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Gwen Sebastian to perform at Alive@5

North Dakota’s first contestant from “The Voice” will perform in Dickinson, and it will be free to the public.

Gwen Sebastian will be the featured act during the Alive@5 downtown street event on Thursday, Aug. 7, event director Eric Smallwood said Thursday.

“I just got to thinking that I would like to do one big blowout for Alive@5,” he said. “I’ve got to thinking, ‘Who can I get? Who can I get?’

“Then it just hit me: Gwen Sebastian. She is big and she is from (around) here.”

Sebastian, who was raised in Hebron, appeared on the NBC singing talent show’s second season in 2012. She chose to join Blake Shelton’s team but was eliminated during the battle round.

Before appearing on “The Voice,” the country singer released three albums. Her duet with Shelton, “My Eyes,” was No. 1 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart, which is produced by Billboard magazine.

The Outlaw Sippin’ Band with Jesse Veeder will open the show at 5:30 p.m. Sebastian takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Alive@5 typically runs from 5-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the summer on First Avenue West north of Villard Street.

Smallwood said he expects the event to run longer when Sebastian performs.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.