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FARGO—As a former public school and college teacher, John Pederson spent decades educating people about music. He may be retired from the day job, but Pederson is still trying to open eyes and ears to tunes in the area. The trumpeter and his FM Jazz Orchestra play Wednesday night at Dempsey's in downtown Fargo. He doesn't see the show as just a gig, but rather a declarative statement that big band jazz is still very much alive. "Big bands in the U.S. are becoming extinct," he says. "It's really America's only born-and-bred musical style."
Classic rock band Cheap trick brings the hits to Bluestem Amphitheater on Aug. 30. The group exploded onto radio in 1977 with hits “I Want You to Want Me” and “Hello There” and would follow that the next year with “Surrender”. In 1979 it would release the iconic “Cheap Trick at Budokan”. In 2016 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The lineup features original members Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson.
FARGO — As a Lutheran pastor, Matt Valan is used to contemplating big, important questions. For most of the last decade he's been obsessed with a simple one: Why? Why did his sister, Cordee Jo Tungseth, kill her husband, Steve, in cold blood in the summer of 2006? Valan knew the facts. The couple had a strained relationship that was getting emotionally more distant day by day. That, coupled with Cordee's mental illnesses led her to point a shotgun at her husband's chest as he walked in their kitchen one day and pull the trigger.
Pop star P!INK returns to the Fargodome on May 4, 2019.
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FARGO—With hundreds of patrons dressing up to bid on art and sample fine wines, the Plains Art Museum's Spring Gala is one of the biggest cultural events in the area. So how does the organization try to make its signature fundraiser better every year? This year it's addition by subtraction. For Saturday's celebration, the Plains is taking the color out of the vibrant night to host a black and white affair. Removing the color won't remove the occasion's typical flair for innovative outfits.
FARGO—When some cast members finished their run as "Jersey Boys," they didn't go on to Broadway, they went back to the streets. Shonn Wiley and some of his castmates from the wildly popular jukebox musical didn't want to let the music die, so they formed their own oldies act, Under the Streetlamp. The vocal quartet bring classic hits to the Fargo Theatre Friday night. While "Jersey Boys" illustrates the rise and fall of The Four Seasons, mostly through the group's music, Under the Streetlamp casts a wider net.
FARGO—Jan Maxwell used Minnesota State University Moorhead's Gaede Stage as a springboard to Broadway, so it's only fitting that her family hosts a memorial for the late, great actress there on Tuesday night. Maxwell, 61, died in her Manhattan home earlier this year of leptomeningeal disease, a result of her fight with breast cancer.
Chart-topping country act Old Dominion will play Scheels Arena on Dec. 14. Since the vocal group debuted in 2014, they have scored hits with “Break up with Him,” “Snapback,” “Song for Another Time,” “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” and “Written in Sand”. The act played the Red River Valley Fair in 2017. Support acts for the Scheels Arena show will be announced at a later date.
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