Country musician Blind Joe to host Facebook Live concert to benefit Great Plains Food Pantry

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Joseph “Blind Joe” Bommersbach sings and plays guitar in this file photo by Dave Wallis / The Forum

Country musician Blind Joe, a Fargo-area native based in Nashville, will present a Facebook Live concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank.

The concert by Blind Joe, a contestant on the ninth season of “The Voice,” will be available on the Blind Joe and the Great Plains Food Bank Facebook pages.

Audience members can make donations during the event and have the chance to interact with Blind Joe by leaving comments, including song requests, said Jared Slinde, food bank employee.

The performance is being presented in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when a large number of hungry children, seniors and families are turning to the Great Plains Food Bank, Slinde said.

The Great Plains Food Bank, in its 38th year, serves as North Dakota’s only food bank. It operates in partnership with 213 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens operating in 99 communities across North Dakota and in Clay County, Minn.


Since 1983, the Great Plains Food Bank, through its partners and programs, has distributed more than 175 million meals to children, seniors and families in need.

A member of the Feeding America organization, the Great Plains Food Bank was named the nation’s “Not-for-Profit of the Year for 2018” by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.

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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