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Published May 01 2013

Amanda Standalone & the Pastry Shop Girls produce recipe for sweet sounds

FARGO – Downtown Fargo favorite Nichole’s Fine Pastry is known for its desserts, but it’s also contributed something else to area culture: folk group Amanda Standalone & the Pastry Shop Girls.

The three-woman band, which takes the stage at FM’s Finest tonight, formed about five years ago, when each of its members was working at the patisserie.

The band Amanda Standalone & the Pastry Shop Girls formed five years ago when the members all worked at Nichole’s Fine Pastry. J Earl Miller

In fact, two of the band’s musicians still work there, says Amanda Nygard, the group’s lead singer and guitarist.

FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. All shows take place at The House of Rock at The Hub. This is the third-to-last show in the series.

Nygard says the group sings a mix of her own original songs and public domain covers.

The women sing in three-part harmonies, which Nygard thinks lends itself to folk and gospel tunes.

“It’s a very comforting, familiar sound,” she says.

That means that audiences at the group’s live shows can expect an experience that’s almost nostalgic.

“A lot of fans will come to our shows and sing along to old songs that they’ve forgotten about,” Nygard says. “We feel like it’s a shared experience between us and the audience. We want people to relate to the lyrics, and the sound, and leave knowing that everyone’s story is worth sharing, and worth telling.”

With all that, Nygard thinks their live shows amount to something more than just music.

“You need to listen to get the full effect,” Nygard says.

“You can expect some storytelling, some humor, and cowboy boots.”