Concert

Richard Grewar

Oct 16, 2017
Richard Grewar

Life has a way of pulling you back towards your passion.  Richard Grewar returned to his music after a three year hiatus with the release of his album Cold Feet in March.  Grewar, now a part of Hill City's talented arts community, came to the U.S. after having lived in Australia and England.  Cold Feet largely draws from his personal life.  He shared several songs from the album during his June performance at Fernson on 8th in Sioux Falls.

Sweetwater String Band

Oct 10, 2017

The Sweetwater String Band was one of several acts to perform during the 2017 Canyon Acoustic Series in Spearfish.  Shows served as a benefit for the DC Booth Fish Hatchery and Archives with support from Spread the Tunes and the Crow Peak Brewing Company.

Shemekia Copeland

Oct 10, 2017
NPR

Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to some gospel-fueled R&B or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else.  With a multi-faceted voice that's sultry, assertive and roaring, Copeland's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

Ranky Tanky

Oct 10, 2017
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Gullah comes from West African language.  Translation: a people blessed by God.  Ranky Tanky's loose translation is "work it" or "get funky!"  It's in this spirit that the Charleston, South Carolina based quintet Ranky Tanky performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern sea island region of the United States. 

Night Moves

Jul 21, 2017

John Pelant and Micky Alfano are the core of Minneapolis-based Night Moves.  Formed in 2009, Night Moves released their debut album Colored Emotions in 2012.  Three years later, the follow-up Pennied Days became available.

The beauty of Night Moves' swirling grooves can veer into every conceivable direction.  Night Moves' "freak-folk vocal style and their organ and string arrangements spin their songs into mini-epics," as described in the New Yorker.

Night Moves toured Europe in January.  They performed at Total Drag Record in Sioux Falls on May 6th.

The HillBenders "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

Apr 21, 2017
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The HillBenders have been pushing the envelope of bluegrass music since forming in 2008.  From Springfield, Missouri, the HillBenders share a wide array of musical interests and influences.  One of their shared interests has taken on a life of its own.  On this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio, hear how the HillBenders came to perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, in addition to their performance at the Matthews Opera House in January.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Dakota Midday: Billy Talbot Band

Nov 4, 2015
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Billy Talbot is best known as a founding member of Crazy Horse, one of the most recognizable backing bands in the world.  Throughout decades of touring and recording with Neil Young, Talbot has written and played his own music.  The Billy Talbot Band released a new album, "Dakota," last month on Vapor Records.  In celebration of its release, Talbot and guitarist Ryan Holzer perform live Friday night at 7:30 at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.  Talbot and Holzer became friends over social media and began collaborating almost immediately.  The musicians, now both based in South Dakota,

Guitar Masters 2015

Jul 10, 2015
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The 18th annual Guitar Masters concerts were held February 27-28 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.  The 2015 Guitar Masters are Bruce Neubert, Steve Gardner, Jake Anderson and Jeff Severson.  Neubert received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.  The self-taught player has been active in the Black Hills music scene since the early 70s.  Gardner played in several popular Sioux Falls bands before moving to Custer.  He's adept at flat picking and finger style.  Young gun Jake Anderson has been playing for over 10 years.  He enjoys studying t

Condor

Jun 26, 2015

Sioux Falls string band Condor has grown by one since they released their first CD, "Deep Into the Pool," in the fall of 2013.  Founders Connor Pederson and Andy Shaw were joined by Mateo Bartlett, a friend of Shaw's, about the same time "Deep Into the Pool" was made public.  Bartlett adds banjo and vocals to Pederson's cello and vocals and Shaw's guitar and vocals to one-up the band's unique harmonies and instrumentation.  As a three-piece, Condor released "Poega" in March, 2015.  Every pluck, every strum of Condor's approach to swing, bluegrass, Americana and indie sets them apart.  Condo

The Barefoot Movement - Part 2

May 28, 2015
www.barefoot-movement.com

The Barefoot Movement, a four-piece acoustic band based in Nashville, has been called "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," by CMT Edge.  They received the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for "Band of the Year."  But it's not entirely about bluegrass.  The Barefoot Movement plays a lush mix of Americana, folk, country, indie, rock - and bluegrass.  Their most recent CD, "The High Road to Linton," is a six-song EP consisting of traditional songs that have been fan favorites in their live performa

Communist Daughter To Open BHMF

May 19, 2015
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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.

Trace Bundy

May 15, 2015

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

Jennifer Keith Quintet

May 1, 2015
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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

Pert Near Sandstone

Apr 2, 2015

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.

Lynn, Coffey & Reinartz / Chris Champion

Mar 27, 2015
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

Haley Bonar At The Garage

Mar 13, 2015
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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.

SHEL

Feb 20, 2015

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

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Feb 20, 2015
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.

Brian Masek & Friends

Jan 23, 2015
Brian Masek

Brian Masek is no stranger to JazzFest.  His band, Brian Masek and Friends, played the second stage last summer.  It's hard not to find something to like about the group's fusion approach which combines jazz, rock, blues and funk.  The bass guitar is the band leader's instrument of choice.  Masek played in rock bands like Ivory, Closet Monster, Leghorn and the Toby Kane Band.  He eventually became intrigued by the improvisational aspects of jazz.  The other players in Brian Masek an

Jalan Crossland Band

Jan 15, 2015

This is the second appearance for Jalan Crossland on No Cover, No Minimum Radio - but the first with his full band.  The singer/songwriter from the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming draws in music fans with his homespun appeal.  He writes songs that are relatable to the listener whether the tune's lyrics are funny or thought provoking.  His latest CD, "No Cause For Despair," was released last summer.  Eleven new compositions highlight the project.  Longtime collaborator and bass player Shaun Kelley and drummer and percussionist Pat Madsen joined th

Jeff Lorber Fusion

Jan 8, 2015
Jeff Lorber

With a smooth sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock and traditional jazz, Jeff Lorber Fusion set the table for the late 70's jazz fusion movement.  Lorber began playing the piano at the age of four.  The Philadelphia native took a liking to jazz while attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He formed Jeff Lorber Fusion in Portland, Oregon after his schooling.  The group quickly released five albums from 1977-81 and rose to the top of the jazz fusion scene.  Lorber would release over a dozen more solo studio albums

The Red Willow Band

Dec 24, 2014
The Red Willow Band

From 1974-1982, the Red Willow Band created music and memories to last a lifetime.  Their business card read "The Best in Country Swing."  But the Red Willow Band was much more than that.  Bouncing between rock and country, they developed a sound of their own.  Chris Gage (guitar/piano/vocals), Kenny Putnam (fiddle), Hank Harris (guitar/vocals), Marley Forman (bass guitar/vocals) and Barry Carpenter (drums) reunited as the Red Willow Band played three sets at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival hosted by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music at Newton Hills State Park this pas

Samantha Fish

Dec 5, 2014

Samantha Fish is barely into her 20s but her blues chops are those of a veteran.  Growing up in the blues hotbed of Kansas City, Fish was more into artists like Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes.  The blues became her genre, however, after countless viewings of a Stevie Ray Vaughn video.  By the age of 17, Fish was already playing to live audiences.  Her debut came at Knucklehead's in Kansas City.  Her debut CD, "Runaway," was released in 2012.  For it, she was honored with the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut that year.  It was another feather for Fish after her

Reina Del Cid And The Cidizens

Nov 7, 2014

Reina del Cid and the Cidizens ended a 21-month residency at St.

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