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Watford City Concert Series Begins Feb. 24


January 24, 2018 | View PDF

On February 24, the Watford City Area Concert Association will kick off the first annual Concert Series with a free performance by musician Scott Kirby.

The Watford City Area Concert Association is a new project by the Long X Arts Foundation. The goal is to bring a variety of quality musical performances to the local community at a reasonable cost. The Concert Association will offer three to four musical performances of all varieties each year. The performances "will all be high caliber entertainment brought to our small community. This really meets the goal of our Association and the Long X Arts Foundation," said Jessie Scofield, director of the Long X Arts Foundation.

The first performance, called "Main Street Souvenirs" by performer Scott Kirby, is a multi-media performance featuring live piano music, spoken narrative and a video presentation. The musical selection spans 150 years of American history, including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, and John Phillip Sousa, as well as more contemporary selections. Additional features of the performance include Kirby's original artwork, photography and videos, as well as narrative exploring the American Great Plains and Prairies.

Upcoming performances in the Concert Series include "America's got Talent" finalist comedian Todd Oliver, Classical Pianist Charlie Albright, and "America's got Talent" Finalists Sons of Serendip, a musical group featuring tenor, harp, cello and keyboard.

The Watford City community helped the Association to choose the upcoming performers. "The decision was made by community members who were invited to the table to give their opinion on what they would like to see. We were able to choose from a big pool of very talented artists. It's music from all varieties, with a different variety each year," Scofield said of the selection process.

The "Main Street Souvenirs" performance by Scott Kirby is free to the public. "This is a way to check out what the Concert Series is all about. If you want to see more quality concerts like that, you can buy a membership," Scofield explained.

Memberships are $25 for students, $50 for adults, and $150 for families. Membership allows free entrance into any of the Watford City performances, which otherwise may run between $50 and $100, along with as many as 16 additional performances throughout the region. "What's really exciting about the concert series is that there are other communities that offer the same thing through the Allied Concert Service. Williston has its own concert series, as well as Crosby, Hazen and Dickinson. We have reciprocity with those communities, so anyone who buys a membership with our concert series can go to all of those communities' events," said Scofield. Those with memberships in the other communities can also attend the Watford City performances. "It gives them a good reason to visit Watford City," she said, which brings added economic impact.

There are other ways to contribute to the Concert Association to ensure future local events. "We have patron levels of giving-give a little more and get a few more benefits," Scofield explained. Patron giving levels range from Pioneer level, where a donation of $100 or more secures 1 ticket to each event, name recognition, and reserved seating. More tickets are included as donation levels increase.

Check out the Watford City Area Concert Series on Saturday, February 24th, with "Main Street Souvenirs", by Scott Kirby, at the Watford City High School theatre. Entrance is free, and the performance begins at 7:30 PM CST. Additional series performance dates are forthcoming. For information about the performance or membership to the Watford City Area Concert Series, visit


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