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Published August 16, 2011, 10:13 PM

Bluestem continues to draw big name concerts

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It continues to be quite the summer for Bluestem Center For the Arts. As we speak, thousands are rocking out to George Thorogood and The Destroyers. He's one of 5 big name acts playing at the center this summer.

It continues to be quite the summer for Bluestem Center For the Arts. As we speak, thousands are rocking out to George Thorogood and The Destroyers. He's one of 5 big name acts playing at the center this summer.

Organizers here at Bluestem are calling it a honeymoon year. In its third year of operation, this year is really the first its been host to big bands like Sheryl Crow and George Thorogood. So what does it take to get them to Moorhead? And how much does it help the non profit center for the arts? We went to find out.

Touring for more than 30 years selling merchandise, Mikee Cusack has seen his fair share of venues. But its the tucked away Bluestem band shell that’s got him surprised..

Mikee Cusack – Merchandise Salesman: "I have never seen this venue. Frankly I've never heard of it. It’s beautiful. We woke up this morning, got off the bus, and where the hell have we died and gone to heaven or what?"

The concert bowl, which seats about 2,500 brings in about $10,000 a show profit for Bluestem. That’s including concessions. With big name artists like The Moody Blues, Alice Cooper and Sheryl Crow, its been a good year.

Sue Wiger – Executive Director, Bluestem: "We need to bring in every dollar that we can anyway. So I have considered these very profitable for us. Every dollar gets us to our goal in terms of paying the bills."

The months it takes of booking each act is all worth it for the hour or two of entertainment fans say.

Brad Glarum - Fan: "This is my second concert out here, and its a great place to have music."

Even the ones who have not seen a show yet say it’s a great atmosphere.

Lowell Alberts - Fan: "Nope, this is my first show but I’m expecting it to be a good one."

Although George Thorogood and The Destoryers will mark the end of the summer round of concerts at Bluetem, it’s anyone's guess what next year will bring after the honeymoon is over.

Sue Wiger: "I want people to know, this is just the first year. We’re already talking about next year."

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