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Summer 2018 brings an exciting new event series to Jamestown! Every Thursday in June, July & August, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the downtown comes to life with live entertainment and the finest in artisan vendors, all centered on The Hansen Arts Park.  The Downtown Arts Market… a celebration of art and community!

Listen to the finest musicians from throughout North Dakota (and local favorites as well) while browsing the work of talented artists and the wares of the finest artisans in the Northern Midwest.  Fresh, local, seasonal produce will be available as well. And make sure not to miss the special art demonstrations scheduled throughout the summer!  Acts scheduled to perform include Jamestown’s own Jon Wayne (with duo Wayne Suchy); ND’s most popular folk singer, Jessie Veeder; internationally acclaimed alt-country and folk singer (and ND native) Josh Harty; and much, much more!

And the Third Thursday Series brings special, themed events as part of the Downtown Arts Market, based on current exhibits at The Arts Center.

And while you are exploring our unique vendors and enjoying the entertainment, be sure to sample what downtown Jamestown has to offer. Fantastic restaurants and boutiques await your discovery!

Summertime Thursdays in Jamestown just got a lot more exciting!  Join us for a celebration of art and community at the Downtown Arts Market.  Every Thursday in June, July & August from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Arts Center is considering applications from vendors interested in participating in the market. Interested vendors can download the Vendor Packet here:
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Performing Artist Line Up:

June 7th
WAYNE SUCHY (featuring Jon Wayne & Ben Suchy)  With: Worship Team from the Buffalo City Church

Jamestown’s own Jon Wayne paired with Ben Suchy: a perfect musical partnership, performing their own energetic brand of neo-folk.  Wayne & Suchy is a collaboration between Jon Wayne (of Jon Wayne and the Pain) and performing songwriter Ben Suchy.  The duo has traveled the globe on multiple missions in search of “the perfect song.”  While they may not as of yet found this perfection in songwriting, deep inspiration in traveling and music has been found many times.

June 14th
JESSIE VEEDER  With: Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Brass Quintet

North Dakota’s favorite female vocalist, Jessie Veeder, writes and performs songs rooted in Americana, blues, folk and country music.  And start the evening with a touch of brass (or is it class?) with the Brass Quintet from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, playing light classical and pops favorites

June 21st: Third Thursday Series
Celebrating North Dakota’s Native American Culture:
RYAN KELPIN and band with Native American Dancer and Flutist KEVIN LOCKE

Join us as we celebrate North Dakota’s Native American culture! Métis fiddler Ryan Keplin brings audiences to their feet with his incredible fiddling skills, infectious traditional and original music, and a world-class backing band.  A member of the International Fiddlers Hall of Fame, we are excited to welcome Ryan and his band to Jamestown!  Internationally acclaimed Native American Dancer and flutist Kevin Locke opens the program, performing his visionary hoop dance and traditional music on the Northern Plains flute.

June 28th
OPEN MIC NIGHT  With: Bernie & the Other Guys

One of the Arts Center’s most popular ongoing series, this is your opportunity to share your talents with the community!  Hosted by Jamestown’s own Steve Kuykendall, we welcome all musicians, poets, writers and comedians… individuals or groups… to the stage. Not a performer?  No worries!  Come out and support our homegrown artists and enjoy the performances from the audience!

July 5th
THE BLUE WAILERS  With: Poetry Slam!
Feeling down? The Blue Wailers will chase those “blues” away!  A traditional electric blues band from the Fargo-Moorhead area, the Blue Wailers pay homage to the greats—Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters and more—while maintaining their own individual sound.  With searing slide guitar, soulful harp, and a rock solid rhythm section, the Blue Wailers are a band to be reckoned with.  And the evening opens with a Poetry Slam!  From freestyle rap to sonnets, share your rhyming talents with the community and compete to win prizes!  All styles, and ages, are welcome!

July 12th
STEVE K and FRIENDS  With: Intrigue
An evening with Jamestown’s very own guitar virtuoso Steve Kuykendall!  Joined by a band of musical “partners in crime,” playing their favorite tunes in inimitable fashion, this is an evening of great music you won’t want to miss.

July 19th: Third Thursday Series
Our European Roots
Come out and celebrate the European roots of ND’s original settlers!  And to honor their memory, what could be more fitting than old time and polka music from two of the Northern Midwest’s finest bands?  Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen and Julia Lee & Her White Rose Band guarantee that there will be polka dancers frolicking in downtown Jamestown!

July 26th
OPEN MIC NIGHT  With: Gary Keenan
One of the Arts Center’s most popular ongoing series, this is your opportunity to share your talents with the community! Hosted by Jamestown’s own Steve Kuykendall, we welcome all musicians, poets, writers and comedians… individuals or groups… to the stage.  Not a performer?  No worries!  Come out and support our homegrown artists and enjoy the performances from the audience!

August 2nd
BOLDER SHADES OF BLUE  With: Hot Dish! (Jamestown’s Storytelling Concert)
Rock and blues favorites with Jamestown’s best-known band! Be prepared, as Bolder Shades of Blue will undoubtedly rock the Downtown Arts Market!  Everyone has a story to tell.. what’s yours?  Hot Dish is your opportunity to share your story—and your storytelling skills—with others!  All ages are welcome to join in Jamestown’s only storytelling contest

August 9th
JOSH HARTY  With: Old Friends Band
Americana, folk, country and blues music from North Dakota native Josh Harty!  With several critically acclaimed albums and multiple national and international tours to his credit, Josh Harty brings incredible credentials—and even more incredible music—to Jamestown!

August 16th: Third Thursday Series
America’s Homegrown Arts
Join in the celebration of America’s homegrown arts and culture!  Jazz is truly an original American art form, and the Fargo-Moorhead Kicks Big Band, 17-members strong, plays all of your favorites from Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and many more!  And we open the evening with a trip down south to the Crescent City—New Orleans—and the music that was born in the sultry French Quarter, Dixieland Jazz.

August 23rd
THE GINA POWERS BAND  With: Max Johnk Quartet
The Gina Powers Band plays their own original brand of Americana and country music.  Working on their debut album, this is a band going places, driven by Powers’ rich, and powerful, vocals.  Opening the program is Fargo’s Max Johnk Quartet, a jazz quartet extraordinaire!  Hailing from Fargo, the quartet mixes standards with original compositions… all played with bravura virtuosity and impeccable style.  A ”swinging” musical treat not to be missed!