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The Lights is excited to announce Soul Asylum and Gear Daddies with Special Guest Bad Bad Hats in concert on MIDCO Stage at Essentia Health Plaza at The Lights on Saturday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.


Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum selling rock band Soul Asylum started as Minneapolis’ punk younger brothers to the Replacements and Husker Dü.

Their 1992 breakthrough album, Grave Dancers Union, featured the international hits “Runaway Train,” “Black Gold” and “Somebody to Shove.” “Runaway Train” won a Grammy, and its music video brought nearly two dozen missing and exploited children and teens around the world home to their families. Soul Asylum has released 12 original albums, in addition to multiple live albums and greatest hits collections. Hurry Up and Wait was released in 2020 to much fan and critical acclaim worldwide, landing the band their highest Billboard chart position since 1995’s platinum-selling Let Your Dim Light Shine.

The current Soul Asylum line-up features Dave Pirner (lead vocals/guitar), Michael Bland (drums), Ryan Smith (lead guitar) and Jeremy Tappero (bass). Pirner, generally considered to be one of the one of the great American songwriters, released a best-selling annotated collection of lyrics, Loud, Fast, Words, in 2020.

Soul Asylum released their 1993 MTV Unplugged performance on vinyl for the first time ever as a 2023 Record Store Day exclusive. In celebration of that 30-year anniversary, the band played a special unplugged show at State Theatre in Minneapolis on April 20 that was Soul Asylum’s highest grossing show ever. The band have booked multiple festival dates in 2023 and are continuing to do stripped-down acoustic shows as well.


Gear Daddies is an Americana/Rock band originally from Austin, Minnesota. Members Martin Zellar (electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals), Nick Ciola (bass), Randy Broughten (electric and pedal steel guitar) and James “Billy” Dankert (drums and vocals), played their first shows together in 1984. Between 1986 and 1992, the band released three popular albums and became an important part of the Twin Cities music scene. Many of the fan’s favorite songs (“Stupid Boy”, “Color of Her Eyes”, “She’s Happy”, “Drank So Much” and many others) are credited to the exceptionally passionate writing skills possessed by Zellar, however Dankert has also contributed some of the compositions, including “Time Heals”, and “Blues Mary”.

Gear Daddies have been mentioned as an influence on several bands that emerged in the Upper Midwest in the late 1980s through the 1990s, including: The Billy’s, Violet, Shoot Lucy, Dazy Head Mazy, Groundhouse and Six Mile Grove.


Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerry Alexander and Chris Hoge met in college and formed the band in 2012. In the 10 years of their existence, they have toured the country many times in their trusty minivan, sampling the best local cuisine along the way. Bad Bad Hats has toured with The Beths, Margaret Glaspy, The Front Bottoms, Hippo Campus, and Michelle Branch, among many others. Their fourth album Bad Bad Hats will be released April 12, 2024 on Don Giovanni Records.

Tickets for this performance will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 22nd at Presale for this show will take place from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th through Thursday, March 21st at 9:00 p.m. General admission tickets for this performance will start at $49.00 plus fees and Matt’s Automotive VIP tickets will start at $69.00 plus fees. All ticket prices will increase $10 the day of the show. This event will be RAIN OR SHINE and tickets are non-refundable. Ticketmaster is the official and sole ticket distributer of The Lights. Any tickets purchased outside of Ticketmaster are at risk of being fraud/scam or non-sufficient as event entry.


A limited number of Busch Light Plaza Passes sponsored by D-S Beverages remain available for admission to all* concerts this summer at The Lights. These can be purchased for $249.00 plus fees through This pass will give you one General Admission entry for every show on MIDCO Stage at Essentia Health Plaza at The Lights in 2024. Includes a minimum of six concerts on separate dates. The pass currently includes Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, Ice Cube, Soul Asylum and Gear Daddies. More shows will be announced soon.

*The Busch Light Plaza Pass is only valid during the 2024 concert season at The Lights in West Fargo and cannot be used at any other location. Some show exclusions may apply.