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Six to Midnight to perform Friday night

MINNEAPOLIS -- Six to Midnight, a popular Minneapolis cover band, has been together for nearly 10 years. However, their future was never certain. In fact, they never set out to be a cover band. Jordan LaBorg, lead guitarist, knew Mike Muscanto, a...

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Six to Midnight will perform Friday night following the Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival's opening ceremonies. (Special to the Globe)
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MINNEAPOLIS - Six to Midnight, a popular Minneapolis cover band, has been together for nearly 10 years.

 

However, their future was never certain. In fact, they never set out to be a cover band.

 

Jordan LaBorg, lead guitarist, knew Mike Muscanto, a skilled drummer, from working at Target. He also new Mark Willinger, a talented singer, from high school band. Willinger knew Nick Hall, the eventual bassist, from school band.

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They formed a band called MatchPoint. To pay for a producer and studio time, the young band performed cover songs live under a different band name, Six to Midnight.

 

As their cover band became more popular, they realized playing other artists’ music might be the right way to go.

 

“We started out trying to write our own songs, and we weren’t very good at that, so decided we wanted to try doing the cover band thing and kind of ran with it ever since,” LaBorg said.

 

Six to Midnight play a variety of radio hits, from hard rock to pop. LaBorg’s favorite? “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns and Roses.

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“I remember I was probably 13 or 14 years old listening to an old mp3 player with ‘Appetite for Destruction’ on it, just laying in bed just air guitaring in the middle of the night,” LaBorg said. “That kind of music was the reason I started playing guitar in the first place.

“That’s probably my favorite song in general, so it’s super cool to go up there and perform that for people and see people have as much fun with it as I do.”

 

As for the audience, LaBorg said Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” get people out of their seats and dancing.

 

The band plays a standard set of popular songs, but modify it depending on where they’re playing.

 

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“Coming into Worthington, where Josh Thompson is the headliner, we can kinda say it’s a safe bet that some more country might be a good way to go for that particular show,” LaBorg said. “If it’s playing for a bunch of bikers, then out comes the ZZ Top.”

 

Mega-hits also find their way into the setlist. The band made sure to play “Gangnam Style” when the song exploded in the summer of 2012.

 

As they play with traditional rock instruments, the band puts a rock n’ roll spin on pop songs, creating unique covers that offer something different.

 

“We’ll throw in some tracks if there’s some synth stuff, or anything we feel we can’t replicate - a lot of it is just four dudes trying to do a pop song with rock instruments, it’s kind of fun

 

When he isn’t performing, LaBorg manages a Verizon retailer. His three bandmates also have day jobs, so for the four-man band, playing shows is basically a paid vacation

 

“We get to go and pretend to be rock stars on the weekend while holding regular daytime lives,” LaBorg said. “It’s definitely more of a passion for all of us than a career. But it is weird looking back at it, because after 10 years, it’s a little bit more than just a hobby.”

It will be 10 years in August since the group first began their journey, which has brought them to countless clubs in the Twin Cities.

 

“As far as the four of us go, I couldn’t ask for better dudes to work with,” LaBorg said. “I am 100 percent blessed to get to work with them for 10 years and still be friends and have fun, and it’s not a job, just something we all like to do.”

 

Next up, the group will have their first performance in Worthington, and will take the stage from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Friday. LaBorg was excited to play on the same stage as Pop ROCKS and Josh Thompson, among others.

 

“I was really happy when we were approached to perform,” LaBorg said. “There have been a lot of really good acts asked to play the Regatta, just looking back at the past musicians in the last few years.”

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