Jazzfest

The Best Of JazzFest 2016

Oct 10, 2017
www.billboard.com

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's JazzFest celebrated its 25th year in 2016 with some big time talent.  Relive some of the Best of JazzFest 2016 on this special No Cover, No Minimum Radio with music from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Fray, Andra Day and Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers.

Janiva Magness / JazzFest 2016

Jul 31, 2017

Blues Revue calls her "a blues interpreter of the highest rank...punchy and tough," with "swaggering, incendiary vocal performances." Janiva Magness has blues in her blood. She grew up in Detroit, surrounded by the Motown sound and listening to record after record of soul and R&B's greatest. Her early experience with suicides, homelessness, and teen pregnancy brought to light the realities of life. 

The Steepwater Band / Erik Koskinen

May 19, 2017
The Steepwater Band

A pair of sets from last summer's festivals take center stage on this week's program.  The Steepwater Band made their way to JazzFest from Chicago to play their blues/rock.  Their sixth studio album, Shake Your Faith, is their most collaborative effort to date.  It was produced by Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus) and had ample input from all four band members.  Since forming in 1998, The Steepwater Band has released a combined 13 studio and live albums and DVDs.

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.

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).

Morrisa Maltz

In The Moment ... March 21, 2017 Show 054 Hour 2

Prior to the 92nd session of the South Dakota legislature, we welcomed South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson for a preview. Now, as the session comes to a close, we welcome him back to the program for a recap. We talk about HB1183 and mental health legislation set to change the way citizens with mental health issues interact with the criminal justice system.

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.

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.

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.

http://www.siouxfallsjazzfest.com/lineup/brian-masek-friends/

JazzFest is happening this week and Dakota Midday is joined by members of the band Brian Masek and Friends. Bassist Brian Masek and guitarist Jesse Christen are from Sioux Falls musicians who are using JazzFest as their CD release party.

Lori Walsh samples some of their work and talks with them about the band's inspiration and sound. The band will play on the main stage Thursday at 6:00 pm and the second stage Saturday at 6:00 pm.

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.

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

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

Marcia Ball

Feb 26, 2016
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Marcia Ball's mantel is getting to be cluttered, but she doesn't mind.  As a pianist, Ball has been honored with six Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Awards and four Living Blues Awards for Outstanding Musician.  There are many other awards and nominations too numerous to mention.  Plus, Ball has been inducted into the Gulf Coast Music and Louisiana Music Halls of Fame.  Born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, Ball's piano style includes elements of zydeco, swamp blues, Louisiana blues and boogie woogie.  Her chief inspiration is New Orleans vocalist Irma

The Record Company

Jan 29, 2016
The Record Company

Chris Vos missed his circle of music mates after moving from Wisconsin to Los Angeles.  So he formed a new circle of music lovers which became the three piece rock 'n roll band, The Record Company.  On the strength of just two EP's, The Record Company has already played at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Milwaukee's Summerfest, Napa Valley's Bottlerock, Ottawa Folkfest, the Quebec City International Summer Festival and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.  Signed to Concord Records, The Record Company celebrates the release of their first full length CD, "Give it Back to You," on February 12. 

Tweed Funk

Dec 4, 2015
www.tweedfunk.com

Formed in Milwaukee in 2010, the six-piece soul and blues revue known as Tweed Funk plays a funked up, sexy live show that leaves fans screaming for more.  Tweed Funk is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70s.  As a member of Tweed Funk, Holman was honored as the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry's Male Vocalist of the Year.  As a band, Tweek Funk has captured WAMI Awards for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.  With seven originals and four covers, "First Name Lucky" became Tweed Funk's thi

Brian Masek

Brian Masek is back at Sioux Falls JazzFest this year. His band, Brian Masek and Friends, performs Friday evening on the main stage.

The group plays an energetic and often danceable style of jazz that also combines elements of rock, blues and funk. Masek played in rock bands like Ivory, Closet Monster, Leghorn and the Toby Kane Band before becoming intrigued with the improvisational aspects of jazz. 

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

Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

Mar 20, 2015

"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. 

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Feb 20, 2015
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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

The Kris Lager Band

Nov 7, 2014

The Kris Lager Band's mission is simple.  They're dedicated to good music and a Real Good Time!  The self-described "rock revivalists" from Nebraska groove through layers of rock, blues, soul, reggae, funk - almost everything!  Kris Lager's first time on stage was with multiple WC Handy award winner Magic Slim.  Lager was only 16!  The band leader has a longtime chemistry with keyboardist Jeremiah Weir.  Multi-talented drummer John Fairchild got behind the drums as a youngster at his Omaha church.  And Brandon Miller's bass chops are as cool as his high kicks.  The Kris Lager Band is instru

Mat D And The Profane Saints

Sep 26, 2014

Enjoy a scorching set from Mat D and the Profane Saints this week on No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The Sioux Empire club scene regulars headlined the second stage at JazzFest 2014 (presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society) in Sioux Falls on July 18.  Mat D has only been playing acoustic guitar for about 12 years.  He was drawn to the instrument after seeing Bob Dylan in concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City in 2002.  Mat D's burly vocals are perfectly surrounded by the Profane Saints; Kur

Master Trombonist Inspired by Louis Armstrong

Jul 17, 2014

Wycliffe Gordon is one of today’s finest trombonists . He has an expressive approach to the instrument involving a wide variety of sounds and effects. In the latest issue of DownBeat magazine, critics named him Best Trombone for the third consecutive year. But he also plays trumpet, tuba and other instruments and sings. And he’s also a bandleader, composer and educator.

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.

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.

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.

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