Blake Shelton, Breaking Benjamin, Band of Horses, Shakey Graves and others play in Fargo this weekend – InForum

Blake Shelton, Breaking Benjamin, Band of Horses, Shakey Graves and others play in Fargo this weekend – InForum

The Red River Valley Fair is coming to an end after three weekends, but it’s not going quiet. In addition to the rides, games, food vendors, and animal and agricultural attractions, the event will feature four more nights of entertainment in the stands.

Thursday to Sunday

Breaking Benjamin will perform at the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead on September 29. Photo: Nicole Napier

Breaking Benjamin plays at the Red River Valley Fair on Saturday.

Article by Nicole Napier

Thursday night’s Disney Princess: The Concert will feature Broadway-caliber singers performing some of the most popular movie songs. Tickets range from $40 to $114.

Country superstar Blake Shelton returns to the area Friday night to celebrate with familiar songs like “Boys ‘Round Here,” “God’s Country,” “Sure Be Cool if You Did,” “Honey Bee” and more. Tickets range from $94 to $364.

Hard rock band Breaking Benjamin returns Saturday for a night of bangers like “I Will Not Bow,” “Blow Me Away” and “The Diary of Jane.” Tickets range from $70 to $214.

Rising country artist Riley Green closes the Red River Valley Fair on Sunday with hits such as “There Was This Girl,” “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” and “Different ‘Round Here.” Tickets range from $50 to $214.

Disney Princess: Concert begins at 7pm, all other shows are at 8pm .


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The organizers of the latest edition of The TELL are (from left) Laurie J. Baker, Stacy Nicholson and Carol Kapaun Ratchenski.

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The Tell, a local storytelling event, has bounced back nicely with its first show in years last month. Organizers are calling area storytellers to the stage at Cellar 624 on Thursday night for another round of narrated anecdotes in the style of public radio’s “The Moth.” This month’s theme is “Revolution!” The show begins at 7 p.m. with music by Warren Christensen. Last month’s winner, Skip Wood, will host the show.

Etran de L’Aïr & Rosali



Etran de L’Aïr plays at the Aquarium on Thursday evening.

Article by Larry Hirshowitz

Different regions bring different styles and sounds to the blues, whether it’s Chicago, Mississippi, Texas or Louisiana. In northern Niger, what’s known as “desert blues” is a rhythmic overlay of guitars that can sound like a trance-like drone. Etran de L’Aïr, a band popular at festivals in the area, brings the sounds of the Sahara to the Aquarium on Thursday night. The ID-only show begins at 8 p.m. with Rosali. Tickets are $15. .


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Band of Horses returns to Fargo on July 12.

Article by Taylor Fickes

Band of Horses made a memorable debut in 2006 with the shimmering “Great Salt Lake” and the haunting “The Funeral.” Singer/songwriter Ben Bridwell and his troupe returned two years later with slightly more upbeat melodies but the same soaring dynamics in “Is There a Ghost,” “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Detlef Schrempf.” The group released three more records, but truly returned to form with 2022’s “Things Are Great.”

Band of Horses returns to town Friday night to play the new UP District Festival Field, 1329 5th Ave., N., Fargo. Music begins at 7 p.m. with Carriers. Tickets for this all-ages show range from $35 to $85. j .


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Singer/guitarist Shakey Graves returns to Fargo Brewing on July 13th.


Shakey Graves may be best known for his duets with female singers, like his signature “Dearly Departed” with Esmé Patterson and “Ready or Not” with Sierra Ferrell. But anyone who saw him play outdoors at Fargo Brewing Company in 2017 and 2021 knows that the singer/guitarist – also known as Alejandro Rose-Garcia – can command the stage all by himself. His latest album, “Movie of the Week,” is inspired by films from the perspective of a former actor who starred in “Friday Night Lights” and “Spy Kids.”

He plays Friday night at the new UP District Festival Field, 1329 5th Ave., N., Fargo. Music begins at 7 p.m. with Futurebirds. Tickets range from $29.50 to $89.50. .

Reception “A little grey for colour”



A print by Victor Vasarely was one of the many works of art donated to the Plains Art Museum by Donald D. Powell.


Donald Powell left Fargo early, but his hometown and its art museum remained close to his heart. From 1999 until his death in 2021, the Chicago architect donated dozens of works to the Plains Art Museum, including works by Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Claes Oldenburg and Henry Moore.

These and other works are part of the museum’s new exhibition “A Little Grey for Color.” An opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. will include a lecture and slide show with stories about Robert Kleinschmidt, the late collector’s life and business partner. .

John Lamb

John Lamb has been covering arts and entertainment in the Red River Valley for nearly 30 years. He began writing for the High Plains Reader in 1997 and moved to The Forum in 2002. He is an Annenberg Fellow, an occasional judge on talent shows and cooking competitions, and co-host of the weekly “Gardening Together: The Podcast.” He has interacted with Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, sipped with National Book Award winner Colm McCann, had coffee with Grammy-winning classical musician Peter Schickele, and interviewed countless other artists, actors, musicians, writers, and other interesting people. Contact John at [email protected].