Best Venues to Watch Local Bands in Fargo

Oh man. How I wish Fargo got even more live music. We're placed perfectly for that in between night - your band has just wrapped up in Minneapolis and are headed to Montana or even farther west and Fargo is the perfect place to crash, play a quick set to a full crowd, eat a hearty meal, and meet some Midwestern charmers here in this fine city. And we have a few pretty cool venues to boot. Here they are (and if you play music, come check one or all of them out):

1. Coffeeshop/Venue - Red Raven

Red Raven Espresso Parlour always hosts a bevy of weird and wonderful artists. They have open mic nights, and shows from punk and shoegaze to acoustic and indie, poetry slams, improv nights, and more. If you want to know what's happening underground, this is your place.

2. Bar/Venue - Aquarium

The Aquarium is above Dempsey's, an Irish pub in downtown Fargo, so you can have a relaxed drink before the show or in between acts. It is the perfect size (and dark enough) for bands with considerable followings but it's not big enough for Taylor Swift, which is great. See their calendar here.

3. Nontraditional Venue - Ecce

Ecce Art Gallery doesn't usually host concerts, but when they do, the ambiance is unparalleled. An art gallery with an upstairs event space, you can look out over Broadway at night while standing on reclaimed wood floors and feel like you're in an industrial loft in Chicago if you want.

4. Outdoor Venue - Bluestem

Bluestem Amphitheater is situated in Moorhead, just outside of town. It's an outdoor park bandshell type of venue, which is perfect for summer nights. Imagine picnicking while watching your favorite jam band. Yup. It doesn't get much better than that... especially since you get to watch the sunset in the prairie while the band plays.

5. Arena - Fargodome

The Fargodome is your best bet when you want to see a sold out show - like Taylor Swift, or Garth Brooks, or Justin Timberlake, for example. It's got a lot of seats and brings in bigger artists, and in Fargo, that's something considering we can't even get a Whole Foods. Find out what's happening here.

Jodi Regan is a freelance writer and dance teacher based in Fargo, ND. She has her Masters in Philosophy and previous experience working for TED and the Chicago Humanities Festival before moving to North Dakota. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @jodestool.