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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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The Soul Of John Black

Jun 20, 2014

Performing songs from the 2013 cd "A Sunshine State of Mind," The Soul of John Black owned the stage at the Historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last March - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  With themes like answered prayers, the perpetual California sunshine and the love of family, "A Sunshine State of Mind" proves that the blues can lift one's soul.  The Soul of John Black is essentially the stage name of guitarist/vocalist John Bigham (JB to his friends).  Prior to forming The Soul of John Black with Christopher Thomas in 2002, Bigham played in Fishbone and a

The Tinder Box

Jun 13, 2014

Two months after releasing "The Attic Sessions: Volume 1," a collection of eight new songs, The Tinder Box played most of the new tunes at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City during their Winter Music Series (March 21, 2014).  Its the third recording for brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh and cousin Jon Wallner who formed in 2010 during their scholastic days at South Dakota State University.  Gruff vocals aid to the band's distinctive sound.  Elevated banjo picking, drum kicks, well-timed trumpet fills and rich harmonies enhance the overall concept.

Doyle Bramhall II

May 30, 2014

Texas guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II opened for Sheryl Crow at JazzFest in Sioux Falls last summer - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Bramhall II was destined to play his gritty style of blues rock as his father grew up and collaborated with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Bramhall, Sr.

Hamilton Loomis

May 16, 2014

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Hamilton Loomis was surrounded by his parents' rock, blues and soul music.  He honed his multi-instrumental talent on the drums, piano, guitar and harmonica.  A protege of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 during a show in Houston.  Diddley became a friend, mentor and collaborator.  Loomis also points to mentors like Joe "Guitar" Hughes, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Gatemouth Brown and Arthur Collins when discussing his musical growth and the inspiration for his latest CD, "Give It Back."

Emerging Artists Series

May 9, 2014

The Emerging Artists Series celebrates the talents of different artists around South Dakota and provides a nurturing place for them to be seen, heard, and to grow. On November 15th, 2013, the series featured Under the Bus and Chris Cady and on June 22nd, 2013, the 605 Summer Classic featured El Dub.

Under the Bus

Jack Klatt & Cat Swingers + Trout Steak Revival

May 2, 2014

Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers and Trout Steak Revival each played three sets during the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival presented by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music.  The event was held at Newton Hills State Park near Canton.  Throwback Jack Klatt of Minnesota has traveled hither, thither and yon to play in bars, cafes, living rooms, theatres and on the street corners of America, Canada and Europe.  Klatt formed the Cat Swingers in 2009.  The Cat Swingers include Patrick Harrison on accordion and washboard and Edwin Scherr on the upright bass.  Klatt's 2011 project, "Mississi

Dotsero

Apr 25, 2014

The Colorado-based contemporary jazz band Dotsero have developed a following in this region by way of their Jazzfest performances in 2005 and 2010.  The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society brought them back to Sioux Falls for the 2013-14 "Let the Good Times Roll" Concert Series as Dotsero played at the Orpheum Theater on January 24. 

Dotsero's most recent release, "Steppin' Outta Th' Boat," came out in 2012.  It features their jazzed-up versions of songs by artists like The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Chicago and Fine Young Cannibals.

The Good Lovelies

Apr 17, 2014

This week, we're featuring the Canadian trio, The Good Lovelies, recorded live at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on January 25th, 2014. How the Good Lovelies got together is a bit of a mystery. Each member has a different story on how the band met, but whatever the story, the group realized that they had formed something special in 2006. Part folk-roots, part Western Swing, the trio relies on three-part harmonies, clever songs, and on-stage banter drawn from an endless succession of comedic adventures on the road.

River Liffey Boys

Apr 3, 2014

The Rapid City-based River Liffey Boys performed during the Dahl Arts Center's Emerging Artists Program last October.  Established in March, 2010, the River Liffey Boys began playing lots of traditional music along with Celtic, country and bluegrass.  They melded the genres into their own sound which they call "blue-Irish-grass."  In discussing the appeal of Irish music, the members of the River Liffey Boys joked that they know they'll always have a gig on St.

Hey Marseilles

Mar 28, 2014

Don't get the wrong impression when you hear that Hey Marseilles is a Seattle band.  Based in Seattle - yes.  But Hey Marseilles swirls from indie/folk to orchestral-pop as Matt Bishop's vocals embrace an instrumental pallete.  The band released their first album, "To Travels and Trunks," in 2008.  It was re-released two years later with an additional song.  In October, 2010, Hey Marseilles performed on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" podcast.  NPR called their record "sublime and heartfelt."  Their second album, "Lines We Trace," was released last March to critical acclaim.  The band logged seve

Trampled Under Foot

Mar 17, 2014

This week, it's the Kansas City based blues group, Trampled Under Foot, recorded live at Jazzfest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 18th, 2013. Siblings Danielle, Kris, and Nick Schnebelen grew up with the blues. Their parents, Bob and Lisa, were active in the thriving Kansas City blues scene, playing in local bands and competing in the Kansas City Blues Challenge. Unfortunately, Bob and Lisa's band didn't make it to the International Blue Challenge in Memphis - but their kids did.

