We are just five short weeks away from Trop Rock’s greatest moment – the Island Fever Showcase at the Surf Ballroom! The list of attendees continues to grow and let me tell you – it is one IMPRESSIVE list! You had better make sure to get your name added – and SOON!
The most pressing (and time sensitive) detail is…
Hotels & Lodging Options:
So the good news is that there are still a few hotel rooms available in Clear Lake. However they are few & far between (and only available in our special room blocks). There are still a number of hotel options in Mason City (which is just a short 10 minute drive), but why not stay in Clear Lake in the heart of the action! While all of our host hotels are officially SOLD OUT, three of them have a few rooms available in the Isle of Iowa (Island Fever) room block. You must call the hotels directly to make a reservation & you must do it fast as the remaining rooms will be released to the general public on August 1 (and the prices will likely go up)! The Best Western Holiday Lodge has about a dozen rooms available ($129 special rate); call 641-357-5253 to book one of them. The Microtel Inn & Suites has less than 10 rooms available ($99 special rate); call them at 641-357-0966 to book one of them. Rumorz Neighborhood Hideaway has 4 rooms available; call them at 641-357-0966 to book one of them. As mentioned, there are also many additional hotel accommodations available in Mason City, Iowa (just a short 5 mile drive from the Surf Ballroom). Since Clear Lake is a well-known Iowa tourist destination, there are also many private residences that offer rentals through Vacation Rental by Owner or through Airbnb (Airbnb.com). If you would prefer to camp, there may also still be camping options available around Clear Lake. These options include: Clear Lake State Park; Oakwood RV Park; & McIntosh Woods State Park.
Make your hotel/lodging arrangements now (make sure to include Friday night too), and please make sure that you reference that you are in town for the Island Fever Showcase (with the Isle of Iowa)!
The detailed schedule (with specific performance times) has been posted to the official event website (islandfevershowcase.com). You can access it by clicking this link – SCHEDULE. Trust me… there will plenty of “surprises” in the schedule even beyond the highly anticipated “mystery set” on Sunday. And… the mystery set on Sunday will be (to quote) “something you’ll remember forever” – a benefit to partnering with America’s most famous music venue! When we say Surf Ballroom exclusive, we definitely mean it!
Remember, there are two full days of entertainment scheduled for the Surf Ballroom – Saturday, September 1 & Sunday, September 2. On each of these days, the entertainment schedule will begin at Noon (Surf doors open at 11:00 am) and will continue through Midnight. Each performer will have a 90 to 120 minute set with approximately 30 minutes between each main set.
While VIP Floor Seating is completely sold out, there are still a number of great ticket options available! Two Day General Admission Tickets are available through the Surf Ballroom (onsite and at surfballroom.com) for just $90. Two-day tickets allow unlimited entry over the two days – Saturday, September 1 & Sunday, September 2. You may add a booth upgrade to your ticket purchase (for a small fee) to guarantee a seat.
Single Day Tickets are now available. Single-day tickets can be purchased through the Surf Ballroom (onsite and at surfballroom.com) and are priced at $55 for each day. Single-day tickets are good for admission to all musical sessions on either Saturday or Sunday.
Both Single Day Tickets & Two-Day Tickets will be on sale until August 31 or until they are sold out (whichever comes first).
As mentioned, VIP floor seating is completely Sold Out, but we have just FOUR special Premium (VIP) Booths (VIP) still available for purchase at islandfevershowcase.com. These special booths include admission for four people, a special laminate event badge for each person & a cool bling bag (again one for each person) filled with a variety of treasures. Each booth will seat up to four people and they are extremely limited. Premium (VIP) Booths can be purchased for $525 at islandfevershowcase.com.
The only ticket option that may be available at the door is a special walk-up ticket good for entry to the event after 6:00 PM. These tickets will be first come, first serve & will only be sold at the door (if space permits). This special ticket will cost $30 for each night. Again, they can only be purchased at the door on the day of the event (if available). We anticipate that these tickets will be standing room only.
Visit islandfevershowcase.com to get more information about this event. Purchase your tickets at the Surf Ballroom or on-line at surfballroom.com.
Gypsies in the Palace – the Friday Night Celebration
We have an epic Friday night pre-event celebration - Gypsies in the Palace ready to kick off your weekend! This celebration will include an exclusive party in City Park that will feature live music & a special food truck court (presented in partnership with the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce). You can even bring your own coolers & lawn chairs into the park for this event (or buy your cold beverage at the VFW across the street & carry it over to the park)! The park is located in the heart of the downtown district right on the shores of Clear Lake – a beautiful setting! In addition, several of the local establishments will be hosting exclusive musical appearances by many of the musicians who will be performing at the Surf on Saturday & Sunday. Planning is even under way for an exclusive Pirates & Poets Songwriter’s Set (a ticketed event)! The full Friday night schedule will be released VERY SOON!
For those who may be saying, “I’d like to attend, but I think I will wait until next year…”
I want to be completely honest with you. At this point-in-time, there is no plan to hold this event again. Never. Ever. Again. The Surf Ballroom (our partner in this event) has agreed to hold this event this year (and this year only). While it is hard to predict whether or not they may change their mind after this incredible event concludes, there is no way to know if this will be your one & only opportunity to see this amazing Trop Rock lineup of stars perform on this world famous stage in this iconic venue. No pressure – just need you all to know that this is scheduled as a “one & done” event!
Now it’s time for you to Get-R-Done - that is, get your tickets & set your GPS for Clear Lake, Iowa on Labor Day weekend!