Danny Allen Bredell, 73, died from Covid-19 complications on February 5, 2021. Born in Fargo, ND, on December 2, 1947, Dan graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1965. He studied Physical Education at NDSU and MSU and graduated in 1971. He was on the Fargo American Legion baseball team and played fastpitch softball for 12 years. He also enjoyed watching football and never missed a Bison home game in 55 years. He loved tailgating with his family! In 1973, Dan bought Mother’s Records, selling vinyl and associated merchandise, eventually owning eight stores in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He worked at the last remaining store until his passing. He was also one of the top concert promoters in the Midwest, drawing 19,000 people to the Dacotah Jam in 1978, which holds the record for the largest outdoor attendance at a music festival in North Dakota. In 1996, Dan founded the Fargo Blues Festival with his wife, Kristi, whom he married on June 22, 1991. They also promoted the Fargo Winter Blues Festival, St. Paul, MN, and Aberdeen, SD, blues festivals. Dan most cherished family, friends, and the festivals. He and Kristi brought music and joy to thousands of fans, while raising four kids, including Brad Bredell (Michelle), Libby Kaiser (Adam), Brady Bredell, and Jacob Bredell. While Dan and Kristi also loved traveling to visit family and friends around the country, they always called Fargo home. Besides his wife and children, survivors include grandchildren Abbey, Connor, and Josie; mother Doris; sister Bonnie; brother Randy (Britt); and nephews Tyler (Tasha), Haven (Danika), and Jordan. Dan was preceded in death by his sister Jill and father Donald. Celebration of Life will be held at Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th Street S. Fargo, on Friday, February 12th with visitation from 1:00-2:00pm followed by a memorial service at 2:00pm. The service will be live-streamed on the funeral home’s website. Final resting at Springvale Cemetery will be held at a later date with family.

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  1. To Danny’s family.
    Sorry to hear of Danny’s passing
    He was my best friend in High School and College
    Now sorry I didn’t make connections when I traveled to Fargo to see my family or mother on 9th Street
    Condolences And Prayers. 🙏
    Bill Sakshaug
    Jacksonville, Al

  2. So going to miss Dan, all the festivals and fun we all had. Prayers and hugs to the family. Kelly’s Kollectibles.

  3. Kristie and family. I am so, so very sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. He was and always be a great and special person. He has inspired so many people. He will so much be missed by many. May God be with you and family at this horrible time.

  4. Dan was a long time client that I will really miss.
    He always had a smile on his face and made me laugh!
    I always told him that he had the best handwriting of anyone I knew!
    Prayers to Dan’s family and friends for comfort and peace. Dan will be missed!

  5. So many great memories are bubbling up about you and your family Dan. I will miss our talks and the music. My best to Kristi, Brad, Libby, Brady and Jacob. Warm thoughts and cherished memories for all.

    God Speed Danny

    Dave Jacobs
    107.9 The Fox

  6. I think that I, like many, meet Dan years ago at Mothers while shopping for music. I’m fortunate to have gotten to know him better more recently as he and I sat near each other in the FargoDome for Bison football games. I always enjoyed our conversations, and he was always the first with a high five after a touchdown or big play.

    I’m gonna miss you Dan, you always seemed to have a smile on your face and a positive attitude.

    As for Brad, Brady, and the rest of the Bredell family, I truly wish I had the words to properly express my sympathy or to ease the pain. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. I have attended the Fargo Blues Fest for many years. Although I did not know Dan well I had communicated with Dan about putting up posters in my area for both Fargo Blues fests. Through the years, I and my wife Jann, also became acquainted with Kristi & other members of the family by sitting near them at the summer fest. We send our sympathies & condolences to Kristi and all members of the family.
    R.I.P. Dan

  8. My condolences to the entire Bredell / Blues Fest family. I had the honor and privilege of drumming at the Blues Fest – summer and winter – numerous times with Corey Stevens and also Sweet Paulie T and the Bluesblasters.
    I ALWAYS got greetings and smiles and hugs from the family. That doesn’t happen often enough!

    Dan will be missed here by many many people, but I believe he is in a better place . . and smiling.

    Sending hugs –

  9. So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a big impact on many lives and will leave a lasting legacy. He will be missed. Sending lots of love in these hard times.
    Amanda Goodman

  10. My sympathy to the family. Dan was a great asset to the Fargo area, he brought a lot of joy and entertainment to the community. He will be missed by many.

  11. Janet and I were shocked by the news of Dan’s passing. Not long ago we were cruising on the lake and talking about the next Blues Fest together! We are at the service virtually. Stay strong and we are thinking of you and family
    Tim and Janet

  12. Kris, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I was so happy that I was able to meet Dan even if it was for just a little bit. I love you Kris. Please know that you can call me anytime night or day to talk <3 <3

  13. Had the pleasure of meeting Dan this past year at the Fargo Blues Fest. Sad to hear of his passing. Prayers to all of his friends and family. Rest easy.

  14. Kristi & Family, we are sadden to hear about the passing of Dan. Blessings to your family for his loss. I imagine that Dan is organizing a “Gone but not Forgotten” Blues concert in heaven. Dan & Kristi brought the “Blues” to Fargo & surrounding areas & brought a lot of great artists & joy with it. GOOD ON YOU, Dan. We will be thinking good thoughts about you. Gerry Netzer of Mandan

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