Head East at Rockin’ Halloween Party

Huge concert draw of 1970s to make appearance at South Beloit Ramada Inn Tuesday, Oct. 31

A popular classic rock band will help stateline residents celebrate Halloween.

Head East will headline the 2006 Rockin’ Halloween Party, Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Ramada Inn, 200 Dearborn Ave., in South Beloit.

Originally known as the TimeAtions, Head East was formed by brothers Roger and Larry Boyd in 1969, releasing its first album, Flat as a Pancake, (A&M Records) in 1975.

The debut album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 single, “Never Been Any Reason,” which has become a staple of classic rock radio and is one of the most frequently played rock anthems in many parts of the country.

A huge concert draw in the 1970s, Head East has released 14 albums, including its last studio effort, 1988’s Choice of Weapons.

Although the band has had several lineup changes since their early days, Roger Boyd has taken over lead vocal and keyboard roles. The current roster also consists of drummer Mike Mesey, bassist Rich Credore and guitarist Richie Callison.

Playing mainly Midwest and Plains states dates, Head East performs about 20 to 30 shows per year, most of which are booked around Boyd’s position at St. Louis University, where he’s also a professor in the school’s department of social work.

In addition to the Head East show, The Rockin’ Halloween party will also feature a costume contest with a $500 first prize. Doors open at 8 p.m. Local band Iron Cross will take the stage at 8:30 p.m., followed by Head East at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Mike’s Road House, 614 Broad St., Beloit, Wis.; Cattails Lounge, 200 Dearborn Ave., South Beloit; and Carousel Sports Cards in The North Towne Mall in Rockford.

More information about Head East can be found on the Web at www.head-east.com. Additional information about the 2006 Rockin’ Halloween Party can be obtained by calling Bordertown Productions at (608) 921-4827.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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