Bands

Get ready to jam, Fargo-Moorhead.

Friday, June 14

DOWNTOWN FARGO

2nd Ave N, Fargo, ND (Between Broadway & The Alley)

EVENT INFO • All Ages • General Admission • Gates @ 5pm

See local fan favorites GO MURPHY, HEAVY IS THE HEAD, & POITIN play an outdoor concert on the corner of Broadway & 2nd Ave N. This is a FREE community event.

Rosie Sauvageau

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Bands | 0 comments

Q: How long have you been playing music?

A: I could play piano by ear when I was 2 years old, so technically 23 years. But I started to play solo acoustic shows in 2008.


Q: What kind of music do you play? How would you describe your sound?

A: I would describe my style of a combination between singer/songwriter, pop and alternative with some musical theatre influence splashed in as well.


Q: Who would you list as your musical influences?

A: Norah Jones, Eric Whitacre, Sara Bareilles, Carole King and Liberace.


Q: When you’re not making music, what are you likely to be doing?

A: Pageanting.

Rob Ashe

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Bands | 0 comments

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?

A: Rob Ashe (vocals/guitar/harmonica) and for the show on May 9 at The House Of Rock, he will also be joined by friends Mark Reitan (mandolin/vocals) and Nate Pitcher (guitar/vocals) who he plays with in a band called BOOTS (yes, like the footwear).  Also, he will be joined by members of a great young band, The Vistas, for an electric blues/rock set.


Q: How long have you been active?

A: I have been playing in bands for more than 10 years now, which is actually a scary thing to think about.


Q: What kind of music do you play? How would you describe its sound?

A:  I consider myself a blues musician, though my definition of ‘blues’ is pretty broad. I think the style of music that I play is firmly rooted in the traditions of Delta blues and 60′s and 70′s blues rock. I had a professor in college who called my taste in music ‘primitive.’ I think he intended it to be an insult but I took that as the best compliment someone could offer about my style.


Q: Who would you list as your band’s musical influences?

A: Jimi Hendrix, Pantera, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Derek Trucks, SRV, Django Reinhardt, Seasick Steve, Doc Watson, Charlie Parr, Buddy Guy and Miles Davis.

Amanda Standalone & The Pastry Shop Girls

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Bands | 1 comment

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?

A: Amanda L. Nygard (Amanda Standalone) – vocals, guitar, fiddle, washtub bass, banjo and mandolin

Abby Swegarden – vocals, guitar

Minda Ringdahl – vocals, tambourine, dinger


Q: How long has the band been active?

A: 5 years


Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?

A: The band was formed in Fargo. We all met at Nichole’s Fine Pastry – all three of us worked there at the time. Minda and Abby still do, hence the Pastryshop girls. Amanda plays with her jug band, and she also does a lot of solo work. Hence the first part of our name, Amanda Standalone.


Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?

A: We play a large amount of Amanda’s original material as well as some significant public domain covers. We sing in three part harmony, which lends itself well to old folk and gospel tunes – it’s a very comforting, familiar sound.

Shane Maland and Little Winter

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 in Bands | 0 comments

Shane Maland

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?

A: Kris – vocals and guitar

Ryan – guitar

Calli – vocals and keys

Ben – bass

Little Winter

Shane – vocals and guitar


Q: How long has the band been active?

A: Little Winter was formed in 2007 by members Kris Adamson, Ben Adamson, and Ryan Weisse. Little Winter spent their first few years patiently shaping their sound, experimenting with blends of country, rock, folk and pop, collecting songs along the way. With the addition of Calli Adamson (keyboards, cello, vocals) and Amber Adamson (drums) in 2009, the band started taking those songs to the public. Since Adamson’s departure in 2010, the group is frequently accompanied by drummers CJ Hanson, Joel Lunsetter, and Bill Kezar.

Shane started playing with the band about two years ago. Before then, he had done a few solo shows.


Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?

A: Little Winter plays Americana and alternative country, while Shane gets a lot of influence from 90’s artists as well as modern singer/songwriters.


Q: Who would you list as your band’s musical influences?

A: Wilco, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Sun Kil Moon, Nickel Creek and the Weakerthans

Everything In Slow Motion

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Bands, Featured | 0 comments

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?

A: Shane Ochsner – Vocals / Guitar

Ian Johnson – Guitar

Craig Carlson – Guitar

Chris Schwartz – Bass

Trevor Ferguson – Drums


Q: How long has the band been active?

A:Everything In Slow Motion has been an active project since January 2012.


Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?

A: The band was formed after  Shane’s previous band, Hands, had ended. Shane wanted to continue writing and recording music, so he started doing so under a new project name. He tracked an EP, “Red” which was released in October 2012 through Facedown Records. The next move was to put together an actual band to bring these songs into a live performance setting, so he started making the phone calls. There is no crazy story behind the band name, it just hit him one day. Naming a band is like naming your child. It’s extremely difficult, and everyone else already has the name you want, or at least something similar.


Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?

A: Melodic and moving. Atmospheric, and heavy. Not heavy in a “punch someone in the face and bang your head” kind of way. More in a “getting caught up in serious head nod” kind of way.

Les Dirty Frenchmen

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Bands | 1 comment

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?

A: Todd Reisenauer (guitar)

Justin Seng (bass)

Troy Reisenauer (guitar)

Phil Hunt (vocals)

Jeremy Tomlinson (drums)


Q: How long has the band been active?

