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No. 1 Iowa rock band set for Thunder Nite's performance

July 11, 2014

By Zach Johnson, Newton Daily News, Iowa

July 11--Tonight, Gimikk -- the No. 1 rock band in the state of Iowa, according to ReverbNation -- will take the stage for the July Thunder Nites.

"We have been together for 10 years and have been through multiple changes in our band members," Gimikk drummer Josh Tilton said. "So this ranking is especially special to us because it speaks to how great and loyal our fans have been for the past 10 years."

This is the second trip to Newton for Gimikk. They played at Fred Maytag Bowl in 2007.

"It was great to play at the bowl," Gimikk Bass player James Brinker said.

Weekend Pit Stop Executive Director Libbie Marshall scouts all the bands for Thunder Nites. During one of the Zoo Brew events at Blank Park Zoo, Libbie knew she wanted Gimikk for Thunder Nites.

"These guys are amazing," Libbie said. "I remember after introducing myself to the band, the performance kept building and I knew I wanted them to perform in Newton."

The band members all agreed they feed off of the crowd, allowing the band to build on that energy and give an intense performance.

"At the start of the show, many people are mingling, getting used to the music, but by the end of the night, everyone is up front jamming to the music," James said. "We love to play what the fans want to hear, so a big part of our performance comes from the crowd."

Gimikk is excited that Thunder Nites is an event for all ages, as one of the main goals of the band is play for the spectrum.

"In one weekend, we played for military, so we were able to be naughty, and the following day, we played a children's benefit event, so we're friendly for all ages," James said.

The band members include James Brinker, Jimmy Van Luong, Cy Chandavong, Billy Severgen and Josh Tilton.


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