ALBURNETT — Perry and Kathy Keating of Alburnett have been singing since they were young. Little did they know, they’d one day be singing their way into the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
The Keatings, as part of famed Eastern Iowa band Hampton Road, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 3.
The Keatings spent their younger years singing in a number of bands in the Dubuque area, but they took time off from performing 38 years ago when they married.
“We got real jobs and moved to the Cedar Rapids area,” Kathy said. “Then we concentrated on marriage, work and had two very wonderful children, Scott and Sara. They are both now married and have children of their own.”
The Keatings still work full-time jobs — Perry runs an HVAC business and Kathy works as an office manager for a quarry company — but they were inspired to take to the stage again a few years ago when Hampton Road — originally popular around the Dubuque area in the 1970s — got back together and needed vocalists.
“When we were contacted about getting back together with a couple of the old bands for a reunion/benefit concert, our kids were grown and we couldn’t resist,” Kathy said of the couple’s return to performing six years ago. “And believe it or not, our children are very proud of us. They have attended several of our performances and brag about their talented, musical parents. They had been told about and knew how we met and that we used to perform in bands in the old days but had never really heard us perform with a band, just singing in the car and around home.”
Hampton Road — a 12-piece band, including five horns — performs a variety of cover songs by bands such as Chicago, Tower of Power, the Grass Roots, Blood Sweat & Tears and the Mamas and the Papas. The group is one of seven bands — and about two dozen honorees — being inducted this year into the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
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“It’s very exciting at this age,” said Perry, noting he and his wife are almost 62 years old and spent more than 30 years off the stage.
“It’s just an honor to know that someone has recognized that we have put a lot of work and our heart and soul into performing in Eastern Iowa.”
“The band is totally thrilled,” Kathy added.
The official induction is during the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Music Association’s ceremonies near Okoboji for Hampton Road and all the band members — Dennis Bemboom, lead guitar and vocals; Ted Rolling, keyboard; Ron Dick, trumpet; Tom Paradiso, trumpet; Joe Gianino, drums and vocals; Mike Addyman Sr., bass guitar, Perry Keating, lead vocals; Kathy Keating, vocals; Teri Lawson, vocals; Bill Reichle, sax, flute and recorder; Greg Blum, trumpet; and Brian Enabnit, trombone.
“There will be a parade and autograph signings, and some of it is a bit daunting, but that’s what is happening and its all part of it,” Perry said.
A concert is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at iowarocknroll.com.
Fans also can can catch Hampton Road on Friday and Saturday when they perform during the Rock and Roll Rewind Music Showcase at the Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque. The benefit concert featuring several bands to raise money for Camp Albrecht.
“We completely fill the stage when we perform,” Kathy said. “The band is like having a second family; they are our music family.”
“And we encourage each other to perform well,” Perry said. “We don’t let anyone slack off. It’s amazing to stop talking with people for 30 years and all the sudden you pick right back up. The only thing that is changed is that most of us have white hair now. If you come see us at Rock and Roll Rewind, it’s been said you get $1,000 worth of music for $10.
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“It’s a great show with bands from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.”
If you go
• What: Rock and Roll Rewind Music Showcase
• When: 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
• Where: Mississippi Moon Bar at the Diamond Jo Casino, 301 Bell St., Dubuque.
• Why: Benefit show for Camp Albrecht Acres.
• Cost: $10 per night or $15 for both nights.
2017 Hall of Fame Honorees
Here is a list of the 2017 Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees being honored during a ceremony Sept. 3 at the Sami Bedell Center for Performing Arts in Spirit Lake. For more information on the honorees and Labor Day weekend Induction Spectacular, go to iowarocknroll.com.
• Lifetime Achievement Award — Jerry Jones, Stephen Soboroff, Mac Coffin Jr., Tommy Allsup.
• Spirit Award — Bruce Cameron, Greg Miksich, Merle & Jan Wiese, Surf Zombies.
• Bands — Hampton Road, The Whitesidewalls, Prince & the Paupers, The Night People, High Heel & the Sneekers, Lavender Lace Band, Jeff Brandt & Galaxy.
• Artists — Craig Erickson, Angelo Doud, Gary Kellgren, David Sandler, Don “Shakey” Ahrens.
• Women Who Rock — Karie Skogman.
• Disc Jockey — Kyle Martin.
• Support People — Marla Black.
• Music Store — Rieman Music.