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Jazz, jams and powwow drums and dance keep the beat this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead

Looking for something to do around town? Here are 4 ideas to get you out and about.

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Jazz singer Cyrille Aimée will perform at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Saturday, April 2.
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Steve Smith

Thursday, March 31

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Drummer Steve Smith will perform at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Thursday, March 31.
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Known as the beat-keeper for classic rock band Journey’s biggest hits, Steve Smith’s heart has always been with jazz. Considered by Modern Drummer magazine one of the best behind the kit, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member will sit in with the Minnesota State University Moorhead Jazz, Commercial and Faculty Jazz Combo Ensembles on Thursday night for a swing through some moving numbers. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts, MSUM. Tickets are $10.

Jon Wayne and the Pain

Friday, April 1

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Jon Wayne and the Pain is slated to perform Friday, April 1, at The Hall at Fargo Brewing Co.
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It would be easy to label Jon Wayne and the Pain as a jam band, but the Minneapolis act throws a wide net, collecting bits of rock, reggae, folk and electronic music. No matter the influence, the outcome is always a full dance floor moving to the groove. The quartet brings its positive vibe to The Hall at Fargo Brewing Co. this Friday for a night of sweaty dancing. The music starts at 8 p.m. with sets by local acts Heatbox and Hiahli. Tickets are $20 for this ID-only show.

Woodlands & High Plains Traditional Powwow

Saturday, April 2

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George Earth from White Earth, Minn., is seen during opening ceremonies at the Woodlands and High Plains Powwow in the Memorial Auditorium at Concordia College, Moorhead, in this March 5, 2011, file photo.
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Dancers, drummers and the smell of fry bread will fill Concordia College’s Memorial Auditorium this Saturday when the 31st annual Woodlands & High Plains Traditional Powwow settles in for a day of music. Canceled the last two years because of COVID-19, more than 200 dancers will get the chance to show their footwork and colorful regalia. The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults and free for college students.

Cyrille Aimée

Saturday

Cyrille Aimée’s 2019 album, “Move On: A Sondheim Adventure,” was such a labor of love for the singer, it not only earned her a Grammy nomination, but also praise from the late great composer. With a girlish, lithe voice, the French singer often flutters between pop, French, Romani, Latin and South American jazz in her sets. She’ll bring her quartet to the Gaede Stage at the Roland Dille Center for the Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Saturday night for an evening of music that, no matter its origins, will make you want to dance. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $6 to $28.

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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