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An eclectic mix of musical styles and artists that have one thing in common - performance in South Dakota. Join host Steven Zwemke on Saturday nights at 9 CT (8 MT) for first-rate concerts by artists from South Dakota and around the world.

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Alicia Olatuja

Mar 27, 2017

Praised by the New York Times as "a singer with strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage," Alicia Olatuja has been captivating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and charming demeanor. 

V The Noble One And Knights Tempo

Mar 27, 2017
V the Noble One

V the Noble One (Vaney Hariri) is recognized as one of the founding fathers of hip-hop - at least in the Upper Midwest.  It was a scene the mostly didn't exist when V the Noble One moved to Sioux Falls from Buffalo, New York, some 20 years ago. 

Over the years, he has produced his own shows, sometimes losing a few dollars, in order to grow the local hip-hop movement.  He's now working on a follow-up to his third album, Pray for Reign, which was released in 2014.

The Dead Pigeons

Mar 27, 2017
www.thedeadpigeons.com

The South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music welcomed The Dead Pigeons to headline the 37th annual Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park.  The Dead Pigeons delighted fans with their mix of original barroom bluegrass and cover songs like Alice in Chains' "Rooster" and "Seven Nation Army" from the White Stripes catalog. 

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

Mar 27, 2017
www.consideritcorrespondence.com

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank (brothers Teague and Ian Alexy) share a common love of American roots music.  They've toured the country since 2005 as to which Teague Alexy says, "It has made us better musicians and heightened our awareness and instincts in playing together."

Tab Benoit

Mar 27, 2017
www.tabbenoit.com

Tab Benoit loves Sioux Falls and JazzFest fans love him back.  Benoit was tabbed to headline the opening night of JazzFest 2016 at Yankton Trail Park.  The blues guitarist and vocalist was a hit as the 25th JazzFest got underway.

Benoit is a Grammy Award winner and a BB King Entertainer of the Year.  He also owns two Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Male Performer of the Year (2012 & 2013).

Brian Masek & Friends / JazzFest 2016

Jan 31, 2017

Brian Masek & Friends celebrated the release of their 2016 CD, Fourth Coming, by performing on the main stage during the 25th JazzFest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.

Brian Masek & Friends make brilliant, sharp turns from blues to jazz to hard rock and back.

Burlap Wolf King At Icon Lounge

Jan 9, 2017

Burlap Wolf King is Thomas Hentges' stage name.  It's also the name of the powerful band which he fronts.  In its full band form, Burlap Wolf King also includes Megan DeBoer, Adam Jones, John Myers, Phil Mueller and Alex Olsen. 

The Sioux Falls based group was recorded live, in one of their very first shows together, at Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on September 10, 2016.  Fans were treated to new music which Burlap Wolf King will release in May on an album titled Bitter Honey.

Rachel Ries

Dec 13, 2016
Rachel Ries

Singer/songwriter Rachel Ries got her start in Freeman and, through her travels and experiences, she has become a worldly artist, crafting sly and compassionate songs.  As the daughter of missionaries, she spent time in Zaire, sharing music of faith.  Ries has lived in Chicago and New York City, where apartment living made her feel trapped.  Living in Vermont helped solve that problem. 

Ries made her recording debut in 2005 with For You Only.  It was captured on vintage analog equipment and included piano, accordion, banjo, fiddle, pump organ and percussion. 

Robert Ellis

Nov 21, 2016
www.robertellismusic.com

Not happy with life in south Texas, Robert Ellis dropped out of high school during his junior year and relocated to suburban Houston.  He found an arts-friendly pocket where he was able to write songs and play clubs and eventually meet fellow musicians Will Van Horn and Geoffrey Muller.  "Whiskey Wednesday" shows helped Ellis and his mates hone their skills.  After two CD releases, country and bluegrass influences gave way to more pop, rock and experimental sounds.  Jacquire King, who had produced for Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, found Ellis m

Coco Montoya

Nov 11, 2016
Alligator Records

Like his inspiration Albert King, blues great Coco Montoya is a left-handed guitar player who plays with a right-handed neck.

Lincoln Durham / Andrew Billion

Nov 4, 2016
www.lincolndurham.com

Born and raised in Texas, Lincoln Durham started playing fiddle at the age of four. Nirvana inspired him to switch to electric guitar while he was in high school. Durham would later switch to acoustic guitar and working on his slide guitar style. He developed his one-man band neo-country blues sound with his cigar box guitar, mandolin, blues harps, stomp boards and whatever else he could manage to play. Durham's latest album, Revelations of a Mind Unraveling, was released in March.

Bad Bad Hats

Oct 21, 2016
Bad Bad Hats

Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge and Noah Boswell, the members of Bad Bad Hats, met while attending Macalester College in St.

