By Sam Benshoof | firstname.lastname@example.org
FARGO – Two bands with a common thread, though very different sounds, take their turn this week at FM’s Finest.
Folk rockers Diane Miller & the Silver Daggers and reggae band Heavy is the Head play the House of Rock at The Hub at 9 p.m.
FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents.
For Diane Miller & the Silver Daggers, finding a name was the hardest part.
The band started in 2009 as a duo called Tom and Diane. Then a little more than a year ago, they added friends and acquaintances to create a larger lineup, says Diane Miller, lead singer and guitarist.
When it came time to name the new band, Miller says the group was inspired by an old folk tune called “Silver Dagger” but still wasn’t completely sold on the idea.
“We exhausted so many different ideas for a band name,” Miller says. “When (Fargo Monthly magazine) asked us to do our photo shoot at Mezzaluna, a restaurant colored in silver, we took it as a sign.”
“Honestly, after all that band name contemplation, I still wish it were something else,” she admits.
Each of the band’s five musicians brings their own personal influences, Miller says, creating a sound that’s a mixture of folk, rock, bluegrass and more.
“I can’t claim that we are defying boundaries and breaking musical barriers,” Miller says. “But I do believe our sound takes unique directions, song by song.”
The band hasn’t been playing together long, but they already have one particularly memorable set under their belt: Opening for John C. Reilly & Friends at the Fargo Theatre last summer.
“Opening for John C. Reilly was certainly a trip,” Miller says. “And it was one of our very first gigs, so we were all nervous.”
Miller will be pulling double duty on stage tonight, as she’ll also be performing with Heavy is the Head after her
gig with the Silver Daggers.
According to Heavy is the Head drummer John Shea, that group was formed simply out of a mutual appreciation of one particular musical genre.
“The band started with a few of us wanting to start a reggae band because we all love the music so much,” Shea says.
With nine members and a variety of instruments, Heavy is the Head – which gets its name from the Shakespearean quote “Heavy is the head that wears the crown” – puts on shows made of “good feelings,” Shea says.
“Reggae has a way of providing an energy that’s conducive to understanding and making people’s lives better,” he adds.
That energy can be seen at the Fargo Marathon, where for the past two years Heavy is the Head has played along the 22nd mile of the race.
“When runners get to that point, they are getting into the physical shutdown part of the run,” Shea says. “So to have them respond with applause or a fist pump? That’s pretty awesome.”
If you go
- What: FM’s Finest Week Four: Diane Miller & the Silver Daggers and Heavy is the Head
- When: 9 Thursday
- Where: The House of Rock at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo
- Info: Admission is $5; 21-and-older only
Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535