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Mojo Monks, Capitol Sons to rock Regatta on Saturday

WORTHINGTON -- This year's Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival may feature a nationally known headliner on Saturday night, but that day's other bands are definitely no slouch.

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Capitol Sons will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (June 8) at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival. (Special to The Globe)

WORTHINGTON - This year’s Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival may feature a nationally known headliner on Saturday night, but that day’s other bands are definitely no slouch.

Taking the Sailboard Beach stage at 4 p.m. Saturday will be Mojo Monks, a high-energy band that plays classic rock, pop and modern country. They’ll be followed at 7 p.m. by Capitol Sons, which bills itself on its website as “a heart-on-your-sleeve rock band from Minneapolis.”

Mojo Monks Heather Fox, whose sings lead vocals for Mojo Monks, began playing an instrument, according to the band’s website. She learned to play flute, piccolo and various percussion instruments while performing in both band and orchestra while in high school and singing in the church choir. While in high school, she enjoyed the chance to play on the stage at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World.

Fox has played with multiple bands and artists around the Twin Cities and country. Now, she’s part of the five-person Mojo Monks ensemble, which also features the vocal talents of guitarist Dennis McGovern and bassist Jules Olson.

A guitar player since age 12, McGovern has been entertaining professionally since his late teens. He did take time off from the music scene in the ’90s to raise his three daughters with his wife, but jumped back in with Mojo Monks in 2009 after just one band audition.

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Olson, meanwhile, began his musical training on the violin and played in his school’s orchestra until age 12; He then took up the bass guitar, and by age 15 had played a gig with a band he’d formed along with two classmates. He’s also been part of several Twin Cities bands over the years.

Another fourth key component of Mojo Monks is Andrew Nelson, who mans keyboards. He began playing at age 10 in Rochester, then soon joined a cover band and played throughout high school. He attended Music Tech in Minneapolis as a keyboard and also went on to play with several other performers in a variety of styles.

Rounding out the Mojo Monks lineup is Frank Majsterski, who’s on drums. Like the others, he brings plenty of experience to the band, as he performed with a host of other Twin Cities musical artists.

Capital Sons “Seamlessly blending musical influences and a pop-rock nature into a high energy, unique and lyrically poignant mix, Capital Sons has a sound that is fresh, yet recognizable.”

So says promotional material on the band’s website, and Capitol Sons’ rock ‘n’ roll chops should serve the throng on Sailboard Beach well. The group is scheduled to begin performing at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Capitol Sons is led by Karl Obermeyer, who’s on both guitar and vocals. Other members in the rock quartet are Keith Raney (bass and vocals), Rick Paukert (guitar) and Mike Jueneman (drums). Jueneman may well be a familiar name to Worthingtonians - he was born and raised in the community and graduated from Worthington High School in 1991. He’s a former employee of KWOA and KO95 (1989 to 1992) and is the son of Tony and Marilyn Jueneman.

Thanks to their self-proclaimed “undeniable melodies and heartfelt lyrics …  all anchored by a rock-steady rhythm section,” Capitol Sons has made a mark on the Twin Cities music scene and beyond. Adds the band’s website: “No fluff, no gimmicks; we get up on stage and play our songs … it’s that simple.”

Capitol Sons’ recording career began with a self-titled EP in 2005 that wound up getting frequent airplay on FM 89.3 The Current. As the band’s popularity began to grow, a full-length 2009 album titled “Dirty Neon” featured what the band believes to be “more heartfelt lyrics and intriguing song arrangements.“ The next release, “Swim the High Tide” (2013), mixed in complex harmonies, Hammond organ, piano, ukulele and sitar.

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The band recently released its fourth collection of songs, “Rose-Colored World.”

“On this longest and most ambitious release to date, the band showcases a more raw, guitar-driven side, meaningful songwriting, and melodic harmonies,” the Capitol Sons website notes.

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Mojo Monks will open for both Capitol Sons and Parmalee on Saturday, June 8. (Special to The Globe)

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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