Music series

Find a harmonious habitat this summer with a musical series at the Red River Zoo – InForum

FARGO – Animal admirers and music lovers alike will have fun when The Arts Partnership’s TAPpy Hour summer musical series returns to the Red River Zoo this Wednesday, July 7.

The six-week summer concert series features regional artists in a myriad of genres, including jazz, folk, big band and more. Each hour-long performance begins at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday through August 11 outside the Zoo Carousel Pavilion, 4255 23rd Ave. S.

“We are very grateful to our local business sponsors, Xcel Energy with the support of 702 Communications, who are helping make TAPpy Hour a reality this year,” said Dayna Del Val, President and CEO of The Arts Partnership. “As in the past, the unplugged concerts will provide fun and intimate musical experiences amidst amazing animals and landscapes only available at the Red River Zoo.”

This season’s series will begin with a drum circle performance by the Buffalo River Singers, followed by the REM Jazz Trio with Russ Peterson, Eric Martens and Max Johnk.

Here’s the rest of the lineup, which is also available on The Arts Partnership’s website at

Buffalo River Singers and REM Jazz Trio

Genres: Native American percussions and songs; Jazz

When: Wednesday July 7

The Native American Buffalo River Drum and Singers perform on January 19, 2015 at the Fargo Theater. Forum archive photo

The REM Jazz Trio, consisting of Russell Peterson (sax), Eric Martens (guitar) and Max Johnk (bass), perform regularly around Fargo-Moorhead and the region, playing jazz, rock, blues, funk and soul.

The musicians also perform in other musical groups including Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome and the Side Street Monday Night Big Band.

Peterson is a professor at Concordia College and has performed solo with orchestras in the United States and Europe. Martens, a faculty member at North Dakota State University and professor at Concordia College, has performed with nationally and internationally renowned musicians. Bassist and songwriter Johnk can be heard regularly in indie rock band Wild Amphora, rock / R & B ensemble 6th Street Revue, and as a backer for several community jazz musicians.

Kind: alternative country

When: July 14th


David Allen. Photo by Urban Toad Media / Forum Special

Allen began singing in bars while working as a construction worker in rural North Dakota. His style emphasizes country roots and is reminiscent of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. This alternative country singer-songwriter released the album “Regrets and Retribution” in February 2020.

Allen has opened for several national tours, including Todd Snider, Dave Simonet of Trampled by Turtles, Damien Jurado, Corb Lund, Parmalee and Phillip Phillips.

Fargo-Moorhead Kicks Band and Navy Band Great Lakes

Kind: big band and old standards

When: July 21


Director Tim Johnson leads the Fargo-Moorhead Kicks Band, which consists of around 20 musicians and was founded in 1975. Kicks Band / Forum Special

The Kicks Band is a 17-member big band that performs both jazz standards and new works. Founded in 1975, the group came together “just for fun” so musicians could enjoy social music, play great big band literature, and improvise jazz.

Modern Dixieland from the Navy Band Great Lakes will join the concert. The Kicks and the Navy Band will each play a few songs, then the two groups will join together to play a few songs together.

Sarah Morrau with Rebekka DeVries

Kind: popular

When: July 28


Performing classical, jazz and spiritual chants in places like the Plains Art Museum or in front of the camera for “Prairie Musicians,” Sarah Morrau uses her voice to heal souls. Special at the Forum

Morrau is an experienced singer, performer and songwriter who regularly performs jazz, folk and pop throughout the region.

She has released several albums and was a featured singer on several others, and Morrau has been a featured performer on Prairie Public’s “Prairie Musicians” program.

Quartet of silver flutes

Kind: classic

When: August 4


The Silver Flute Quartet. Special at the Forum

The Silver Winds Flute Quartet is a professional flute ensemble, formed in 2002 by Kristin Carlson, Debra Haarsager, Peggy Hammerling and Erika Tomten. Their love of music has brought them together to perform quartet music written for various combinations of flutes and all genres, from classical to jazz and pop to Celtic music.

They perform regularly throughout the region. Among other honors, they were invited to perform at the National Flute Association convention in Washington, DC

Kind: hip hop

When: August 11

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Ryan “Cold Sweat” Tetzloff. Special at the Forum

A native of Minot, Cold Sweat is the singer of hip-hop group Fargo Hiahli. Besides swinging the microphone, Cold Sweat enjoys spending time behind the decks. Surprise him spinning vinyl records all over the region with genres ranging from disco, house and funk to Latin and Afrobeat.

This songwriter and musician has received two grants from The Arts Partnership: a 2021 Individual Arts Partnership Grant and a 2020 Jade Presents Arts Partnership Grant.

What: TAPpy Hour Summer Concert Series

When: Wednesday to August 11

Or: Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave S., Fargo

Cost: free with regular admission to the zoo; after 5 p.m., $ 5 for adults, $ 3 for children and free for children under 2 and zoo members.



All concerts will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Red River Zoo:

  • Wednesday July 7: Buffalo River Singers and REM Jazz Trio
  • July 14th : Alternative country singer-songwriter David Allen
  • July 21: Fargo-Moorhead Kicks Band and Navy Band Great Lakes
  • July 28: Sarah Morrau, with Rebekka DeVries at the piano
  • August 4: Quartet of silver flutes
  • August 11: Cold sweat

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit that cultivates the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit