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Spotlight: Them Pesky Kids at Treasure Island

Them Pesky Kids band plays fairly regularly in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino's Parlay Lounge. Submitted photo

Arena rock band Them Pesky Kids, which has entertained large local crowds throughout the region, will perform twice this month at Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

The classic 1980s rock band has built a reputation by playing at Twin Cities nightclubs, summer festivals and fairs.

"We try to sing timeless, classic rock songs that everyone knows from Foreigner, Styx, to hits by Journey and Aerosmith — all the big bands like Bon Jovi and Boston," Them Pesky Kids band member Mark Westlund says.

Them Pesky Kids doesn't have an interesting back story on how the band name came to be: Members chose it because it sounded carefree and fun, Westlund said. He, Mark Woerpel, Steve Soderstrom and Michael Simonds each love performing and playing music, he said, and have been making music for more than 30 years in this band and a few other bands in the past decades.

"We kind of started out as a garage act that played to fill in at little gigs here and there, but then we became a serious working band," Westlund said.

When he says "serious," he means serious about having fun and entertaining audiences.

All band members work other careers but all choose to come together and jam on the weekends.

"We will continue forever — I have been doing this for 30 years right out of high school, and most of us have been in bands since we were teenagers," Westlund says.

Get a taste of the band's music at www.thempeskykids.com. The Treasure Island performances will be at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, in the Parlay Lounge.

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