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5:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

The Barefoot Movement - Part 1

The Barefoot Movement (from left: Alex Conerly, Noah Wall, Tommy Norris and Hasee Ciaccio.
Credit www.barefoot-movement.com

Young and shoeless, The Barefoot Movement has gained much attention and acclaim in a very short time.  The diversity of The Barefoot Movement draws in fans of bluegrass, folk, indie and rock and roll.  Singer-songwriter and fiddler Noah Wall began to piece the band together when she met mandolin player Tommy Norris in high school.  Wall found an upright bass player in Hasee Ciaccio when they were classmates at East Tennessee State University.  Just last week, Ciaccio completed her BA in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music with a minor in App

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3:51 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Communist Daughter To Open BHMF

Molly Moore and Johnny Solomon of Communist Daughter.
Credit www.communistdaughter.com

Communist Daughter opens the Black Hills Music Festival on Saturday afternoon at Elkorn Ridge RV Resort near Spearfish.  The band was founded in 2009 by John Solomon in Prescott, Wisconsin.  He joined with several Twin Cities musicians to create an indie/folk/rock sound filled with harmonies that range from beautiful to haunting.  Their second full-length CD is in the works while the band hits the road this week with stops in Lincoln and Denver before their Black Hills Music Festival gig.  Solomon visited about Communist Daughter's music Tuesday on Dakota Midday.

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7:02 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Trace Bundy

Trace Bundy.

Listening to Trace Bundy is one thing, but seeing the "Acoustic Ninja" play live can confound even the most accomplished music fans as to how he can manipulate the fret board with his hands and fingers.  Surprisingly, Bundy is self-taught.  He uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos and his unique finger tapping skills to deliver jaw-dropping performances.  His most recent project, "Elephant King," was released in May, 2012.  It includes an 11-song studio CD and a live DVD disc.  Bundy performed at the Dahl Arts Center

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3:10 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: South Dakota Arts Museum Features 'Huge' Harvey Dunn Exhibit

"After School" by Harvey Dunn
Credit South Dakota Art Museum

Harvey Dunn is well-known to South Dakotans for his prairie paintings, such as “Buffalo Bones Are Plowed Under” depicting a solitary man behind heavy yoked oxen slashing through virgin prairie. Another of his famous works, “After School,” portrays a girl and boy walking away from their one room school house on a windy day.

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2:28 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Dakota Midday: Sisseton Native is New Artistic Director of Minneapolis Theater

Sarah Rasmussen
Credit Photo by Jenny Graham

I first met Sarah Rasmussen twenty years ago when she was a junior at Sisseton High School. I was reporting on her production of Alice in Wonderland staged in the family basement. She directed a cast made up of her brothers, friends and other kids from the community. Two decades later she's preparing to take over as the artistic director of the Jungle Theater, one of the top theaters in the Twin Cities.

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2:19 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Kyshona Armstrong

Kyshona Armstrong.
Credit www.kyshona.com

Though she has only released two CDs, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong has plenty of stories to tell.  Some of her songs are about family and legacy.  Much of her inspiration comes from her time as a music therapist.  The role helped her in overcoming a fear of performing in front of a live audience as she was using music to tap into emotion - something that is very prevalent in her writing and performing.  Once a fixture in the Athens, Georgia music scene, Armstrong now calls Nashville home.  Her latest CD, "Go," was released in June, 2014.  Armstrong has been named one of the "Top 5 Ro

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Arts
2:53 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: Voice Actor Jenna Green

Jenna Green

The sixth annual Black Hills Film Festival kicks off today. The four-day event in Rapid City and Hill City features a line-up of more than 30 films from South Dakota and around the world. There are also several special guests with experience as actors, writers, directors and producers. They're sharing their insights into various aspects of filmmaking.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Lakota Emergence Exhibit Ties Past And Present

Artist Angela Babby
The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies

A four day event at the Dahl Art center celebrates the living history and art of Lakota people.  

The Lakota Emergence exhibit runs through Saturday.  It aims to connect the Lakota creation story and a number of artifacts from the Sioux Indian Museum to new works by 16 different contemporary Lakota artists.

