Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Having a Chuckle in Fargo

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Music | December 27th, 2017

Chuckle - photograph courtesy of Travis GilbertsonThe San Haven Chuckle have been a long-time fixture in the Fargo music scene. I remember seeing them shortly after I first moved to Fargo, a little over seven years ago. As a matter of fact, the band has been around for twelve years. Despite the fact that I’ve had the honor of calling them friends for some time, surprisingly it is only now that I find myself writing an article about them. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down for an interview with a couple of members of the band, Sean Dunlap and Travis Gilbertson. Well, that is, after we geeked out about films for almost an hour.

The band has gone through many iterations during its twelve-year tenure, both in lineup and in the music it performs, going from jam band to cover band before finally settling on doing a mixture of covers and their own original songs. The current lineup is comprised of Travis Gilbertson on guitar; Patrick Hess, also on guitar; Sean Dunlap on drums; and Travis Atwood on bass. “We all do vocals,” said Sean. Travis Atwood is the newest addition to the band, replacing their former bassist Matt Monson.

For those unfamiliar with their sound, Travis described it. “We sound like They Might Be Giants and Tom Waits got in a fight over a beer.”

Since the term “funk” was already taken, Sean and Travis told me they also toyed around with describing themselves as their own genre, “musk.”

Their performances are always very energetic and physically active, as much fun to watch as they are to listen to. Their lyrical content can be rather dark, dealing with themes of loss and depression, in sharp contrast to their upbeat riffs and stage antics.

San Haven Chuckle’s upcoming album, “A Guide to Feeling Safe” will be their third. Prior to “Guide”, they had “Secrets to Successful Living: Greatest Hits Volume 2” and the more succinctly named “Reason,” all self-released.

Travis Gilbertson stated that the band is currently in the process of teaching their new bassist their existing catalogue, as well as rewriting some of the material for “Guide” in order to have Travis Atwood take part in the writing process for the album.

The band is currently not rushing for gigs due to training a new bassist, but they do have a concert on New Year’s Eve at Sidestreet Bar & Grille, where they are veteran performers. Up-and-coming Fargo band The Knotties will be opening for Chuckle that night. So come out, have some drinks, tip your servers, be responsible, and listen to some music. What better way is there to shake off 2017 and bring in the New Year?

IF YOU GO San Haven Chuckle with The Knotties Sunday, December 31, 10pm till late Sidestreet Bar & Grille, 404 4th Ave N  

Recently in:

FARGO– A legislator, hopeful politicians, and business owners appealed to the governor’s office Monday morning with hopes of an executive order to fight the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Net Neutrality.The…

Last week we talked about my lack of photographic skills and then what the heck am I going to do with all of these bad pictures that I take. Storage options for those pictures continues this week:RAIDAnother storage option is a…

Wednesday, April 25, 9pm-howlingThe Aquarium, 226 Broadway, FargoYou may have heard their sick beats on 95.9 lpfm on Friday's from 5pm-midnight. Now you can dance your pants off in the presence of the minds behind ”The Riverside…

According to Greek mythology Hades is to blame for the Earth’s mournful state of winter. The story involves Persephone the goddess of nature and Hades the god of the underworld in a classic caper of obsession, abduction, and…

Does That Old-Time Religion Signal The End Of Rational Thought?An incident about gender identity in the Maryland Legislature last week magnified a microcosm of what we are going through in the United States about religion in the…

FARGO - A collection of memories from High Plains Reader's annual Cocktail Showdown. Participants were judged on creativity, flavor, and presentation; and this year we added a new category. Like years before, each establishment was…

All About Food

​Oysters

by HPR Staff

By Ben Myhrebenmyhre35@gmail.comAs a North Dakota native, raw oysters are just not a food staple that I think about. We are about as far from the coasts as we can get and we have a backyard full of tasty local cuisine, like walleye…

Record Store Day is all about music artists and fans celebrating “the culture of the independently owned record store.” A variety of unique and special releases are pressed for Record Store Day and those are only distributed to…

Leveraging whatever name-brand clout it might carry with the target demographic, “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” -- the onscreen title for the pre and post-credit sequences -- won’t make the kind of impact previously enjoyed by…

There are so many cool places to be in Austin during the South by Southwest Festival -- like the Flatstock Market, which displays the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The show features posters of varying styles,…

By Nathan Roybardsdream@gmail.comYou are absolutely right. The title is not “To be or not to be” from the famous Shakespeare soliloquy in "Hamlet." I won’t be talking about Shakespeare particularly. I will expound the…

Fargo has its share of people who are passionate about stand-up comedy, even if the success of clubs devoted to it has been mixed. Despite the fact we have seen places like Courtney’s Comedy Club and Level 2 Comedy Club close…

I consider myself an avid wine drinker, but I recently found out there are more than 10,000 varieties of grapes, and about 1,500 of those are used to make commercial wines. I don’t know about you, but I could probably name about…

A few months ago, I was introduced to the concept of probiotics and how they work with our bodies. I would never have guessed the change that occurred after their introduction into my system.I always considered myself a fairly…

By Melissa Martin melissamartincounselor@live.com “I’m sorry” are two vital words to be used in relationships because human beings are imperfect people living in imperfect environments. Ask yourself the following…

Calm was the day in late JulyAnd bright was the sun across the skyBut inside his chest the calm had brokenGovernor Sinner had started croakin’.I laughed the first time I read that, and I’m still laughing every time I think…