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Published March 06 2013

FM’s Finest kicks off with Tripwire

FARGO – As Fargo Star nears its conclusion, another weekly series kicks off to display the region’s diverse musical talent.

The Forum and concert promoter Jade Nielsen of Jade Presents have brought back FM’s Finest, a concert series showcasing a collection of bands from the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The series will feature a weekly Thursday night performance by a local band at the House of Rock at the Hub. The concerts are 21-and-up, and cost $5.

With local groups ranging from hip hop to funk to Celtic, each week of the series brings a different sound for local fans to appreciate.

Be sure to pick up a copy of The Forum each Thursday to find out who’s playing that night and to read a profile about that band and their members.

Here’s the FM’s Finest schedule, with additional acts yet to be announced:

Tripwire, tonight

Poitin, March 14

O’Fosho, March 21

Diane Miller & the Salver Daggers and Heavy is the Head, March 28

Dann K & Black Casket w/Riesage, April 4

The Suit w/Everything in Slow Motion, April 11

Kipp G & Tony the Butcher w/friends, April 25

‘A fantastic variety’

Kicking off FM’s Finest is Tripwire, a rock band that’s well-known throughout the region.

Though the band has been around in some form for about eight years, drummer and trumpet player Mark Arneson says Tripwire in its current shape began in 2010 in the Hard Rock Café of Madrid, Spain.

Abroad through a Minnesota State University Moorhead trip, Arneson and another band member got to talking that day, and decided that they wanted to play together. Like that, a band was born.

Two years later, the group has built a reputation for itself. Readers of The Forum voted Tripwire their second-favorite live local act in the 2012 Best of the Red River Valley contest.

Arneson describes the band’s sound as a combination of several different genres.

“It’s rock, country, a little bit of hip hop, even a polka here and there,” he says. “It’s a fantastic variety, with our twist on it with a bunch of different instruments.”

That kind of variety lends itself to Tripwire’s live shows, which Arneson says are often marked by the band members playing off of each other’s energy.

“The rest of us will catch on, and it’ll just add to our show,” Arneson says. “It keeps things interesting for us, because you never know what to expect.”

It’s that atmosphere that makes Tripwire such a hit for the summer street dance circuit throughout the region.

Arneson says the band particularly enjoys playing those kinds of concerts.

“We’ve had some really great street dances, last summer especially,” he says. “You look out and see a sea of people. It’s fun for us to be able to see people enjoy us.”

If you go

What: FM’s Finest Week One: Tripwire

When: 9 tonight

Where: House of Rock at The Hub

Info: Admission is $5; 21-and-up show.