Diane has been involved the Fargo music scene since 2009 as an active musician, music writer, concertgoer and show promoter. She started from the bottom up. First as a shy no-name singer-songwriter performing at college open mics and blogging on Xanga. Next as a well-known local musician and newspaper editor-in-chief. And today as one of the biggest figures in the Fargo-Moorhead music scene.
Her work includes leading hip-hop band D Mills & The Thrills; hosting/promoting selling-out concerts at The Fargo Theatre, Fargo Brewing Company and The Aquarium; serving as the editor of the High Plains Reader; contributing writing for the Minneapolis City Pages; and now serving head promoter and talent buyer of The Aquarium, Fargo’s number one source for live music.
Talent buyer and promoter
Jack has been booking shows in the F/M area since 2006. In 2011 he opened an all ages music venue called The New Direction with a group of other promoters in the area. TND became the hub for all ages music in Fargo and was considered by many bands as the best venue in the midwest. After TND closed in 2016, Jack joined the team at The Aquarium to continue bringing high quality artists to the area. In the past 10 years he has worked with a wide range of artists, including Carnifex, Balance and Composure, Obie Trice, Expire, After the Burial and many more.
In addition to booking shows, Jack plays in Baltic to Boardwalk, High Hopes, and Too Fast For Frank. He has toured several times to every corner of the country.
Design artist and promoter
Josie’s involvement in the regional music scene began with a job selling records and manning open mic nights at Rhythm Records and Cafe in Bismarck, North Dakota. She moved to Fargo in 2014 to study journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead and, soon after, became editor-in-chief of its campus newspaper, The Advocate.
While in school, Josie worked at Red Raven Espresso Parlor, slingin’ bean and organizing shows and events. Since graduating, she’s worked in the Forum Communications Company Design Hub. She’s been creating promotional materials and booking local acts at The Aquarium since 2016.