Alerus to host country music legend Alan Jackson on Saturday

Tickets, at a wide range of prices, are still available

Alan Jackson will be performing in Grand Forks on Saturday, July 30. (Photo provided by the Alerus Center)
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GRAND FORKS – Tickets are still available for the Alan Jackson concert, “Last Call: One More for the Road,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Alerus Center.

The tickets range from $30.50 to $200.50; four-ticket packages are also available for $199, according to Toryn Jones, Alerus Center director of marketing.

Some of Jackson’s most popular songs include “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Summertime Blues,” “The Older I Get,” “Remember When,” “Little Man,” “You Can’t Give Up on Love,” “Little Bitty” and “Chattahoochee.”

The singer-songwriter is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country pop sounds, as well as composing his own songs. He has recorded 16 albums, three greatest-hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.

To purchase tickets, go to or call the Alerus Center box office at (701) 792-1417. The Alerus Center address is 1200 S. 42nd St.


City Band to present final concert

The Grand Forks City Band will present its final concert of the summer at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the gazebo on the grounds of the Myra Museum, 2405 Belmont Road.

The concert is presented free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Under the direction of Janelle Huber, the concert program will include “Flourish for Wind Band,” by Ralph Vaughn Williams; “Emperata Overture,” by Claude T. Smith; “The Fairest of the Fair,” by John Philip Sousa; “Balladair,” by Frank Erickson; “Themes from La Belle Helene,” by Jacques Offenbach; “Men of Ohio,” by Henry Fillmore; “Loch Lomond,” by Frank Ticheli; “Grease!” by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs; “Instant Concert,” by Harold Walters; and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” by Sousa.

The band, which includes about 60 members, is conducted by Janelle Huber. She took over leadership this year from Don Langlie, who retired as director.

North Dakota Shakespeare Festival actors (from left) Jason Shipman, Klara McElroy, Tyler Folkedahl and Matthew Murry rehearse a scene from "The Comedy of Errors" to be presented Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 and Aug. 3-6 at theEast Grand Forks Heritage Village.

Performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors,’ ‘Sonnet Man’ start this weekend

The North Dakota Shakespeare Festival presents free, professional performances of “The Comedy of Errors” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, at the Heritage Village in East Grand Forks. Shows are also planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, and 7 p.m. Aug. 3-6.

The comedy, which features local and out-of-town artists, will transport audiences to the Wild West, said Stephanie Faatz Murry, producing artistic director.

“It’s fun for all ages,” she said, noting that snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase at each performance. Audience members should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.


Tyler Folkedahl (left), in role of "Dromio of Syracuse," and Klara McElroy at "Dromio of Ephesus," are among the local and out-of-state actors who are performing in the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival production of "The Comedy of Errors" at the East Grand Forks Heritage Village.

The North Dakota Shakespeare Festival is also presenting “The Sonnet Man” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at University Park. The family-friendly performance brings Shakespeare’s sonnets to life through hip hop and rhythm-and-blues music, Murry said.

To make reservations for both of these shows, go to .

Lani Call, who plays "Adriana" in the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Comedy of Errors," strikes a pose during rehearsals for the show at the East Grand Forks Heritage Village. All the performances, set for this weekend and next week, are free and audience members are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

The company is holding “Camp Will Week,” for ages 8-18, at the Grand Forks Public Library from Monday to Friday, Aug. 1-5, giving students an opportunity to create adapted shortened versions of “The Comedy of Errors.” Details on this camp are available on the “Will Week” tab on the website, . The camp is free thanks to support from the Myra Foundation.

The lead teacher, Devon Glover, is known for conducting workshops and intensives nationwide, incorporating hip hop and rap with Shakespearean text.

Students will present their performances at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6, before the regular performances at the Heritage Village. All activities are free. Donations are welcome.

For more information, go to .

Music is live and local at Empire’s ‘The Music Box’

The Empire Arts Center will feature Nelly Skavlem, Shermstick, and Justine Helgren at “The Music Box” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased at .


Bring an instrument, and/or your voice, for the open jam following the performance.

YMCA to host Cats Incredible 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run

The Altru Family YMCA will host the second annual Cats Incredible 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, July 30, at LaFave Park in East Grand Forks.

The 5K will start at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run at 9:15 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Red River Cross Country Team and the YMCA Partner of Youth scholarship program, said Patti McEnroe, membership and marketing director at the YMCA.

You Betcha ice cream is available for pre-order through registration and will also be available for purchase at the race site for $7 per pint, with $2 from the sale of each pint going to support the Red River Cross Country program.

For details on this event, contact Bob McWilliams at the YMCA, (701) 775-2586 or, or Richard Dafoe, at the See Dick Run store, (701) 775-1115 or .

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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