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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.
FARGO—The Fargo Theatre hosts an evening with actor Sean Astin on Sept. 13. The actor will discuss his 30-year career, including roles in blockbuster hits like "The Goonies," "Rudy" and the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He is slated to appear in the next season of "Stranger Things," set to be released Oct. 27 on Netflix. Tickets are $25 and $40, with VIP packages, including a meet-and-greet, for $250 for two. Tickets are available at the Tickets300 box office, tickets300.com, or (866) 300-8300.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn—While potential rain threatened to dampen the spirits of WE Fest, concert-goers weren't going to let questionable weather cloud their day. "This is awesome," said Jen Middleton. "Look at the rainbow." Indeed, a rainbow shone east of the campgrounds around 6 p.m., and clear skies followed on the first day of the three-day country festival.
The region's biggest musical weekend of the year kicks off Thursday when WE Fest opens in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The annual three-day event, which draws about 50,000, always starts the first Thursday in August. This year there's a little competition on the concert calendar as pop singer/songwriter Bruno Mars will play Friday at the Fargodome, the same night Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and more play the Soo Pass Ranch.
There's no shortage of attractions to be found at this year's Red River Valley Fair, which opened its six-day run in West Fargo on Tuesday. There are the rides and the carnival games on the midway. The fried food and various edible fair fare. There's the animal attractions, ag exhibits, arts and crafts displays, the high dive show, the Air Force Performance Lab, and the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit. But for many the big attraction are the musical acts on the main stage. Here's a look at who will be making some noise at this year's RRVF.
FARGO — Pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph returns to town to close out the 22nd Annual Fargo Blues Festival on Saturday, July 29. The two-day event kicks off at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 28 with the Jennifer Lyn Band followed by The Good, The Bad & The Blues at 3 p.m. Tweed Funk plays at 4:15 p.m., with Ray Fuller & The Bluesrockers at 5:30 p.m. Lurrie Bell & His Chicago Blues Band plays at 7 p.m. with Walter Trout returning as the first night final act.
MOORHEAD — Some familiar faces and legendary names will be coming to town this summer and fall. The 2017 concert series for Moorhead's Bluestem Center for the Arts was announced Tuesday morning and includes return visits from singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt and indie rock band Modest Mouse. The lineup also holds a return from Fargo-based singer/guitarist Jonny Lang, a stop on country icon Kenny Rogers' farewell tour and the first local show by alternative rock giants, The Pixies.
FARGO — The Fargo Film Festival doesn't have themes, but if it did, 2017 might be "The Year of the Woman." Out of the eight category winners this year, six were from female directors. In comparison, only two categories were won by women directors in 2016, none in 2015 and three in 2014. Overall, 38 of the 104 films screened over the five-day festival were made by women. Emily Beck, executive director of the Fargo Theatre, which hosts the annual event, is encouraged by the strong showing of women artists.
FARGO—Bobby Vee, the Fargol boy who stepped into the spotlight the day after the music died, died early Monday, Oct. 24, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to the St. Cloud Times. On Feb. 4, 1959, Bobby Vee and his band The Shadows headlined a show the Moorhead Armory after Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash en route to the show. Vee would go on to have hits like "Suzie Baby," "Devil Or Angel," "Rubber Ball," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Run To Him" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Every year WE Fest has one heritage act, a legend that may not be on radio so much these days, but definitely made a mark. Last year it...