As big names like Bonnie Raitt and Paul McCartney swoop into Fargo this summer, let’s not forget about the lesser-known groups that can also rev up a crowd. The Aquarium above Dempsey’s in downtown Fargo hosts a load of concerts this summer from May to August, and here’s a rundown of some of the best to expect.
- Nothing w/ We/Ours and The Alleles, May 19
Following this year’s trend of punk-influenced indie rock, Nothing will be sure to shake the walls with their noisy, guitar-driven sounds. Touring in support of their first studio album, “Guilty of Everything,” this show will be a good chance to catch this act at a smaller venue before they make it big. 21+//9 p.m.//$7
- Blitzen Trapper, June 14
This Portland-based experimental folk/country group will be coming back to Fargo in support of their 2013 release, “VII.” Making a stop at The Aquarium on nearly every tour, this five-piece band is sure to draw a crowd with their familiar harmonies and folk influences. 21+//9 p.m.//$16
- S. Carey, June 24
Known best as the drummer for Grammy Award-winning group Bon Iver, S. Carey has an established solo career himself. In light of his second full-length album, “Range of Light,” this Wisconsin native will bring his dreamy lullabies that are sure to melt all your worries away. 21+//9 p.m.//$10
- Sharon Van Etten w/ Jana Hunter, July 14
Dreamy soulstress singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten will be making her Fargo debut this summer at The Aquarium downtown. In support of her upcoming fourth studio album, “Are We There,” Van Etten will be performing new material along with her usual brand of brooding folk. 21+//9 p.m.//$14//$12 advance at Orange Records.
- Man Man w/ Landlady, Aug. 11
Coming from Philadelphia, this established experimental rock group will make a stop in downtown Fargo on their summer Midwest tour. With stages names like Honus Honus, Pow Pow, Brown Sugar, and Shono; and featuring instruments ranging from horns to traditional rock instruments all the way to pots and pans and smashing plates, these guys will be sure to put on a show you won’t want to miss. 21+//8 p.m. doors//9 p.m. show