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3:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Union Grove Pickers Release New CD

Union Grove Pickers
Credit Union Grove Pickers

According to Josh Rieck, it's difficult to put the Union Grover Picker's music into any category, but Americana seems to fit best. The Sioux Falls acoustic band is out with a new CD, Scattered and Sown. The five members of the group recorded the album in January and February. They're performing music from Scattered and Sown at a CD release show Saturday at 7 pm at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater. Union Grover Pickers members Josh Rieck and Travis Jamison joined Dakota Midday with some background on the band and the new CD.

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7:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

ArtsRapidCity.org Hub For Area Art Events

Bob Oliver stopped by to try some Girl Scout cookies and wine - served by tasting room manager Michelle Pawelski at the Firehouse Wine Cellars' "Shamrocks & Sugar" event.
Credit Photo Jim Kent

Rapid City may be known as the Gateway to the Black Hills and hometown of The Rush hockey team. But it’s also gaining a reputation as a crossroads for arts, entertainment and cultural events.  

Arts-Rapid-City.org was established as an online arts calendar to educate the public about what’s happening in Rapid, when it’s happening and where to find it.

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day weekend and I’m in Rapid City for a traditional Irish celebration. In other words, a little wine and Girl Scout cookies. No…you heard right.

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Arts
4:38 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

Josh Hoyer.

"Don't let the geography fool you: the Midwest can be soulful too."  That's what Emilia Fredlick of Paste Magazine said in reference to Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers - a six piece, nine member project straight from the legendary Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Fredlick went on to praise Hoyer's ear for how to get all of the group's instruments to flow together with his powerful voice. 

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Arts
2:32 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Boundary-Busting Musician Dana Leong

Dana Leong
Credit Photo by Mat Szwajkos

Composer, cellist and trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical and hip-hop to create unique musical sounds that don’t fit in any particular genre. He grew up in the Bay Area of California and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently based in New York City.

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Arts
2:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Dakota Midday: Aberdeen Exhibit Features Inmate Art

A recent study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that within five years, about three-quarters of released prisoners were re-arrested. Inmates face a myriad of difficulties once they come out of prison, not the least of which is trying to find a job.

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Arts
3:02 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Haley Bonar At The Garage

Haley Bonar.
Credit www.haleybonar.com

Forever attached to the Black Hills, Haley Bonar returned home to play a show at The Garage in Rapid City just after Thanksgiving.  The Twin Cities based Bonar is proud to have grown up in the Mt.

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Arts
2:03 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Pioneer Girl'

Pioneer Girl cover illustration by Judy Thompson
Credit South Dakota Historical Society Press

Before she wrote her beloved Little House on the Prairie series for children, Laura Ingalls Wilder penned an autobiography called Pioneer Girl. Written for adults, the book presents a somewhat grittier, first-person account of life as a pioneer in the Midwest.

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Arts
2:34 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Dakota Midday: Rock 'n' Soul Singer Nikki Hill Performs in Sioux Falls

Nikki Hill
Credit Aubrey Edwards

Nikki Hill is from North Carolina where she grew up singing every Sunday in her church choir. She was a punk rocker in high school. Today she mixes gospel, soul, rockabilly, rock and a little bit of punk to create her own explosive style of roots music.

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Arts
3:09 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Dakota Midday: Bad Art Press

South Dakota is well known for its Native Art. The success of businesses like Prairie Edge in downtown Rapid City is a good example. But what is the boundary between something that’s considered Native Art and something that is just art?

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Arts
3:15 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Longtime Pierre Educator Honored for Support of Arts

Jeannette Beemer

Last month, longtime Pierre music teacher Jeannette Beemer was honored for her lasting legacy with a 2015 Governor’s Award in the Arts for Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual.

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Arts
2:36 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Poet Tells Stories of Hiawatha Asylum

Hiawatha Asylum
Credit South Dakota State Historical Society

In the early 20th century, hundreds of Native Americans from tribes around the country were sent the Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians. Located in Canton, South Dakota, the institution wasn’t so much a place to treat people with mental health problems as a place for Native Americans who refused to assimilate in white society.

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Arts
4:23 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Union Grove Pickers & Tree Party

Tree Party.

A pair of performances from the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival highlight this week's show.

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Arts
2:42 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'Rogue Musical Therapist' Performs at Augustana

Kyshona Armstrong
Credit Kyshona Armstrong

Before committing herself to music full-time six years ago, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong was as a musical therapist working with infants, autistic, inmates and the elderly. Today she describes herself as a "rogue musical therapist" who brings the healing power of music to audiences around the country.

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Arts
2:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Dakota Midday: Met Opera Baritone Returns Home

Louis Otey

Baritone Louis Otey grew up in Flandreau, South Dakota dreaming of being a basketball player, not an opera singer. In fact he'd never heard an opera until he sang in one. But during his 35 year career, Otey has performed with leading theaters around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.

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Arts
2:46 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Dakota Midday: Music of Southern India

Nirmala Rajasekar plays the veena

Nirmala Rajasekar is regarded as a master of the an Indian stringed instrument called  the veena. Her music comes from the Carnatic tradition of her native southern India. She now lives in Plymouth, Minnesota. She’s giving a concert Thursday evening at the National Music Museum in Vermillion. Museum's director Cleveland Johnson has studied music in India. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed Carnatic music and the artistry of Nirmala Rajasekar.

