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Huckabee's band to play historic Surf Ballroom

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The scenic northern Iowa city of Clear Lake has played host to plenty of presidential candidates over the years, but a visit by Republican Mike Huckabee will be a little different than the rest.

That's because Huckabee, who plays the bass guitar, will perform with his band Capitol Offense at the legendary Surf Ballroom this week.

It's the venue where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper played their last gig before a fatal plane crash in February 1959.

Members will be joined at the October 26 concert by Barry Goudreau, the lead guitarist for the popular 1970-80s band Boston, which boasts hits including "Amanda" and "More than a Feeling."

The event, which campaign officials said is not a fundraiser, costs $10 per person or $25 per family.

Huckabee tells The Associated Press that he considers the Surf Ballroom a "cultural icon."

Capitol Offense is a classic rock-and-roll band made up mostly of the former Arkansas governor's staffers. It's regular lineup includes songs such as "Freebird," "House of the Rising Sun," "Born to be Wild," and "Brown Eyed Girl."

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