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Tennessee Jet to perform free concert at MSU

Minot State University’s Amphitheater will come alive Friday (Sept. 23) as Tennessee Jet takes the stage. Tennessee Jet is this year’s guest musician for NOTSTOCK, Minot State University’s signature arts event, Sept. 21-24.  TN Jet describes himself as a one-man Americana-rock band from Nashville influenced by the hard-core honky-tonk of Dwight Yoakam, the writings of John Steinbeck, and the raw minimalism of The White Stripes. Opening up for TN Jet is local pop-punk band, Vanity Plate.

The concert will be held at the MSU Amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and Vanity Plate kicks off the show at 8 p.m. The concert is free; donations will be accepted.

Julie W. Watson of roots music magazine, No Depression, described TN Jet as, “Full of grit, soul, and even some tenderness, Tennessee Jet is the alter ego/one-man band/tour de force of Nashville musician TJ McFarland. It’s a powerful, rockin’, badass sound, all produced by one talented musician…Tennessee Jet’s self-titled debut release is the ultimate in DIY.”

To replicate his wide ranges of sound while performing live, it’s not uncommon for TN Jet to play as many as seven instruments at a time, all while engaging the audience as a direct extension of the band.

“The ultimate goal is for the audience to feel like they’re just as much a part of the show as I am,” said TN Jet.

The audience should be prepared to clap, stomp, and chant along on Friday night as TN Jet engages the crowd in an experience “together,” blurring the line between performer and audience.

Minot band, Vanity Plate, includes Jazmine Wolff Schultz, Zach Schultz, Blake Burbach and Joshua Thornton. Jazmine and Zach also coordinate Minot’s Pangea House, and they organize “Why Not Minot?!” Music and Arts Festival each year. During the summer of 2016, Vanity Plate and Bismarck’s Juniper Drive completed a 19-date tour of the western U.S. Vanity Plate does not disappoint, so make sure to catch their performance.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Aleshire Theatre. For more information about the concert or the other events at NOTSTOCK, visit www.msunotstock.org. For questions, contact Laurie Geller, vice president for academic affairs and NOTSTOCK co-organizer, at 858-3310 or Laurie.Geller@minotstateu.edu.

Published: 09/20/16



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