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Gear Daddies to Perform at This Year’s ArtWorks Festival – Austin Daily Herald


Familiar faces will perform at this year’s Austin ArtWorks Festival.

The Gear Daddies will perform the seventh annual Schindler Celebration at the 2022 Austin ArtWorks Festival. The act was announced Saturday night at the Austin Bruins hockey game.

The Gear Daddies will play a free outdoor show at Bandshell Park at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. The show is offered free to the community through sponsorship of the Mayo Clinic Health System. Donations to support the concert and the Austin ArtWorks Festival are welcome at www.austinareaarts.org/2022-festival-support.

The Schindler Celebration is a live musical event sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea Austin in memory of Dick Schindler, family physician who practiced medicine in the community for more than 40 years and died in 2014. Schindler’s celebration is the Saturday night centerpiece of the Austin ArtWorks festival with such memorable performances as Sonny Knight and the Lakers (2016) and Puddles Pity Party (2018).

The Gear Daddies formed in Austin, Minnesota in 1984 and became an important part of the Twin Cities music scene. The group members are Randy Broughten (electric and steel guitar), Nick Ciola (bass), Billy Dankert (drums and vocals) and Martin Zellar (guitar, harmonica and vocals). They released singles and albums between 1986 and 1992.

The Gear Daddies recorded “(I Wanna Drive the) Zamboni” which became an on-ice favorite arenas across the country. Because of this association, Austin Area Arts has chosen to announce the Concert Gear Daddies at the Austin Bruins game.