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Greenway Takeover Festival headliners include Gear Daddies, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and more

The festival will be free to those who enter before 6 PM and $10 per person for those coming after and will include musical acts, as well as free games, such as Octoball, table tennis and more.

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Along with several musical options, mpeople enjoyed games, food and drinks on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Greenway Takeover Festival. Photo by Korrie Wenzel/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — The 2022 Greenway Takeover Festival has announced its headliners for this year’s event, which will take place Thursday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 12.

Thursday night’s headliner will be Gear Daddies, Friday’s headliner will be Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Saturday’s headliners will be Mae Simpson and Yonder Mountain String Band and Sunday’s headliner will be Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

The festival will be free to those who enter before 6 p.m. and $10 per person for those coming after. It will include musical acts, as well as free games, such as Octoball, table tennis and more.

The Greenway Takeover Festival has three stages with acts performing on each of them throughout each day. The Myra Foundation Stage caters to acts that are either geared toward children or have an educational component. The other two stages are the Sorlie Stage and the Strive Life Stage.

Tricia Lunski, co-owner of HB Sound & Light and co-created the Greenway Takeover Festival, said more acts will be announced in the future.

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“We have a music committee,” Lunski said. “So we're going to meet soon with the music committee and come up with the rest of the lineup.”

Lunski said every band approached for the Greenway Takeover Festival has been booking their fair share of shows through the rest of the year.

“People are just hungry for events,” Lunski said. “It just seems like there's live music in Fargo all the time, and in Grand Forks it’s coming. There's just a ton of live music, so we've never seen it this busy.”

Gear Daddies performed during the first year of the festival in 2017. Lunski, said the band, hailing from Minneapolis, has a nostalgic feel for those in the area who have seen them before.

“Back in the day, too, they used to come to the Westward Ho, which is no longer open,” Lunski said. “So that's kind of like that 40s and 50s crowd if you lived here and went to school here. They would play here.”

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Lunski said Big Head Todd and the Monsters, a band formed in Colorado in 1984 described as playing blues rock and folk rock, haven’t been to the area as far as she knows, but she is excited to have them.

“I think their feel really goes with our festival, as well,” Lunski said.

Mae Simpson and Yonder Mountain String Band are also making their first appearances at the festival, respectively. Koo Koo Kanga Roo, an interactive dance party duo described on its Wikipedia page as "the Beastie Boys meet Sesame Street" is headlining Sunday.

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“They're hilarious,” Lunski said. “So they're mainly (geared) towards kids. They do have an adult show, but this is a kids show, and kids just love to get up and dance with them. They are just two of the happiest guys I've ever met.”

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