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John Lamb, Published August 14 2012

Lamb: Stars come out in Fargo

I picked the wrong time to go on vacation.

After covering WE Fest for four days, a week off was in the cards, so I retreated to the family lake cabin to redo the kitchen.

And while I was away, the stars came out to play. Or at least drink.

The first sighting came Aug. 6, Monday night, when I received a note from a friend stating, “One or more members of Sigur Rós is on the HoDo rooftop right now. Stalk them if you’re into that.”

If I’m into that? Who isn’t in to tracking members of Iceland’s favorite ambient pop band? It should be mentioned that the friend who spotted the Sigur singer is a serious Viking re-enactor, so marauding north Atlantic celebrities for autographs, or marautographing, is second nature.

Thankfully only a couple of my friends are similarly unstoic, so singer Jonsi Birgisson could enjoy the view in some peace and quiet. And those who did approach the frontman knowing Icelandic, may have gotten an earful of Vonlenska, the unintelligible language he sings in to fit the melody.

Too bad about any “Hopelandic” language barrier with the star as the openly gay entertainer would’ve been a great celebrity guest for last week’s Fargo-Moorhead Pride events. Alas, he only stopped in on a travel date from Lollapalooza in Chicago to a Seattle show.

Then on Wednesday another friend posted a picture of her standing in the Sidestreet next to a scraggly-haired dude throwing horns with his hand.

“Sitting at the bar with Shooter Jennings,” she posted.

The Southern rock singer/guitarist may not be as recognizable as his daddy, Waylon Jennings, or as his longtime girlfriend, Drea de Matteo (Adriana from “The Sopranos”), but he seemed to fit in with the Sidestreet crowd.

Jennings also had an off day between dates, but later took the stage during open mic night, setting the bar pretty high.

I got back from vacation on Sunday just in time to see another star. Sort of.

I wrote this past spring about Moorhead native Eric Odness playing bass behind the boy band The Wanted, making appearances on “Today,” “The View” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Odness was on stage at the Aquarium Monday night with some different boys – his pals in the New York metal band Primitive Weapons.

Odness hits the road later this week with The Wanted, leading up to a September gig in Kuala Lumpur where he’ll probably be spotted in a hotel bar by an excited Midwesterner who will write their friends saying, “That pasty bassist from The Wanted is in the bar right now. Stalk them if you’re into that.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533