Tune into bluegrass, jazz, classical and showtunes with Fargo-Moorhead shows this weekend

Looking for something to do around town in the next few days? Here are 4 ideas to get you out and about.

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Billy Strings plays Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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New York Kammermusiker

Friday, Aug. 5, through Monday, Aug. 8

The New York Kammermusiker returns to the area this week. Special to The Forum
The New York Kammermusiker returns to the area this week.
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The 15th North Dakota tour by the New York Kammermusiker is a bittersweet one. The troupe has stayed off the road during the height of the COVID pandemic and now plays in honor of two musicians, Jeffrey Hale and Mark Seerup, who died from the virus. The chamber ensemble of double-reed instruments brings some rare classical compositions to the area for a series of diverse shows, starting at 6 p.m. Friday at the Blu Bar in the Radisson Blu , Fargo. On Sunday, the troupe visits old friend Tal the orangutan for a 2 p.m. concert in Chahinkapa Zoo , Wahpeton. At 3:30 p.m., the ensemble plays an outdoor concert at Sienna Court in Wahpeton. And at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the group ends the tour with a memorial concert for the fallen musicians at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo . All shows are free, with the exception of admission to Chahinkapa Zoo.

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’


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"Legally Blonde: The Musical" plays TAK Music Venue this week.
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Ohmigod! Ohmigod you guys. Another week, another version of “Legally Blonde: The Musical” being staged locally. If you want to see an entirely different cast and crew take on the transformation of Elle Wood from sorority sister to “Serious,” head over to TAK Music Venue in Dilworth this Friday through Aug. 11 to check out Studio Vibe Art’s production of the popular musical. Tickets range from $10 to $20.

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Billy Strings

Saturday, Aug. 6

It’s been a busy recent couple of days for guitar phenom Billy Strings . Days after receiving a handful of nominations for the Bluegrass Music Awards, the musician played in front of tens of thousands at Lollapalooza . Saturday’s show at Bluestem Amphitheater should be more intimate but just as electrifying as the singer and guitarist is known for his thrilling live shows, weaving together bluegrass, rock and psychedelic music. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $74.50.

Kicks Band Jazz Festival

Sunday, Aug. 7

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The Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead.
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Sure, the big festival this weekend is WE Fest in Detroit Lakes, but if you’re looking for something a bit more laid-back and in your own backyard, check out the Kicks Band Jazz Festival on Sunday afternoon in Island Park in Fargo . Picking up where the Jass Festival left off, the afternoon focuses on the great jazz acts of the area with the 188th Army Band Jazz Ensemble starting things off at noon, followed by the piano stylings of the David Ferreira Combo at 12:50 p.m. Jazz On Tap takes the stage at 1:40 p.m., followed by the Traditional New Orleans Band led by trumpeter Jeremy Brekke at 2:30 and the Festival Guest Combo at 3:20 and the Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead headlining at 4:10. The show is free and guests are invited to bring a lawn chair, snacks and water. In case of bad weather, the show will be moved to the Fargo Air Museum.

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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Looking for something to do around town in the next few days? Here are 5 ideas to get you out and about.