Nov. 14—EDITOR'S NOTE — This story was published online Tuesday, Nov. 14, and in print on Wednesday, Nov. 15. After it was published,
the Alerus Center received word that the Jonas Brothers were postponing
the concert. No makeup date has been set, as of Tuesday evening.
GRAND FORKS — The Jonas Brothers will perform in concert, as part of the "Five Albums One Night" tour, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at the Alerus Center.
Tickets, ranging from $36.95 to $177, are available through
, the Alerus Center's official ticketing partner. Concert-goers may purchase tickets in person and avoid convenience fees at the Alerus Center box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.
"It's going to be a fun show, (one) we're really excited for," said Toryn Jones, the Alerus Center's director of marketing. "We're excited to be able to provide something a little different than we have seen in the last few years, and we hope to continue to do this, and keep these promoters happy — certainly Grand Forks is a great place to perform."
Ticket sales for the Jonas Brothers' show have been "really strong," Jones said. He is barred by the tour from disclosing any specific figures, which is fairly common with shows these days, he said.
"It's going to be a great show," Jones said. "This will be the largest pop show that we've had at the Alerus since, I believe, 2009." Brittany Spears performed there in September that year.
"It's great to see pop music come back to Grand Forks," he said. "And we hope we can continue the trend."
The Jonas Brothers are in the midst of their biggest tour ever, performing in more than 90 shows across 20 countries, including venues in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The tour opened with two sold-out shows at New York's Yankee Stadium in August.
Considered to be one of the most successful groups of the 21st century, the Jonas Brothers have sold more than 20 million albums and garnered two Grammy Award nominations, earned 26 Billboard Hot 100 hits, secured three consecutive No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200, and generated billions of streams.
The group spearheaded the comeback of the decade with its Platinum-certified debut of "Happiness Begins," their fifth studio album, according to promoters.
The show will open with a performance by Lawrence, an eight-piece soul-pop group of musician friends from childhood and college. Siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence formed the group, which has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show and NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly.
The pair has been writing songs and listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman and Aretha Franklin records in their family's New York City apartment since they were kids. After years of playing together, they officially formed Lawrence, a band that has gained a devoted following for its high-energy, keyboard-driven sounds, which features tight, energetic horns and explosive lead vocals.
For the Jonas Brothers show at the Alerus, officials are "seeing a pretty broad range" in terms of ticket-buyers, including lots of college students and people in their "golden years," along with many in their 30s and 40s, Jones said.
"It's going to be probably one of the most interesting shows we've had," he said. "The bell curve (in terms of) age is going to be pretty flat. And it seems like we're going to have a pretty broad group out here — all ages.
"The Jonas Brothers is one of those bands that have universal appeal. They're fun, they're catchy, and they've been around for a while."
It's not unusual for the Alerus Center to book nationally-known talent such as the Jonas Brothers, Jones said, citing major artists like Alice Cooper and country singers like Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton and Zach Bryan, who have performed or will perform there.
The Alerus Center is in its sixth year under Spectra/OVG, a national venue management firm, Jones said, "So, we're ... rebuilding some relationships, and trying to branch out and get all the great acts we can to come here.
"I think people have really started to see that Grand Forks is a great community to bring tours to," he said. "People always come out to the shows. And we know how to treat artists."