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Happy 2018, music lovers. We had a great 2017 at The Aquarium and we are hoping for an even greater 2018. Please help us improve by clicking this link and filling out our survey.

Check out our highlights from 2017:


We swooned, we swayed, we wept and we rocked. These indie artists brought power, softness, vulnerability and untraditional glamour to our stage. 

Jens Lekman, Pinegrove, Surfer Blood, The Joy Formidable, Whitney, Omni, NE-HI, Big Thief and The Courtneys

Alternative rock:

From the noisy wails of godheadSilo to the explosive personality of Jeff Rosenstock to the tough grit of Screaming Females, these alternative rockers made us feel at home among their salty sweat and emotional rawness.

Sheer Mag, Electric Six, Screaming Females, godheadSilo, Off With Their Heads, Green Jello, Jeff Rosenstock, Beach Slang and Big Eyes


Sludgy, extreme, technical and loud are just a handful of words we can use to describe the metal groups that graced our stage. These crews especially brought us the terror and doom metal fans crave.

Egypt, Ghost Bath, Inter Arma, Tengger Cavalry, The Melvins, Weedeater, Pallbearer, Born of Osiris and Jucifer


Music fans experienced the euphoria of melodic screaming and singing with these powerful but full-of-heart noise makers. Not to mention, our local region can claim a group or two from this list.

Alistair Hennessy, State Champs, Spill Canvas, We Came As Romans, Tiny Moving Parts, Volumes, Hands, Knuckle Puck and Silverstein


Some of the best vocalists, lyricists and instrumentalist arose out of the folk and alt-country artist we hosted. From the virtuostic pickin' of the Lil' Smokies to the astounding power of Parker Millsap's voice, roots music seared us this past year. 

Charlie Parr, Old 97's, Pert Near Sandstone, Lil' Smokies, Parker Millsap, The Pines, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Supersuckers and Useful Jenkins


At times edgy and offensive, but most of the time desirable and magnetic, these hip-hop artists threw some of the best parties of the year. Not to mention, some emcees put on some of the most boggling of the year with enough lyrical twists and warped beats to send folks to outer space.

Electronic dance music:

DJs are thought of party igniters who do so with a simple of a push of a button, but true electronic music fans know the craft of mixing is no simple deed or minor detail. Here are some of the artists that helped audiences transcend into new dimensions. 


For the "other" amazing acts we hosted that we just couldn't quite fit into one of our major category. We experienced magic pipes, jazz virtuosity, as-seen-on-tv comedy and "other" wild and lovable forms of art and entertainment. RIP Mr Lahey. 

Randy and Mr. Lahey, Real Dom, Marbin, That 1 Guy, "Cool As Ice," Aspergers Are Us, Moon Hooch, Terror Pigeon and Days N Daze

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About The Aquarium

The Aquarium is North Dakota’s number one source for live music. Located in the heart of downtown Fargo, our venue hosts more national, regional and locals bands and artists than any other place in the state. Our roster includes Father John Misty, Bon Iver, The Melvins, Prof, Built To Spill, Band of Horses, Trampled By Turtles and hundreds of other acclaimed acts.

The Aquarium is independently owned and operated. Our staff includes three core promoters and one core production director. Dempsey’s Public House, located below The Aquarium, supports the venue with bar staff and business management. Both The Aquarium and Dempsey’s have been awarded “Best Music Venue” and “Best Bar,” respectively, several years in row by the High Plains Reader.

The Aquarium’s mission is to bring in original, cutting edge music to the area for the purpose of bolstering a more inspired, diverse and creative community.

The stage at The Aquarium

The Stage at The Aquarium