Happy Together Tour coming to Hostfest

More than just a celebration of all things Scandinavian, the Norsk Hostfest is also one of Minot’s biggest annual draws of live music and comedic entertainment.

Among this year’s headliners will be the Happy Together Tour 2013 during the afternoon of Oct. 5. Billed as the greatest pop/rock tour of the 1960s and ’70s, this tour is the third put together by Flo & Eddie of The Turtles, following their success with the band’s 25th Anniversary Tour in 2010.

“It’s been a great time, great crowds,” said Chuck Negron, a founding member of Three Dog Night and one of the artists performing with the tour. “It’s been a real enjoyable summer with these guys,” though also a busy one. “We’ve done 62 dates so far,” he explained, in 54 cities over the course of just nine weeks, with a few more yet to do.

Along with Negron and The Turtles will be Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; Mark Lindsay, former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders; and Gary Lewis & The Playboys. “We have one band,” Negron explained, with each performer or group delivering a half-hour or so lengthed set featuring some of their most recognized songs.

The songs will most certainly be familiar to those acquainted with the era, lording over the pop charts as they did in their day and becoming staples of classic rock stations everywhere. “Indian Reservation,” “This Diamond Ring,” “Happy Together,” “One,” and “Young Girl” are just one from among each of these performers’ repertoires.

On the tour Negron has performed “a bunch of the hits I sang” during his time with Three Dog Night, from “Shambala” and “Celebrate” to “Eli’s Coming” and “Joy to the World.” During the band’s seven-year heyday it was producing consistently chart-topping tracks, with 21 making the top 40 and three of those reaching number one.

Performing on his own now for over 20 years, Negron continues making music. “I have an album that I’ll start working on in a couple of weeks,” he said. “It’s called ‘Then and Now’ we’ll have three unreleased Three Dog Night songs and then we’ll have new songs that I’ve written.”

Happy Together Tour will perform Oct. 5 at 1 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Vikings at the State Fairgrounds’ All Seasons Arena. General-seating tickets will go for $62 or else $26 for active-duty military personnel, but a few VIP seats are available at $82 apiece. Concert tickets are also good for the day’s admission to the festival, and can be purchased either online at (hostfest.com) or at the main ticket counter.