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Keep up with the happenings of the band, the members, and their friends...



January 14, 2015

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful 2014. Helena Handbasket had the chance to play some great bar shows, some very fun wedding dances, a couple of enjoyable special events, and even a small town street dance! We capped it all off with another incredible New Year's Eve show at our unofficial band headquarters, the Pickled Parrot! It has us primed for 2015, that's for certain!

Next up is the Spirits Lounge at the Holiday Inn for our January shows, we hope you'll join us again. We intend on shaking up the set list with major rehearsals in February and when we return to the scene in March, we'll have a set of fresh new tunes that will continune to melt your faces off.

We look forward to seeing you all soon! Be well, be safe, and be good!

October 24, 2014

Fall is upon us and sadly, the summer is over. Regardless, Helena Handbasket charges on into the colder parts of the year with more face-melting rock than ever! Wedding season is over and we look back on the summer with a satisfied nod after several great shows. We met a lot of new people and made some new friends that we hope to see out at our shows this fall and winter. We have one more show this month and then we take November off (Mike and Josh need to go shoot some deer) before returning in December for a few shows heading into New Year's Eve and then 2015.

Thanks for a great year, we really appreciate everything and we're excited to thunder on into the remainder of the year into 2015!

July 5, 2014

The summer has been a busy one for everyone in Helena Handbasket with individual projects and happenings in everyone's lives! We continue to crank out a couple of shows a month, nonetheless! We completed a couple of weddings last weekend which we enjoyed very much, especially our show at the Kram/Breen wedding in Fargo! And the street dance this past Thursday in Hatton was also a great time! We look forward to our next show which we expect to be off the hook- playing at Zorbaz in DL over Water Carnival weekend! Join us on the 19th for what is shaping up to be a memorable time!

April 23, 2014

We're back at it again this weekend taking the show back to Dempsey's on Friday night. Always a great time and always a chance to make a new memory in this popular downtown hotspot!

Then on Saturday, we make our way out to the lakes area to play our first show ever at The Roadhouse out in Cormarant! We're excited to add another club to the lineup, especially out at the lakes. We look forward to seeing a new group of probably Helena Handbasket fans at The Roadhouse!

February 20, 2014

Well, we've made our way into another new year and things are looking great. Armed once again with our regular members, we're ready to do things up even better than 2013. We brought in the new year at the Pickled Parrot and took to the Holiday Inn in mid-January. Coming up here at the end of the month, we make our first trip to Bill's turf down in Wahpeton-Breckenridge when we play in downtown Breckenridge at Legends. We then come back to Fargo the next day and do things up once again at the Sidestreet. We look forward to seeing you all as we continue melting faces! Cheers!

November 8, 2013

Thanks to everyone who made our November shows at the Pickled Parrot incredible! It seems like each weekend we play, the crowds get crazier and crazier! Keep it up, everyone!

We're now heading into the end of 2013 and we show no signs of slowing down our show. Our next shows will be in December when we hit Dempsey's for another exciting Friday night on December 13th. Then on Saturday, December 14th, we head back to Detroit Lakes to Zorbaz for a rocking winter party. That night, we'll feature our good friend, Alex Berg! Then, to end the year, we do it up one more time at the Pickled Parrot! We're looking forward to our third consecutive New Year's Eve and we think it's going to be BIGGEST AND BEST New Year's Eve ever!

In other news, we're happy to report that our trombonist Mike Saunders, who has been out since August after shoulder surgery, is on track to return to the band full-time again by New Year's Eve. He was out at our November shows and was able to get on stage to play about five songs after being out of his sling for only a week. That's promising news! Also, we are excited to report that our tenor saxophonist DeAnn Fylling is due with her second child within the month. She is hoping to be back with us playing again by New Year's Eve as well. We're happy that they're both doing well and welcome their return at the end of December. We'd like to thank the subs who have been playing in for them over the last few months- Tim Johnson on trombone and Jessy Klimpel on tenor saxophone.

