Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, has Scandinavian tradition on full display. From Nordic entertainment to culinary options, guests will truly have a cultural experience. Visit with artisans showcasing ancient traditions or take a walk back in time at Viking Village. No matter where you may roam during Høstfest, one thing is for sure – it will be a Nordic adventure!
With festival doors open at 9 am every morning, it is sure to be a blast for the whole family.
Big & Rich – Wednesday, Sept 28 – 7 pm
The well-known country duo Big & Rich will be taking the stage on Wednesday, September 28th. The show will begin at 7pm in the Great Hall of the Vikings. Norsk Høstfest is thrilled for this group to kick off the first night of the festival. Ticket information is available at hostfest.com/entertainment. Tickets go on sale on April 15th.
About Big & Rich
Big & Rich are America’s Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world. Big & Rich have made a career of being relatable and musically relevant since exploding into the public consciousness in 2003 as the rarest of breeds—true country music game changers. With 2004’s triple-platinum “Horse of a Different Color,” they were able to tap into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music, filter them through their pens and voices and produce a sound that is instantly recognizable, if not classifiable.
Daniel O’Donnell – Thursday, Sept 29 – 1 pm
Norsk Høstfest is excited to announce the return of Daniel O’Donnell to the festival. Daniel O’Donnell was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame in 2018 and is a fan favorite at Norsk Høstfest having played at the festival many years. He will be taking the stage at the North Dakota State Fair Center on Thursday, September 29th at 1 p.m.
About Daniel O’Donnell
Daniel O’Donnell is an Irish singer that started his rise to stardom in 1983. By the mid-1990s, O’Donnell had become a household name across Ireland and Great Britain. He appeared on popular television shows in both countries and won various awards. Among the accolades, O’Donnell was named Donegal Person of the Year in 1989, which he still rates as the best award. He was given the Irish Entertainer of the Year award in 1989, 1992 and 1996. O’Donnell’s first chart hit single in the UK was in 1992 with “I Just Want to Dance With You” (later covered by George Strait). This also led to his first appearance on Top of the Pops. He is known for his close relationship with his fanbase and his engaging stage presence. O’Donnell’s music has been described as a mix of country and Irish folk and he has sold over ten million records to date.
Lady A – Thursday, Sept 29 – 7 pm
Norsk Høstfest is excited to announce that Lady A will be taking the stage at the North Dakota State Fair Center on Thursday, September 29th at 7 p.m.
About Lady A
Built around rich vocal harmony, vivid emotional writing and a smooth fusion of country, rock and pop, Lady A have long been a model of mainstream success. The multi-Platinum band continues that same momentum with their latest WHAT A SONG CAN DO album (BMLG Records) featuring their current climbing single, “Like A Lady.” Additionally, their 11 No. 1s, 18 million albums sold, 34 million tracks, five billion digital streams and a global touring footprint prove the point. Known for their 9X PLATINUM hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest certified song by a Country group, they have earned CMA Vocal Group of the Year trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including five GRAMMY Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, a Tony Award nod and were recently inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry.
The Texas Tenors with Special Guest Matt Vee & The Killer Vees – Friday, Sept 30 – 1 pm
Norsk Høstfest is happy to announce that the highly requested trio The Texas Tenors are returning to the festival on Thursday, September 30th. The show will begin at 1pm with Special Guests Matt Vee & The Killer Vee’s Celebrate the Music of Neil Diamond. Tickets go on sale on April 15th. Acts already announced include Lady A, Daniel O’Donnell, Brantley Gilbert, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Big & Rich.
About The Texas Tenors
The Texas Tenors have amassed a huge fan base worldwide with over half a million followers on social media and more than 20 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. They are Billboard Magazine’s #10 Classical Artist in the World for 2019. With impressive live ticket sales tracked by PollStar they are considered the most successful touring group in the history of America’s Got Talent. The Texas Tenors appeared on the most recent season of NBC’s national hit television show America’s Got Talent: The Champions. After airing worldwide their fan base grew even larger than before. As consummate professionals these three friends with a simple All-American dream have proven their impact will be long lasting as their popularity continues to grow. They have performed more than 1400 live concerts in just the last 10 years. With concerts at performing arts centers, casinos, symphony halls, outdoor festivals and major corporate events, The Texas Tenors have shown they truly possess that rare, ever sought after quality – mass appeal.
