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Musical Performances at Hector International Airport

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  • Hector International Airport ArtWORKS performances
    • The Arts Partnership will facilitate 18 weekly performances at the airport through the summer of 2021.
    • Performances will run from the mid-November through early-January and again in March through June/July.
    • The 45-minute performances will be scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    • Acts will include primarily solo and duo performances, positioned by the café on the 2nd floor.
    • Larger groups will be located on the main floor, west of the down escalators.
    • All of the performers participating in the November-January series have received grants from The Arts Partnership. Most have received Jade Presents Arts Partnership grants, partially funded by Jade Presents, to help artists with outstanding talent and ability realize their artistic vision. The Kicks Band receives City Arts Partnership funding from The Arts Partnership; these grants represent an investment in the overall health and success of the metro’s arts organizations.  
  • ArtWORKS Initiative
    • This is the third year of the ArtWORKS program at Hector International Airport.
    • A program of The Arts Partnership, ArtWORKS brings dynamic exhibits of art or performances into the public realm.
    • Venues participating in ArtWORKS range from corporate offices to educational institutions to restaurants.
  • The Cropdusters
    • First performers on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the café area of Hector International Airport.
    • Led by bassist, DJ, songwriter and music producer Dustin Ellingson.
    • Primarily an Americana, folk and blues-oriented band.
    • Ellingson is at the center, working with four regularly recurring musicians in various combinations.
    • Guitarist and songwriter Nathan Pitcher joins Ellingson for a set of bluegrass and original tunes. 

Additional information about upcoming performances for this eight-week series:

Friday, November 27, 12:45 p.m. – Dan Christianson, a singer-songwriter, spent the pandemic honing his recording and engineering chops while updating his home studio. The result: a new EP titled Sunday, an endearing collection of acoustic pop songs written from the perspective of a new dad. When not writing and recording music, he teaches band in Moorhead, Minnesota. www.danchristiansonmusic.com 

Friday, December 4, 12:00 p.m. – Deborah Harris, principal flute of the FM Symphony for 31 years, will play a diverse program, including contemporary, meditative, multicultural and holiday music. She is flute professor at Concordia College and an active musician who has performed nationally and internationally, including Finland, Honduras, Italy, England, Ireland and Canada.

Wednesday, December 9, 11:45 a.m. – Jake Ingamar, an indie singer-songwriter, artist and pedal steel player, will cover some of his favorite Christmas songs by artists such as Roy Orbison, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen and The Kinks. Ingamar has opened for Band of Horses, Parker Millsap, Sawyer Fredericks, Charlie Parr and Dead Horses. His studio EP will be released shortly. www.jakeingamar.com

Thursday, December 17, 12:45 p.m. – Vocalist Jessica Vines and guitar player Conor Lee bring their diverse styles together to create a signature sound on tunes from the 1960s to today. Both perform in a range of style, from jazz to pop and rock. www.jessicavines.com

Tuesday, December 22, 11:30 a.m. – Silver Winds Flute Quartet will perform a selection of holiday tunes. The quartet plays everything from classical to jazz, pop and Celtic music. They perform regularly throughout the region and were honored with an invitation to play at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C. www.silverwindsflutequartet.com

Wednesday, December 30, 12 p.m. – The Kicks Band Trio: Tom Christianson on drums, Michael Marmorstein on piano and Tim Johnson on bass. The Kicks Band of Fargo-Moorhead provides fantastic jazz experiences for audiences and players alike. www.Fmkicksband.com  

Wednesday, January 6, 12 p.m. – Kwaician Traylor will perform original work and covers. Born in Chicago into a family of singers and musicians, he began performing in local churches at age 7. He has released independent EPs and an album and performs regularly in the metro area and beyond. He divides his time between Fargo and Chicago.  www.kwaician.com

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