Davina And The Vagabonds

Apr 19, 2013

Minneapolis-based Davina and the Vagabonds recently brought their rollicking New Orleans-flavored mix of blues, jazz and roots music to the Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls.  Singer and pianist Davina Sowers' love of punk and goth music gives the band their trademark edge.

Sioux Falls has become a favorite stop for Davina and the Vagabonds.  You can explore tour dates and learn more at

Johnny Rivers In South Dakota

Apr 17, 2013

Singer/songwriter Johnny Rivers is in concert Friday at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center and Sunday at the Watertown Event Center.  Rivers enjoyed a succession of pop hits in the 60s and 70s including "Memphis," "Mountain of Love," "Secret Agent Man," "Poor Side of Town," and "Summer Rain." 

Lakota Music Project Concerts

Apr 16, 2013

Oboist Jeffrey Paul's Pentatonic Fantasy for Dakota Flute and Orchestra was commissioned by the Sisseton Arts Council for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra's Lakota Music Project performance at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center on Saturday.  The Sisseton Arts Council wanted something distinctly South Dakota, and since Bryan Akipa, an accomplished flute maker and Dakota Flute player, was from the Sisseton Reservation, they thought it would be a good collaboration.  Paul and Akipa visited with Karl Gehrke Tuesday on Dakota Midday.

"Ask Me Another"

Apr 15, 2013

"Ask Me Another" is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia with comedy and music.  "Ask Me Another" can now be heard on SDPB Radio Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. Central.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke visited with "Ask Me Another" host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton.

BHSO Young Artist Competition Winners

Apr 11, 2013

Violinist Maya Lehman and cellist Jessica Bachman were winners in the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra's 34 annual Young Artist Competition.  Lehman will play the First Movement of Henri Vieuxtemp's Concerto No. 5 with the BHSO on Saturday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.  She's a junior at Rapid City Stevens High School.  Bachman, a student at Stevens High School, will also play at Saturday's concert. 

Monophonics At JazzFest

Apr 4, 2013

This week's show harks back to the psychedelic soul and heavy funk of the late 60s and early 70s.  Monophonics are true to the San Francisco Bay Area's rich musical culture.  Fuzzy echo guitars, blistering drums, a soulful bass, powerhouse horns and a swirling organ provide the foundation for Monophonics funky psychedelia.  Though touring mightily in recent years, the group remains a mainstay at Bay Area venues like The Independent, Great American Music Hall and Sweetwater Music Hall.

Jazz Appreciation Month

Apr 2, 2013

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was designated by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in 2001.  U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2003 that declared April as Jazz Appreciation Month.  JAM is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure.  Rob Joyce, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, talked about SFJB events during JAM.  He said the story of America is embedded in the spirit and the rhythms of jazz.

Six Mile Road

Mar 22, 2013

Six Mile Road headlined the second night of the Americana Music Festival at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on September 22, 2012, delivering their fast paced, hard driven bluegrass.  Six Mile Road is Jake Jackson on guitar and vocals, Dan Cross on mandolin, Trappor Mason on banjo and Mike Brennan on bass.  Jackson, Cross and Mason are original members of the band which formed in 1998.

Otis Taylor "My World Is Gone"

Mar 11, 2013

Blues and roots music visionary Otis Taylor released his 13th album last month.  "My World Is Gone" was fueled by Taylor's friend Mato Nanji, the singer/guitarist and cornerstone of the band Indigenous.  At a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert, Nanji told Taylor, "My World Is Gone," in reference to his people, the Native American Nakota Nation.  Taylor and Nanji talked about their friendship and described working together on "My World Is Gone."

Amanda Shaw Performs In Sioux Falls

Mar 7, 2013

Singer and violinist Amanda Shaw performs Friday night at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's concert series.  Shaw has toured internationally since the age of eight.  Now 22, Shaw is a powerful performer, composer and arranger.  Her latest album is "Good Southern Girl."

Trumpeter Jon Faddis

Mar 4, 2013

Jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis is the featured performer at the 39th annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival today and Tuesday at Augustana College's Kresge Recital Hall.  Faddis met Dizzy Gillespie at the age of 15 and joined Lionel Hampton's big band shortly after his 18th birthday.  Time Out New York has praised Faddis as the "world's greatest trumpeter...brash soloistic logic and breathtaking technical acuity."

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.

