Familar faces and legendary names to grace the 2017 Bluestem concert series stage

MOORHEAD - Some familiar faces and legendary names will be coming to town this summer and fall.The 2017 concert series for Moorhead's Bluestem Center for the Arts was announced Tuesday morning and includes return visits from singer/guitarist Bonn...
Music fans take in the performance of Daughtry at the Bluestem Amphitheater Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD - Some familiar faces and legendary names will be coming to town this summer and fall.

The 2017 concert series for Moorhead's Bluestem Center for the Arts was announced Tuesday morning and includes return visits from singer/guitarist Bonnie Raitt and indie rock band Modest Mouse. The lineup also holds a return from Fargo-based singer/guitarist Jonny Lang, a stop on country icon Kenny Rogers' farewell tour and the first local show by alternative rock giants, The Pixies.

"You can tell there's love for this venue that a couple of these acts want to come back," said Jade Nielsen, president of Jade Presents, which books Bluestem shows.

"There are very few like this one," Jeffrey Schatz, superintendent of Fargo Public Schools, said of the space. "It's a tremendous opportunity to have a facility like this in our community."

Nielsen announced 12 shows, four before the stage is occupied by Trollwood Performing Arts School's mainstage musical, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," which opens a three-week run on July 14.

Nielsen said there could be about four more shows added, most likely for dates after the Trollwood run.

The concert announcement also offered an opportunity for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony to plug its annual Symphony Rocks concert, "Let's Go Crazy: Legends of Rock," with music by Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, a musical tribute to Carrie Fisher and more.

Here's a list of what has been announced for Bluestem this summer:

  • The Shins, May 21
  • Tony Bennett, June 1
  • Everclear, Vertical Horizon and Fastball, June 17
  • Jonny Lang & Buddy Guy, June 18
  • "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," July 14, 15, 18 - 22, 25 - 29
  • Pop Evil and a headliner to be announced, Sunday, Aug. 6
  • Pat Benatar with Neil Giraldo and Rick Springfield, Aug. 9
  • Symphony Rocks, Aug. 17
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Aug. 29
  • Bonnie Raitt and The Indigo Girls, Sept. 1
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Sept. 5
  • Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis, Sept. 21
  • Modest Mouse, Sept. 26
  • The Pixies, Oct. 12

Tickets for The Shins and Tony Bennett are already on sale.

Tickets for Jonny Lang & Buddy Guy and Everclear go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday.

For more information on Jade Presents show, go to jadepresents.com, or call (866) 300-8300.

For information on Trollwood, go to www.trollwood.org, or call (218) 477-6500.

For information on Symphony Rocks, go to www.fmsymphony.org, or call (701) 478-3676.