As always, thanks a million for your support, thanks for coming out to the shows and having a good time, thanks for showing us the love, and we're excited to see you again in December! Be good, see you soon...

October 3, 2013

Helena Handbasket makes a return trip back to Spirits Lounge at the Holiday Inn on October 11th and 12th. It's going to be a rockin' weekend and we hope to see you all there! Don't forget that it's NDSU Homecoming as well that weekend, so we hope to see lots of yellow and green in the crowd. We're looking forward to the weekend, bring your friends and get ready to have a great time!

One more piece of great news - Helena Handbasket has been nominated in the Fargo Forum's Best of 2013 for Best Local Live Act in the Red River Valley! CLICK HERE to go to the voting page. Be sure to vote for Helena Handbasket as the Best Local Live Act and make sure you vote in the other various catagories as well! Thanks for your support of Helena Handbasket, we truly appreciate it very much!

September 11, 2013
Helena Handbasket returns to the stage this weekend with two public shows! On Friday, September 13th, we head back to the Sidestreet in downtown Fargo to rock out at one of our favorite bars in the area! On Saturday night, we help Ryan and Camille celebrate their wedding! Then, on Sunday afternoon, we play a family-friendly all ages show in the parking lot of Faith United Methodist Church as a part of their 'Party on the Pavement' event! The Friday show is 21+ with ID, the Sunday show is all ages, no cover at either show!

It's going to be a great weekend, see you Friday and/or Sunday!

July 16, 2013
Helena Handbasket had a great Saturday night out in Detroit Lakes this past weekend! We returned to the lakes to play Zorbaz once again and once again, we were overwhelmed by an incredible crowd! Thanks to everyone who came out and partied with us on a hot summer night on the lakes!

Coming up next at the end of the month is our return to Dempsey's Public House in downtown Fargo on Friday, July 26th followed by another wedding celebration, this time outdoors, on Saturday night! We hope to see a packed house at the Dempsey's show and look forward to leading the celebration at Lilly and Alex's wedding!

May 28, 2013
After a great and exciting show at the Pickled Parrot this past Friday night, we were delighted to follow it up with a very good wedding dance celebrating the marriage of our good friends Tim and Andrea Smith! Congratulations!

We'll follow up one outstanding weekend with another- this time we'll rock out Dempsey's downtown this Friday night (May 31st) at 10pm followed by another wedding on Saturday. We hope you can join us this Friday at one of the most energetic bars we play in the FM area. See you then!

May 14, 2013

The last time we played back in mid-April, there was still snow on the ground and the a possible flood was upon us. Now it's May and we're heading into the summer with the rivers back in their banks and Helena Handbasket is ready to bring in the new season!

For most of the summer, we'll be doing private performances on our Saturdays, mostly weddings, but you can still catch us on Friday nights! We play two weekends in a row - Memorial Day weekend (Pickled Parrot Friday) and the following weekend (Dempsey's Friday) before coming back at you with a Saturday show in July at the hot spot of Detroit Lakes, Zorbaz. Check out our schedule on the this site to see what time and where we play into the future

Hope you're enjoying the summer weather and we look forward to seeing you at Helena Handbasket show very soon!

February 5th, 2013

It's time for another round of Helena Handbasket madness! This coming weekend, we head back over to the Sidestreet Grille and Pub in Fargo to rock! This was one of the first bars we had the opportunity to play back in our young days, and we always enjoy going back!

On Saturday, we return to Zorbaz after a rocking show last September. It's a great stage, we look forward to returning to the lakes area to perform in Detroit Lakes once again!

Keep checking back for more information on future shows!

January 13, 2013

After a great set of shows at the Pickled Parrot for New Year's and a fun time on-stage at the House of Rock at the Hub, we're excited to make our first visit to J.C. Chumley's, the Cheers Bar of Fargo-Moorhead! We're excited to go in there to show them how Helena Handbasket does business and we hope that you'll all join us to show them how it's done!

Stay tuned for future shows, we're working on our summer schedule right now!

November News...

