The Moondoggies

Feb 7, 2014
Hardly Art

The Moondoggies played The Icon Lounge in Sioux Falls on October 8, 2013.  It was the first concert in a 20-date run for the band from Everett, Washington.  Formed in 2005, The Moondoggies highlight dirty hooks, sweet harmonies, plaintive pleas and an electric edge.  The band has released three albums and one EP on the Hardly Art label.  Their most recent, "Adios I'm a Ghost," introduced listeners to 12 new songs last year.  Of the title, front man Kevin Murphy says he heard the phrase on a Phil Hendrie podcast!  In his high school days, Murphy played in the punk rock band The Familiars alo

RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles

Feb 5, 2014

The day before the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in New York City, RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, perform at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls on Thursday, February 6th, at 7:30 p.m. RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour.

The Scott Holt Band

Jan 24, 2014

This week, we're featuring the Scott Holt band, recorded live at Jazzfest, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, at Yankton Trail Park on July 19th, 2013. Scott Holt was raised in Tennessee. Hearing Jimi Hendrix for the first time proved to be a turning point in his life. He didn't get serious about playing an instrument until he was 19, when his parents bought him an electric guitar. A year later, Holt's father took him to see Buddy Guy. He met Guy that night and received a private guitar lesson from the blues master himself.

Nashville 2.0

Nov 21, 2013

Susan Wittenberg, a producer of Nashville 2.0, a documentary which airs tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV, discussed her latest film.  Nashville 2.0 explores the vibrant Americana music scene, a genre the New York Times dubbed “the coolest music scene today.”  Americana is roots-inspired music that draws inspiration from country, folk, bluegrass, R&B, blues, roots rock, bluegrass, gospel, rockabilly, honky-tonk, alternative rock, folk rock, and punk. 



Learning To Be A DJ At The Dahl

Oct 25, 2013
Photo by Jim Kent

If you’re interested in music and have aspirations to be a musician, people might suggest you study guitar, piano or maybe a brass instrument. But studying “turntable” is unlikely to enter the conversation. Today we attend a class where students learn that being a DJ – or disc jockey - involves a lot more than just playing songs.  

Disc jockeys. They’re those usually upbeat, occasionally loud guys and gals who spin records – or now actually use computers, to get the songs we like to hear on the air waves.

Bello Spark

Oct 24, 2013

Bello Spark performed a stripped-down concert last month at Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City.  Band members Rob Jordan (lead vocals and guitar) and Tory Peterson (guitar and vocals) even played some unreleased material during the intimate show.

Music Helps Couple With Breast Cancer

Sep 27, 2013

The will to fight, the triumphant battle, the solitude of finding happy place can be reached through music.  We learn about the personal struggle with cancer of a local musician and his wife.  Chris and Susan Hill discuss how music helps them as a couple while Susan battles breast cancer.

Marty Robbins & Faron Young Biographer

Aug 26, 2013

Diane Diekman visited about country music legends Marty Robbins and Faron Young.  Diekman is the author of "Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins" and "Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story," both published by the University of Illinois Press.  Diekman is in LeMars, Iowa, Wednesday for a festival and book signing.  She's also appearing at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron on Friday to give a talk before a Sherwin Linton show.  Robbins received the Academy of Country Music's Man of the Decade Award in 1970.  Young was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall

Live Rock Garden Tour Show Friday

Aug 22, 2013

Rock Garden Tour presents a live performance of "High, Wide and Handsome - Stories of Some South Dakotans That Made It Big" Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Rock Garden Tour is a radio show that celebrates the avant-gardeners; those that work the land, those that play free range rock and roll and those who that live in South Dakota (more or less)!  Rock Garden Tour can be heard the last Saturday of every month at 8:00 p.m. on SDPB Radio.  Ted "Flower Man" Heeren previewed Friday night's live program on Dakota Midday.

Layne Putnam

Aug 16, 2013

This week, we're featuring the young and talented Layne Putnam recorded live at the Dahl Arts Center Lein Cultural Cafe in Rapid City on July 19th, 2013. Layne grew up in a family where live music and entertainment were a part of everyday life. Her father, Kenny Putnam, is a professional fiddle player and Grammy nominee. Layne began writing music at an early age, and even though she's only 17 and just finished high school, she's attended a Grammy Camp in Los Angeles and performed at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Layne plays guitar, bass, piano and different percussion instruments.

"Mr. Steve" Making His Way To Sioux Falls

Jul 24, 2013

"Mr. Steve" is appearing at Family Fun Fest at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds this Saturday at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past eleven years. Mr. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies to create what the Boston Globe called "not just a musical journey but an entertaining, interactive and educational role." In May 2008, Roslonek took on the exciting new role of "Mr.

