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Forum News Service, Published January 22 2014

Gear Daddies scheduled to perform at Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener

NISSWA, Minn. - The organizers of the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener have landed the Gear Daddies, recording artists behind the “Billy’s Live Bait” album, to headline a free community picnic scheduled for May 9 in downtown Nisswa.

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will host the opener on Gull Lake, with festivities planned May 8-11. The picnic - the largest public event held in conjunction with the Governor’s Fishing Opener - is expected to draw 5,000 people.

The Gear Daddies will headline the stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Hailing from Austin, they became an important part of the Twin Cities music scene in the late 1980s to early ’90s. The band’s most notable mainstream success was playing “Stupid Boy” on “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1991.

“I Want to Drive a Zamboni” is the band’s best-known song, having been featured in the movies “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “Mystery, Alaska,” as well as on the television program “Malcolm in the Middle.” It is often played during intermissions at hockey games throughout North America.

Band members include Martin Zellar, Nick Ciola, Randy Broughton and James “Billy” Dankert.

More information on the fishing opener can be found at www.mngovernorsopener.com.