The Monks reunite in Northern Minnesota Saturday
Adam Fesenmaier writes: "Before they head across the pond [European tour dates here] The Monks are playing a warm-up gig in Bemidji at a club called Jammers on Saturday, Oct. 14th. I tried to get 'em to play in Minneapolis but had no luck.... It'll probably never happen goddamn it!" It's no complete Monks reunion, not without late drummer Roger Johnston and retired organist Larry Clark, but any Monks fan who witnessed singer-guitarist Gary Burger's electrifying performance with the Conquerors at the Bryant-Lake Bowl not too long ago will know this is worth the road trip to see him reunite with banjo man Dave Day and bassist Eddie Shaw. "Mike Fornatallie is playing the organ and the Loons (San Diego) drummer is sitting in," adds Fesenmaier. And the nice thing about the Northland: cheap motels and beer.