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FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Charles Beck didn't leave his mark on the landscape. Rather, he made his imprint by capturing the rolling hills, plowed fields and the birds of Otter Tail County in prints, paintings and sculptures appreciated around the country. The 94-year-old artist died Tuesday night in Fergus Falls, a town that benefitted from his work and presence. "Charles has been very influential in this community," said Amanda Cross, curator and educational coordinator at Kaddatz Galleries in downtown Fergus Falls.
FARGO — Sean Astin knows what people want to hear. "The coolest thing about what I'm doing in Fargo is that it's not what I want to talk about, it's what people in Fargo want to talk about," he says. What those who attend the actor's appearance at the Fargo Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 13, will most likely want to talk about will be his roles in the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Goonies" and "Rudy." Astin's visit is a fundraiser for the HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization), the Fargo Theatre and its annual film festival.
MOORHEAD -- Rock band Yes canceled the remainder of their tour Monday, Sept. 11, due to a family emergency. The band was scheduled to play Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead on Monday. A press release announcing the cancellation stated that the cancellation follows the death of Yes guitarist Steve Howe's son, Virgil. The father and his drumming son had recently finished recording an album to be released later this year. Todd Rundgren, who was slated to open Monday's show, will now play a headlining set.
MOORHEAD—It's been five years since Jason Isbell played Fargo-Moorhead. When he plays Bluestem Amphitheater tonight, he'll show just how productive those five years have been. When the singer-guitarist played the Aquarium in 2012, he was seen by fans as a gifted storyteller for his first three solo albums and three discs rior with Drive-by Truckers from 2001 to '07. His set with his band the 400 Unit didn't disappoint, but he seemed withdrawn on stage.
FARGO—Jon Wanzek is familiar with building things, having worked in the family's construction business. After he sold the company a few years ago, he still had the desire to create, but now he's using his imagination instead of heavy machinery. Wanzek co-wrote and produced the North Dakota-based feature thriller, "Valley of Bones," with Fargo natives Dan Glaser and Steven Molony.
More information has been released about next week’s “American Idol” auditions in Fargo. A press release from ABC on Monday afternoon listed Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo, 1635 42nd St., S., as the location for the Sept. 6 tryouts. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. that day with auditions starting at 9 a.m. Producers plan on seeing everyone by 5 p.m., a publicist said.
MOORHEAD—Hip hop star Flo Rida will keep the fun in the sun rolling, bringing his My Endless Summer Tour to Bluestem on Sept. 20. The Sunshine State rapper is known for hits like "Low," "Right Round," "Good Feeling," "Whistle," "Wild Ones," "My House" and more. Minneapolis-based singer Lizzo will open the show. This concert will take place in the Bluestem Meadow, to the west of the amphitheater. Tickets are $47.50 in advance, $55 on the day of the show and $87, for a Suite Spot Party Pit tickets.
FARGO—While some may have given Justin Timberlake the title The King of Pop after Michael Jackson died, others have insisted Bruno Mars is the rightful heir. It's a valid argument, but one that cuts Mars short and doesn't consider the full scope of his musical gifts. He cashed in his 24K Magic World Tour with a stop at the Fargodome Friday night and made it rain pop, R&B, funk and rock hits.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn—While potential rain threatened to dampen the spirits of WE Fest, concert-goers weren't going to let questionable weather cloud their day. "This is awesome," said Jen Middleton. "Look at the rainbow." Indeed, a rainbow shone east of the campgrounds around 6 p.m., and clear skies followed on the first day of the three-day country festival.
FARGO—The region's biggest musical weekend of the year kicks off Thursday when WE Fest opens in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The annual three-day event, which draws about 50,000, always starts the first Thursday in August. This year there's a little competition on the concert calendar as pop singer/songwriter Bruno Mars will play the Fargodome Friday, the same night Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and more play the Soo Pass Ranch.