Union Grove Pickers - Part 2

Mar 14, 2014
No Depression

More music and conversation with the Union Grove Pickers on this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  Hear the second half of the Union Grove Pickers performance at the 4th Annual Americana Music Festival held last November at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Also, band members Tim Jewell, Erin Castle and Josh Rieck visit about the band's new album, "Great Plains Driftin," great South Dakota venues and the Sioux Falls music scene among other topics.

Union Grove Pickers - Part 1

Mar 7, 2014
Orpheum Theater

According to Josh Rieck, the sound of the Union Grove Pickers could've gone any number of different directions when the group formed.  Their new cd, "Great Plains Driftin'," which is scheduled for a March 22 release during a special show at the historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls, demonstrates that the band still likes to dabble in several genres.

BeauSoleil

Feb 28, 2014

Cajun music specialists BeauSoleil of Lafayette, Louisiana, performed at JazzFest on July 20, 2013 - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  BeauSoleil take the rich Cajun traditions of their home state and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and rock and roll into a delectable musical recipe.  Founded in 1975, BeauSoleil has released 25 albums.  Their most recent cd, "From Bamako to Carencro," came out in 2013.  The band has won two Grammy Awards and received several other Grammy nominations.  Plus, they have been honored many tim

The Hegg Brothers

Feb 10, 2014

This week, we're featuring the Hegg Brothers Band, recorded live at JazzFest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 20th, 2013. Born and raised within an hour of Sioux Falls, the Hegg Brothers have spent many years performing music around the region. Their first appearance at JazzFest was over a decade ago when they were featured with a 9-piece horn band called Spooncat! In recent years, the two brothers, Jeremy and Jonathon, have played primarily as a duo.

The Moondoggies

Feb 7, 2014
Hardly Art

The Moondoggies played The Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on October 8, 2013.  It was the first concert in a 20-date run for the band from Everett, Washington.  Formed in 2005, The Moondoggies highlight dirty hooks, sweet harmonies, plaintive pleas and an electric edge.  The band has released three albums and one EP on the Hardly Art label.  Their most recent, "Adios I'm a Ghost," introduced listeners to 12 new songs last year.  Of the title, front man Kevin Murphy says he heard the phrase on a Phil Hendrie podcast!  In his high school days, Murphy played in the punk rock band The Familiars alo

John Craigie

Jan 31, 2014

John Craigie is a singer, songwriter and storyteller in the true folk artist tradition.  The Californian has been hailed as a "Modern-Day Troubador" in the style of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.  You can catch him playing in local bars and coffee shops, on radio shows or larger gatherings like Burning Man.  Craigie achieves the critical element of telling a story through song, but he also connects with his audience between songs through his keen observations and wit.  His themes range from social commentary to political satire, modern love and pop culture.

The Scott Holt Band

Jan 24, 2014

This week, we're featuring the Scott Holt band, recorded live at Jazzfest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 19th, 2013. Scott Holt was raised in Tennessee. Hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time proved to be a turning point in his life. He didn't get serious about playing an instrument until he was 19, when his parents bought him an electric guitar. A year later, Holt's father took him to see Buddy Guy. He met Guy that night and received a private guitar lesson from the blues master himself.

Burlap Wolf King

Jan 17, 2014

Sioux Falls based songwriter and performer Thomas Hentges is a veteran of many bands and genres including hardcore punk and metal.  These days, Hentges (stage name: Burlap Wolf King) is very much at home playing music that appeals to fans of folk, alt/country and indie.  The first Burlap Wolf King album, "The Middle," was recorded in Aberdeen and released in 2009.  The release was followed a year later by an honor in the Boston Phoenix as one of the 50 Best New Bands in America.  Burlap Wolf King's most recent release was a five-song EP which he unveiled last January.  It received positive

Sheryl Crow - Part 2 & Kyle Knutson

Jan 7, 2014

Hear the second part of Sheryl Crow's JazzFest 2013 concert in this episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The concert happened just two months before Crow released her first country music album, "Feels Like Home," which was ranked by Billboard as one of the 10 Best Country Music Albums of 2013.  It was also Crow's first release on Warner Bros. Records.  Crow and her band were joined by another JazzFest 2013 performer, Doyle Bramhall II, for an exciting encore in this concert.

Sheryl Crow - Part 1

Dec 26, 2013

It was one hit after another when Sheryl Crow headlined JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Prior to her solo career taking off, Crow was very much in demand as a vocalist.  The Missouri native was a backing vocalist during Michael Jackson's "Bad" world tour from 1987-89.  She has also sung backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and Ryan Adams.  Crow has sold over 17 million albums in the U.S.

Award winning jazz pianist and vocalist Elizabeth Doyle returned to her native Sioux Falls to headline the George B. German Music Archives fundraiser on September 12, at Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls. 

Hear the second half of the concert this week as Doyle is joined by Jami Lynn and the Dakota Jazz Collective featuring Jim Speirs, Joel Shotwell, Andrew Reinartz, Jeremy Hegg and Jim McKinney.  Doyle performs songs such as "I Got the Sun," "My Old Flame," "Lets Eat Now," and "I Love Being Here With You."

Sioux Falls native Elizabeth Doyle came home to headline a concert at Icon Lounge, a fundraiser for the George B. German Music Archives, on September 12.  Doyle is German's granddaughter.  The vocalist/pianist/songwriter was joined on stage by the Dakota Jazz Collective (Jim Speirs, Joel Shotwell, Andrew Reinartz, Jeremy Hegg and Jim McKinney).  Vocalist Jami Lynn opened the show with backing from the Dakota Jazz Collective.

Red Wanting Blue

Nov 22, 2013

"Hard working band makes good," to appropriate a line from Almost Famous!  It may have described Stillwater, but it works equally well for Red Wanting Blue, the enduring rock and roll act from Columbus, Ohio.  The band's following has grown over nine albums and 17 years of hard touring.  A three-record deal with Fanatic Records, signed in 2010, relieved the band of some of the mundane business activities while allowing them to remain fiercely independent and true to their craft.  Last year, Red Wanting Blue appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, VH1 and NPR.  Their songs, sung by S

Chubby Carrier From JazzFest 2013

Nov 15, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman," Chubby Carrier with his Bayou Swamp Band.  Carrier is a third generation Zydeco artist.  His father, Roy Carrier, grandfather, Warren Carrier and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are considered legends in Zydeco music.  Chubby began playing drums in his father's band at the age of 12.  He began playing the accordion at 15 and, by the age of 17, was touring the world with Terrance Simien's band.

Bello Spark

Oct 24, 2013

Bello Spark performed a stripped-down concert last month at Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City.  Band members Rob Jordan (lead vocals and guitar) and Tory Peterson (guitar and vocals) even played some unreleased material during the intimate show.

Mingo Fishtrap

Oct 4, 2013

While attending the University of North Texas' College of Music, Roger Blevins, Jr. asked a few dorm mates to jam on some old soul and funk tunes. Blevins quickly found himself surrounded by an eight-piece band. After a successful stint in the Live Capital of the World, Mingo Fishtrap hit the festival circuit, which carried their unique blend of music from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine and everywhere between. The band has performed with the likes of Robert Randolph, MOFRO & Galactic, and Trombone Shorty, along with legends such as Sting and Earth Wind and Fire.

Amos Slade & White Dads

Oct 1, 2013

Amos Slade's reputation in the Sioux Falls region has grown rapidly.  The band's release of "Hungry Earth," a 12 song collection of songs about living in light of death, bespeaks the work of studio veterans.  Band members Nick Engbers, Phil Mueller, Dan Ludeman and Landon Heil performed songs off "Hungry Earth" at the 605 Summer Classic in Sioux Falls on June 22.  The alternative rock band from Sioux Falls delivered a driving set at Icon Lounge as adverse weather forced the concert indoors.

The Barley Jacks With Brian Wicklund

Sep 19, 2013

The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund headlined the 2013 Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park near Canton.  Fronted by internationally known fiddler Brian Wicklund, the Barley Jacks blend an energetic mix of original bluegrass, Celtic and roots music.  The Minnesota band also features Joe Cruz on guitar, Kevin Rowe on the upright bass and Joel Arpin on percussion.  All members are learned in several musical styles.  The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund have recorded two albums.  Their most recent recording, "The Lighthouse," was released in 2011. 

Spooncat!

Sep 4, 2013

A scheduled appearance by The Hegg Brothers band accompanied by "a star-studded array of Midwest artists" became a full blown Spooncat reunion last July at JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.  Months before the show, calls were made to the Hegg's musician friends as they wanted their second stage performance to be different from the main stage show they would perform earlier in the day.  One call led to another and another - to the point that nobody wanted to be left out!

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