Happy Harry’s Rockin’ Up North Fest brings country music favorites to downtown East Grand Forks – Grand Forks Herald
EAST GRAND FORKS – Happy Harry’s Rockin’ Up North Fest will once again bring an array of popular country music artists to downtown East Grand Forks next weekend.
The event is scheduled for 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, August 19-20, at 415 Fourth St. NW, one block north of The Spud Jr. Restaurant on DeMers Ave.
The guest artists are, on Friday:
- 5:30 p.m.: The Jensen Sisters.
- 7:30 p.m.: Little Texas.
- 9:30 p.m.: BlackHawk.
- 5:30 p.m.: Painting the City.
- 7:30 p.m.: Love & Flight.
- 9:30 p.m.: Michael Ray.
New this year is an “Adult Bar Giveaway,” a large tent where guests can enjoy some adult games and enter a draw with prizes including a 60-inch TV, large cooler, UND hockey jersey, concert tickets and a gift. cards,” said event organizer Justin LaRocque.
“It’s a way for people to pass the time and have more to do while they’re there,” he says.
Happy Harry’s Rockin’ Up North Fest, which launched in 2017 and has been held every year – except for 2020, due to COVID – gives fans a “more of a 90s country music” vibe, with a night dedicated to “classic country bands that everyone knows” on the first night, LaRocque said.
Opening the festival on Friday is provided by the Jensen Sisters, originally from Goodridge, Minnesota.
Friday’s headliner BlackHawk is “a local favorite,” he said, and Little Texas is “a classic country band.”
Saturday’s show features “up-and-coming” Michael Ray, whose most recent hit “Whiskey and Rain” went platinum, LaRocque said. “He is an artist in the making.
Saturday’s opening act, Paint the Town, a band from Grand Forks, make a return appearance. They are the only local band to perform at this year’s event, he said. “They’ve been a festival staple for us, and they still do a great job.”
If the trend of previous years continues, the event will attract a wide range of fans, “because of the talent we have reserved,” LaRocque said. “We tried to cover all types of population – so we could go from 18 to 70.”
“We just try to make it a fun party atmosphere for all ages,” he said.
Customers can bring their own chairs. Areas will be marked where chairs can be placed, LaRocque said.
Tickets range from $30 to $100. One-day general admission tickets are $30 plus fees. Two-day general admission tickets are $60 plus fees. Attendance will be capped.
A two-day VIP ticket, costing $100 plus expenses, includes exclusive access to a VIP viewing area, including front row, private bar with mixed drinks and luxury bathrooms.
Tickets are non-refundable; the event will continue come rain or shine.
For tickets and more information, go to www.rockinupnorthfest.com or call (218) 399-0121.