Say so long to summer with a weekend full of events
Labor Day weekend is here and so is the symbolic end of summer, so why not say goodbye to the season with weekend packed with events.
1. Leslie Blasing
Texas has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons this week, so tonight's Leslie Blasing show at the Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave., N., Fargo, will be a little bit of light from the Lone Star State. The South Padre Island-based performer is on the road and bringing her set of standards and popular songs to the Sons. The event consists of a turkey dinner from 5 to 6:15 p.m., followed by the show at 7. The evening is a fundraiser for the organization, which needs a new roof for the building. Tickets are $25 for the dinner and the show, or $15 for just the music. (701) 361-0205.
Get your freak on tonight when eclectic indie rock band Ween descends on Bluestem Amphitheater, 801 50th Ave., S., Moorhead. You never know what you'll get from the creative wonder twins, Dean and Gene Ween, in concert. Since making their recorded debut 27 years ago with "GodWeenSatan: The Oneness," the group has shown flashes of alternative rock, R&B, country, soul, prog rock, punk and heavy metal. Their setlists have ranged just as wildly, but their strength is in the live show, as shown in the fact that of their 16 records, seven are live albums. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $42.50 to $85. jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300
3. Kathie Brekke & The 42nd Street Band at The HoDo
No, they didn't get lost with all of the construction in town. Kathie Brekke is bringing her longtime band at the former Basie's at the Ramada Plaza Suites downtown tonight for a set at the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway, N., Fargo. While the group's foundation is in jazz and standards, the members (singer-pianist Kathie Brekke, saxophonist-clarinetist Harley Sommerfeld, drummer Joe Riewer, bassist-singer Kent Karch, and trumpeter Shawn Brekke) branch out into modern pop and classic rock and take requests. Music runs from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. www.hoteldonaldson.com/ (701) 478-1000.
4. Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion
Friday - Monday
If it's Labor Day Weekend in the Red River Valley, it's time for the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion in Rollag, Minn. The annual get-together for steam-engine enthusiasts fires up again for another four-day run through the past. Events include demonstrations with steam-fueled farm machinery and saw mill, rides on trains and other attractions showcasing the last 150 years of area agriculture. Gates open at 6 a.m. daily and exhibits run until sundown. Tickets are $12 for ages 15 and older and free for those younger accompanied by an adult. www.rollag.com.
5. Perfect 10 Car Show
While summer is the time for outdoor car shows in the community, September doesn't necessarily mean it's time to bring the autos inside. The Perfect 10 Car Show has good reason for setting up indoors at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo. The display incorporates a booming soundtrack, a light show and even a dancefloor. The event sounds more like a club setting on a showroom floor. The fun lasts from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are $14. scheelsarena.com.
6. Reverend Horton Heat
On Labor Day, why not stand back and let someone else do the hard work. For three decades The Reverend Horton Heat has been picking up and putting down some of the sweetest - and sweatiest—rockabilly licks. Singer-guitarist Jim Heath is burning up the road again supporting his 11th album, "REV." Heath doesn't detour from what built him a strong following, but what's old sounds new and revived through his snarling guitar. Music starts at 8 p.m. at Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave., N., Fargo, with The 4ontheFloor. Tickets are $20 for this ID-only show. jadepresents.com," target="_blank">jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.