ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

'Great Dickinson tradition': First on First returns

The annual summer concert series, First on First, returned to downtown Dickinson Thursday evening with opening act Boys of Summer, followed by a headlining performance by Raynes.

The Boys of Summer open the 2022 First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights concert series on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in downtown Dickinson.
The Boys of Summer open the 2022 First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights concert series on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in downtown Dickinson. The set was then followed by Raynes, the British-American trio who headlined the night. The summer concert series will continue through Aug. 4, 2022.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press
We are part of The Trust Project.

DICKINSON — With male cover hits of Tina Turner and Shania Twain, First on First hit the streets Thursday in Dickinson, with performances by The Boys of Summer and headliner Raynes.

The 2022 First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights is back for a season line-up that runs through Aug. 4. Followed by The Boys of Summer who opened the night with country hits, the British-American trio Raynes took the stage, sporting flashy shades of red and funky guitar riffs.

Spider-Man strikes a pose with two girls Thursday, June 23, 2022, in downtown Dickinson during the kickoff to the First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights concert series.
Spider-Man strikes a pose with two girls Thursday, June 23, 2022, in downtown Dickinson during the kickoff to the First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights concert series.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

Preston Stockert came out for First on First for not only the music, but the food, drinks and social atmosphere.

“It’s nice to actually see everyone out in the street doing something rather than just being inside all the time,” Stockert said.

It brings the community closer together.
Austin Earl Smith

Being outside in the summer heat also brought Erin Jack to the kickoff of the concert series.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It’s really good to get out,” Jack said. “I’ve never actually been to like the food part of it; I’ve always had to come after 9, so it’s cool to see how busy it gets.”

As the heat died off into the night, children and older folks danced in the street, to classic hits such as Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.”

“It brings the community closer together and (a way to) make peace if you got beef with somebody or whatever,” Austin Earl Smith said.

The Dickinson American Legion Post #3 had its food trailer parked near one of the entrances to the downtown concert, serving hotdogs, hamburgers and baskets of French fries.

“I think it’s a great Dickinson tradition and I’m just glad the American Legion is part of it,” Vice Commander Rich Brauhn said.

It is enjoying the people, enjoying the music, enjoying the food, enjoying the company and people like this. You never know who you’re going to see, quite frankly.
Legion Post #3 Vice Commander Rich Brauhn

The Legion Post #3 has been a part of the event since it was called Alive @ 5 , Brauhn said, adding that they also bring a raffle to each First on First performance that helps support local veteran causes.

“I enjoy the people. I mean the people come up and they thank you for your service and we visit, we chat, stuff like this, and they’re willing to donate to a good cause,” Brauhn said. “Dickinson people are really supportive of the Legion and military service in general. And so, we always look forward to make those connections. We have guys that come back who have bought tickets for years and I mean a lot of tickets…

"It is enjoying the people, enjoying the music, enjoying the food, enjoying the company and people like this. You never know who you’re going to see, quite frankly.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Joe Berger, of Raynes, strums his guitar during the band's headlining performance Thursday, June 23, 2022, for First on First in Dickinson.
Joe Berger, of Raynes, strums his guitar during the band's headlining performance Thursday, June 23, 2022, for First on First in Dickinson. Berger, of Mandan, is the lead guitarist for the British-American trio.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

The ever elusive Spider-Man returned to the streets of Dickinson, saying that he was all about coming out for First on First to enjoy the scenery and have a little fun.

As children spotted him throughout the evening, photos with Spider-Man were a hit with families as the music echoed throughout the streets.

First on First features dancing Thursday, June 23, 2022.
First on First features dancing Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

For the first time officially on record with The Dickinson Press, Spider-Man said that the music, the people and “interesting faces” make the summer night concert worth it each year.

Spider-Man photo bombs a picture with two kids during First on First on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in downtown Dickinson.
Spider-Man photo bombs a picture with two kids during First on First on Thursday, June 23, 2022, in downtown Dickinson.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

“It feels good. I’m glad that the costume does inspire a lot of people,” he said, adding that the public can expect to see him around throughout the city this summer.

First on First will continue on June 30, with performances by Unleashed! and Devon Worley Band.

READ MORE BY JACKIE JAHFETSON
“There’s a little bit of something for everyone. You come with your family, your kids can find something, the moms can find something, the dads can find something,” Jessica Quandt, owner of JQ Clothing, said.
It's the middle of hay season in southwestern North Dakota. With a much wetter spring and early summer, ranchers are experiencing a better hay cut than last year. We visited with JC Farms to learn more about what goes into haying.
The Dunn County Commission met Wednesday, with deliberations focused primarily on a performance merit plan and cost of living adjustment and what that could mean for county employees in 2023.
Sunrise Youth Bureau became the first agency in North Dakota to acquire its shelter care certification. The Sunrise Youth Bureau and an administrator with the Children and Family Services Division at the North Dakota Department of Human Services share more about the impact the certification will have for western North Dakota.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
What to read next
Breaking News
An armed robbery of a truck stop early Friday morning in northern Stark County persists as the Stark County Sheriff's Office requests public assistance.
"...He rounds out what I am convinced is one of the strongest history programs in the region,” says Brent Rogers, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at DSU
Recently ordained priest Fr. Grant Dvorak of Bismarck will serve Trinity Catholic Schools as a high school teacher and chaplain. We spoke with Dvorak to learn more about what drew him to a life dedicated to serving God.
“The program is intended to get students ready for these roles, whether it’s coaching a sport or sports or leading an entire athletic club or department,” says Thadd O’Donnell, chair of health, physical education and recreation at DSU.