KAMMERSTOCK was an 8 hour event on December 12, 2015. Organized by friends of Tom Kammer to celebrate his musical legacy and to assist him with expenses incurred with his current medical situation. Read the story of Tom Kammer by visiting his page.
The headliner was BlueShatter Band. The band was created from former members of Shatter and Blue Horizon, both bands where Tom was featured as the drummer. The band will performed one time only at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Oelwein Iowa on December 12, 2015.
BlueShatter performed songs from: Allman Brothers, Joe Walsh, Little Feat, Bad Company, Doobie Brothers, Shatter Originals, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Marshall Tucker, and more!
BlueShatter members include:
- Mark Nicolay – Vocals and guitar – Member of Shatter
- Tom Miller – Vocals, keys, guitar -Member of Shatter
- Mike Fereday – Guitar – Member of Shatter
- Tom Kammer – Drums – Member of Blue Horizon and Shatter
- Kelly Murphy – Guitar – Member of Blue Horizon
- Terry Wheeler – Guitar – Member of Blue Horizon
- Rob Tatro – Bass – Member of Blue Horizon
- Clay Hallberg – Bass – Member of Shatter
- Charlie Hallberg – Drums / percussion – Member of Shatter
Musicians who have played with Tom Kammer in one of his many bands traveled in from across the country to perform at KAMMERSTOCK. They came from Georgia, Oregon, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Arizona, Texas, Washington DC, and from all across Iowa.
For those friends of Tom who want to help out but are unable to attend, we suggest donating on his Fundraising Page. You can also make a donation at any of the Veridian Credit Union locations or mail it to:
Veridian Credit Union
Tom Kammer Benefit
124 E. Charles St.
Oelwein, IA 50662
The lineup of bands and musicians with starting times scheduled for KAMMERSTOCK. Note: The KC’s will open their doors at 2:00 PM. Get there early to secure your seat.
Patchy Fog 3:00-4:00
Former members of Shatter (Mark Nicolay and Tom Miller with special guest Mike Fereday) have become the top draw in venues across Iowa.
Patchy Fog is a dynamic acoustic guitar duo featuring Mark Nicolay on acoustic guitar and vocals and Tom Miller on acoustic 12 string, keyboards, mandolin and harp. Mark and Tom are former members of famous Iowa bands including 70’s-80’s Eastern Iowa rock band and Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Shatter, as well as The Jumpers, The Pawns, High Society, The Avengers, White Rain and The Thirteenth Hour. Mark is also presently a member of the Cedar Rapids Band, Blue Henry. With decades of musical experience Patchy Fog brings you a variety of well known hits from the 60’s thru today including but not limited to The Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Wayne Shepard, REM, Dave Clark Five, Marshall Tucker, Jonathon Edwards, America, Johnny Cash, John Hiatt and Eddie Floyd to name a few! Patchy Fog has played to packed houses throughout Eastern Iowa and has recieved rave reviews. The “Patchy Fog All Volunteer Rhythm Section” continues to grow and new members are always welcomed. All you have to do is “shake it”! You gotta check out Patchy Fog when they play near you!
Bruce Bearinger Band 4:15-5:15
Northeast Iowa Favorite
Bruce Bearinger has been entertaining Iowans for over two decades with his current solo act and the Bruce Bearinger Band. Former member of StoneHeart, The Jumpers, and other Northeast Iowa bands.
He covers a musical span from Boston to Neil Young. Performing classic singer/songwriter genre from Jimmy Buffet to James Taylor.
He is frequently accompanied by the Doctor of Bass – Clay Hallberg, and the Barrister of Bop – Charlie Hallberg.
Reaper members included Greg McCann, John Gerstenberger, Dan Falck, Jeff Kirkpatrick, Rob Casey, Tony Nash, Adam Youngblut, John and Mike Hernandez, Staci Thompson, and Tim Gilson. They played classic rock and performed in the Oelwein area in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Their show featured songs by Eagles, REO, Queen, Boston, AC/DC, Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Starship, Styx, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, and many other songs from the then popular groups.
The Blitz Brothers were formed in about 1983. This band started out with Brad Hughes, Tom Kammer, Robbie Casey, and Dan Falck. Later members of the band included Kent Moore and Mike Fereday.
Another member of the Blitz Brothers Band was UNI Theatre major, Bill O’Brien from Cascade, Iowa who played keyboards and sang. O’Brien went on to a national musical and acting career, playing Buddy Holly in a touring company that traveled across the country and also appearing on multiple television shows including NBC’s West Wing during each of it’s seven seasons. Bill is now the Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the arts in Washington, DC.
Rearview Mirror 6:45-7:45 (featuring Tom Kammer’s son TJ Kammer)
Rearview Mirror toured nationally and was signed for a recording contract by Gobstopper records. Their first album, “All Lights Off”, was produced by Steve Lillywhite who also produced albums by U2, Dave Mathews, Rolling Stones and Phish. Follow their link to listen to their music.
Windfall Jac Featuring two-time Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Mark Stahr and Kent Moore. Originally from the Fayette area but played often in Oelwein. Inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in September 2015.
While playing the Top 40 hits of the day, the band also focused on the music of Mott The Hoople, AC/DC, Montrose & similar acts. They also performed updated versions of classic rock ‘n’ roll songs like Elvis Presley’s “Good Rocking Tonight”, Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame”, Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody” & Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie”.
They performed at ballrooms, schools & clubs in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota & Wisconsin. They drew particularly well at Dreamland Ballroom, Chip’s Ballroom & Wildwood Ballroom.
Popular solo act from Prescott, Arizona
Appearing with special guests
Terry Wheeler was a member of the Oelwein band Blue Horizon, the Independence band Rewired, the Waterloo band The Proof, and various other bands in Texas and Arizona.
He is now based out of Prescott, Arizona and performs as a solo acoustic act called: A Night of Music with Terry Wheeler.
His act features songs by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Don Henley, The Beatles, America, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Chris Isaak, Dick Dale and many originals.
(Reunion of members from Blue Horizon and Shatter)
Mark Nicolay – Vocals and guitar, Tom Miller – Vocals, keys, guitar, Mike Fereday – guitar, Kelly Murphy – guitar, Rob Tatro – bass, Terry Wheeler – guitar, Clay Hallberg – bass, Charlie Hallberg – drums / percussion, and Tom Kammer – drums
Blue Horizon – From 1974 to 1978 Blue Horizon performed nearly every Friday and Saturday night at hundreds of dances, showcases and concerts in ballrooms, county fairs, and high schools throughout the Midwest.
The band featured strong vocal harmonies, two lead guitar players, and an electric violin that allowed them to play both original music and all the current hits of the day. Blue Horizon also distinguished themselves by performing deep album tracks by Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Little Feat, Elvin Bishop, Steely Dan, The Beatles, Charlie Daniels Band, George Benson and Stevie Wonder. Blue Horizon appeared in concert with multiple Midwest bands including the Minnesota band Judd and future IRRHOF bands Headstone and Dahcotah.
Shatter – A five piece rock band featuring the lead singer and guitar player from the group “The Pages”. Shatter’s music ranged from heavy music to current hits, plus many original tunes. Their set list featured tunes by Little Feat, Lynryd Skynyrd, B.T.O., R.E.O. Speedwagon, Bad Company, Wishbone Ash, Z.Z. Top, and many more.
Go to the Kammerstock Retrospective page to see photos and videos of the event held on December 12, 2015.