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More bands set to take Regatta stage

WORTHINGTON — Four additional bands have been tabbed to join headliner Parmalee at the 20th annual Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival this June.

This year’s Regatta event, set for June 6-9 at Worthington’s Sailboard Beach along Lake Okabena, will also feature musical acts County Line Drive (6 p.m. June 7), Good for Gary (8:30 p.m. June 7), MoJo Monks (4 p.m. June 8), Capitol Sons (7 p.m. June 8) and Parmalee (9 p.m. June 8).

Barry Roberts, who heads the Regatta’s music committee, is looking forward to a festival filled with music to enjoy and remember.

We are very excited about the musical lineup for our 20th anniversary,” Roberts said. “Our music committee has worked very hard on this year’s lineup.

“Like in years past, you will hear all genres of music to cater to everyone,” Roberts added. “In fact, we have been trying to book our Friday night headliner for a few years, and even booked them before last year’s Regatta.”

Country Line Drive was formed in late 2011, is a five-piece country band consisting of Brandon Stanek on lead vocals and guitar, Ryan Utterback on drums, Nick Danielson on guitar, Blake Bonde on bass and Drew Medin on pedal steel that “has made a lot of noise in the Midwest country music scene,” touts the band’s website.

“With their thunderous rhythm section, lightning guitar work and tight harmonies, each member brings their own flair to CLD's brand of country music,” the website adds. “From sharing the stage with Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan at Harvest Jam, rockin' regional country music festivals such as Country Fest and Country Boom, or playing town street dances, county fair, and bars, County Line Drive is committed to bringing their audience the best country music every time they hit the stage.”

Good for Gary is a Twin Cities cover band that specializes in playing current and past dance hits, focusing on the newest Top 40 songs. With a seven-piece lineup, there’s no hip-hop, pop, or dance song the band can’t cover, including artists such as Iggy Azalea, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Macklemore and old school jams

Members of Good for Gary had been playing in Minnesota clubs for years in other bands and noticed that people love to dance to the music that the DJ plays during the set breaks. While some bands might leave that to the DJs, Good for Gary brings dance music directly to the stage.

“Being a seven-piece band stocked with accomplished musicians, Good for Gary plays every note live with no backing tracks,” the band’s website states. “The band’s humor and enthusiasm shines through in their bar-rocking, stage-jumping performances. Their devotion to getting people moving and staying current with today’s top hits is making Good for Gary one of the most exciting and sought-after cover bands in the Twin Cities.”

MoJo Monks includes former members of top-drawing Twin Cities bands such as Brat Pack Radio, Shirts and Skins, Urban Myth, DWB, JetBlack and others. MoJo Monks takes the music of artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Adele, Pink, Bon Jovi, Gretchen Wilson and Big and Rich and weaves them into a night of feverish party and dance music. Regatta-goers looking for a fun, high-energy group that gets people on the dance floor and keeps them there should enjoy MoJo Monks.

The lineup for Capital Sons includes drummer Michael Jueneman, who was born and raised in Worthington and graduated from Worthington High School in 1991. He worked for KWOA and KO95 from 1989 to 1992; parents Tony and Marilyn Jueneman have lived at the same Worthington address for 40 years.

Capitol Sons, which has performed around the Twin Cities rock scene for more than a decade, recently released their fourth album, “Rose-Colored World.” Previous releases include a 2006 self-titled EP, “Dirty Neon” (2009) and “Swim the High Tide” (2013).

“Rose-Colored World finds the band showcasing their more raw, guitar-driven side which is bolstered by a rock-solid rhythm section, meaningful songwriting and melodic harmonies,” explains a band press release. “While maintaining the energetic spirit of their crowd-pleasing live shows, Capital Sons have managed to create a full-length album which is sonically diverse, musically colorful, both driving and forceful at times and tender and introspective at others. ‘Rose-Colored World’ is also chock full of thought-provoking and cohesive lyrical themes that touch on current zeitgeists while still maintaining a certain sense of timelessness.

Along with Jueneman, the band is comprised of  Karl Obermeyer (vocals, guitar), Rick Paukert (lead guitar) and Keith Raney (bass, vocals).

The Worthington performance of headlining act Parmalee, meanwhile, was announced earlier this month. A chart-topping quartet that may be best known for their 2013 breakout single “Carolina,” a platinum-certified No. 1 hit, the band’s debut album landed in the Top 10. Two more singles (“Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine”) rose to No. 3 and No. 10, respectively, on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, and the band continued to tour hundreds of dates a year.

Both singles from Parmalee’s second album, “27861” — “Roots” and “Sunday Morning” — enjoyed time on Billboard’s Top 40 Country Airplay chart and have seen more than 30 million combined streams on Spotify. The band’s latest release is “Be Alright.”

Everyone will enjoy this year’s music lineup, and the best thing is the music is all free,” Roberts said. “We hope you will join us at Sailboard Beach June 6-9.”

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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