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Rock and roll all night — then do it again: Water Carnival's two-night Bash on the Beach draws huge crowds

Hairball's Friday night concert in Detroit Lakes brought plenty of entertaining guitar (and air guitar) highlights. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)1 / 11
The Van Halen set, led by Joe Dandy singing the vocals made famous by David Lee Roth, really made the Hairball audience "Jump" to the music at Friday night's Bash on the Beach in Detroit Lakes. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)2 / 11
The crowd of over 2,000 people at Friday night's Hairball concert on the Detroit Lakes City Beach really got into the music — some even came with wigs suitable for head-banging. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)3 / 11
Both Friday and Saturday night's Bash on the Beach concerts were staged by teh Detroit Lakes Jaycees, whose volunteers were front and center for all the action. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)4 / 11
Friday night's Hairball concert brought out lots of dedicated 80's rock fans to the Detroit Lakes City Beach. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)5 / 11
KISS frontman Gene Simmons, as portrayed by Hairball vocalist Bobby Jensen, got Friday night's Bash on the Beach concert off to a rousing start with "I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night" and other KISS favorites. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)6 / 11
Hairball bassist Freaky lived up eto his name with some impressive hair tosses when he stepped up to the spotlight (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune) 7 / 11
Firehouse lead vocalist C.J. Snare and bassist Allen McKenzie rocked the Detroit Lakes City Beach Saturday night as one of three featured bands at the second and final Bash on the Beach concert of the 83rd Northwest Water Carnival. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)8 / 11
Warrant lead vocalist Robert Mason belts out a tune as the band closes out Saturday night's final Bash on the Beach concert, part of the 83rd Northwest Water Carnival. in Detroit Lakes. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)9 / 11
Hairball's Twisted sister set at the Friday night Bash on the Beach concert in Detroit Lakes was a big hit with the 2,000-plus crowd in attendance. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)10 / 11
Hairball guitarist Happy took his turn in the spotlight at Friday night's Bash on the Beach concert. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)11 / 11

As it has been since its inception, the 2018 Bash on the Beach was one of the biggest draws of the 83rd Northwest Water Carnival — and with two nights of music instead of one, the event drew its largest crowds to date.

Attendance at both Friday night's concert, featuring Hairball, and Saturday night's triple-header of ONE, Firehouse and Warrant hovered right around the 2,000 mark, as 1980's-era rock proved to be just the right ticket for lakes-area music lovers.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 17 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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