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4:05 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Dakota Midday: Nathan Edwards Travels 'Far Away from Here'

Nathan Edwards
Credit Paul Schipper

Nathan Edwards says his upcoming album, Far Away from Here, is the culmination of several years of writing and recording. The songs center around themes of time and travel. He says they’re a means of sharing his struggles with the existential search for meaning and the answers to why we’re here. Edwards says creating this album says was a time of intense growth, both as a songwriter, recording engineer, and as a person.

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7:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Jennifer Keith Quintet

Jennifer Keith.
Credit www.jenniferkeith.com

The Jennifer Keith Quintet brings the golden age of lounge entertainment to life.  Though they're from Los Angeles, the Jennifer Keith Quintet perform the songs that put Las Vegas entertainment on the map.  They have regular gigs at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas where vocalist Jennifer Keith shines in her throwback role.  Her quintet is led by tenor saxophonist Mando Dorame who is also the co-founder of the world renowned Royal Crown Revue.  As a matter of fact, the Jennifer Keith Quintet began as a side project of the Revue.  World class musicians

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Arts
1:46 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Dakota Midday: Dan O'Brien's Wild Idea

Dan O'Brien on the Cheyenne River Ranch
Credit Charles Michael Ray SDPB

Bison once numbered in the tens of millions in a range stretching across North America from Alaska to Mexico. Many native wildlife species depended on massive herds of grazing bison to shape the ecosystem. By the late 19th Century there were only about a thousand bison left, victims of hunting and western expansion. But today there are some 400,000 buffalo in North America according to the National Bison Association.

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2:35 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Dakota Midday: Couple Documents Bicycle Trip through China In New Film

Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker in China's Gobi Desert

In the 35 years since they were married, Rapid City couple Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker have traveled to some of the world’s most exotic places, usually on bicycle. They’ve biked across African deserts, through the Andes and in the Middle East. Altogether they’ve visited more than 53 countries.

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Arts
5:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Matthews Opera House

Matthews Opera House
Credit Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

The Matthews Opera House in Spearfish was built in 1906 for stage productions and traveling shows. By the 1920s, it was primarily a movie house. After a new movie theater was opened down the street, the opera house was used as everything from a shooting gallery to a practice basketball court. By the mid-1950s, the building was falling into disrepair.

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5:45 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Dakota Midday: Gordy Pratt Celebrates 25 Entertaining Years

Gordy Pratt at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish
Credit Joe Tlustos SDPB

For the past 25 years, Gordy Pratt, the “Original, Fabulous One Guy,” has been entertaining audiences in the Black Hills and beyond.  His motto is: make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, make 'em laugh so hard they cry. "People ask me what I do," he writes in his blog. "I tell 'em I drive. So far, I've logged 783,4523 miles; 4,037 shows; 8,045 jokes that no one laughed at (and, luckily; 24,000 they did); a gazillion notes plucked; 2 bazillion hours of humbling practice; and more songs sung than you can shake a sticky note at."

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3:32 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Expatriate / Burlap Wolf King

Adam Nero of Expatriate.
Credit www.naterecording.com

Adam Nero and Thomas Hentges have traveled similar paths during their careers in music.  Both played in hardcore bands before finding was to explore their creativity through Americana and roots music.  Nero, a classically trained guitarist, was a fan of Chet Atkins, Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt while his father was also introducing him to John Prine and old bluegrass music.  His band is Expatriate.  Their tight, expressive songs will have you tapping your foot.  Expatriate opened for Burlap Wolf King on April 5, 2014 at Dakota State University in Madison.

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11:28 am
Fri April 24, 2015

On Record: Minnesota Singer-Songwriter Charlie Parr

Singer-Songwriter Charlier Parr

Singer-songwriter Charlie Parr is set to release "Stumpjumper" on Tuesday, April 28. Charlie stopped by the studio to talk with ON RECORD host Matt Weesner about the new album, influences growing up in Austin, MN, and a recent gig at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 

Tune in to ON RECORD on SDPB Radio Saturday night, April 25, at 9pm CT, 8 MT, to hear more music and conversation.  

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2:45 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Trampled Under Foot - 2014

Trampled Under Foot (from left): Mike Sedovic, Danielle Schnebelen, Nick Schnebelen and Jan Faircloth.

