Arts & Lifestyle: Dec 28 - Jan 3

Jan 3, 2020

In this week’s South Dakota arts and lifestyle podcast, singer-songwriter Chris Huisenga, whose musical provides us with an exclusive interview during our first Moment in Sound of the new year.

  • Poet Sara Henning.
  • Poetry from Studio 47.

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Chynna Lockett

In The Moment ... January 2, 2020 Show 725 Hour 1

Arts & Lifestyle: Dec 7 - 13

Dec 13, 2019

For the third consecutive year, our SDPB music aficionados have put together lists of songs they think should be on your radar. They're ready to share some of their favorite jazz, indie, country and rock songs from 2019. 

Steve Zwemke

In The Moment ... December 10, 2019 Show 716 Hour 2

For the third consecutive year, our SDPB music aficionados have put together lists of songs they think should be on your radar. They're ready to share some of their favorite jazz, indie, country and rock songs from 2019.


Arts and Entertainment reporting on SDPB is supported by the South Dakota Education Association

Charles Michael Ray

Mount Rushmore is among the most popular National Parks in the United States. Last year more than 2.4-million people visited the monument. They walked up the avenue of flags, then many gazed in awe up at the faces, and a bunch ate ice cream at the concession stand.   But very few of those visitors ever hiked or climbed into the backside of Rushmore.  

Rock Poster Artist To Speak in Rapid

Apr 20, 2015
Jay Ryan

An artist who uses animal caricatures to promote rock concerts is speaking in Rapid City this week.

Jay Ryan has been making small batches of screen printed posters to promote entertainment events for over 20 years.  He’s based in Chicago where he runs the a print shop named "The Bird Machine."

Ryan’s work has promoted mainstream bands from Pearl Jam to the Flaming Lips along with lesser known underground bands like Fugazi.  

The Red Willow Band

Dec 24, 2014
The Red Willow Band

From 1974-1982, the Red Willow Band created music and memories to last a lifetime.  Their business card read "The Best in Country Swing."  But the Red Willow Band was much more than that.  Bouncing between rock and country, they developed a sound of their own.  Chris Gage (guitar/piano/vocals), Kenny Putnam (fiddle), Hank Harris (guitar/vocals), Marley Forman (bass guitar/vocals) and Barry Carpenter (drums) reunited as the Red Willow Band played three sets at the 35th Annual Sioux River Folk Festival hosted by the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music at Newton Hills State Park this pas

High School Climbers Set To Compete

May 9, 2013

When you think of high school sports football, basketball, or volleyball might come to mind.   But why not rock climbing? Competitive indoor climbing is a new sport taking off across the country.   This weekend the first ever high school indoor climbing competition is taking place in the Black Hills.    

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has more.

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.

Rushmore Eyes Climbing Area Access

May 7, 2013

Mount Rushmore is an internationally known tourist destination, but it’s also increasingly known as a world class rock climbing area.

The granite spires that dot the landscape behind the monument are a very popular space for rock climbers.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that the National Park Service is taking a closer look at rock climbing at Mount Rushmore – they’re asking the public to comment on a proposed trail system in the climbing area.

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps

Sep 20, 2012

Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps open the 3rd Annual Americana Music Festival Friday at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  "Little Wind" is the sophomore release from the Twin Cities based band whose foundation shifts from the simplicities of gentle folk instrumentation to greater nuances of musical arrangement and soundscape rooted in modern indie rock.  Dakota Midday host Karl Gehrke visits with singer Caroline Smith.