Dakota Sky Festival Underway In Sioux Falls

Jul 23, 2013

Paul Sanchez is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls and Andrew Reinartz is the Executive Director. The Dakota Sky Festival's Seventh Annual Season takes place from July 20 - August 3 at the Belbas Center of the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. During the two weeks, there are 7 evening recitals, 4 free Children's Concerts, 4 free-lunch-time seminars, and a Young Artist Program, all featuring some of the world's foremost pianists and educators.

Kiss Visits Rock And Roll Academy In Sioux Falls

Jul 22, 2013
Nate Wek / SDPB

The band "Kiss" is touring across the nation this summer. On Saturday the group visited the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy in Sioux Falls. The academy dedicated rooms to each of the band members.

Saxophonist Chris Borchardt

Jul 18, 2013

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's JazzFest runs Thursday through Saturday at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.  All concerts are free to attend.  Chris Borchardt, a recent Augustana College graduate with a degree in Music Education, returns to JazzFest Friday night.  The saxophonist is scheduled to play the second stage on Friday at 6:00 p.m.  He joined Dakota Midday from SDPB's studios at the University of Sioux Falls.

Pianist/Composer Daniel May

Jul 11, 2013

Augustana alumni Daniel May and his brother, Benjamin May, present "An Evening of Jazz" at 7:30 pm this Friday at Kresge Recital Hall. Daniel May had a very musical upbringing - both of his parents were his music teachers in Sioux Falls. May studied music composition at the University of Connecticut, where he received a Master's degree in music composition and music theory. He then went to Ithaca, New York, to study music composition at Cornell University. After earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree composer for feature films, television and, most notably, IMAX films.

Sena Ehrhardt Band

Jun 28, 2013

Sena Ehrhardt is considered to be one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. She was born and raised in a house full of blues and was mentored by her father, blues guitarist Ed Ehrhardt. Sena has taken what she's learned from her father and developed her own personal and intelligent take on the blues.

Kansas-Based Singer To Perform In Aberdeen

Jun 26, 2013

Kansas-based singer/musician Shantel Leitner performs at The Ward Plaza in Aberdeen on Thursday evening. Leitner was quite young when she began singing, following the footsteps of her grandfather, mother and aunt who comprised a family country/western band. Leitner's style could best be described as pop/folk infused with a bit of soul as her voice floats above her guitar, harkening a raw quality reminiscent of an old blues record.

"Shapes Of Sounds: Hearing With Your Eyes"

Jun 13, 2013

Hal Rammel is a Wisconsin visual artist, musician, composer and instrument inventor. Some of his instruments are included in the National Music Museum exhibit, the Shapes of Sound: Hearing with your Eyes. The exhibit features more than 40 unusual instruments in a special exhibition that explores some of the museum's Seuss-like holdings, as well as new and unusual musical instruments, instruments made from found objects, experimental musical instruments, and even some whimsical instruments. A gallery talk and reception is this evening from 6-8 p.m.

SD Virtual Voices Join As One

Jun 6, 2013

Middle school music teachers wanted to give their students a unique opportunity to learn and perform music.  They decided to create a virtual choir.  The final product is a mixture of 36 young voices all singing a song designed specifically for this project. The project is just the first of what could be many virtual musical experiences for South Dakota students.

Bill Jamerson Performs Musical Tribute To CCC

Jun 5, 2013

Michigan-based author, filmmaker and songwriter Bill Jamerson makes history come alive with music and storytelling. He's currently in South Dakota delivering his program about the Civilian Conservation Corps with a musical tribute called "Dollar-A-Day Boys." Jamerson's upcoming performances are:

June 5 - Mitchell, SD Public Library 2 pm

June 5 - Yankton, SD Public Library 6:30 pm

June 6 - Wayne, NE Senior Center noon

June 6 - Vermillion, SD Library 6:30 pm

June 7 - Hawarden, IA Public Library 1 pm

June 7 - Sioux Center, IA Public Library 4 pm

Celtic Woman To Perform In South Dakota

Jun 4, 2013

The group performs June 8th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City and June 10th at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. Celtic Woman combines the talents of four gifted Irish women--vocalists Chloe Agnew, Lisa Lambe, and Susan McFadden, and violinist Mairead Nesbitt--whose dazzling performances combine the sounds and sensibility of Irish traditional music with memorable original compositions and contemporary pop standards. The 2013 tour boasts an exciting new stage production and the return of such enduring fan favorites as "You Raise Me Up" and "Orinoco Flow."

New Instruments at National Music Museum

May 8, 2013

Cleveland Johnson, executive director of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, joins the program. The museum has obtained new acquisitions of instruments used by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, John Entwistle and other rock/country/blues legends. Also, the National Music Museum has just engaged "From the Top," to perform in Vermillion this September during a gala weekend celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Museum.

Jami Lynn & Dylan James

Apr 24, 2013

Rapid City based musicians Jami Lynn and Dylan James performed live in SDPB's Vermillion studio and discussed their new cd, "Cluck & Croon."  Their concert schedule is keeping them busy into October.

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.