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​More Than Just a Building: New Direction Fest 8

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 27th, 2019

TND fest - photograph provided by Gary Ussery

By Gary Ussery
usseryg@gmail.com 

It is hard to be a part of the Fargo music scene without knowing the name “Jack Stenerson.” His is a name I learned early on in my musical photography career, and for good reason. Jack is one of the biggest names in and behind the Fargo Music scene. If you have rocked out at The Aquarium (@aquariumfargo), Jack probably had a hand in the show. Heck, he was probably working the cash box. If you have enjoyed a concert at The Sanctuary (@sanctuaryevents),…

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FMSO’s Own Talent Takes the Spotlight

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 13th, 2019

Photograph provided by FM Symphony Orchestra

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra has had its fair share of guest performances headlining its concerts over the years. They all have impressive resumes, their fair share of awards, and worldwide recognition. However, bringing this talent in from all around the country and the world isn’t meant to distract from, but only serves to augment, the talent of Fargo’s own orchestra. However, during the next concert in FMSO’s Masterworks Series “The Virtuoso Next Door”, our own…

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​Go Murphy brings it home with Dakota

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 27th, 2019

Jason Forthun - photograph by Fargo.live

“The band started out for the most part as a way for me to get back into music," Marcus Rondesvedt, guitarist and vocalist for the band Go Murphy on the eve of their fourth album release “Dakota,” said. 

"I hadn’t played in an organized band in several years since the days of Blue Collar Hero back in the mid-2000s. I reached out to Ryan Dahl as we are lifelong friends to see if he had any interest and the rest is history. We are coming up on eight years as a band this…

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​Ready or Knot

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 13th, 2019

The Knotties

By Gary Ussery
usseryg@gmail.com

When Sabrina gets a hold of you and asks you to interview a band as unique as Fargo locals The Knotties you just yell “yes!” Only a few days later I was meeting with Channing Minnema (lead vocals, guitar) and Michael Mooridian (bass, backing vocals). Unfortunately, Jonathan Hunter (drums, backing vocals) couldn’t make it, but he sure was there in spirit!

The guys had a hard time defining their genre but settled on something that sounds like blues…

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​‘Like a moth seduced by a lamp…’

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 13th, 2019

Ghost Wagon - photograph by Brenda Brousseau

When asked what brought the members of the Minneapolis based alt-country band Ghost Wagon together, during a collective email interview they replied, “Most of us met through the music in one way or another. Ghost Wagon is a collective of like-minded musicians who want to create great music and like a moth seduced by a lamp are drawn to the light.”

The band consists of JC Collins, Matt Dittmar, Marc Dockter, Neil Johnson, John Mack, Chuck Nelson, AJ Swenson, and a revolving cast of…

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​Lissie: Queen of her ‘Castles’

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 13th, 2019

Lissie

“I missed the midwest, it feels like home," singer-songwriter Lissie said. "When I come back I’d get this feeling in my chest like--I think this is just where I’m supposed to be. It’s the place that formed me and where a lot of my family is. It feels really good.” 

Lissie, is originally from Rock Island Illinois, after leaving her hometown to go to college at Colorado State, eventually dropping out of college to pursue a music career.

“I realized I wasn’t sure exactly what…

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​Where Hip Hop Grows and Lives

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 12th, 2019

Diane Miller, Kipp G, St. Paul Slim, Chancy York performing in Fargo - photograph by Sean Rider

By Jacques Harvieux
jacquesthejock@gmail.com
Photographs by Sean Rider
seanriderphoto@gmail.com

Diane Miller and Kipp G have been around for sometime whether your recollection is spot on or not, you know them, you really do. On February 1, you had the first opportunity in your life to reminisce, live, artists that have either died unfortunately, or have gone into “retirement.” Specifically, by these artists.

St. Paul Slim, Chance York, Diane Miller, and kipp G, all performed at the…

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​Hip Hop Legends Friday!

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 30th, 2019

Fargo.live Kip G and Diane Miller onstage at the Aquarium - photograph by Fargo.live

By Jacques Harvieux
jacquesthejock@gmail.com

To live in the Fargo-Moorhead area and not have heard of D Mills and The Thrills would be nearly impossible. The rapper and band have been all over town opening up for acts from all over the country and filling venues all around the region.

Diane Miller the frontwoman of the group will be covering such artists as a Tribe Called Quest and Notorious BIG.

“It’s going to be fun, this is definitely a show for hip-hop fans, and to be able to see…

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​FM Symphony Orchestra Gets Fierce and Feminine

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 23rd, 2019

Remember the old schoolyard taunt, “You fight like a girl”? That sort of sentiment seems rather dated now, as in both popular culture and real life we are becoming increasingly reminded that women are perfectly capable of kicking some proverbial rear ends. But even though it is only in recent decades that we have seen just how loudly woman can roar through the societal advancements they’ve made for themselves the motif of the female warrior, the woman taking up arms in the…

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To Broadway and back

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 16th, 2019

Nina Grollman - design by Raul Gomez

By Ryan Janke
ryan.janke78@gmail.com

Celebration of Women and Their Music kicks off this Thursday at the Spirit Room in Fargo, and Nina Grollman will be back in town to light up the stage with a brand-new sound. High Plains Reader caught up with Grollman to check and see what she’s been up to and what lies ahead.

Grollman graduated from Moorhead High in 2013. She moved to New York City after graduation where she began attending The Juilliard School for drama, which is seen as one of the…

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