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Trendy, new music venue opens Downtown

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.   A new music venue has come to Downtown Grand Forks! You probably haven’t seen any big outdoor sign marking its location, actually you can’t even see the venue from the street. That’s because it is tucked away in one of Downtown’s already prominent landmarks… The Empire Arts Center. What used to be a staging area behind the theater has be recreated into a trendy little social area the Empire is calling “The Backstage Project.”  The Empire’s website describes it as a place “designed to utilize creative, urban spaces for live music performances by local and regional artists.” I call it “pretty cool.” Grand Forks is lucky to have the large scale concert venues such as the Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena and mid-size venues like the Empire’s and the Chester Fritz Auditorium’s stages for fairly large performances, but we have always been missing that small, intimate space where local artists can perform to an up-close and personal crowd. Until now. The Backstage Project kicked off its first show of the series on April 5th with music from local jazz band favorite, Jazz On Tap. Jazz …

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Jason Aldean brings his chart toppers to the Alerus Center March 23

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional. Fresh off its biggest concert in the arena’s history, the Alerus Center brings yet another big name in country music to Grand Forks. Jason Aldean will fill the Alerus with chart topping tunes on March 23rd at 7:00 PM. He brings with him country star Jake Owen and new-comer Thomas Rhett.   Now, I’ll be honest, I like country music and have definitely heard of Jason Aldean, but if you asked me to name a song he sang, I couldn’t.  So, I googled him.   As I went down my google search list of Aldean’s songs, I quickly realized found myself saying “Oh, I love that song! I didn’t know Jason Aldean sang that!” Here are just a few of his many hits that you’ve likely heard and probably had stuck in your head a time or two. (Click the link to hear the song)   Hicktown Amarillo Sky Big Green Tractor Tattoos on This Town Fly Over States Take a Little Ride with Me Nine of Aldean’s singles have reached number one on the country charts and 16 have made it to the top 10. Aldean …

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Simply grand events – week of August 20

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Spring events at the Fritz

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Where can you go to hear everything from Broadway show tunes and Irish songs to classical masterpieces and Sousa marches?  If you answered the Chester Fritz Auditorium, you are correct!  The Fritz’s upcoming spring schedule is sure to please a wide variety of musical tastes.  An auditorium layout that makes you feel at one with the production and the amazing acoustics only add to the experience.  Explore a little of the Fritz’s great history by strolling down the halls lined with autographed pictures of past performers.  No matter what show(s) you choose, it guaranteed to be a performance worthy of a standing ovation. April 1 @ 10 .m. – GGF Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert April 14 @ 7:30 p.m. – “The Music Man” April 16 @ 8 p.m. – UND Pride of the North Marching Band April 27 @ 7:30 p.m. – University Band & Wind Ensemble April 30 @ 7 p.m. – Heartland of America Band May 16 @ 7:30 p.m. – Daniel O’Donnell May 21 @ 8 p.m. – GGF Symphony Orchestra Tickest are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone (701.772.5151) or online.  For additional information check out the Fritz online.

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