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John Lamb, Published December 18 2013

Weekend Watch: Fargo’s original boy band The Blenders returns with matured sound, stage show

FARGO - The gifts come early and often for fans of Fargo’s original boy band this weekend.

The Blenders wrap up their annual holiday tour with a four-day stay starting tonight in their hometown.

For more than two decades the quartet has warmed hearts with their stirring harmonies, first as an a cappella act and now with a solid backing band.

The rhythm section allows the group to mix up classic and contemporary holiday tunes, as well as season the set list with a few soul standards.

Not only has the group’s sound matured, but so has the stage show. An impressive and effective light show, dance moves, costume changes and, yes, even a skit or two add some laughs to the music and truly make the event more of show than just another Christmas concert.

The music remains the foundation of each performance, however. Singers Ryan Lance, Tim Kasper and brothers Darren and Allan Rust still deliver the goods, their harmonies as rich and smooth as ever, proving that good friends can make the best music.

Fans know that. Ticket sales were so strong the group had to add a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

If You Go

WHAT: The Blenders’ annual Christmas concert

WHEN: 7:30 tonight through Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday

where: The Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

INFO: Tickets are $37, plus fees. Limited tickets available at Tickets 300 boxoffice, tickets300.com and at the door. (866) 300-8300.

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