Updated: Feb 5
In the early 60’s, Darrell bought out Soren’s share of the business. Unfortunately, in 1964, Darrell suffered a heart attack and turned the business over to his son, Steve Ellis.
Rock met roll when Steve Ellis took over. Interests in skating was waning as teenage sensibilities were taken over by rock ‘n roll. Steve continued to offer skating, but Saturday nights were devoted to rock concerts.
The lineup of bands was impressive. National bands included The Drifters, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Marilee Rush, and the Turnabouts. Northwest stars included The Kingsmen, The Sonics, Dave Hannah and The Viceroys.
There were as many as 1,200 people in attendance, as well as a posse of police trying as much as possible to keep the drinking down to zero.
We plan to bring concerts back to the barn. The first Saturday of the Month will be dedicated to reliving the past while making way for the future generations of musicians.