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Looking for something to do this weekend? Learn a little about regional history, sit back with a classic musical or just roll around downtown Fargo. 'Hello, Dolly!' Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23
MOORHEAD — Art Alexakis is on the phone to discuss the 20th anniversary of "So Much for the Afterglow," but before he starts talking about Everclear's best known album, he puts me on hold to talk to his daughter. Rock 'n' roll may keep him on the road — Everclear will play "So Much for the Afterglow" in its entirety and other hits Saturday night, June 17 at Bluestem Center for the Arts — but family comes first for the singer/guitarist.
MOORHEAD — When Jonny Lang returns to play Bluestem Center for the Arts the night of Sunday, June 18, he'll do what any hometown boy does — he'll visit his family and friends. He's even got an outfit picked out. "I'm looking forward to wearing an 'I built the Dome' T-shirt," he says over the phone, then adds, laughing, "which I really shouldn't be wearing." The Fargodome opened in 1992 when Lang — then Langseth — was 11. Heck, it opened a year before the Fargo native even started playing guitar.
Rock band Ween has been added to the summer concert series at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead, playing Thursday, Aug. 31. Fronted by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, known as respectively as Gene Ween and Dean Ween, the group started in the mid-1980s making home recordings. Ween has released nine albums, an eclectic mix of rock, country, soul, funk, R&B, gospel, heavy metal and punk. Tickets range from $42.50 to $85, plus fees.
FARGO—Over its 20-year run, the Alabama/Georgia-based Drive-By Truckers have commonly been labeled a Southern rock band with good reason. They broke out big with their double-disc 2001 release "Southern Rock Opera," mixing coming-of-age stories with the legend of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the shady history of Southern politics. Southern mythology and history would be a continued theme, coming to a head with 2004's "The Dirty South," including a song cycle about infamous Sheriff Buford Pusser.
This summer is already shaping up to be a hot one, and with some classic Southern rockers, a cheeky burlesque show, and a rodeo coming to the area, things are about to get a lot hotter this weekend. Brittany Anderson Thursday, June 8
MOORHEAD—Theatre B will open its next season in Moorhead and the troupe hopes its new home will spark an arts revitalization on the east side of the Red River. The organization announced in a press release that it would move to the former Lincoln School gymnasium at 215 10th St. N. in Moorhead.
FARGO — Happy Harry's RibFest kicks off on Wednesday, June 7, and as much as the sweet and savory smoked meat and sides are the main attraction, the music on the main stage each night also packs a crowd. During the four day event, certain words will be used to describe the variety of foods available. While none of this year's acts — Collective Soul, Night Ranger, Diamond Rio and Little Texas — scored big hits with songs about barbecue, some of the tunes pair well with RibFest lingo.
MOORHEAD — If age is only a number, it's a catchy number in Tony Bennett's world. The 90-year-old singer showed little signs of slowing down Thursday night as he wowed a crowd of 2,396 at Bluestem Center for the Arts.