No Cover, No Minimum Radio

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  • Hosted by Steven Zwemke

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 Blues Bashers

Mar 8, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio comes from the second stage at JazzFest in Sioux Falls where the Blues Bashers played on July 26, 2012.  The Blues Bashers features Bobby Berge on drums.  Berge was playing with Sioux City band, The Velaires, when he met a young Tommy Bolin in the mid-1960s.  Later, Bolin would ask Berge to come to Colorado to join Zephyr.  Berge played drums for Bolin for most of the guitarist's career before his death in 1976.  Berge still calls Bolin, "one of the greatest."  Some 30 years later, Berge hooked up with Jesse Christen of Huron.  It's Christen's melodic,

Guys With Guitars

Mar 1, 2013

Guys With Guitars played the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on January 26, 2013.  Guys With Guitars is made up of Doug Wood on the six-string acoustic guitar, Darren Frate on the electric bass and Neil Jacobs on 12-string guitar.

Hadden Sayers

Feb 22, 2013

When you experience a Hadden Sayers concert its hard to believe that, at one point, he walked away from his craft.  That's exactly what Sayers did after a series of setbacks that included losing his Uncle Rick, who collapsed and died after a show in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Frye was the band's drummer.

The Tinder Box

Feb 1, 2013

This week, we're featuring the stark Americana, folk and self-described blues-grass of the Sioux Falls trio The Tinder Box. The Tinder Box came together in 2010 - brothers Chad Konrad and Dominic Osterloh met up with their distant cousin Jon Wallner when all three were at South Dakota State University in Brookings. The band takes its name from a Han Christian Andersen fairy tale about a poor soldier who finds a magical tinderbox that summons three magical dogs to do his bidding.

Jami Lynn, Dylan James & Ryan Kickland

Jan 25, 2013

Three Rapid City singer/songwriters star on this week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  Recorded September 21, 2012, at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, Jami Lynn, Dylan James and Ryan Kickland took turns entertaining the American Music Festival Crowd in a warm up slot for Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps.

Enjoy the powerful vocals of Jami Lynn, the flat-picking skills of Dylan Smith and the "wrong side of the tracks" guitar and singing of Ryan Kickland.

Joe West And The Santa Fe Revue

Jan 18, 2013

This week, you'll get to listen to a very special reunion concert of sorts - Joe West and the Santa Fe Revue recorded in the SDPB Martin Busch Studio in Vermillion on September 4th, 2012.

Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers

Dec 21, 2012

In tonight's show, we're featuring Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers - they play new arrangements of traditional Christmas carols and hymns, standard holiday pop and jazz tunes and original songs, too. They also throw in songs that have a message appropriate for this time of year. The performance we're listening to tonight was recorded at Sioux Falls' Washington Pavilion and Orpheum Theatre on December 17th and 18th, 2011.

South Dakota Acoustic Christmas

Dec 14, 2012

It's the holiday season, and every family has their Christmas traditions. For many years a holiday tradition here in South Dakota was a South Dakota Acoustic Christmas. From 1990-2008 this dedicated group of musicians, friends and spouses traveled the state sharing all kinds of music fit for the season. Every year they'd have a special musical guest or two, and the concerts would raise money for local charities. Back in 1997, SDPB Television recorded a South Dakota Acoustic Christmas concert in Yankton and broadcast it the following year as a two-hour special.

Paper Bird Part Two

Dec 7, 2012

This week, we're featuring the second half of the Paper Bird concert recorded at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on November 3rd, 2012. Paper Bird's sound has been called joyful, their music has been described as Indie-folk, Americana and baroque Pop. They've been performing since 2007, and they're making a mark on the flourishing indie music scene in their hometown of Denver.

Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps

Dec 4, 2012

This week it's Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps recorded in Rapid City on September 21st, 2012. They were the headlining band for the first night of the Americana Festival that took place at the Dahl Arts Center.

Paper Bird

Dec 4, 2012

Bands from the Twin Cities regularly play in Sioux Falls, and the Black Hills seem to get a fair amount of bands from Denver. One of those bands is Paper Bird - they performed at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on November 3rd, 2012. Paper Bird was featured on All Things Considered and has been named one of the best local bands in Denver for several years in a row. They've shared the stage with Glen Campbell, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more.

Roomful of Blues Part Two Revisited

Dec 3, 2012

This week, it's the second hour of Roomful of Blues recorded back on August 11th, 2011 in Sioux Falls. Roomful of Blues has been around for 45 years. They've played with so many musical legends and at so many legendary festivals, the list would take minutes to get through. They've racked up several national blues awards and been nominated for numerous Grammies over the years. This is a repeat of the show that aired on August 11th, 2012. To listen to the show, click here -

Deadwood Songbook

Oct 19, 2012

This week we're doing something a little different - we're airing an SDPB Television documentary called The Deadwood Songbook. It features a concert recorded before a live audience at the Homestake Opera House in Lead on July 11th, 2008. The Deadwood Songbook project was spearheaded by the Adams Museum in Deadwood and South Dakota musician Hank Harris several years ago. The project resulted in two CD's and many, many performances around South Dakota - that was before this TV production.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Oct 12, 2012

This week we're featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band, recorded live at JazzFest 2012. Randolph plays the pedal steel guitar. And he plays it quite well - Rolling Stone Magazine named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His band is literally his family - it includes cousins and siblings - only one of the band members is not a blood relative. Their music is a fusion of blues, rock, gospel and roots. Their song "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" has been on several TV shows, including Grey's Anatomy, a whole series of Subway commercials and on the Discovery Channel.

East of Westerville

Oct 8, 2012

This week, we're listening to the down home sounds and oh-so-tight harmonies from East of Westerville, recorded at JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls. We're featuring this concert because this past week, we found out that two members of East of Westerville - Brian and Kaijia Bonde - are finalists in A Prairie Home Companion's Vocal Duet contest. The Bondes are performing that song live on A Prairie Home Companion for the final round of the duet competition on Saturday October 20th - the show starts at 5 pm Central, 4 Mountain, and it's repeated Sunday afternoon at Noon central 11 mountain.

James Cotton

Sep 30, 2012

This week, we're listening to the James Cotton Superharp Band recorded at Sioux Falls Jazz Fest on July 26th, 2012. To say Cotton has had a remarkable career would be an understatement. He's been performing for nearly 70 years. and the story of his life is like a movie. The youngest of eight children to sharecropping parents in Mississippi, he started playing the harmonica as a very small child. He emulated the great Sonny Boy Williamson, whom he listened to on the radio.

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King Part 2

Sep 27, 2012

Smokin' Joe Kubek met guitarist/vocalist Bnois King at a weeknight jam session in Dallas in 1989.  The two became fast friends and melded their divergent styles - Kubek pulls the blues out of King while King pulls the jazz out of Kubek.  Together, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King have released over a dozen albums and have been nominated for three W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King Part 1

Sep 27, 2012

Listen to the first of a two-part No Cover, No Minimum Radio featuring the raucus, high-energy Texas roadhouse blues-rock of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King.  In 1989, Kubek teamed with singer/guitarist Bnois King, whose soul-tinged vocals and jazz oriented style contrasted well with Kubek's more strident and slide techniques.  The union began during a regular Monday night gig in Dallas when Kubek invited King to sit in and found that King's softer, jazz-based guitar and vocals complemented Kubek's headier rock-inspired guitar work.  They released their first Bullseye Blues disc, "Steppin'