Blues

Jazz & Blues Goes Virtual

Apr 23, 2020
SF Jazz & Blues

In The Moment ... April 23, 2020 Show 802 Hour 1

Moment In Sound: Devon Sants

Jan 31, 2020
Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 31, 2020 Show 745 Hour 1

The fusion of blues, soul, punk, and folk bleeds through Devon Sants' songs. You can see the Black Hills based singer/songwriter play tomorrow during Winter Fest at Whitetail Creek Resort in Lead. Chris Huisenga also performs and the event begins at 1:00 p.m. Sants joined us Monday for a live taping in our South Dakota Community Foundation Studio in Rapid City. It's today's "Moment in Sound." 

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 13, 2020 Show 732 Hour 2

Last week the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society announced Alexandra Gilbert-Schrag as its new executive director.

Gilbert-Schrag's experience with non-profits includes festival production and event coordination. She previously worked for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., before returning to South Dakota to be close to family.

Alex joins us to discuss what she will bring to the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society.

Arts & Lifestyle: Dec 28 - Jan 3

Jan 3, 2020
SDPB

In this week’s South Dakota arts and lifestyle podcast, singer-songwriter Chris Huisenga, whose musical provides us with an exclusive interview during our first Moment in Sound of the new year.

  • Poet Sara Henning.
  • Poetry from Studio 47.

Have a story idea? Send an e-mail to InTheMoment@SDPB.org.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 1

Josh Haiar

In The Moment ... June 14, 2019 Show 596 Hour 1

Excitement has been building for the opening of the new Levitt at the Falls concert venue in downtown Sioux Falls. Tonight (Friday), Ruthie Foster headlines the first ever free concert at the Levitt.

Foster has won multiple Koko Taylor Awards for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards. Earlier this year Foster was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Foster took time out of her busy schedule to stop by SDPB's Leo P. Flynn Gallery to perform a couple her songs.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Jan 16, 2019

In The Moment ... January 15, 2019 Show 495 Hour 1

Link Wray, Charley Patton, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson ... they're among the Indians who rocked the world.

The award winning RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World explores a missing chapter in the history of American music by traversing the Indigenous influence.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World premieres on Independent Lens Monday night. Producer Christina Fon previews the program scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.

Moment In Sound With Dan Mahar

Jan 11, 2019
Adria Botella

In The Moment ... January 11, 2019 Show 493 Hour 1

Dan Mahar learned to play guitar by listening to radio stations like WLS and WCFL during a time when AM radio was the place to go to hear the latest hits.

He also began to see how his favorite songs were influenced by America's great blues artists.

During his career, Mahar has also played as the lead guitarist for country music star Billy Dean.

Mahar plays Friday at Fernson on 8th and Saturday at J.J.'s on 57th in Sioux Falls.

joanneshawtaylor.com

In The Moment ... March 8, 2018 Show 292 Hour 1

Joanne Shaw Taylor is one of the UK's number one stars of the blues rock world.  She performs tomorrow night at the Orpheum Theater at 8 p.m. in downtown Sioux Falls as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2017-18 Concert Series.   

SDPB's Steve Zwemke spoke with the "Girl with the Big Voice" about her instruments and her passion for music.

Matthew Curry

Feb 9, 2018
www.matthewcurry.com

JazzFest 2017 featured a number of strong blues acts, but 22-year-old Matthew Curry stood out during his first concert in Sioux Falls.  Encouraged by his father, Curry began playing guitar at a very early age.  At one point, Curry became indifferent to guitar lessons.  That's when his father prodded him to drop lessons and to listen more closely to music as a way of teaching himself. 

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.

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.

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. 

Blind Boy Paxton

Jun 15, 2017

Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton draws from blues and jazz music before World War II.  Influenced by Fats Waller and "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, Paxton's talent for playing the piano, violin, banjo, guitar and other instruments sets him apart.

Paxton lost all of his eyesight by the age of 16.  Now in his 20s, he relates to his audience with wisdom far beyond his age.  His smile brings his audience even closer.

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.

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).

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.

Dakota Midday: A.J. Croce

Sep 26, 2016
www.ajcrocemusic.com

When Jim Croce died in a plane crash en route to Austin, Texas, in 1973, he left behind a wife and son. His son, A.J. Croce, followed in his footsteps as a recording and touring musician and songwriter. A.J. Croce's career has already spanned over 20 years as he's headlined concerts and festivals worldwide. He began his career as a solid blues musician and singer, but as he explained to SDPB's Steve Zwemke prior to his performance at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish, he had to deal with challenges in his life that made him change course.

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.

Charlie Parr

Jun 10, 2016
Jason Rosewarne

What's not to like about Charlie Parr?  He likes to sleep in his car while on tour and, like George "Skrap Iron" Gadaski (All-Star Wresting fans will remember), he's pretty good at whipping up a healthy tin-foil meal using his car's exhaust manifold!  Maybe that's just Parr being frugal...or maybe it's his way of experiencing a slice of life that his father passed on through his stories of growing up during the depression and hopping trains to see the country.  Parr's stories are fueled by his resonator guitar - Piedmont blues style.  Enjoy Charlie P

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

Marcia Ball

Feb 26, 2016
www.npr.org

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. 

John Nemeth

Dec 18, 2015
Aubrey Edwards

Born in 1975, John Nemeth has become a decorated electric blues and soul harmonica player, singer and songwriter.  East Bay Blues says, "Nemeth is with little doubt the most accomplished male vocalist of his generation traveling the blues highway today."  His career has taken him on the road with guitar great Junior Watson along with fronting his own band.  Nemeth's most recent release, "Memphis Grease," embodies the sould scene that he fell into during his time in the Bay Area and the intuitiveness that flows between him and the Bo-Keys.  The Bo-Keys, earlier in their careers, performed wi

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

Maya Van Nuys With Robert Dewan And Friends

Jun 12, 2015

Recent Rapid City Stevens High School graduate Maya Van Nuys assembled a cast of well-known and respected local players for a showcase concert last February at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Van Nuys is a classically trained violinist with a love for the blues and American roots music.  She came up through the Dahl's Emerging Artists Series.  Maya's father, guitarist Frank Van Nuys, introduced her to all kinds of music that inspired her current path as a musician.  The next stage in Van Nuys' career is taking her to Kansas where she plans to further her music career with collaborator

Trampled Under Foot - 2014

Apr 9, 2015

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

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. 

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