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Arts
2:34 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Barefoot Movement Comes to Spearfish

The Barefoot Movement

CMT Edge called the Barefoot Movement one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene.  In October, the Nashville-based quartet received the Momentum Band of the Year Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Arts
2:38 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Dakota Midday: 'The Collector of Names'

The past 12 months have been big ones for Augustana College writer-in-residence Patrick Hicks. A year ago, he published his debut novel, The Commandant of Lubizec. He also came out with a new poetry collection, Adoptable. Hicks has just released his debut book of short stories, The Collector of Names.

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Arts
2:22 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

SHEL

SHEL.

Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook form the acronym SHEL, a folk/pop powerhouse from Ft.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Brandon Sprague
Credit www.b1027.com

The music of the Brandon Sprague Blues Band can pick you up and drop you right in the middle of a rib cook-off or a summer music festival.  Their blues menu ranges from Texas swing to New Orleans, from Kansas City to electric and beyond.  The Deadwood-based Sprague has played the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally since his teens.  He started playing guitar before the age of 10.  B.B.

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Arts
2:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Dakota Midday: Guitarist Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy
Credit Photo by Dean Zulich Photography

Colorado guitarist Trace Bundy doesn’t play the guitar the way most do. He frequently uses both hands on the fretboard, tapping out notes with his fingers to create an intricate mix of melody, harmony and rhythm. His guitar skills have earned him the nickname “Acoustic Ninja.”

Before pursuing a full-time music career, Bundy taught rock and ice climbing and was an adjunct civil engineering professor at University of Colorado Boulder.

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Arts
2:52 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Dakota Midday: Broadway Star Audra McDonald to Perform in Brookings

Audra McDonald
Credit Photo by Michal Wilson

Singer and actress Audra McDonald has won six Tony Awards. Her most recent came for last year's performance as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. She received her first Tony in 1994 for her role in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

In the two decades since that break-out performance, McDonald has appeared on both Broadway and opera stages and on film and television.

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Arts
3:14 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Banjo Songstress Erin Inglish

Erin English
Credit Brittany App: App’s Photography

Before she became a full-time musician, California banjo playing singer/songwriter Erin Inglish worked as sustainability engineer. Her work took her to the the Balkans, India, Madagascar and other countries. Today she addresses environmental concerns through music.

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Arts
2:48 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Art Legacy Project

Artist and storyteller on stage for the Art Legacy Project
Credit Art Legacy Project

On Tuesday, February 17 at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, artists will share the stage with storytellers as they illustrate, in real time, stories as they unfold. It’s a part of a new, quarterly event called the Art Legacy Project. The purpose is to capture stories with the visual arts and remind us of the art we too easily take for granted in our everyday lives. Art Legacy Project organizer Peter Franz joined Dakota Midday.

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Arts
2:33 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Dakota Midday: Exploring the Multifaceted Music of Miles

Miles Davis

From his cool jazz sessions through his modal jazz explorations to his rock experiments, trumpeter Miles Davis had a tremendous impact on music. Although he died 1991, his musical influence continues. The JAS Quintet explores the music of Miles Davis from 1954 to the early 1970s in a sold out Friday night concert at the Prairie Berry East Bank in Sioux Falls. Trumpeter Jim Speirs joined Dakota Midday and discussed the legacy of Miles Davis and efforts to create a thriving jazz community in Sioux Falls.

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Arts
11:57 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Musicians Bring Small Part of China to Sisseton

Over the course of two years, Arts Midwest World Fest brought four international bands to Sisseton for concerts and workshops. Last week the final group shared music from the Yunnan province of southwest China, playing traditional songs with a modern twist.

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Arts
2:51 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Dakota Midday: Chinese Band Visits Sisseton

Shanren

Through original compositions and traditional songs, the four musicians of Shanren mix their indigenous music with modern styles from around the world. Shanren comes from  southwestern China and the musicians describe their music as Chinese ethnic reggae rock fusion.

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Arts
1:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Sunny Sounds of the Free Design

The Free Design
Credit The Free Design

The late 1960s were a golden age for what today is called sunshine pop. This was a time when vocal groups like the Association, the Mamas and Papas, Fifth Dimension and others hit the top of the charts with cheerful songs about riding in beautiful balloons and winsome girls handing out rainbows.

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Arts
12:29 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: Classic Pin-Up Art of Gil Elvgren

"TV Spectacular" by Gil Elvgren

The middle of the 20th century was the heyday of the pin-up girl, when colorful, illustrated images of playful, attractive young women were created for calendars, magazines and print ads. Pin-up girls were morale boosters during World War Two keeping servicemen company. Some illustrations were reproduced and painted on the noses of military aircraft.

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Arts
2:11 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Dakota Midday: USD Night

Credit USD College of Fine Arts

Musicians, actors and artists from the University of South Dakota are being showcased  in Sioux Falls on Saturday. The talents of both students and faculty are featured on stage and in the lobby for “USD Night at the Washington Pavilion.”

The event begins with a 5 pm reception hosted by the USD admissions office with work by art students and faculty in the lobby. Performances begin at 7:30.

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Arts
2:00 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Dakota Midday: Hill City Slickers

Hill City Slickers
Credit Hill City Slickers

The Hill City Slickers first met in church choir and were brought together by their mutual interests in singing, playing music and telling bad jokes. Their music is perfect entertainment for sitting around a campfire. During summer months they frequently perform at campgrounds in the Black Hills.

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