If you are looking “Nothing But A Good Time” Then Saturday night at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex is the place to be.
Shellabration is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its local concert events featuring former Poison lead singer Bret Michaels alongside Molly Hatchet and local band Lone Tree Revival.
Tickets are available the night of the show and are sold at two entry points. Will Call tickets can also be picked up at the two entry gates.
Tickets are $50 on the night of the show. Children under 12 have free entry. Tickets can only be purchased with cash and all discounts are cash only. ATMs will be available on site.
Jim Reed, President of Shellabration, Inc, said he expects 6,400 to 6,800 to attend.
“I’m comfortable with that number based on previous precedent.” said Reed. “But with an excellent weather forecast, we could maybe tip the needle above 7,000. This has only happened four times in our history.”
Saturday’s concert will be Michaels’ last solo show of the summer before he embarks on a major tour of stadiums and arenas with Poison and Motley Crue.
Reed said people who come to Shellabration will see and hear Michaels for as little as $40 a ticket (that was the original price for tickets), while those who go to the stadium concerts pay $100 or more.
Poison, with Michaels on lead vocals, has charted hits “Every rose has thorns,” “Nothing But A Good Time” “talk dirty to me” “Thin Bop”, “I want action” and “Fallen Angel.”
Michaels played along “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” and “Life as I know it.”
He appeared up “Celebrity Apprentice” and won the competition, raising more than $300,000 for diabetes research.
Molly Hatchet, a Southern rock band, is perhaps best known for the song “Flirting with disaster.”
Between 1978 and 1984 the band also released the hits “Dreams I’ll Never See” “whisky man”, “Land of the Alligators” and “Satisfied man.”
Revival of the lonely tree
Lone Tree Revival is made up of local musicians. Dan Cassady on trombone, Tim Miller trumpet, Steve Nelson sax, Sean Minikis guitar and vocals, Jeremy Ober guitar and vocals, Jeremy Pearson bass and vocals and Dean Davis drums.
From 5:30 p.m. the gates open to the general public
Lone Tree Revival will take the stage at 6pm, followed by Molly Hatchet at around 7:30pm
Bret Michaels will take the stage at around 9:15 p.m
This year, lights will be used to guide spectators to the seating areas at sunset.
The parking lots open at 2:00 p.m. Again this year, vehicles will exit the venue north when parked in the Harlan Rogers parking lot and south when parked in the airport lots. Shuttles will operate between the airport parking lots and Harlan Rogers before and after the show.
The main area of the airport will be used first. When that is filled, the lots south of the Air Guard will be used. Disabled parking is located in the main Rogers car park. Drivers with disabled signs will be directed to these locations. Disabled seating will also be available near the stage at two different locations.
Buses and RVs may enter the Harlan Rogers parking lot at 10:00 am and will be directed to the correct lot.
Reed said both Bret Michaels and Molly Hatchet will have merchandise for sale on site. He said historically Shellabration has been one of the better selling events according to previous artists.
The first Shellabration concert took place on July 3, 2002 at Oleson Park Bandshell. The headliners were The Fab Four, a tribute group to the Beatles.
Over the years the roster of artists has included The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, ZZ Top, Sammy Hagar, Chicago, Cheap Trick, 38 Special, Huey Lewis & The News, Styx, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon.
Reed added that this has been a record year for sponsorships. He attributed this to several factors, including people looking to get back out after COVID-19, the acts they booked and the weekend date. He also said that being the show’s 20th anniversary was a factor.
“We have great community support which allows us to host a world class event.” said Reed. “We can do this because of a great depth of sponsorship. We have such a great team adding so many details that make it a great experience.”
Weather alerts app
Dylan Hagen of Webster County Emergency Management created an emergency alert app for this year’s Shellabration event at Harlan Rogers Park.
Anyone planning to attend the show this year can simply text Shellabration to 67283 and you will receive real-time weather alerts and updates, including clocks and alerts. All other important information can also be sent via the program.
Anyone who signs up for the notifications will be automatically unsubscribed on June 12th, the day after the concert.
The Fort Dodge Police Department released the following information for everyone who attended the Shellabration concert at the Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex this Saturday.
• Parking is available in the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex main lot, the Fort Dodge Municipal Airport main lot and, if required, the area south of the airport.
• Disabled parking will be available in the north portion of the Harlan Rogers Hard Lot.
• Bus and large RV parking is located near the Harlan Rogers main entrance.
• Parking is prohibited along the shoulders of Nelson Avenue (Webster County Road P56), 170th Street (Webster County Road D14) and 160th Street (the street north of the complex). Any vehicles parked along the paved sections of these roads deemed to constitute a traffic hazard will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Departure after the event (approx. 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.)
• Vehicles parked in the Harlan Rogers lot will be directed north along Nelson Avenue (P56) using both lanes.
• Those in the west lane (southbound) will be directed west along 160th Street.
• Those in the east lane (northbound) will be directed north along Nelson Ave.
• Vehicles parked at Fort Dodge Municipal Airport will be routed along Nelson Ave. headed south using only the southbound lane.
• During this time, all southbound traffic approaching 160th Street at Nelson Avenue will be diverted west until the area is cleared.
• All northbound traffic approaching 170th Street (D14) at Nelson Avenue will be diverted eastbound until the area is cleared.
• No private vehicles will be permitted north of Harlan Rogers to pick up participants.
• Clearly marked taxis and shuttle buses will be the only vehicles able to come in for pickup along Nelson Avenue from the south. Taxis must be fitted with top lights indicating they are taxis to be licensed north to Harlan.
• Police would like to remind attendees to watch out for foot traffic when exiting the area and those not attending the concert are urged to use alternative routes where possible.