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Forum staff reports, Published January 12 2010

Fargo company Jade Presents moves up on top promoters list

A Fargo-based concert promoter moved up on the touring industry’s list of top promoters in 2009.

Jade Presents ranks 63rd internationally on the list with 181,090 tickets sold in 2009. For 2008, the company was 79th after selling 149,398 tickets.

Jade Presents is owned and operated by Jade Nielsen of Fargo and promotes performances in North Dakota and Minnesota as well as other markets around the country. The company’s next local shows are Martin Zellar at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre in Fargo on

Jan. 29, Steve Earle at the Fargo Theatre on Jan. 30, and The Used and Atreyu at The Venue at The Hub in Fargo on Feb. 5.

Holding steady at the top are national outfits that also work in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Live Nation again tops the list with more than 38 million tickets sold while AEG is a distant second with

12 million tickets sold. Live Nation is handling the Nickelback show at the Fargodome on May 27, while AEG is handling the Bon Jovi show there on March 13.