Local ‘Hula Badgers’ headline Rock ‘n Run, May 17

The Hula Badgers will headline the Rock ‘n Run set for Friday, May 17, at the Morrison County Fairgrounds in Little Falls. Pictured are members (from left): Bill Bramscher (keyboard/vocals), Byron Nelson (guitar/vocals), Mike Kingkade (drums), Phil Solem (bass guitar/vocals) and Roar Hartold (guitar/vocals).

The Hula Badgers will headline the Rock ‘n Run set for Friday, May 17, at the Morrison County Fairgrounds in Little Falls. Pictured are members (from left): Bill Bramscher (keyboard/vocals), Byron Nelson (guitar/vocals), Mike Kingkade (drums), Phil Solem (bass guitar/vocals) and Roar Hartold (guitar/vocals).

A local band will headline the Rock n’ Run event Friday, May 17, at the Morrison County Fairgrounds in Little Falls. The event, sponsored by the Healthy Communities Collaborative, runs from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and includes many family-friendly activities including bike/skateboard helmet give-aways, a chance to win one of two bicycles, a 5K and 10K races, food, silent auction and live music by the “Hula Badgers.”

Playing songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other classic rock bands, the “Hula Badgers” still love the music they listened to in their youth.

“We decided the bottom line to this adventure of starting this band was to have fun, so we play the music we like from the ‘60s and ‘70s,” said Byron Nelson, singer and guitarist for the Hula Badgers.

“I needed something to put my energy into upon my retirement in 2005. So I enlisted my friend Roar Hartold and we purchased electric guitars and amplifiers and began our rock band journey,” Nelson said.

Today, the band has three additional members, Bill Bramscher (keyboards/vocals), Mike Kingkade (drums), and Phil Solem (bass guitar/vocals). A variety of musical experience exists within the Hula Badgers. Hartold played professionally in a band in Norway during the 1960s and ‘70s and Bramscher, Kingkade and Solem have been active in the Minnesota music scene since the 1960s.

The “Hula Badgers” goal in sharing their nostalgic music is to help their audiences reconnect with fond memories.

“I like looking out into the crowd and seeing signs of song recognition, from a tapping foot to standing up, arms in the air, and signing along to the music. If we can send the audience home with a smile on their face, reminiscing about the time and place our music comes from, then we’ve accomplished our mission, to have fun,” Nelson said.

 

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