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Getting to Know Fargo’s Music Scene

You have likely heard Taylor Swift and Shania Twain are coming to Fargo this semester. But believe it or not, there are other consistent local concert offerings equally deserving of your free time.

Whether you are new to North Dakota State, or have been here longer than you would care to admit ­– this is the lowdown on Fargo’s vibrant music scene.

Between coffee shops, bars, theaters and stadiums – Fargo has plenty to offer when it comes to shows.

If you want a late-night rave, or a low-key evening with friends – both are possible within a five-mile radius. These are some highlights for the coming weeks. From punk to grunge to indie – one of these is bound to suit your tastes.

On Saturday, Irish-inspired folk-rock band Gaelic Storm brings their trademark style to the Fargo Theatre. Celtic and modern sounds mesh in songs like “Raised on Black and Tans” and “Green Eyes, Red Hair.” They were featured in the film “Titanic,” with that song being released on their latest album. Tickets start at $25.

The Aquarium is a major 21-year-old-and-up concert venue – hosting artists such as o’fosho, Andrew W.K. and Guggenz in September. Located downtown above Dempsey’s, it often features punk or rock bands. General admission costs vary per concert and shows may sell out beforehand, so check online before heading out.

Before the temperatures drop, be sure to catch an outdoor concert at the picturesque Bluestem Amphitheatre.

On September 11, Hairball takes to the stage with their locally renowned performance. They are famous for being more than just a tribute band, but a celebration of arena rock.

Hairball regularly channels Aerosmith, Van Halen, Motley Crüe, Queen, KISS and Journey with explosive panache and pyrotechnics. Tickets start at around $20 for lawn seating — be sure to bring a blanket!

Hipsters, rejoice. Bluestem is also featuring Modest Mouse on September 15. This indie-alt band’s style has matured in recent years, but still maintains its characteristic eccentricity. Tickets start at $30.

Another interesting live music venue is The HoDo on Broadway. Aside from being a swanky hotel and bar – it offers live local music in the lounge, often without cover charge. Come enjoy a drink while listening to a variety of musical stylings. The HoDo is a 21+ venue.

Downtown scenesters flock to The New Direction for a variety of punky local and regional bands. Located on Roberts Street near Würst Bier Hall, they have several shows per week. The venue is unique because it is a nonprofit space, and all proceeds go to the artists or for venue upkeep. Cover charge is usually anywhere from $5 to $10 and is open to all ages.

If you are keen on the local live music scene, some other great places to try are The Red Raven on Main Avenue, Shotgun Sally’s in South Fargo, The Pickled Parrot and Sidestreet Grille and Bar downtown. There are plenty more, of course, awaiting your discovery.

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