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FARGO—Wynonna Judd has always had a strong voice. From the 1984 debut with her mother Naomi as The Judds, to her solo career, which started in 1992, the singer has sung her way to the top of the charts 20 times and five Grammy wins. Wynonna (she's earned first-name-only-artist status) brings her new band, The Big Noise to Scheels Arena in Fargo Wednesday night, Dec. 13, for her Christmas show. The singer agreed to a conference call interview in late November with a handful of journalists around the country each getting to ask one question.
FARGO—An opera centered around an 1899 gala may sound a bit stuffy, but the Fargo Moorhead Opera's performance of "Die Fledermaus" takes the stuffing out of the upper class and opera itself. The season-opening production plays for—and delivers—laughs in a thoroughly enjoyable staging at North Dakota State University's Festival Concert Hall.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Superstar singer Carrie Underwood has been announced as the third and final headliner of next summer's country music festival, WE Fest, in Detroit Lakes. Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line had already been announced. The remainder of the bill has not been revealed.
The Fargodome announced its first big show of 2018 with Kevin Hart taking the stage on Jan. 19. The popular comedian/actor played the Fargodome in fall of 2015 on his “What Now” tour, which grossed over $100 million worldwide. He has starred in movies like “Ride Along,” “The Wedding Ringer” and “Get Hard.” Later this year he’ll appear in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”.
FARGO—Rockers Hinder and Josh Todd return to town for a Nov. 26 show at Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo. Hinder ("Lips of an Angel" and "Get Stoned") last played Fargo in early 2016. The former lead singer of Buckcherry, Todd is on tour with his new band, The Conflict. Adelitas Way and Wayland open this ID-only show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 or $30.50 the day of the show, plus fees. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m., Friday at the Tickets300 box office, https://jadepresents.com or (866) 300-8300.
MOORHEAD—About once a month, mostly on a weeknight, Matt Aakre loads up an acoustic guitar and drives across town to some small bar or brewery to play a solo acoustic set as he did last Thursday night at Junkyard Brewing Company in Moorhead. "I like them," the 36-year-old singer-guitarist says of the intimate rooms. "People tend to listen and be receptive."
FARGO -- Pop music star Ed Sheeran will return to the Fargodome, but fans will have to wait a year to hear him “Sing.” He’ll play the Fargodome on Oct. 17, 2018. The Fargodome tweeted the concert announcement around 4:45 p.m., Friday, after tweet-teasing “a huge concert announcement” earlier in the day. The tweeted announcement included a 360-degree rotating image of the singer wearing a North Dakota State University Bison T-shirt with the number 18 on it, the year of his tour.
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.