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REGATTA: Land Shark brings classic rock to the beach

WORTHINGTON — Watch out, Worthington! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…Land Shark?

“When I joined up, they already had that name,” said Land Shark drummer Jay Hubner. “It came from a skit on early ‘Saturday Night Live’; that’s where they grabbed the name from.”

SNL-esque “Land Sharks” may be in rather short supply when the Regatta commences, but Hubner and his two longtime bandmates, Kim Darby (guitar) and Tom McGovern (bassist), will entertain festivalgoers with their lively and crowd-pleasing music.

“We’re a three-piece rock ’n’ roll band that does covers and originals,” described Hubner. “Our band focuses on classic rock originals and blues. We are influenced by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and a lot of stuff from the early ’70s. We like all kinds of music, but what we choose to play is most influenced by some of the earlier classic bands.”

Hubner, Darby, and McGovern, all Sioux Falls, S.D., natives, have been making music together for decades, and Land Shark is their most recent artistic collaboration.

“We have been in and out of bands together since high school, and we reformed in 2007 (to form Land Shark),” explained Hubner.

After drifting apart over the years as their careers progressed, a fortunate change of residence brought the band back together, so to speak.

“I had moved away to Texas in the year 2000, and they were playing under another band. When I moved back to Sioux Falls, they called me up right away and wanted to get together,” explained Hubner.

To Hubner and his mates, Land Shark isn’t just another ensemble.

“For us, it’s kind of the dream band we always wanted to have,” said Hubner. “We know each other’s styles so well.”

Land Shark has played venues indoor and out over the years, from a hillbilly blues festival to bar gigs. Soon they will attend their first Regatta and spread their catchy tunes.

“I think everybody should come, expect a good time and enjoy the rocking music,” endorsed Hubner.