There are plenty of options to pick from to get out and enjoy this weekend. From old timey acoustic string music and harmonies to contemporary Christian rock, to a beer in the park or seeing a comedian in a club.
1. Monroe Crossing
The roots of bluegrass may be set in the South, but the lively music has spread to the Northern Plains. Minnesota-based Monroe Crossing pays tribute to the roots music but gives the style a bend around the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The group's mix of bluegrass and gospel will sound right at home at Sanctuary Events Center, 640 4th Ave., N., tonight. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 or 30. https://jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.
2. Chris Maddock
Bar Nine, 1405 Prairie Pkwy, West Fargo, is getting into the funny business. The watering hole is becoming a laughing matter for all of the right reasons - by booking comedians. The stand-up series kicks off this week with Minneapolis funnyman Chris Maddock and Ryan Kahl opening the show. The laughs start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12.95 for a single seat to $99.95 for a table for six. (701) 356-0099.
3. Under Brew Skies
Drinking beer is a year-round activity, but summer allows suds aficionados the opportunity to do so outside in the sun, Under Brew Skies is a celebration of the regional craft brewing scene that also serves as a fundraiser for the North Dakota Brewers Guild. Sample from among 60 of the best brews in the area by raising a glass, or two, from 2 to 6 p.m.Saturday in Fargo's Island Park. Tickets are $40.99.
4. Mercy Me
When Mercy Me released "I Can Only Imagine" in 2001, the single climbed not only the contemporary Christian charts, but the mainstream ones as well. The group is experiencing some deja vu after singer Bart Millard's biographical tune has been adapted into a wildly successful Christian film. The band brings the song and many other inspirational numbers to Bluestem Amphitheater on Sunday night. Riley Clemmons opens the show at 7 p.m., with tickets ranging from $30 to $80. https://jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.
5. The Midwestern
The biggest event and show of the year for The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead, kicks off Monday night with the 59th Midwestern Invitational Exhibit of Fine Art. This year's theme, "Return to Camelot," inspired dozens of artists to interpret what they see as an idyllic period and place. Some refer to King Arthur's court, while others see the White House under John F. Kennedy. Others look closer to home. See for yourself when the show opens Monday. www.therourke.org, (218) 236-8861.