The Claudettes

Oct 3, 2016
www.theclaudettes.com

The Claudettes mix Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville, and the sultriness of '60's pop-soul to write a new chapter in American roots music. The band loves to push the boundaries, and Johnny Iguana's piano is the antagonist.

The Claudettes also include Sioux Falls native Zach Verdoorn on bass and vocals, Berit Ulseth on vocals and Matt Torre on drums.

Cracker

Sep 22, 2016

Cracker is one of America's seminal alternative rock bands.  David Lowery and Johnny Hickman wasted little time in putting the band together after the breakup of Camper Van Beethoven.  In no time, Cracker was signed to Virgin Records.  Their debut release, Cracker, had "Teen Angst" and "Happy Birthday to Me" find plenty of airplay.  The follow-up release, Kerosene Hat, gave us "Low" and "Get Off This."

John Mark Nelson

Sep 2, 2016

Though just 22 years old, Minnesota singer/songwriter John Mark Nelson has already released four full-length recording projects.  His 2011 debut, "Still Here," was released independently while Nelson was still in high school.  Four years later, a fourth CD, "I'm Not Afraid," was released to critical acclaim.  The album took on an entirely different approach as Nelson explains in this week's program.  Nelson's work has caught the attention of many satisfied critics and he has appeared on public broadcasting favorites like World Cafe and Mountain Stage.  John Mark Nelson played The Garage in

Jalan Crossland At The 36th Annual SRFF

Jul 29, 2016
Tess Anderson

The Sioux River Folk Festival begins Friday, August 5, at Newton Hills State Park.  No Cover, No Minimum Radio premieres a performance from last year's festival this week, and it's a hat trick, if you will, for Wyoming singer/songwriter Jalan Crossland.  This is the third No Cover, No Minimum Radio appearance for the guitar and banjo slinger whose posse includes drummer Pat Madsen and bassist Shaun Kelley.  There's plenty of songs about drinkin', fightin', hobos, roughnecks and...love.  It ain't country.  It ain't rock.  It's more like a cowboy ca

Jill Cohn

Jul 22, 2016
Jill Cohn

A full-time musician since 1996, Jill Cohn is on her 11th independently released CD, Heartstrings Touching Ground.  Michael Sikorsky of Country Music News International Magazine wrote, "Heartstrings Touching Ground could easily be subtitled Textures or Tapestry.  With melodies steeped in Seattle coffee house folk, lyrics as caressing as the melodies, and Jill Cohn vocals making you think Joni Mitchell meets Emmylou Harris, put this CD in your player and let it repeat over and over again."

Tracy Silverman And Futureman

Jul 22, 2016
www.tracysilverman.com

Tracy Silverman and Roy "Futureman" Wooten performed the Concerto for Two at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish last November.  Silverman, who is lauded by the BBC as "the greatest living exponent of the electric violin, is a forward thinking musician, composer and producer.  He designs his own six string electric violins and they sound like nothing you've heard before.  Silverman's eclectic side is mirrored by five-time Grammy Award winning percussio

Hadden Sayers

Jul 8, 2016
www.haddensayers.com

With JazzFest in the offing (July 14-16), why not hear a main stage performance from last year's event featuring Hadden Sayers?  Sayers' road show was still chugging along on the strength of his 2013 release, Rolling Soul, when he appeared at Yankton Trail Park.  Fans love his Texas-style blues wherever he goes.  Maybe that's because Sayers tries to be as musically interesting as possible even though his style of music is based in tradition.

Mipso

Jun 24, 2016

The young players in Mipso bring so many influences into the mix that this is not your average string band.  Modern pop sounds are merged with traditional bluegrass and amazing harmonies.  The resulting textures are so attractive that Mipso's second album, "Old Time Reverie," debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart last year.  Formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Mipso is Jacob Sharp, Joseph Terrell, Wood Robinson and Libby Rodenbough.  They played the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish in April.