November 5, 2012

Newsflash! Helena Handbasket has just added a November weekend of shows at Spirits Lounge and Casino at the Holiday Inn in Fargo! The shows will take place on November 16th and 17th and will feature special guests Alex Berg and Daniel Miller on guitar. We're excited for the opportunity to play such a popular stage, hope to see you all there that weekend!

October and Beyond...

October 4, 2012
Taking nearly a two-month break, Helena Handbasket will return to to perform two downtown Fargo shows at the end of October! The band will play a 9:30 show at the VFW on Friday, October 26th and a 10:00pm show at Dempsey's Public House on Saturday, October 27th. More to follow on a possible Halloween Party at one or both of these sites, we'll keep you updated!

The band is off in November since three of the band members are huge hunters, but we return again in December for New Year's weekend on Sunday and Monday, December 30th and 31st at our self-proclaimed home base, The Pickled Parrot. Stay tuned and check back to the site often, we're starting to book our January through May performances for 2013 - look for some of the famililar places you've seen us and prepare to see us at some new exciting venues in 2013!

Up Next...

March 27, 2012


We had an outstanding set of shows at the Pickled Parrot for the St. Patrick's Day weekend, thanks to all of you who came out, listened, danced, and partied with us! We won't forget that show for a long, long time!

We're actively working to book some new gigs around the Fargo-Moorhead area, let your favorite bar or club know about it! Press and Promotion Packets are avaialble for anyone to download in the Promotional Material section along with MP3's from our live promotional demo CD. If you know someone who is interested in booking HELENA HANDBASKET into their bar or club, or if you know someone who would like to hire us for a private event or party, send them our way!

Next shows will be in downtown Fargo at the VFW on April 27th and 28th! Hope to see you all there!

Upcoming Show...

March 10, 2012


Press and Promotion Packet is now ready for anyone to download in the Promotional Material section with MP3's coming soon from our live promotional demo CD. Biographies have been updated! Even more stuff to come!

Come see us at our next set of shows, these being at the Pickled Parrot on March 16th and 17th, St. Patrick's Day weekend! We're returning after a killer set of shows over New Year's Eve weekend! Hope to see you there!

Coming Up...

January 25, 2012


Coming soon- new biographies, new photos, new sound clips and more! Keep checking back- new shows are being booked and we hope to play two shows a month in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area!

Change in Plans...

December 9, 2011


Change in plans- Helena Handbasket will now perform New Year's weekend at the Pickled Parrot at the American Legion in downtown Fargo! No cover, 9:30-1:30, great drink and food specials- we hope to see you there! Don't miss it!

Heading into the Spring and Summer...

April 1, 2011
It's going to be a busy summer for the Helena Handbasket crew- we're taking on a load of wedding dances for the summer in addition to our regular bar and club shows. If you're interested in booking the band for a wedding this summer or fall, please contact us very soon before we're all booked up!

Keep checking back- our hope is to keep playing 2-3 shows a month. Eddie and Christopher will be adding more songs and arrangements to the mix- if you have any suggestions, don't hesitate to contact Christopher with your suggestions!

Winter and Spring Shows...

February 2, 2011
We're adding some winter and spring shows to the mix- and look forward to some surprises as along the way! We're looking to bring on some guests to bring another element to the table. We'll keep you posted. Check back for more dates!

Local Shows...

September 15, 2010
Good news- local shows are springing up for us this fall and winter- so now you don't have excuse for not coming out to see Helena Handbasket! With four shows coming up- three of them right here in Fargo- you'll have plenty of chances to come out and see us play! Check the schedule page and mark your calendars!

More from Helena Handbasket...

March 17, 2010
Come out and party with Helena Handbasket this Saturday night, March 20th, in Downer, MN at the Mainline Bar and Grill. The bar will host a 'Beach Party' show in honor of the first day of spring. There's no cover and there will be door prizes given out all night. It's a quick and easy 20 mile travel to the Mainline, so grab a bunch of friends and a sober driver and head on out!

