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The Shins to perform at Bluestem Amphitheater May 21: Rockers join an eclectic lineup of acts coming through F-M area this summer

Bassist Jimbo Wallace, singer/guitarist Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath and drummer Scott Churilla play Sanctuary Events Center on Monday, Sept. 4. (Special to The Forum)1 / 2
Shins frontman, singer and songwriter James Mercer will bring his band to the Bluestem Amphitheater for a May 21 concert. (Photo by Marisa Kula-Mercer/Special to The Forum)2 / 2

Rock band The Shins have been added to the summer concert series at Bluestem. The group plays the outdoor Moorhead venue on Sunday, May 21.

The group made a splash in 2001 with the song "New Slang." Over the past 15 years the band, fronted by James Mercer, has released four more albums.

The announcement of the show coincides with the release of the group's latest album, "Heartworms."

Tickets are $27 for general admission lawn, $37 for general admission bench seats or $51.50 for reserved seats.

The Shins will join the iconic Tony Bennett in this year's Bluestem lineup. Bennett is slated to perform Thursday, June. 1; tickets for his show are $39.50 general admission lawn, $59.50 general admission benches, $95 and $175 for reserved seating.

Concert promoter Jade Presents will announce the full lineup for Bluestem this spring. In 2016, the summer concert series attracted nearly 29,000 patrons from 39 states and five Canadian provinces across 16 concerts. A portion of ticket sales were donated to the Lions Club of Fargo and Friendship Inc., as well as to fund music grants through The Arts Partnership.

More music coming to Fargo

Minneapolis-based jam band The Big Wu brings its 25th Year Celebration to Sanctuary Events Center on Saturday, April 15. The show includes special guests Jason Fladager, Bill Cutler, Warren Boes and Kind Country with Fargo's own Pat Lenertz Band also performing.

Tickets for this ID-only show are $22 for general admission floor, or $108 for reserved balcony table seats.

On May 26, Fargo-Moorhead horn-based band Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome plays a tribute to the classic rock band Chicago, also at the Sanctuary Events Center.

Tickets for this ID-only show are $20 for general admission floor, or $120 for reserved balcony table seats.

On July 11, The Everly Brothers Experience plays the Fargo Theatre. Brothers Dylan and Zachary Zmed harmonize on the duo's greatest hits, like "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," "Cathy's Clown" and "When Will I Be Loved." Tickets for this all-ages show are $28.50.

Pop rock band Goo Goo Dolls returns to Fargo-Moorhead for a July 20 show at Scheels Arena.

In 2014, the group fronted by founding partners guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist and singer Robby Takac played to a packed house of about 3,200 at the Bluestem. Former "American Idol" Phillip Phillips opens the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $39.50, $52.50 and $72.50.

Take a ride on "Easy Street" with singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson when he stops by the Sanctuary Events Center on Friday, Aug. 18 for an 8 p.m. show.

General admission tickets are $25; balcony access is for age 21 and up only.

The Reverend Horton Heat returns to Fargo in late summer, bringing his revved-up rockabilly to Sanctuary Events Center on Monday, Sept. 4.

Singer/guitarist Jim Heath's psychobilly trio has been around for more than 30 years, mixing surf, punk, country and swing music into a potent mix.

Tickets for this ID-only show are $20 for general reserve floor, or $100 for reserved balcony tables.

Tickets for Tony Bennett, The Big Wu, Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, The Everly Brothers Experience, Eric Hutchinson and The Goo Goo Dolls are on sale now; tickets for The Shins and The Reverend Horton Heat go on sale at 11 a.m. this Friday. Reserve your seats by visiting the Tickets 300 box office (300 Broadway, Fargo; open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), online at, or by phone at 866-300-8300. Fees may apply.

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