Within the last eight years, the music scene in Fargo-Moorhead has experienced a renaissance with live music shows becoming the norm rather than the exception. As more regional and national acts have been coming to perform in the area, the number of music venues available has exploded.
The best music venue in the area by far is the Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead, Minnesota. Nestled along the Red River directly across from North Dakota, the Bluestem is home to a summer musical performed by students at the Trollwood Performing Arts School. When the musical isn’t taking the stage, national acts are scheduled to perform that have included Boys 2 Men, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Billy Currington, O.A.R., Cheap Trick and more.
With an intimate setting, artists seem to really connect with the audience. And from general admission to front row – there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The views can’t be beat as the headlining act typically closes out their set as the sun slowly sets in the background.
Each year Bluestem brings in more artists than the year before that represent nearly every genre of music. As more people come to experience the bands and the allure of the Bluestem, getting to and from the theater takes longer and longer. Ditch the car and avoid the traffic by jumping on a shuttle for only $5 from local bars like O’Leary’s or Brickhouse. Shuttles are first in line to leave after the show is over so riders can avoid waiting in line to leave.