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Rosie Sauvageau, Shane Maland & Little Winter to close FM’s Finest

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Press | 0 comments

By Sam Benshoof | sbenshoof@forumcomm.com FARGO – After more than two months of live local music, FM’s Finest comes to a close tonight with performances by singer/songwriter Rosie Sauvageau and Shane Maland & Little Winter. FM’s Finest is sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. Rosie Sauvageau, the current Miss North Dakota, brings plenty of musical experience to tonight’s show: She’s been playing piano since she was 2 years old, though she only played her first solo acoustic show in 2008. Since then, she’s...

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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...

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Ashe brings blues to FM’s Finest

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Press | 0 comments

By Sam Benshoof | sbenshoof@forumcomm.com FARGO – FM’s Finest takes on a shade of blue tonight as rock and roll singer-songwriter Rob Ashe takes the stage at The House of Rock at The Hub. FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. This is the second-to-last entry in the series. Tonight, Ashe will also be joined by Mark Reitan, a singer and mandolin player, and Nate Pitcher, a singer and guitarist, who he plays with in a band called Boots. He’ll also be accompanied by members of a...

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Amanda Standalone & the Pastry Shop Girls produce recipe for sweet sounds

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Press | 1 comment

By Sam Benshoof | sbenshoof@forumcomm.com FARGO – Downtown Fargo favorite Nichole’s Fine Pastry is known for its desserts, but it’s also contributed something else to area culture: folk group Amanda Standalone & the Pastry Shop Girls. The three-woman band, which takes the stage at FM’s Finest tonight, formed about five years ago, when each of its members was working at the patisserie. In fact, two of the band’s musicians still work there, says Amanda Nygard, the group’s lead singer and guitarist. FM’s Finest is a weekly...

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Kipp G & Tony The Butcher bring rap, hip-hop to FM’s Finest

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Press | 0 comments

By Sam Benshoof | sbenshoof@forumcomm.com FARGO – Even with the wide range of musical sounds that have been on display over the past few weeks of FM’s Finest, tonight’s showcase brings something new: rap and hip-hop, courtesy of Fargo duo Kipp G and Tony the Butcher. FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series running through May sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. All performances take place at The House of Rock at The Hub. Kipp G and Tony have been performing around Fargo-Moorhead since 1999. Being one of the only...

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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...

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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...

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Shane Maland and Little Winter

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: Kris – vocals and guitar Ryan – guitar Calli – vocals and keys Ben – bass 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,...

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Les Dirty Frenchmen, Go Murphy bring punk, alt rock to FM’s Finest

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Press | 1 comment

By Sam Benshoof | sbenshoof@forumcomm.com FARGO – This week in FM’s Finest, Fargo bands Les Dirty Frenchmen and Go Murphy bring contrasting sounds of punk and alt/indie rock to the stage. FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. All performances take place at the House of Rock at the Hub in Fargo. Les Dirty Frenchmen, formed more than 13 years ago, plays an old-school punk sound, according to singer Phil Hunt. The five-person group grew up on bands like the Ramones and New York...

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Rock bands The Suit, Everything In Slow Motion take FM’s Finest

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Press | 0 comments

By Sam Benshoof | sbenshoof@forumcomm.com FARGO – As FM’s Finest rolls along into its sixth week, tonight’s entry features a band with members who have known each other for years and another band that’s just getting going. FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. All performances take place at The House of Rock at The Hub in Fargo. For The Suit, ties run deep. The five-person rock band was established in 2006 but has only been playing with its current lineup for about a year,...

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