Orpheum Theater

Alicia Olatuja

Mar 27, 2017

Praised by the New York Times as "a singer with strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage," Alicia Olatuja has been captivating audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and charming demeanor. 

Dakota Midday: Top 10 Haunted Places In Dakotas

Oct 31, 2016

A 2015 Gallup Poll says three in four Americans believe in paranormal activity, including 37% that believe in haunted houses. Just prior to that poll, Michael Kleen, editor of Mysterious Heartland, wrote a piece for his website called Top 10 Haunted Places in the Dakotas. The list includes abandoned places like the San Haven Sanatorium in Dunseith, North Dakota, to places with daily visitors like the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls and the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City.

Justin Townes Earle

Dec 4, 2015

Justin Townes Earle laughs about not knowing what Americana means anymore and he scoffs at what is described as country music today.  But if you think "heart and soul," you have a pretty good idea of how to describe Earle's style - whether he leans Americana, country, folk, blues or any other direction.  Son of the well-traveled Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle is an equally gifted singer/songwriter.  His critically acclaimed "Single Mothers" release (September, 2014) was followed up in January by the companion album "Absent Fathers."  They cou

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

Jeff Lorber Fusion

Jan 8, 2015
Jeff Lorber

With a smooth sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock and traditional jazz, Jeff Lorber Fusion set the table for the late 70's jazz fusion movement.  Lorber began playing the piano at the age of four.  The Philadelphia native took a liking to jazz while attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He formed Jeff Lorber Fusion in Portland, Oregon after his schooling.  The group quickly released five albums from 1977-81 and rose to the top of the jazz fusion scene.  Lorber would release over a dozen more solo studio albums

Sena Ehrhardt

Aug 5, 2014

Sena Ehrhardt is no stranger to South Dakota.  From the Twin Cities, Ehrhardt continues to perform throughout the area on a regular basis.  She was raised around the blues by her father/guitarist Ed Ehrhardt.  She performed at JazzFest 2012 in Sioux Falls and, a year later, released "All In" on Blind Pig Records.  It was produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines and yielded the song "Dreamin' of Dyin'" which received a 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Song of the Year.  A new CD from Ehrhardt entitled "Live My Life" is due to be released this

The Soul Of John Black

Jun 20, 2014

Performing songs from the 2013 cd "A Sunshine State of Mind," The Soul of John Black owned the stage at the Historic Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls last March - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  With themes like answered prayers, the perpetual California sunshine and the love of family, "A Sunshine State of Mind" proves that the blues can lift one's soul.  The Soul of John Black is essentially the stage name of guitarist/vocalist John Bigham (JB to his friends).  Prior to forming The Soul of John Black with Christopher Thomas in 2002, Bigham played in Fishbone and a


Apr 25, 2014

The Colorado-based contemporary jazz band Dotsero have developed a following in this region by way of their Jazzfest performances in 2005 and 2010.  The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society brought them back to Sioux Falls for the 2013-14 "Let the Good Times Roll" Concert Series as Dotsero played at the Orpheum Theater on January 24. 

Dotsero's most recent release, "Steppin' Outta Th' Boat," came out in 2012.  It features their jazzed-up versions of songs by artists like The Beatles, U2, Aerosmith, Chicago and Fine Young Cannibals.

Union Grove Pickers Preview New CD

Mar 11, 2014

The Union Grove Pickers, a Sioux Falls based folk/American band, are set to release their second album, "Great Plains Driftin'," at a cd release concert on Saturday, March 22 at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.  Band members Tim Jewell, Josh Rieck, Megan DeBoer, Erin Castle and Travis Jamison talked about the upcoming release and performed live at SDPB's studios at the University of Sioux Falls on Tuesday.

The Soul Of John Black

Mar 3, 2014

The Soul of John Black will perform Friday, March 7, at 8:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls as part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2013-2014 concert series. The Soul of John Black is the nom de musique John Bigham, whose impressive resume includes a stint as percussionist with the Miles Davis band, eight years of guitar and keyboard work with the pioneering rock-funk-ska band Fishbone, and touring and session work with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nikka Costa, Bruce Hornsby and Everlast.

Dotsero Returns To Sioux Falls

Jan 21, 2014

Colorado based jazz band Dotsero returns to Sioux Falls Friday night for a 8:00 show at the Orpheum Theater.  The concert is part of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2013-14 Concert Series.  Dotsero played Jazzfest in 2005 and 2010.  Dotsero saxophonist Steve Watts joined Karl Gehrke on Dakota Midday to talk about the band's spontaneous, stylish, energetic and humorous live show.

Human Sex Trafficking Told Through Dance

Jan 9, 2014

Daintry TenNapel knows human sex trafficking happens in South Falls and South Dakota. She wants others to know about it, too. To tell that story, TenNapel is turning to the performing arts. "Freedom: Unveiling the Cries of a Sex Slave" combines dance and cinematography in a 90-minute show. There are performances Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls.

Peter Story

Sep 18, 2013

Peter Story has appeared on NPR's The Moth Radio Hour (heard Sunday nights at 11 Central on SDPB Radio). Story is in Sioux Falls at the Orpheum Theater doing his one man show "Men are From Mars - Women are From Venus Live," based on the No. 1 best-selling book of the same name by John Gray.