Equipment Daddies kick off Greenway Takeover Festival as initially headliner in weekend of reside new music, activities – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — The usually tranquil Greenway along the Crimson River was filled with seems much more typically discovered at a hockey game as the Gear Daddies jumped into “Zamboni” early in their established all through Thursday’s opening night of the Greenway Takeover Festival.

“It’s pleasant to be again in Grand Forks,” stated guide singer Martin Zellar.

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Steve Finney of the Honky-Tonk Troubadors belts out a tune with Randy Koenen on steel guitar Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 at the Greenway Takeover Pageant. Other members of the band include things like Jerry Stormo, vocals and guitar, and Dan Knoblich, drums and vocals.

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The band, which originated in Minnesota and has ongoing to participate in regionally, shut out the first night of the

Greenway Takeover Festival

, an once-a-year 4-working day event that functions reside songs by neighborhood and countrywide bands, spouse and children helpful amusement and neighborhood meals and beverage vendors on the Greenway. The Equipment Daddies took the stage at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following a lineup of neighborhood bands, like the Honky Tonk Troubadours and Tumbleweed Radio.

Hailing from Austin, Minnesota, the Gear Daddies 1st performed with each other in 1984. Adhering to early 1990s achievements in the Twin Cities tunes scene with tracks like “Time Heals” and “Stupid Boy” that led to an visual appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman,” the band’s 4 users split to pursue person occupations. They now reunite a couple periods a 12 months for shows like the 1 on Thursday.

Irrespective of not releasing new tunes in two many years, the band retains a sturdy Midwest enthusiast foundation, numerous of whom confirmed up on Thursday. Audience users wore Equipment Daddies goods and sang along to the band’s music. Specifically well known is the band’s “Zamboni,” which outlines the wishes of a man who simply just desires to push the ice-conditioning equipment at “the regional arena.”

“I went down to the nearby arena, questioned to see the manager person,” the tune starts. “He arrived from his business office and mentioned, ‘Son can I enable you?’
I seemed at him and stated, ‘Yes you can.’ I wanna push the Zamboni. I wanna travel the Zamboni.”

The tune has turn into a staple in hockey arenas and in a handful of movies. The band played it early in Thursday’s established as the crowd sang together.

It was not the Gear Daddies’ very first time in Grand Forks, designed obvious by Zellar’s on-stage recollections of lounging by the cowboy boot-shaped pool and ingesting fishbowl drinks at the Fantastic Westward Ho Motel, a Grand Forks enjoyment advanced that shut in 2001.

“Man, I cherished that put,” Zellar said as the crowd reacted with a cheer.

Dustin Shower, Melinda Socwell and daughter Morgan Socwell attended the Equipment Daddies exhibit on Thursday, but admitted they did not know a lot of the band’s tunes. As an alternative, they are enthusiasts of the Greenway Takeover Competition and any acts it might convey. They have attended the pageant each and every calendar year because it debuted in 2017.

“I’m just a lover of are living music,” reported Melinda. “It’s just great to occur hang out, see some community bands.”

“Me way too,” reported Morgan.

The 3 prepared to occur back for the next three days of the pageant.

Friday’s lineup includes Mark Ryan at midday Jake Ingamar at 1 Jimmy River Band at 5 Pat Lenertz Band at 6:15 Silver Warehouse at 7:45 Significant Head Todd and the Monsters at 9:30 and DJ Matt Lutgen at 11.

Saturday’s agenda is Penumbra at 11 Chris Johnson at midday Cheron at 1 Grand Forks Grasp Chorale at 2:15 Your Earholes at 3:15 The Dank at 4:30 Downtown Horns at 6 Mae Simpson at 7:45 and Yonder Mountain String Band at 9:30.

Sunday will include Mudbucket at 11 a.m. Koo Koo Kanga Roo at midday and Manic Travel at 1:15.

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The Greenway Takeover Competition proceeds by means of Sunday in downtown Grand Forks.

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Every single day, the festival is free ahead of 6 p.m. and $10 for entry following 6. The complete festival lineup can be identified at