Pop Rocks will perform during Western Days and provide a great time for all who attend.
Pop Rocks will perform during Western Days and provide a great time for all who attend.

Everyone, on your feet! This one’s gonna be big!

“This will be the biggest dance party Chatfield has ever seen!” promised Chatfield Western Days Committee member Steve Rowland.

He is inviting anyone and everyone to the Bernard Bus garage on Saturday, Aug. 12, to boogie down with “Pop Rocks” and the evening’s opening band, the “Fabulous Books Boys.”

He stated, “‘Pop Rocks’ is not just a band – they are a high-energy live music show that plays some of the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor. They’re bringing the best of today’s hottest Top 40 hits, throwback hip-hop, pop country, party rock and timeless classics, all mashed up and delivered in a party zone format. It’s the music of a deejay, the theatrics of a Broadway musical and the live energy of an arena rock extravaganza.”

The Minneapolis-based band is comprised of seven artists who, according to the band’s website, “immerse their audience in the full tribute experience, with a twist. Featuring over 45 – sometimes gender-bending – costume changes, high-energy dancing and a stage presence that rivals the archetypes they emulate, ‘Pop Rocks’ performances are a musical theater-meets dance party….”

Additionally, the band has headlined all over the Midwest, including Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Oktoberfest in La Crosse, RAGBRAI in Iowa and at the Canadian Bass Fishing Championships. The group also regularly flies out to play special events all over the continental United States and South America, including Las Vegas, New Orleans and Panama City, Panama.

More importantly, the group is honored and humbled to be able to travel multiple times a year to play for the troops on USO tours all over the Middle East and Europe, including destinations such as Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Paris, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Rowland is excited to bring the band to Chatfield’s stage. “A friend of mine told me about ‘Pop Rocks,’ as he knew that I was looking for something new and exciting. He, and many of his friends, follow ‘Pop Rocks’ wherever they play within 100 miles. I looked into ‘Pop Rocks’ and felt that it was just what Chatfield Western Days needed to celebrate their ONLY 50th anniversary of Chatfield Western Days.”

He also said, “People should come because this band knows how to ‘play the crowd,’ how to entertain and play to whatever crowd is there. It’s a spectacular stage production that Chatfieldites will definitely appreciate and will be clamoring for their return in 2018. They actually play music that you want to hear…including ‘U2’s’ ‘Vertigo,’ and ‘Twisted Sister’s’ ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’ ‘Pop Rocks’ is a marathon of music comparable to falling down YouTube’s music channel rabbit hole, only it’s live and it’s loud! There is nothing out there like this group. The show has 40-plus costume changes, every genre of hit music, special effects, high energy, passionate members and interactive performances that get the entire crowd involved. Come have fun with us!”

The “Fabulous Books Boys,” a hometown band comprised of Steve Books, his son Oliver, several talented members of the community and some of the guys from the former “Booker Mini Band” will open for “Pop Rocks” at 7 p.m., getting the night’s fun rolling until 8:30 p.m., when the “Pop Rocks” machine revs up.

Advance tickets for the show are available at Kwik Trip and Sunshine Foods for $12 per person until midnight on Aug. 11, after which tickets are $15 per person at the gate. Concessions and a beer garden will be available.

The concert is sponsored by the Chatfield Booster Club, Y 105FM and the Chatfield High School Class of 2018.

Additionally, the Chatfield Fire Department is hosting a dance on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Chatfield fire hall on Main Street, from 7 to 11 p.m., featuring the band “Nightshift.”

For the younger crowd, there’s the annual KROC Music on Wheels Under 21 Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Bernard Bus garage – complete with a dance contest with special illumination lights. The dance, sponsored by the Chatfield Booster Club, Sunshine Foods, Dairy Queen and CHS Chatfield, is alcohol-, tobacco- and skateboard-free and will be held rain or shine. Admission is $5 per person.