Stop, rock and get rolling on The Greenway

BREAKING NEWS: The Greenway of Greater Grand Forks is going to be overtaken!

No worries, though; it’ll be one SimplyGraND kind of invasion. The Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that the 1st Annual Greenway Takeover Festival(GTF) will rock our two towns September 21-24, 2017! This multi-day music festival is set to take place Downtown, on The Greenway, just north of Sorlie Memorial Bridge. Each day you can expect top-notch local, regional and headlining music, plus a food truck alley, beer sales, picnic area and games for both kids and adults. One of the best parts about this family-friendly celebration is that it was organized, in large part, to showcase the awesome community spirit that makes Grand Forks/East Grand Forks a great place to live and visit!

Here’s how the Takeover works. HB Sound & Light will be setting up a massive stage, sound system and light show on the green space next to our Red River of the North. Headlining bands have been booked for each day. Four local arts groups are charged with taking over a day in the festival and creating a unique sound and atmosphere for their respective day. That means no two days will be exactly the same!

Gear Daddies

Thursday, September 21: Alley Alive will take over the festival grounds. Known for transforming downtown alleys into concert and festival spaces, they will turn their sights to The Greenway. With dozens of art and craft vendors, musicians, craft beer sampling stations and even a roller derby match, Alley Alive will no doubt bring fun and excitement to the GTF. The Minnesota based Americana rock band, Gear Daddies, will close out the opening day.

Friday, September 22: Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red will take over the festival grounds. There will be food trucks, beer sales, games and most importantly, tunes by regional and national Blues acts. In its 11th year, Happy Harry’s Blues on the Red has decided to add a fourth night of music to its season by partnering with GTF to bring awesome Blues music to The Greenway festival stage. Talented musician and Fargo native, Shannon Curfman, will close out the evening with her saucy vocals and scorching lead guitar.

Dead Man Winter

Saturday, September 23: The grass roots music event, Big Forkin’ Festival, will not only take over the festival grounds…it will pop up in coffee shops and venues all over downtown! Tunes will start on The Greenway first thing in the morning to help cheer on 2017 Wild Hog Marathon runners who will be racing through the GTF grounds. Artists of many genres will perform throughout the day, converging back on The Greenway for an awesome evening of music. The night will close out with the eclectic Americana-infused rock band, Dead Man Winter, led by acclaimed vocalist, Dave Simonett.

Sunday, September 24: North Dakota Museum of Art’s Concert Series will take over Sunday morning with a lively and inspiring gospel brunch featuring the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, a band whose sound weaves together bluegrass music, folk and blues. Food trucks will be serving morning fare and once again, there will be games and other activities for all ages.

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