Best of the Red River Valley: Best Live Local Act

Winner: Tripwire

Location: 1020 S 25th St, Fargo, ND 58103, USA

What’s your reaction to winning two years in a row?

“When I saw we were nominated again, I thought, ‘It would be awesome if we could win two years in a row.’ And it looks like it did,” said guitarist Lars Hegland. “We have a great fanbase.”

How is Tripwire going to defend the title next year?

“We work basically every weekend. We’ll keep the energy up at the show, and we’re a lot of jump-around kids. I think our show proves we love what we do every weekend,” Hegland said. “We actually get out and interact with our fans. To get people to vote again next year, basically our plan is to be nice to people and have fun with them.”

What’s your favorite song to play together? Why?

“The first thing that comes to mind is ‘Mambo No. 5’ by Lou Bega, or ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ by Def Leppard,” Hegland said. “One that’s really fun to play is ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain because we’re jumping on trampolines and doing all of these choreographed dance moves.”

Congrats to the runners-up!

Second Place: The Front Fenders

Third Place: Jack Winders

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