When Trampled Under Foot played the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last November it was already known that it would be one of the band's final shows together.  Siblings Danielle, Nick and Kris Schnebelen had performed as Trampled Under Foot for about a dozen years when drummer Kris announced he was leaving the band.  Bassist Danielle and guitarist Nick soldiered on and added veteran Kansas City musician Jan Faircloth on drums.  The addition of keyboardist Mike "Shinetop, Jr." Sedovic turned the band into a four-piece.  Faircloth and Sedovic helped Trampled

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2:15 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jami Lynn Releases New CD

Jami Lynn
Credit Photo by Dario Acosta

Homegrown singer/songwriter Jami Lynn's new album, Fall is a Good Time to Die, is filled with songs that  musically and lyrically reflect the landscape and culture of South Dakota. She says the songs on the album are the best she’s written, many of which had been around for years waiting for the perfect home. 

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2:55 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Dakota Midday: New Exhibit Illustrates History of North Central South Dakota

The title piece for the Sea of Grass exhibit was painted by Peter Kilian of Aberdeen

The new, permanent "Sea of Grass" exhibit opening on Saturday, April 11 at the Timber Lake and Area Museum features the work of 24 artists illustrating the history of north central South Dakota. The majority of the paintings were created for the exhibit with subjects ranging from the age of the dinosaurs and Native American stories and legends to the coming of the railroad and homesteaders.

The exhibit opening features an art show and sale with an introduction of the artists at 2 pm. For details click here.

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2:23 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Dakota Midday: Jazz Singer Kathy Kosins to Perform in Sioux Falls

Kathy Kosins

Kathy Kosins grew up in Detroit during the golden era of Motown. Her father owned a high-end clothing store and outfitted Motown stars such as Marvin Gaye and the Miracles. She grew up listening to soul and rhythm and blues, but didn't start singing until she was 20. 

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2:23 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dakota Midday: The Rise and Fall of Alternative Rock

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in a still from the band's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an unexpected hit in late 1991. The band, its record label and management didn’t consider it a "crossover" song that would move from college and modern rock radio to pop stations. The success of the single propelled the band’s album Nevermind to number one in January of 1992, displacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. The event marked the moment that alternative rock found a large, mainstream audience.

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5:16 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Pert Near Sandstone

Pert Near Sandstone.

A favorite of A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keilor, Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates the American stringband sound with raw energy and tightly crafted music that lends itself to the modern audience while being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions.  The band's unintentional formation emerged from weekly picking sessions at an old house in St.

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2:02 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Dakota Midday: Lakota Artist Renelle White Buffalo

Renelle White Buffalo

Artist Renelle White Buffalo wants to communicate traditional symbols in a modern contemporary and abstract way. "I paint between the lines of what is expected as a Native American, in a pop-culture driven world, and abstract what I feel as a Lakota woman,” she says in her artist statement.

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3:10 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Dakota Midday: Dahl Mountain Photo Exhibit

"The Eye" by Seth Harwood

A new exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City reflects the mountain lifestyle, with images of the landscape, wildlife, sports and people. The 11th annual Dahl Mountain Photo Competition and Exhibit features 52 photographs by both amateurs and professionals selected from over 100 entries. The exhibit is a part of the Dahl Mountain Culture Festival and runs through April 25. A list of winners is here. Dahl curator Denise DuBroy joined Dakota Midday and discussed the competition and show.

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3:03 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lynn, Coffey & Reinartz / Chris Champion

(From left) Dalton Coffey, Jami Lynn and Andrew Reinartz.
Credit www.naterecording.com

Singer/songwriter Jami Lynn (guitar and banj0) began a collaboration with Dalton Coffey (dobro) and Andrew Reinartz (bass) last fall.  The fruits of their labor is a ten track CD of original music called "Fall Is a Good Time to Die."  The CD is set for release at a pair of concerts: April 10 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish and April 11 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  "Fall Is a Good Time to Die" was recorded at Dalton Coffey's Sioux Falls studio.  It was mixed in Nashville by Ed Faris, an artist who is know for his work with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.  The trio of L

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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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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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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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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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