On this week's podcast we celebrate the creative spark with author Augustin Fuentes, musician N.W. Engbers, and South Dakota high school students from the state Poetry Out Loud finals.

This week's podcast features a conversation with blues musician Davy Knowles, poetry from Patrick Hicks, and music from The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

In this week's In the Moment podcast, we explore the full range of the human condition with expressions of despair and resilience, love and hope.

In the Moment producer Steve Zwemke talks with an editor at The Players' Tribune about compelling stories of hardship and triumph from professional athletes. Lindy Obach offers her poem, "Southwest by Dakota." And musician Nik Harr brings a song about connection and holding life together, for one another, when times get tough.

On this episode of the In the Moment podcast, "Women are women wherever you go." Pastor Pat Hammond talks about human trafficking across the globe. Jim Reese offers a poem called "This Isn't Dress Rehearsal," and Guitar Master Bob Fehy chills out on the slide guitar.

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In The Moment ... February 10, 2017 Show 028 Hour 1

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Sioux Falls middle schoolers are playing music with a world-renowned rock orchestra violinist. Mark Wood is in town to perform Saturday night. More than 2,700 students are set to accompany him.

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It's Owen DeJong Day in South Dakota. The Morning Classics host was showered with adoration this morning during a live on-air retirement party. Dakota Midday kept the party going with stories of Owen you might not have heard.

Larry Rohrer, Nick Schwebach and Kenny Putnam have traveled and played music with DeJong for decades. They say he's deeply talented and original, musically fearless, and delightfully mischievous.

Live phone interview with Smithsonian-Folkways recording artist Bob Everhart. He’ll discuss the preservation of rural, old-time music. Everhart is celebrating 70 years as an entertainer (he is approaching his 80th birthday) and has devoted much of his life to performing and  “saving” a musical art form .


Bob and Shelia Everhart are currently on tour in South Dakota:

July 6 Aberdeen-Mitchell Public Library, 6:30 p.m.

July 7 Band Shelli in City Park, Huron, 7:00 p.m.

July 8 South Dakota Historical Society, on the lawn at the State Capitol, 7:00 p.m.

Photo by Jim Kent

Glenn Miller and his big band were at the height of their fame when World War Two began. Two years after volunteering to serve in the Army Air Force, a plane the trombonist was traveling in disappeared over the English Channel. Despite the fact that its namesake was lost at sea, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is still touring the country today. SDPB’s Jim Kent caught up with the orchestra’s current leader and a number of long-time fans at the Homestake Opera House in Lead to explore what makes this decades-old music still put folks “In The Mood”.

Original Compositions Celebrate National Parks

Jun 29, 2016

A Michigan ensemble is hitting the road with new music to celebrate the anniversary of the National Park System. Two original compositions offer listeners a different take on parks like the Badlands and Wind Cave.

This weekend a group of musicians premiere two new pieces of music written about two South Dakota National parks.  The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble performs original compositions at Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park. The ensemble is playing music written in celebration of the National Park System’s 100th birthday.

Hank Harris and Jeff Severson join Dakota Midday for live music and musings on everything from the influence of nature to the nature of South Dakota music. They perform together Friday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) a the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Artist bios:

Gordy Pratt has been portraying Deadwood lawman Seth Bullock for more than 11 years. Today marks Pratt’s one thousandth show as Bullock. He joins Midday to share music, storytelling, and his  philosophy of performance that keeps audience satisfaction top of mind.

When some kids were playing catch with their dads, Shonn Wiley was sharing dance moves with his. He now performs with Under the Streetlamp, singing and dancing to classic hits from the American Radio Songbook. An actor, dancer, and choreographer, Wiley joins Dakota Midday to discuss the chemistry of the group, the legacy of the Rat Pack and others, and the value of arts education.

Jim Brickman joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about songwriting, creativity, and how getting older helps free him from the weight of judgment.

Jim Brickman's signature style on the piano has garnered two Grammy nods, four Gold albums, and 30 chartered adult radio hits.

He plays three shows this weekend in Sioux Falls at the Belbas Theater, Washington Pavilion.

The musicians of Mipso have been called "renegade traditionalists," and they don't mind that label at all. Jacob Sharp and Joseph Terrell talk with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about songwriting, touring, and how putting in the proverbial 10,000 hours of performance helps the band create melodies and rhythms that are fresh and intelligent.

The Case School of Music is offering its first Day of Percussion in Sioux Falls, Saturday, February 20. Instructors Daniel Heier and Tyson Conn discuss the art of percussion, from double bass drumming to jazz improvisation.

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Cattle producers in South Dakota are raising money to feed the hungry by hosting a Toby Keith concert. The famous country artist is slated to perform in the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls in June. Tickets go on sale on Friday, and proceeds from the concert go to Feeding South Dakota. 

