Scenes from the
Saturday, January 31, 2009 Concert
at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa

Photos by John Lindquist.

Here are photos from the Saturday concert – part of the extended 2009 Winter Dance Party/50 Winters Later Celebration. A general summary of this event is on the official 50 Winters Later site along with numerous photos.
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1: George Tomsco and Stan Lark of the Fireballs are shown participating in an afternoon symposium on the Norman Petty Studios at the Clear Lake Middle School.

2: Another symposium that afternoon concerned the Winter Party '59 tour. Backup band members Tommy Allsup and Charles Bunch are shown with Bob Hale who MC'd Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson's final show which took place at the Surf Ballroom on Feb. 2, 1959.


3: MC's Cousin Brucie and Bob Hale kick off the Saturday night concert which itself could be regarded as marking the 30th anniversary of the first Saturday evening Surf Ballroom tribute concert which actually took place on Feb. 3, 1979.

4: George Tomsco and Jimmy Gilmer of the Fireballs. (Stan Lark is off to the right.)

5: Wanda Jackson.

6: Bryan Hyland.

7: The Killer Vees.

8: Johnny Preston.

9: Tommy Jennings, brother of Waylon.

10: Chris Montez.

11: Frankie Sardo makes a video appearance.

12: Peter and Gordon.

13: Bobby Vee.

14: At this concert, Bobby Vee's backup band includes a string section led by Cristina Seaborn which also helped the Crickets for a few numbers. The legendary Ar Stevens is on lead guitar. Drummer Jeff Vee is seen here hitting the strings of Tommy Vee's bass.

15: After receiving a plaque from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Bobby Vee is presented with a commemorative painting from the Surf Ballroom. Both awards are explained here.

16–18: The Crickets: Sonny Curtis, Joe B. Mauldin and Jerry Allison.

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