Renovated Theater

Feb 28, 2013

The Black Hills Symphony Orchestra plays its first concert on Saturday in the newly renovated Rapid City High School (Dakota) Theater.  The theater was the symphony's home 36 years ago.  BHSO board members Tony Thomas and Ron Reed, along with accordionist Albin Spriezer, joined Dakota Midday Thursday from SDPB's Rapid City studio.

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 Godmother Of Rock & Roll"

Feb 21, 2013

Gayle Wald, Professor of English at George Washington University, is featured in the PBS American Masters episode, "Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll," which premieres Friday night at 10 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  Wald is the author of "Shout, Sister, Shout!  You can learn more about Wald's book at

Guitar Masters 2013

Feb 21, 2013

The 16th Guitar Masters performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.  Guitar Masters Chris Brenne and James Van Nuys, along with bass player Mike Reardon, played live from SDPB's Rapid City studio Thursday.  Guitar Masters is the brainchild of Reardon.

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

Feb 20, 2013

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra describes their sound as Bela Fleck meets Rush, goes out for breakfast with John Coltrane and gets home in time to go golfing with Jeff Beck.  The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra returns to A Touch of Europe in Sioux Falls Friday night at 8:00.  Band members John and Elisa Wright joined Dakota Midday Wednesday.

Always...Patsy Cline

Feb 19, 2013

"Always...Patsy Cline" was originally written and directed by Ted Swindley and is one of the two productions that is licensed by the family and estate of Patsy Cline.  Kaija Bonde returns to portry Patsy Cline in this musical tribute this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center.  Bonde was joined by Boyd Bristow on Dakota Midday.  Bristow plays lead guitar in the six-piece band that also includes some of South Dakota's premiere musicians including Larry Rohrer, Owen DeJong, Fred Evans, Harry Wood and Gail Tallaksen.

USD Night At Washington Pavilion

Jan 31, 2013

The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts is celebrating the creative talent of its students and faculty at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.  College of Fine Arts Dean Larry Schou talked about the program that will showcase USD students in 10 musicals and theatrical ensembles at the Washington Pavilion's Husby Performing Arts Center.  The event also features USD Department of Art student art and graphic design work along with printmaking and ceramic demonstrations.

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.

New Burlap Wolf King EP

Jan 24, 2013

Sioux Falls singer/songwriter Thomas Hentges, stage name: Burlap Wolf King, plays Friday and Saturday night at Latitude 44 in Sioux Falls in an "EP Release Weekend."  Burlap Wolf King's new EP includes five new songs.  He played selections from the new EP live in SDPB's studio at the University of Sioux Falls Thursday while touching on his career and writing process and performing in front of an audience.

Singer/Entertainer Phil Baker

Jan 3, 2013

Singer/entertainer Phil Baker joins Dakota Midday to talk about his career and his upcoming concert. For 25 years, Baker has used music to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of young people. He has played guitar, sung, directed and produced shows, and keynoted events throughout the United States and places as far away as Australia and Costa Rica. Baker presents his latest show, "It's a Snow Day," over the next month at venues around South Dakota.

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.

McAllister At The Dahl

Dec 13, 2012

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Randy McAllister is a fifth generation Texan and his music comes out of the Lone Star state's rich musical tradition.  McAllister, who now calls South Dakota home, will play two shows Sunday at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  He talked about his music with Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke.

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.

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Dec 6, 2012

Jim Clark, host of Jazz Nightly on SDPB Radio, and Rob Joyce, executive director of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, visited about jazz legend Dave Brubeck who died yesterday.  Brubeck was just a day from turning 92 years old.  They discussed early criticism of his music and what turned into a fascinating career.

Rock & Roll Inductees

Dec 6, 2012

The South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees were announced on Tuesday.  Don Fritz, Chairman of the South Dakota Rock & Roll Music Association, joined Karl Gehrke to talk about the inductees and reminisce.  The induction ceremony is scheduled for April, 2013, in Sioux Falls.

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.

Hegg Brothers Holiday Jam

Nov 29, 2012

The Hegg Brothers kick off their series of Holiday Jam concerts this weekend.  The musical showcase features the talents of a 10-piece band playing holiday classics as well as contemporary new arrangements in the signature lush and rhythmic horn band sound of Jeremy and Jon Hegg.  Jeremy Hegg stopped by the Dakota Midday studio Thursday to talk about this year's tour and perform a few numbers including Adolphe Adam's "O Holy Night."