The first performers in the series, Jazz on Tap, will take the stage at 8 p.m. April 5.
Emily Burkland, executive director of the Empire, said The Backstage Project would give local musicians a broader platform to share their talent with the community. She described it as a cross between “the freedom and fun of a bar, the laid-back feel of a coffeehouse, and the community of a classroom.”
“The Backstage Project will offer to Grand Forks what no other venue can,” Burkland said in a news release.
Concert-goers will use the Empire’s backstage door to attend Backstage Project events. The cover charge will be $5. Rhombus Guys will staff a cash bar and Urban Stampede will provide coffee.
Jazz On Tap, the first performers, is a trio based in Grand Forks comprised of Kris Eylands on guitar, Mike Blake on percussion, and Bob Cary on bass. Between the three of them, the musicians of Jazz On Tap boast an impressive roster of regional, national, and even international performance credits.
Other scheduled concerts: April 27, Fargo singer/songwriter Chase Burkhart; May 10, Miss North Dakota Rosie Savageau; May 24, local duo Mike and Hannah Power will open for Black Cat Abraham, a band comprised of UND students. All events will begin at 8 p.m.
For more about upcoming shows and events at the Empire, visit www.empireartscenter.com.