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Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $70/$55/$45/$25

Tim Hawkins has been meticulously crafting a no-bones, no-bull comedy show that entertains the entire family. With three hundred million online video views, over one hundred sold-out concerts every year, and a motley half million Facebook fans, Tim's Jackwagon Crew has grown into a gut-busting revolution of multi-generational proportions.

Tim's approach to comedy can best be described as one part gifted and two parts twisted. And the three parts set him apart. His stand-up is surgical and honed to perfection, bringing to light the brokenness of human nature while marveling in its hilarity. In his own gracious words, "If you can't laugh at yourself, laugh at other people." His musical dexterity and knack for parody stand on their own, as he deftly rattles off everything from Dylan to Aldean to brilliantly weird original songs.

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Once

Once - The Musical

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult: $55/$50/$35 Student: $44/$29/$25

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams...not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.

On-sale August 22 @ 9am

Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $59 & $49

Storming onto the main stage are international megastars Celtic Thunder, with LEGACY, a brand new show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world.

LEGACY is a live show featuring a mix of lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir” “Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” that represent the fun loving nature of the Irish and slower classic ballads “Danny Boy” “Noreen” and “Buachaille On Eirne” that portray a more nostalgic and romantic side.

Continuing their tradition of paying homage to the musical culture and traditions of Ireland, Celtic Thunder’s latest show is a depiction both their musical footprint over the past 8 years as well as their amazing heritage of Irish and Celtic music.

Both the ensemble and solo performances in this thrilling evening of entertainment highlight the diversity of Irish music and song. Powerful anthems Ireland’s Call and Caledonia, heartwarming ballads Song For The Mira and Take Me Home and lively crowd favorites such as Seven Drunken Nights all serve to showcase the musical talent of each soloist.

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Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 8 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $64/$49

Legendary balladeer Gordon Lightfoot weaves tales of love and longing in eloquent musical masterpieces that have become enduring standards. His poetic journeys have been told with such timeless, thought-provoking songs as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Early Morning Ran,” “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” "Canadian Railroad Trilogy” and many more. Combined with his rich, warm voice and nimble guitar technique, Lightfoot’s songwriting talent has led him from the 1960’s coffeehouse scene in his native Canada to pop chart hits with his ground-breaking multi-platinum albums and accolades that range from five Grammy® nominations to 17 Canadian Juno Awards.

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The Beatles Tribute Group

Greatest Singing Groups of the 60's

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $26 Advance; $30 At the Door

This tribute show features Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, The Beach Boys & The Beatles.

On-sale August 22 @ 9am

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $122.50/$79.50/$59.50/$39.50

John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour has been called “a triumphant, career-spanning show” (Hollywood Reporter) and a “superb performance…still full of fiery defiance” (Boston Globe). The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched the tour in early 2015 to support his critically-acclaimed 22nd studio album ‘Plain Spoken’ and extended with dates through Spring 2016 due to overwhelming fan demand. Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp announced today the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken tour, with support artist Carlene Carter, kicking off October 11 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.

The tour will see The GRAMMY winner travel to 13 intimate venues across the country performing songs from his 22-studio album catalogue. Praised as “arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation”, Mellencamp's  illustrious career has spanned more than four decades and continues to endure. The performance at the legendary The Chicago Theatre on Tuesday, October 25 will mark the return to Chicago where he performed two previous sold-out shows, and this concert will be filmed to capture Mellencamp’s spectacular showmanship on-stage.

ASCAP is set to honor MELLENCAMP with the prestigious Founders Award at the Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 27. The award recognizes pioneering ASCAP songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients have included Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and others. The very same evening, Mellencamp will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Produced by AEG Live, the Fall 2016 leg of the Plain Spoken Tour will go on sale Fri., April. 29 and VIP tickets will be available at mellencamp.com and aeglive.com .

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UND Steel Pan Ensemble

UND Steel Pan Ensemble

Date: Monday, November 7, 2016
Time: 8 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $7 Adults - $3 Students/Senior Citizen, $14 Family Pass (2 Adults - 2 Children) **Military Personel get in free with ID**

Formed in the spring of 1999, the UND Steel Pan Ensemble has become a regional favorite.  Performing on authentic oil drums, the band will excite you with up-beat calypso, soca and island favorites, creating a tropical atmosphere.  Be sure to catch this fun-loving group as they return to the Fritz stage.

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Mannheim Steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $60/$50

The Ultimate Holiday Tradition!

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years!   Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.  Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.  Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year!

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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Date: Friday, November 25, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $70/$50/$39.50/$30

The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! “Knock Out!” Raves the New York Times. Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets.
A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in your city!

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The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $47/$37

The Oak Ridge Boys have a lot to celebrate! They are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame; their recent Dove Award win brought their total to 9 Dove Awards –plus 5 GRAMMY Awards and too many ACM and CMA awards to list.
The Oak Ridge Boys kick off this huge show with over 40 years of award winning music. The hits are endless, but they will be packed in! Including Elvira and Bobbie Sue along with your other favorites!

Then, after a short intermission, the stage is transformed and it’s Christmas! The trees are decorated, the snow is falling and Santa is there too! The Oak Ridge Boys treat you to Christmas
favorites as only they can. From rollicking Santa songs to heartfelt standards, this show is a family favorite!

The Oak Ridge Boys Hits PLUS Christmas Show...
Its two huge Oak Ridge Boys shows in one magical evening!

On-sale August 22 @ 9am

UND Concert Choir

Winter wUNDerland

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 7 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $17 Advance; $22 At the Door

This holiday extravaganza will feature more than 250 of UND's finest musicians, performing a collection of timeless holiday music, from popular holiday songs to classic carols and everything in between.  The evening will include performances by the UND Concert Choir, Varsity Bards, Allegro Women's Choir, Vivo Women's Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble, and student soloists.

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Lorie Line

Lorie Line - A Merry Little Christmas

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: 3 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $54; $49 for groups of 10 or more


This year’s show will be one of the most intimate concerts in Lorie’s 27-year touring history. Simple but elegant, Lorie will be playing all of the favorite traditional carols that make her show unique. She will be bringing along her cast of characters, including Santa, and a special featured vocalist.


Don't forget to BE THERE WITH BELLS ON!

Age Restriction: ages 4 and up (no infants or toddlers please)

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