By Emily Bialkowski
February is the perfect time to surprise your sweetheart with something spontaneous and fun. It’s also the time for the fourth annual Rock-n-Roll Extravaganza and fundraiser for the Caledonia Music Department.
Put the two together and you’ve got the perfect combination for a fun date night that supports paramount programming for students.
The extravaganza conveniently takes place Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Four Seasons Community Center in Caledonia. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the band Studebaker 7 taking center stage from 7-11 p.m.
Besides a lively repertoire of familiar cover tunes from artists such as Joan Jett, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Chuck Berry, The Monkeys and more, Studebaker 7 features Caledonia vocal teacher Ross Martin and Caledonia band teacher Dustin Moburg.
Martin said the band has come to love their yearly visit to Caledonia for many reasons.
“This fundraiser and job kicks off our new year. We look forward to this because it’s when our performing season starts,” Martin said.
Over the past two months, Studebaker 7 has been working on new music, and the extravaganza will be the first gig to feature the fresh tunes.
“All the new stuff, we debut at Caledonia, and we very much look forward to debuting new music there,” Martin said.
In addition to the music, guests will enjoy a live auction, a silent auction and refreshments. Highlighting the auction this year are some special autographed items thanks to a few Hollywood connections Martin enjoys.
“I called in favors from old friends,” he admitted.
Drummer Ellington Ratliff of the teen pop band r5 has signed and autographed lots of items for auction, as has Jeffrey Weissman, who played George McFly in “Back to the Future Part II” and “Back to the Future Part III.”
Martin’s connections go back to a time when he lived and performed in L.A. That experience has also paved the path for Caledonia music students to head to the City of Angels in 2015 for their music trip.
“It’s very exciting,” Martin said, adding that the students will visit the Grammy Museum, stand on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl and hit the beaches.
Such a trip relies on the funds raised at the Rock-n-Roll Extravaganza.
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased from any music department student or by calling 507-725-3316 and asking for Moburg or Martin. You can also email [email protected]
More on the band
Studebaker 7 was originally formed in 1973 for a ‘50s style fraternity party, and the band went on to perform for 14 years thereafter. The highlight for Studebaker 7 was performing for three consecutive years at Milwaukee Summerfest.
The band broke up in 1987. After a 15-year hiatus the band reformed in 2002 with six original members. Since reuniting, Studebaker 7 has been the opening act for Jefferson Starship, .38 Special, Dr. Hook and 1964-The Tribute, called the No. 1 Beatles tribute show in the world.