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John Lamb, Published October 30 2013

Fright night out: Weekend brings full slate of shows to Fargo-Moorhead area

FARGO - The days continue to get shorter, but one positive to the looming darkness is more night to dance away.

A full slate of shows this weekend will get you ready to close out Rocktober and ease into November.

Kevin Bowe has developed a name for himself around the Twin Cities as a hired gun. He’s proven equally proficient with a blues pen, writing songs for Jonny Lang, Shannon Curfman and Etta James, among others, or a rock guitar, backing up Replacement Paul Westerberg and solo Jayhawk Gary Louris as he did last month at the Celebrate Minnesota concert at Bluestem. He’ll stand on his own at 2 p.m. today when he plays his own tunes at Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S. This show is free.

With a sound that unabashedly mixes pop and folk rock, Okkervil River never seems to fit in with the typical Austin, Texas, scene – if there is anything typical about Austin. On its seventh album, “The Silver Gymnasium,” singer/songwriter Will Sheff sets his sharp eye and ear on his hometown of Meriden, N.H. The result is a loose concept album about adolescence and nostalgia that plays out like Arcade Fire covering Bruce Springsteen. Sheff and his latest lineup of Okkervil River play The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, tonight. Music starts at 9 with Matthew E. White. Tickets are $18. (866) 300-8300.

Comic punk/metal act Green Jellÿ brings the bruising laughs to The Aquarium Friday night. The band has come a long way since starting in 1981, but still isn’t for the faint of heart, as evidenced on their last LP, “Musick to Insult Your Intelligence by.” The show starts at 9:30 p.m. with Thira, Reverence of Apostasy and Gorgatron. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show.

If that’s not theatrical enough for you, head out to The Venue, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo, Saturday night to catch Wookiefoot. The Minneapolis jam band extends Halloween a few days with its Wookie-Wonka-Ween show, featuring That 1 Guy and openers O’ Fosho! Music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on Saturday. (866) 300-8300.

The weekend ends with a roar with industrial rock act Filter playing The Windbreak, 3150 39th St., S., Fargo. The group that brought you “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture,” returned in June with “The Sun Comes out Tonight.” Music starts at 8 p.m. with Mind Drop, We as Human and Fight or Flight. Tickets are $18 in advance, $25 on Sunday. (701) 282-5507.


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