A: For about 13 and 1/2 years.


Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?

A: We formed in Fargo with Troy, Justin, Phil, Todd and our founding drummer, Mike Grove. We are all friends and we grew up on Ramones, New York Dolls and raunchier punk records that appeared on labels like Crypt Records, Estrus and the like. A gentleman by the name of Preston Olson gave us the band name one late night at Ralph’s. I told him that we were starting a band but we were having trouble agreeing on a name. Preston said (in a fake French accent, if I recall correctly), how about Les Dirty Frenchmen? I asked him if we could use it and he said yes.


Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?

A: Old-school punk rock is probably the best way to describe it. We love the Ramones, Devil Dogs, New York Dolls, etc. but we’re a little more abrasive, raw and undisciplined. We draw a lot of inspiration from ‘90s garage punk favorites like New Bomb Turks, Teengenerate and Oblivians along with the “Killed By Death” punk bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s. We don’t necessarily sound like any of them though.

Go Murphy

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Bands | 0 comments

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?

A: Marcus Rondestvedt – guitar/vocals

Ryan Dahl – bass/vocals

Ryan Stetson – drums


Q: How long has the band been active?

A: It will be two years in May


Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?

A: Ryan D. and Marcus have been friends since diapers and Ryan S. and Marcus have known each other for about 15 years or so.  Marcus had just moved back from Omaha, Neb., and was looking to start a band up and it just so happened that the Ryans were also looking to start something new.

We were just getting started with the band and had a couple songs written but didn’t have any ideas for a name. Murphy is a dog that lives in Omaha whose owner is a friend of the band.  Marcus was visiting and awoke to the owners girlfriend screaming at Murphy “No Murphy!” because he ate her sandals.  Go Murphy just had a better ring to it.


Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?

A: Alternative/Indie Rock – Lots of open space with each instrument complementing the other.

Tripwire

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Bands | 0 comments

 

Q:Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?
A: Bryce Smith – Bass
Tim Melin – Harmonica, saxophone, guitar, drums and more
Mark Arneson – Drums, trumpet, piano and more
Lars Hegland – Guitar

Q: How long has the band been active?
A: The band Tripwire has been around for about 8 years, but the four of us have been playing together for about two and a half years.

Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?
A: It actually happened in the Hard Rock Cafe in Madrid, Spain. We were there through a college trip through MSUM. We were having lunch, and we talked about doing a band. When we got back, we got in touch with Tripwire’s original lead singer, and we started from there.
But I don’t honestly know how we came up with the name Tripwire. I think somewhere along the way Bryce’s sister may have come up with the name, but I’m not sure.

Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?
A: It’s just a little bit of everything. It’s rock, country, little bit of hip-hop, even a polka here and there. It’s a fantastic variety, with our twist on it with a bunch of different instruments. It’s kind of just a party on stage each night, we like to call it, with energy and many different instruments.

Read the Forum article here on Tripwire

O’Fosho

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Bands | 0 comments

 

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?
A: Matt Johnson-guitar, keyboard,lead vocals
Dan Olson- drums
Andrew Overby-bass guitar,keyboard

Q: How long has the band been active?
A: 3 years

Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?
A: The band was formed in Fargo from jam sessions with Matt and Dan.  We had a few different bass players before Andrew joined the band.  Dan O came up with the band name.  It was based on something our group of friends always said, so we thought it would make a good name.

Q: What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?
If I had to describe our sound I would say our material is based in Roots Music with elements of electronic dance music.  Our sound is very blues-funk oriented.

Read The Forum story here

Dann K & Black Casket

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Bands | 5 comments

Q: Who are the members of your band, and what instruments do they play?
A: We are currently playing as a 4 piece, and the number of instruments we use is larger than the number of players we have. The instruments vary with the songs.

Dann Keller- Guitar and Vocals
Andrew Hansen- Piano/Organ, Trumpet
Stevo Smedshammer- Cello, Melodica, Accordion, Trombone
Thomas Hill- Drums/Percussion, Glockenspiel

From time to time, when he is available, Dustin DeTar joins us on bass guitar.

 

Q: How long has the band been active?
A: We formed officially in 2010.

Q: Where, and how, was the band formed? How did you come up with the band’s name?
A: We formed in Fargo. All our members have been playing music here, in one form or another for many years. I had written a batch of new songs at the end of 2009, an attempt to try a different style then I had previously. I shared them with Andy on piano, and soon Stevo on cello, and it was just for fun. Later, Dustin got involved and that was our jump-start. We started recording some of the songs, booking some performances, and solidifying our arrangements. Once Tom came in on drums is when we really started to evolve into the sound we have now. Our name was picked by me, before we ever got together. It came to me kind of randomly while I wrote the material, and it kind of helped create and nurture the aesthetic I had in mind for the songs. When I showed Andy what I had written early on, it was like, “…I could sing all these beautiful and dark songs, with cello and piano and call it Dann K & Black Casket..” He and everyone on board since has been supportive of it, it really fits our sound.

Q:What kind of music does the band play? How would you describe its sound?
A: If we had to put ourselves into a genre it would be somewhere under the alternative folk umbrella, like Gothic Americana meets alt-rock or something. I’d describe our sound as melodic and haunting, as well as catchy and, at times, epic.