Steve Bergerson’s Glory Days
Now a buttoned-up marketing, trademark, and entertainment attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, there was a day when Stephen Bergerson was an entertainer himself, rocking the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his band, the Mystics. In fact, Bergerson will be back at the Arkota May 24, when the Mystics are inducted into the new South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Drummer and band manager while he was in college, Bergerson says the Mystics were a cover band in the late ’50s, when “nobody knew what a cover band was. The vocabulary didn’t even exist. Everybody played popular songs, because that’s what the people who went to dances wanted to hear.” Every town of even 200 people seemed to have a dance hall then, he adds, and live music drew hundreds of people in from surrounding towns.
The Mystics played the Dakotas and Minnesota five or six nights a week, and shared bills with the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dion, and Conway Twitty. In the late ’60s, Bergerson went on to join the Twin Cities band the Castaways.