 11 p.m. until the fest closes at 2 a.m.

Creek Fest 2010 will have plenty of food like burgers, brats and chips available throughout the day, along with beverage like soda, water and beer. The beer tent will also have some "eye candy" available, as a team of gals from the "Hooters" restaurant chain will be serving the brew.

And should you imbibe a little too much beer or other alcohol, never fear. shuttle bus and limousine service will be available for those in need.

The charge for all of this fun? A mere $15 will get you admission all day, whenever you come. If you come at noon and stay all day, it'll still cost you just $15 to hear all the music. Food and drinks are extra.

Throughout the day, there will be other fun activities going on, too, such as "beach" volleyball and "tailgate" bean bag tossing. Families are encouraged to take in part of the day, and wristbands will be issued to those attendees who are of legal drinking age.

The first 100 people who come to Creek Fest 2010 will get a free burger, pop and chips.

Creek Fest 2010 - Be there!

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