Pair of popular bands to put on free concert

The Roof Garden Ballroom is ready to turn up the heat in the middle of winter.

The facility is welcoming the Rolling Stoners and Rock a la Carte to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, for a free concert that is sure to have everyone rocking and rolling.

“Both of them bring a high-energy show and a shot that a lot of different people look forward to seeing, so we just thought we’d give a try for a winter show,” said Paul Plumb, marketing manager at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. “And for people out there that haven’t had a chance to a show in the Roof Garden we wanted to give them a chance to do that for free, see what a great facility it is with a pair of high-caliber acts.”

Both bands have regularly performed in the Lakes area, as well as outside at Preservation Plaza.

And they’ve built significant followings as a result of the fantastic shows they put on and, of course, the music the play. They have local ties as well, with Rock a la Carte being based in the Iowa Great Lakes and a couple members of the Rolling Stoners having grown up in the area.

“That’s part of the reason people love seeing them come back,” Plumb said.

Plumb says it certainly helps that both bands are full of great musicians and lead singers that take great care in representing these classic rock ‘n’ roll acts and their hit songs down to the finest detail.

The Rolling Stoners pay homage to early-era Stones music that keeps audiences singing and dancing from start to finish.

Rock a la Carte has solidified itself as a premier Queen tribute act, so far as being named the official band of the North American Queen Convention, so they have no shortage of rock anthems to turn up the volume.

“Both bands have so many popular songs so I think all night long you’ll hear songs you recognize,” Plumb said. “One thing that surprised me with the Queen tribute was with the movie (Bohemian Rhapsody) that came out a few years ago, whole new generation got introduced to that music. So when Rock a la Carte played the Plaza we had people from middle school age all the way up to their 70s or older enjoying that show.”

Audience members of all ages will certainly appreciate a chance to heat things up on a cold night with a dynamic rock ‘n’ roll concert.