Charlie Parr

Jun 10, 2016
Jason Rosewarne

What's not to like about Charlie Parr?  He likes to sleep in his car while on tour and, like George "Skrap Iron" Gadaski (All-Star Wresting fans will remember), he's pretty good at whipping up a healthy tin-foil meal using his car's exhaust manifold!  Maybe that's just Parr being frugal...or maybe it's his way of experiencing a slice of life that his father passed on through his stories of growing up during the depression and hopping trains to see the country.  Parr's stories are fueled by his resonator guitar - Piedmont blues style.  Enjoy Charlie P

Noah Hoehn

May 27, 2016
www.noahhoehn.com

Noah Hoehn has earned national acclaim for his harmonica playing as a two-time winner of the McNight Fellowship.  Hoehn won his third McNight Fellowship for his mesmerizing solo looping show.  His union of blues harmonica and marimba pop is a style that's unparalleled.  A disciplined classical percussionist and a fierce blues harp player, Hoehn began to work on his singing voice while attending Augustana College.  On weekends he sang rock and blues with his band.  After college, Hoehn began writing songs.  He also embraced live looping as a way to comp

Front Country

May 20, 2016
www.frontcountryband.com

What started out as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District now outshines Front Country's humble string band roots.  Lead singer/songwriter Melody Walker has a big voice that brings the emotion out of every number.  "The thing I like about this band," says Walker, "is our ability to build textures that create spaces, moods, other worlds - but with all acoustic instruments."  In the same interview with CMT Edge, Walker also states, "Maybe our genre is bluegrass for people who don't like bluegrass?"  Find out what

Harper And Midwest Kind

May 13, 2016
www.harper.biz

Peter D. Harper, known to the music world as just Harper, is best known for his prolific performances on the harmonica and didgeridoo.  Combining those instruments with his strong vocals and his Detroit, Michigan-based backing band, Midwest Kind, creates their own genre, one they call "World Blues."  Harpers songs are inspired by American Indians and Australian Aborigines.  The haunting sounds of the didgeridoo enhance Harper's emotional lyrics.

Todo Mundo - Part 2

May 10, 2016
www.matthewsopera.com

Todo Mundo's mission states, "One day, all of humanity will understand that we are ONE.  Inside each of us, there is an indestructible beauty that strongly connects us, no matter where we come from, no matter what we do, believe or think.  Our diversity unites us all as equals.  We are all one heartbeat, a beating pulse in this life.  One connection...all of us are Todo Muno."

Todo Mundo - Part 1

May 10, 2016
www.sdliveevent.com

Todo Mundo, which translates to "All the World," was voted Best World Music at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards.  Todo Mundo blends the flavors of Spanish Rumba, Reggae, Brazilian, Balkan and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove that has been moving dance floors and connecting with audiences across the world since 2009.  Todo Mundo is led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Santiago Orozco, a native of Columbia.  The band's union came about by a leap of faith by Orozco.  Guided by a song he heard titled "I Wanna Go to San Diego," Orozco traveled to the city seven years ago and b

Billy Talbot With Ryan Holzer

Apr 22, 2016
Billy Talbot

Billy Talbot, a founding member of Crazy Horse along with Danny Whitten and Ralph Molina, began to jam with Neil Young while he was in Buffalo Springfield.  Through decades of recording and touring, Neil Young and Crazy Horse have played some of the most influential music of our time.  Talbot retired from Crazy Horse a few years ago, but remains an active musician and songwriter.  Late one night he made a connection with South Dakota native Ryan Holzer on Myspace which, as Holzer jokes, seems a little dated.  With last October's release of "Dakota," Holzer has now played on two Billy Talbot

Slim Man

Apr 1, 2016
www.slimman.com

Renaissance man Slim Man is a classically trained musician, composer, recording artist, writer of screenplays, television and radio personality, author and touring recording artist.  Did I miss anything?  He has sang for Pope John Paul II and written and recorded for Motown Records.  His 80's band BootCamp was one of the first to be featured on MTV.  His instrumental group Bona Fide has released four albums and received the Best New Artist Award at the 2001 Smooth Jazz Awards.  Slim Man seems to be getting the most out of life and he shared a small piece

Main Avenue Warehouse

Mar 10, 2016
Main Avenue Warehouse

Main Avenue Warehouse is an ensemble made up of some of South Dakota's finest musicians.  Their music is reminiscent of Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Parliament and the Average White Band.  Their roster reads like a Who's Who of the area's music scene.  Chris Miller performs on guitar and vocals.  Christina Bulatao joins him in harmonies and also steps to the forefront on lead vocals.  Andrew Reinartz, Alex Olsen and Mike Hart bring versatility on the bass, keyboards and drums respectively while the Main Avenue Wareho

The Copoetics / The Kickback

Mar 3, 2016
www.axs.com

The 6th annual 605 Summer Classic witnessed some great moments on stage.  We captured a couple of sets to include in this week's program.  The Copoetics love to take their "old soul folk" on the road.  However, this was a "home game" for the husband/wife duo.  Louisa Soli-Holt learned to play the ukulele while the two lived in Hawaii.  At the same time, Dan Finch was transitioning from bass guitar to the six-string.  The Copoetics released "The Way of the Spirit Trail" during the summer of 2014 - a sound effort lyrically and nice on the ears.  The 11 song album includes updates to their fir

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