Helena Handbasket has also added a show back at their unofficial home base, The Silver Dollar in Elizabeth, MN. That show will take place on Saturday, April 17th from 9:30pm-1:30am. Come on out and have your face melted off...

Another Show...

January 15, 2010
Helena Handbasket has added a show in March at the famous Mainline Bar and Grill in Downer, Minnesota. The band will play there on Saturday, March 20th from 9:00-1:00. The show has been themed as a 'Beach Party' in commemoration of the first official day of spring which happens to be the very day of the show. There will be no cover for the show, but donations will be gladly accepted. And, of course, this show is 21 and over.

We hope to add some more shows for the rest of the winter into the spring, a few of them local in Fargo-Moorhead. Keep checking back for more information as it comes in...

Another Year...

December 30, 2009
It was a fun year for the cats in Helena Handbasket. The band's personnel are a pretty busy bunch with their daytime jobs and other gigs all over the area, so the fact that they played as much as they did this past year was a big bonus in their musical lives.

There have been big changes throughout the year to note- first of all, regular trumpet player Tanya Beseler is expecting her first child this coming spring. Being pregnant and playing trumpet don't mix too well, though (according to the doctor, but what does he know?) We've been lucky to have some good players jump right in and work with us, though. We thank James Landman of Fargo and Tim Knabe of Grand Forks for coming right in and taking over the job. Also, Eddie Schwind and his wife had their second child this past summer which certainly added much more activity in the Schwind household.

We look forward to playing a lot more this coming year- keep checking back with us and we hope to see you soon starting with the New Year's Eve Show at the Silver Dollar Salloon in Elizabeth, Minnesota!

Keeping Busy...

April 13, 2009
The members of Helena Handbasket continue to keep busy as time rolls on. Several of the members are working on seperate projects while continuing to play with Helena Handbasket. The band hasn't done a lot of work over the past year or so with everyone busy, but everyone is still excited to play whenever they can with HH.

All of the members are still doing various Patents Pending shows. Christopher is busy with the Jazz Arts Group and the Fat Daddy's Band out of Wahpeton/Breckenridge. Russ is still a member of the Green Room. Eddie is still running sound for various groups and organizations and he and his wife are expecting their second child in August. Tanya is still teaching privately. Jessy is completing his student teaching and preparing for a senior recital in anticipation of his upcoming graduation from NDSU. Mike keeps awfully busy with his work at Nooridian/BCBS and hunts and fishes whenever he can.

The band hopes to work towards doing at least a show per month if possible. Keep your eyes open...

After Much Anticipation...

November 20, 2008
After much anticipation, Helena Handbasket made it's return to playing full shows with a performance at the Silver Dollar in Elizabeth, Minnesota. The bar is truly one of the best kept secrets in west central Minnesota! The town claims a population of 187, but there were at least twice as many people at the Silver Dollar that night! Anyhow, Helena Handbasket made it's reintroduction to the scene a big one as the crowd danced and partied all night to the rockin' sounds of ska, punk, and rock.

This marked the start of Helena Handbasket as it transitions from Patents Pending into it's new identity. Work has begun to promote the new group in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and you can expect to see and hear Helena Handbasket at a venue near you soon...

The Demo is Complete...

January 16, 2008
The demo CD has finally been completed and will be distributed around the FM area in the very near future. Jeff Mooridian functioned as the head engineer during the recording process. Four songs were mastered and put to bed on the 16th, while one more song is still in the works. Check the media page to hear clips of the new Helena Handbasket.

Helena Handbasket to Play New Year's Show...

November 15, 2007
Catch a sneak peak of Helena Handbasket as they perform at the American Legion directly after the new year of 2008 has begun. Patents Pending will play from 9:30pm up until the clock strikes midnight, and then will transform into Helena Handbasket symbolizing a new wind of change!

Helena Handbasket to Record Demo...

October 12, 2007
Helena Handbasket will take to the studio within the next two weeks to record their first demo CD. The band has been working hard to put together a lineup of the best and most energetic music possible. Clips will be available within the next month, so make sure you keep checking back for more updates!




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