CROOKSTON-The Crookston Sports Center is gearing up to host its second of what city officials hope will be many more concerts.
Gear Daddies, a popular '80s and early '90s Minnesota rock band, will play at the arena April 30 with The Billy's opening the evening.
Gear Daddies have released three albums and one extended play. The band is best known for their song "Zamboni," which is commonly played during intermissions at hockey games and was featured in the movies "D2: The Mighty Ducks" and "Mystery, Alaska," as well as the TV show "Malcolm in the Middle."
The band rose to prominence about 25 years ago and performed on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman in 1991 before breaking up. Now, the band plays a few select dates around the Upper Midwest, where they still have a cult following.
"We've talked to a lot of different acts and bands, and the Gear Daddies have tremendous support," Crookston City Administrator Shannon Stassen said. "Even though we haven't been pushing the show that much so far, we've been getting a lot of response by word of mouth and a little bit on social media. People are very excited about it, so I think it was a good choice."
This will be the second concert in the history of the Crookston Sports Center, which opened in 2010. Hairball, a popular hard rock cover band, played at the venue last summer. Because of that show's success, the arena is looking at booking more concerts, with Gear Daddies the only scheduled show so far in 2016.
For a concert, the sports center can hold around 2,000 people, and the Hairball show drew about 1,300 fans. Stassen said everything went well and that's why they are looking to have more concerts in the venue.
The date of the Gear Daddies show was picked to attract college students from the UMC campus. Stassen said they scheduled the concert the weekend between the last day of classes and finals week so students could blow off some steam and attend the event.
"They're a Minnesota band that a certain segment of the population up here 9enjoys) and we're going to have a great time."
Advance tickets cost $20 and are available at the Crookston City Hall, Crookston Hugo's and online at geardaddiesincrookstonmn.splashthat.com. Tickets will be $30 the day of the show.