NE Iowa Steel Guitar Show
Where No One Is A Stranger
How It Started
The Northeast Iowa Steel Guitar Show (NISGS) had it's birth when three northeast Iowa steel players (Lefty Schrage, Dale Tiemessen, Craig Davidson) invited seven or eight steel players and friends together for a small, informal jam session one wintery day in February 1993. This first event was so successful that another jam was scheduled for February 1994.
Going Public
A decision was made to promote the show and go public with the 1994 Jam held in a local supper club the last Saturday in February. The goal was to have fun, play music, swap licks, socialize, and showcase the versatility, sounds, and styles of the steel guitar. The Jam was held in this same location for three years but a change was needed with the increasing number of people attending the show.
Expanding Interest
To accommodate increasing attendance, the NISGS was moved to its' present location in the historic Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo in February 1997. Eventually, another adjustment was made in response to the increasing number of steelers interested in performing on the show. In 1999, the NISGS was expanded to a two-day event held annually with approximately 30 Midwest steel players performing each year. Due to severe winter storms experienced in February 2007 and 2008, the show was moved to October beginning in the Fall of 2008. One or two professional artists with national recognition usually headline the show annually. Organizers take pride in promoting an informal and friendly show "Where No One Is A Stranger".
You Are Invited
Organizers of the NISGS (Lefty and Barb Schrage, Dale and Linda Tiemessen, Kirk and Kim Dighton, and Dennis Detwieler) invite you to join us each October at the Electric Park Ballroom to enjoy listening/dancing to great music and re-connecting with old friends and neighbors "Where No One Is A Stranger".