Two More Acts Announced

April 05, 2018

Huey Lewis & The News and Alabama to perform at Høstfest

MINOT ND — Norsk Høstfest has officially announced two more acts to their Great Hall of the Vikings lineup. Newly announced acts include American rock & roll band Huey Lewis & The News and the band that has changed Country music forever, Alabama.

These acts join already announced Tanya Tucker & The Texas Tenors, Engelbert Humperdinck, Michael Bolton, Daniel O’Donnell and Darci Lynne & Friends at this year’s festival.

North America’s largest Scandinavian festival begins Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, with the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame honoree banquet and an RV Pre-Party. Festival doors open at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday with Tanya Tucker & The Texas Tenors kicking off the festival with a double-header concert. Alabama will send the festival out with a Southern Country bang on Saturday night and will feature a pit setup. One final acts remains to be announced.

In addition to Great Hall of the Vikings lineup, Høstfest is chock-full of free stage entertainment. Høstfestivarians will see the return of many favorite acts such as Williams & Ree and Mollie B along with new entertainment which will be announced closer to ticket sales.

Festival tickets go on sale 8 a.m., CDT, Thursday, May 17. However, Friends of Høstfest — a membership program — can buy tickets early and will experience many other perks at the festival from discounts to special access. Guests can learn more about this program by visiting

General admission is $40 per day or guests can take in a Great Hall concert starting at $67 reserved seating. The purchase of any concert ticket includes complimentary general admission to the festival. Ticket¬s can be ordered online at, by calling (701) 852-2368, or in person at 1020 S. Broadway, Minot ND 58701.



While entertainment is a big draw at Norsk Høstfest, there is plenty more to see and do. Guests can learn new culinary techniques at the Nordic Kitchen, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts among hundreds of vendors, indulge in Scandinavian cuisine or enroll in Høstfest University classes and be educated in an artisan craft from an expert instructor. Another area of interest is the Author’s Corner, where guests can meet and hear some of their favorite writers such as Lauraine Snelling and authors from The Christmas Wish series.

“The festival is truly amazing,” said David Reiten, President of Norsk Høstfest. “Many first time guests are shocked at how large the festival is and at how many professional exhibitors and artisans attend.”

Not only do visitors come from various parts of Scandinavia, but others are a part of the festival experience itself. Every year, an elite team of chefs from Norway arrive to serve at the festival’s pop-up restaurants Scandi, and En To Tre. Scandi serves traditional, homemade Norwegian cuisine while En To Tre is a fine dining establishment requiring reservations.
In Viking Village, guests will find presenters and Viking re-enactors from Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada.

“The Viking Village has been growing every year,” Reiten said. “Kids and adults love to watch the real sword battles and just walk among the Vikings and learn about their culture.”


Performance times:

Tanya Tucker & The Texas Tenors: 1 pm, Wednesday, September 26

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

Engelbert Humperdinck: 1 pm, Thursday, September 27

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

TBA: 1 pm, Friday, September 28

Huey Lewis & The News: 7:30 pm, Friday, September 28

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

Alabama: 7:30 pm, Saturday, September 30


Huey Lewis & The News

Huey Lewis and The News are truly one of America’s great rock & roll bands. As they enter their 39th year together, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map.

These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Stuck With You”, “I Want A New Drug”, “If This Is It”, “Hip To Be Square” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin”. The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. “The Power of Love”, nominated for an Academy Award, went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart, and was a smash hit worldwide.

As great a recording career as the band has had, there is something extra special about a Huey Lewis & The News live show. They incorporate a variety of musical influences including R&B and soul to create their own unique sound. Frontman Huey Lewis' unmistakable voice has a rich, textured quality that lends itself well to not just their hits, but also to the variety of other songs featured in the show. Lewis also brings some bluesy tones to the performance when he breaks out into his harmonica solos. One of the highlights of the show is their a cappella rendition of early rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s Alright”, “Little Bitty Pretty One” and “Sixty Minute Man”.

Huey Lewis & The News are: Huey Lewis (vocals and harmonica), Johnny Colla (saxophone, guitar and vocals), Bill Gibson (drums, percussion and vocals), Sean Hopper (keyboards and vocals), Stef Burns (guitars and vocals) and John Pierce (bass). The live show features their long time horn section of San Francisco bay area luminaries: Rob Sudduth (tenor saxophone), Marvin McFadden (trumpet), and Johnnie Bamont (baritone saxophone).

Huey Lewis & The News have a love of music that comes through in everything they do. Be it their albums, their live performances, or the way they interact with their fans, they are a band with “Heart and Soul."



It's been 40 years since a trio of young cousins left Fort Payne, Alabama, to spend the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, bar called The Bowery. It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they'd been dreaming of, but then seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music.

ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They reeled off 21 straight #1 singles, a record that will probably never be equaled in any genre. They brought youthful energy, sex appeal and a rocking edge that broadened country's audience and opened the door to self-contained bands from then on, and they undertook a journey that led, 73 million albums later, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

About The Festival
Norsk Høstfest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization the raises funds to preserve, improve and share Scandinavian culture, heritage and educational programs. The Scandinavian festival is held annually in the fall in the North Dakota State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D., USA. Entering its 41st year, the festival has become North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features world-class entertainment, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, authentic Scandinavian cuisine plus a fine dining establishment, En To Tre, lead by Norwegian chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.


For More Information

Please visit or call Norsk Høstfest at (701) 852-2368.