The Pork Tornadoes
The Pork Tornadoes
|Origin||Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.|
The Pork Tornadoes is a cover band from Cedar Falls, IA. The name of the band was in constant flux until they overheard a local radio DJ describe a tornado that hit a pig farm as a "pork tornado". Members immediately decided that The Pork Tornadoes was the perfect name and it stuck. The band's taglines are "Beard Pop" and "Your Girlfriend's Favorite Band".
The Pork Tornadoes currently consists of Mason Greve, Cory Talbot, Jerry Lorenson, and Mike Schulte. The Band initially included Brent Estlund and Dante Ware. Dante Ware left the band in 2012 and was replaced by Mike Schulte. Jerry Lorenson joined the band in 2016. Brent Estlund left the band in 2017. The band has played over 600 shows since forming in 2008. Its first performance was at The Hub, a local live music venue in Cedar Falls, IA and became the house band in 2010 until the venue closed permanently in 2014.  It currently performs across the Midwest.
Awards and Recognition
There are over 22 thousand subscribers to The Pork Tonadoes YouTube channel, which hosts over 55 videos of live performances, short clips, behind the scenes footage, and live events. The band regularly performs at RAGBRAI, having performed in 2017, 2018, 2019, and in 2020. On 9 May 2017 The Pork Tornadoes released a cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" on YouTube, and has been seen by over 4.5 million viewers. On 20 January 2020 the band released its debut EP titled "Beard Pop", which reached #20 on the Apple iTunes Pop Charts.
- Mason Greve - vocals, guitar (2007 - present)
- Cory Talbot - guitar, vocals (2007 - present)
- Jerry Lorenson - keyboard, vocals (2016 - present)
- Mike Schulte - drums, vocals (2012 - present)
- Dante Ware - drums, vocals (2007-2012)
- Brent Estlund - keyboard, vocals (2007 - 2017)
- Beard Pop
- Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA (2018-2019)
- Ragbrai - Iowa (2017-2019)
- Paramount Theater - Cedar Rapids, IA (2016-2020)
- Haunted Halloween Ball - Cedar Rapids, IA (2016-2020)
- Nitefall on the River - Des Moines, IA (2017-2019)
- Woolys - Des Moines, IA (2016-2019)
- Live at the Lake - Okoboji, IA (2016-2019)
- Roof Garden - Arnolds Park, IA (2019)
- Majestic Theater - Madison, WI (2018-2020)
- Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center - Cedar Falls, IA (2019-2020)
- Fry Fest - Iowa City, IA (2017-2018)
- Ankeny Summer Fest - Ankeny, IA (2018-2019)
- Sturgis Calls - Cedar Falls, IA (2016-2019)
- Uptown Friday Nights - Cedar Rapids, IA (2016-2019)
- Vets Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA (2019)
- Iowa State Fair - Des Moines, IA (2018)
- The Beach Bar - St. John, USVI (2017)
- Dennis DeYoung (Ragbrai) - Hiawatha, IA (2015)
- Gin Blossoms (Octoberfest/Adventureland) - Altoona, IA (2016)
- Hanson (Octoberfest/Adventureland) - Altoona, IA (2018)
- Vertical Horizon (Octoberfest/Adventureland) - Altoona, IA (2019)
- Spin Doctors (Octoberfest/Adventureland) - Altoona, IA (2019)
In the media
- Porter, Sierra (25 July 2020). "Making 'Beard Pop': How a beloved Iowa cover band became The Pork Tornadoes". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
- Molseed, John (23 January 2014). "Hub Live Music Club in Cedar Falls to close in May". The Courier. The Courier. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
- Stegmeir, Mary (15 January 2019). "Twisted Humor: Having fun is serious work for cover band Pork Tornadoes". The Courier. The Courier. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
- Kaul, Donald. "RAGBRAI". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
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