News


Høstfest reveals first three acts


March 20, 2018


Michael Bolton, Daniel O’Donnell and Darci Lynne & Friends to perform at Høstfest


MINOT ND – The first three of eight Great Hall of the Vikings shows have been announced for Norsk Høstfest. This year’s Høstfest will host Grammy award-winning singer Michael Bolton, ventriloquist sensation Darci Lynne & Friends, and Irish singer Daniel O’Donnell. The festival plans to roll out the Great Hall entertainment during the next few weeks.


North America’s largest Scandinavian festival begins Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, with the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame honoree banquet and RV Pre-Party. Festival doors open 7:30 a.m., Wednesday-Saturday, (Sept 26-29) with breakfast being served followed by entertainment and shopping beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting well through the evening.

 

Performance times:


Daniel O’Donnell: 7 pm, Wednesday, September 26


Michael Bolton: 7:30 pm, Thursday, September 27


Darci Lynne & Friends: 1 pm, Saturday, September 30

 

Michael Bolton


Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, who has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment. Bolton remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through The Michael Bolton Charities as well as other philanthropic organizations.


To date, Michael has seen 9 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 No. 1 singles. His most recent album Songs of Cinema, a selection of iconic film soundtrack songs, was released alongside an original Netflix production Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special, which ranked among the network’s best comedies upon debut. Michael currently stars in Bolt of Talent, a brand new music travel competition series produced with Fox Networks Group/StarWorld in Asia.


Known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics, his timeless charm and good looks have also earned him a spot in several “People Magazine’s Sexiest Man” issues, including “Sexiest Man Alive.” Michael became a viral sensation in The Lonely Island’s Emmy nominated video, “Captain Jack Sparrow” that launched on Saturday Night Live and has racked up over 170 million views on YouTube. He earned another Emmy nod for his collaborations with the Screen Junkies channel popular “Honest Trailers”.


Bolton’s comedic appearances span several episodes of CBS’s hit series Two and a half Men, the hit Fox network show Glee, ABC’s hit comedy Fresh off the Boat, and HBO’s hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He has also partnered with Funny Or Die to release a spoof on the cult-classic Office Space and has produced original digital content with Buzzfeed’s Tasty channel, Vanity Fair, Wired, PitchFork, and has ongoing campaigns with American Greetings. In his recent autobiography, “The Soul of it All” (Hachette/Center Street), Bolton states he is just teeing off on the back nine of his career.
In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Internationally renowned, Michael has recorded and performed with musical icons that have inspired and influenced his own career. He joined Luciano Pavarotti on stage in a highly praised rendition of “Vesti La Giubba,” and pays homage to the Italian tenor when performing the aria “Nessun Dorma” at each of his concerts while on tour. He has sung with Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Renee Fleming and played guitar with BB King. Bolton earned a Grammy-nomination for “Georgia on my Mind,” and was invited to sing the classic song to Ray Charles when Ray was honored at the International Jazz Hall of Fame Awards in 1997.

 

Darci Lynne & Friends


Singer / Ventriloquist Darci Lynne is one of the youngest contestants to ever win NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” garnering over 21M views on AGT’s YouTube and the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show. She won the hearts of America with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable talent. She kicked off her 2018 national tour with her friends Petunia, the divaesque rabbit, Oscar, the shy and soulful mouse and Edna, the brash old woman. The multitalented thirteen-year-old sold out her first headlining family friendly show in just six minutes, continually adding shows to meet the overwhelming demand.  


Growing up in Oklahoma, Darci has always been close to her family and relies on their support and encouragement. In her younger years, Darci participated in talent-based pageants to overcome her shyness. She was soon introduced to the art of ventriloquism and decided to try it out for herself.  Her hard work, grit and discipline developed from her early days of gymnastics where she practiced thirty hours a week.  After only having her first puppet for two weeks, Darci began performing in talent shows in her home state and beyond. She was determined to audition for her first talent show, ultimately leading her to audition for the biggest talent show on television.



The stage is now a platform where Darci can open-up and display her incredible talents for the world to see.  Her polished, impeccable skill as a ventriloquist at such a young age is jaw dropping and sure to inspire the next generation to keep the craft alive, but when she sings, her voice leaves her audiences breathless. Recently Darci was invited to sing the National Anthem at the OKC Energy FC Soccer game where AGT fans heard Darci Lynne sing without a puppet. She then went on to open for Fergie at Caesar’s Palace on New Year’s Eve.



Darci has been seen on “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” “Ellen” and the “Today Show.” For more information visit darcilynne.com

 

Daniel O’Donnell


It’s no surprise that Daniel O’Donnell is one of the best loved artists of our time, both at home and abroad.


He has had a remarkable career. He is the only artist in the world to score a hit in the UK album charts every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 30 year span and in doing so, he has outshone everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to U2 and the Rolling Stones. He accomplished this with his latest album ‘Christmas With Daniel O’Donnell’, released in November 2017, it entered the UK Artist Albums Chart at No. 19.


In total, Daniel has now reached the UK Artist Albums Chart with more than 38 albums and has now amassed 32 Top 30 albums over the course of his career. Daniel has also achieved eight number one hits in the UK music video/DVD charts over that period.


He makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart, received an honorary MBE from Queen Elizabeth, appeared on Top of the Pops, had his life celebrated on This Is Your Life and received multiple Entertainer of the Year/Person of the Year Awards in Ireland and the UK - to mention but a few of the many accolades that Daniel has been awarded. And after more than 30 years in the spotlight as an engaging entertainer, he is still in love with performing and with audiences the world over.