Toby Keith – Friday, Sept 30 – 7 pm
One of the biggest stars in country music will be performing at Norsk Høstfest on Friday, September 30th. The show will kick off at 7pm in the Great Hall. Tickets go on sale on April 15th. Acts already announced include Lady A, Daniel O’Donnell, Brantley Gilbert, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Big & Rich, and The Texas Tenors.
About Toby Keith
The familiar maxim of the triple threat – singer, songwriter, musician – doesn’t begin to cover it for Toby Keith, one of the modern era’s most complete self-directed hit makers. And Keith’s most recent years are a remarkably accurate representation of his entire career. In 2021, he was bestowed the National Medal of Arts to honor his artistic achievements and contributions to the arts and culture of America, as well as inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and honored with the Academy of Country Music’s prestigious Merle Haggard Spirit Award for “following his own path, crafting great songs and epitomizing Merle’s spirit.” In October, he released a new studio album, Peso In My Pocket, that led with the single “Old School” which debuted at the highest radio entrance on Billboard’s airplay chart.
Old Crow Medicine Show- Saturday, Oct 1 – 1 pm
Norsk Høstfest is excited to announce the Saturday, October 1st afternoon show will be Old Crow Medicine Show! This fantastic group will be taking the stage at 1pm in the Great Hall of the Vikings. Keep an eye out for ticket information this coming Friday, March 25th!
About Old Crow Medicine Show
Old Crow Medicine Show got their start busking on street corners in 1998, from New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, and the rest is history.
It’s been over twenty years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: “Best Folk Album” for Remedy (2014) and “Best Long Form Music Video” for Big Easy Express (2013). Additionally, their classic single, “Wagon Wheel”, received the RIAA’s Double-Platinum certification in 2019 for selling over 2,000,000 copies while the band’s debut album O.C.M.S. has been certified Gold (500,000 copies). The band’s latest release is Live At The Ryman (2019) which was released on Columbia via The Orchard. Old Crow Medicine Show’s latest endeavor was the Hartland Hootenanny, a variety show hosted on You Tube that featured music, storytelling, special guests, socially distanced square dancing and more.
Old Crow Medicine Show’s seventh studio album, Paint This Town, will be released via ATO Records (2022). Produced by Matt Ross-Spang, and recorded at their very own Hartland Studio, the new album shines a light on the darker aspects of the American experience with character-driven songs underpinned by the band’s vision for a more harmonious future.
Brantley Gilbert – Saturday, Oct 1 – 7 pm
Norsk Høstfest is excited to announce that Brantley Gilbert will be taking the stage at the North Dakota State Fair Center on Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m.
About Brantley Gilbert
With back-to-back Platinum albums and grassroots following millions strong, Brantley Gilbert’s music has been shared, covered and adopted as the soundtrack to Saturday night and Sunday morning by audiences around the world. The Georgia native who started as the defiant life-of-the-party can still go ‘til sunrise, but he’s also emerged as something far greater: the leader of a massive tribe of hard-working, fun-loving believers for whom electric guitar-shredding, rapping, and twang can go hand-in-hand-in-hand. They call themselves the BG Nation, and when the BG Nation watches Gilbert on a stage, they don’t just see a star. They see themselves. Seven No. 1 hits punctuate his career: “Country Must be Country Wide,” “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do,” CMA Awards Song of the Year nominee “Dirt Road Anthem,” “My Kinda Party,” RIAA 5x Platinum-certified “Bottoms Up,” “One Hell of an Amen” and collaboration with Lindsay Ell “What Happens In A Small Town.” Gilbert’s landmark record Just As I Am clinched the 2014 American Music Award for Favorite Country Album. Earning praise from the New York Times, NPR, American Songwriter, and more, Gilbert has mined a rich vein of conflict between the party and the pew on all of his albums. Instead of toiling in limbo, unable to enjoy good times for fear of Judgment Day, Gilbert fully lives––rowdy friend, man of faith, devoted husband, smitten new father––just as he is. For additional information, visit BrantleyGilbert.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @BrantleyGilbet and on Facebook @BrantleyGilbertMusic.