Members of a statewide cattle organization started a Prime Time Gala three years ago. The concert component of the event benefits the hungry. Todd Wilkinson is president of the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association.

Dakota Midday: SD Video Wins Award

Nov 19, 2015

The Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills recently recorded over 200 boys and girls from the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Black Hills.  They're featured in a "virtual choir" video that earned a second place honor at one of the largest Native American film festivals in Europe.  Guest host Jackelyn Severin was joined by Michael Hill, Executive Director of the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills.

Thomas Hentges (stage name: Burlap Wolf King) joins us on Dakota Midday.  Burlap Wolf King performs this Saturday night at the label launch for Different Folk Records ( along with Jack Klatt, the Union Grove Pickers, Jami Lynn and Ryan Kickland.  The launch show is at 7:30 p.m. (11/14) at Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls. Burlap Wolf King will perform a couple of songs live at the Sioux Falls studio and discuss the new record label and what it means to area recording artists. 

New Wave: Image Is Everything

Nov 2, 2015

South Dakota School of Mines Professor King Adkins recently sat down with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray to talk about his book New Wave: Image is Everything.

New Wave is a form of popular music that followed Punk Rock and rose to prominence in the 1980’s.   

It includes bands like Devo,  Talking Heads, the B-52s and The Cure. 

You can hear the full interview by clicking play below.


Dakota Midday: Mystery Pills

Oct 22, 2015

The Rapid City based band Mystery Pills was listed on the 50 Best New Bands in America in 2012 by the Boston Phoenix.  Today, the band’s leader Jason Ward is putting out a brand new set of songs that add to his past critically acclaimed work. 

Mystery Pills are playing a show at the grand opening of the Seed Theater in Rapid City this weekend

Ward spoke with SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray about his latest works alongside his songwriting and recording efforts. 

Greg Koch

Milwaukee Guitarist Greg Koch is admired for his astounding chops as well as his versatility. He plays a variety of styles: rock, blues, country, jazz and more. Koch has described his approach as “Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie) at the first annual Zeppelin-Holdsworth Coffee Guzzlers Hoedown.”

But there’s more to his playing than just his phenomenal skills and talent. Guitar Player magazine says he also has the feel, the groove, the swing and the soul that draws you in and keeps you there.

Jazz often reflects the rhythms and experiences of big city life, but on her new CD, The Thompson Fields, acclaimed jazz composer Maria Schneider evokes rural landscapes. She grew up in the small, southwest Minnesota town of Windom and she still finds inspiration in her childhood memories of the prairie. She’s also an ardent bird watcher and her love of birds is often expressed in her music.

 Joe West and the Sinners was one of many alt-country bands in Austin, Texas in the late 90s. It was more offbeat than most, though, with songs about dream tractors, chasing UFOs in Roswell, and NPR-listening trailer park liberals. The band's 1998 album, Jamie Was a Boozer, was acclaimed by Austin critics as a masterpiece and one of the best CDs of the year.

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.

BHSU Math Professor Talks Music

Apr 7, 2015
Dan May

Black Hills State University Math Professor Dr. Dan May is talking music this week. He says he wants to give students what they say they’re interested in – rock music. Actually, the rise and fall of rock music.

Dr. Dan May tracks the history of independent bands and labels throughout the 1980’s in is talk “Love Me I’m Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Alternative Music”.

May says the Seattle-based, grunge-band Nirvana wasn’t part of the rise – it was the rise of American alternative music.

Dakota Midday: Union Grove Pickers Release New CD

Mar 26, 2015
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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Leaders of Sioux Falls’ events center want to help ticket buyers understand why shows sell out so quickly, and some concert-goers want officials to do more. The general manager of the Denny Sanford Premier Center says special sponsors receive perks, but they’re the same that anyone who signs up for the newsletter also gets, and everyone is capped at the number of tickets they can buy. The reassurance that leaders are trying to keep fraud out of the system still leaves thousands without tickets.

Kyshona Armstrong

Before committing herself to music full-time six years ago, singer/songwriter Kyshona Armstrong was as a musical therapist working with infants, autistic, inmates and the elderly. Today she describes herself as a "rogue musical therapist" who brings the healing power of music to audiences around the country.

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra Turns 80

Dec 24, 2014
Courtesy Black Hills Symphony Orchestra

It’s Christmas Eve. Time for last-minute shopping, final gift-wrapping and 11th-hour preparations for celebrations that lie ahead. Through it all, we hear music – at home, at work, in shopping malls and even on the streets. And though popular standards by crooners from Frank Sinatra to Harry Connick may fill the air, traditional songs can also be heard – frequently played by symphony orchestras.