Gear Daddies to headline Long Lake’s Nature Rocks Concert For Conservation

The July 15 outdoor concert in Aitkin is part of Long Lake Conservation Center’s first annual Nature Rocks — A Concert for Conservation.

Four men standing in front of a building.
The Gear Daddies will perform July 15 in Aitkin.

AITKIN — Minnesota rock band Gear Daddies will perform a concert 7 p.m. July 15 on Minnesota Avenue in front of Block North Brew Pub in Aitkin.

The outdoor concert is part of Long Lake Conservation Center’s first annual Nature Rocks — A Concert for Conservation.

Proceeds from the concert will pay for scholarships allowing students to attend Long Lake for outdoor adventure camps, daylong excursions, or traditional two-night immersive nature school field trips.

“A summer night with live music from one of Minnesota’s most beloved bands, and it’s for a great cause. What could be better?” Long Lake Manager Dave McMillan said in a news release. “It’s a family friendly event and we hope to see downtown Aitkin packed and rockin’.”

For tickets and more information, go to , or call Long Lake at 218-768-4653.


Gear Daddies, an Americana/rock band originally from Austin, Minnesota, burst onto the music scene in the late 1980s with hits like “Zamboni,” “Stupid Boy,” and “Color of Her Eyes.” Lead singer/songwriter Martin Zellar has forged a successful solo career, but the band will occasionally reunite for special events. This is the first time in a number of years Gear Daddies have performed in the Brainerd lakes area.

“We are thankful that the Gear Daddies agreed to play, and we are proud to bring their music to the area,” McMillan said. “Aitkin is becoming a musical hotbed, and Long Lake is happy to be a small part in it.”

In addition to Gear Daddies, Brainerd classic rock band King’s Ransom will be performing. Food and cold drinks will be available from Block North Brew Pub and others.

This concert event is made possible by the Long Lake Conservation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that supports the Conservation Center’s mission of environmental education and in particular, the teaching of wise-use of our natural resources. Learn more about the Foundation and how to support the mission at .

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