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."

New National Music Museum Director

Nov 27, 2012

Cleveland Johnson became the new director of the National Music Museum in Vermillion on November 1.  He says one of his goals is to emphasize the "National" in National Music Museum.  He discusses the museum's growth and projects as well as his career in music.

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.

Osborn Reunion Concerts

Oct 11, 2012

Susan Osborn is returning to South Dakota for several reunion concerts with old friends including Boyd Bristow, Kenny Putnam, Hank Harris and Eddie Dunn.  Osborn began her career in the early 70's singing in bands like Blueberry Buckle, Rosewater and the Red Willow Band.  Later, she was the lead singer with the Paul Winter Consort between 1978 and 1985.  Osborn joins Dakota Midday en route to Rapid City while Bristow and Putnam play a 40-year-old Osborn inspired song live from SDPB's Rapid City studio.

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.

Minnesota Singer Alison Scott

Oct 4, 2012

Alison Scott was raised in the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth. She started piano lessons at the age of five, but quit five years later. She took up the piano again a decade later when she started writing her own songs. Her music is rooted in soul and R&B. Scott has sold out the Dakota Jazz Club (an upscale original music venue in the Twin Cities) over a dozen shows in a row and with her band, she has performed at benefits, corporate functions and opened for several national acts such as Bon Jovi, Chris Isaak, Marc Cohn, Boz Scaggs, and Nanci Griffith.

Duet Contest Finalists

Oct 2, 2012

Brian and Kaija Bonde are finalists in A Prairie Home Companion's vocal duet contest.  They perform regularly with their band East of Westreville, known for its tight harmonies and arrangements of Americana music.  The Bondes will perform on A Prairie Home Campanion's duet contest program on October 20th from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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.