JOHN BROWN AND MID-CONTINENT ENTERPRISES

No other Midwestern-booking agency had more of an impact on the youth
of Nebraska than John Brown and his Mid-Continent Enterprises.

Utilizing the marketing power of 50,000 watt KOMA radio in Oklahoma
City, OK – Mid-Continent exposed the youth of the Midwest to literally
hundreds of fine rock bands through the 1960’s.

His prime product was the highly popular Fabulous Flippers from Lawrence,
Kansas.  It was typical for teens in Nebraska to drive hundreds
of miles to a “Flipper Dance” to be entertained by this 8-piece Rhythm
& Blues show band.  Exposing teens to obscure Rhythm & Blues hits
by entertainers such as James Brown, Barrett Strong, Wilson Pickett,
Parliament, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Sam & Dave – “Flipper Dances” sold
out everywhere they went.

Other bands booked by Mid-Continent included The Red Dogs, Spyder
& The Crabs, The Drivin’ Dynamics (with Scottsbluff, Nebraska, native,
Randy Meisner – later with The Eagles), The Smoke Ring, Wes Reynolds
& The House-Rockers, Ray Ruff & The Checkmates, and
RCA’s The Blue Things.

Bringing these bands to small towns throughout Nebraska inspired thousands
of young musicians throughout the state to form their own local rock
bands – many of which went on to national fame.