Chubby Carrier from JazzFest 2016

Jun 30, 2017

Chubby Carrier has been called the “premier Zydeco showman." Hailing from Louisiana—the birthplace of Zydeco music—Chubby is the third generation of Zydeco artists in the Carrier family. His cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are also considered Zydeco legends.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have traveled the world and recorded nearly a dozen albums. In 2011, their album “Zydeco Junkie” won the Grammy for best Zydeco or Cajun music album. And in 2016, they brought some Louisiana flavor to the plains.

Samantha Fish

Dec 5, 2014

Samantha Fish is barely into her 20s but her blues chops are those of a veteran.  Growing up in the blues hotbed of Kansas City, Fish was more into artists like Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones and the Black Crowes.  The blues became her genre, however, after countless viewings of a Stevie Ray Vaughn video.  By the age of 17, Fish was already playing to live audiences.  Her debut came at Knucklehead's in Kansas City.  Her debut CD, "Runaway," was released in 2012.  For it, she was honored with the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut that year.  It was another feather for Fish after her

The Kris Lager Band

Nov 7, 2014

The Kris Lager Band's mission is simple.  They're dedicated to good music and a Real Good Time!  The self-described "rock revivalists" from Nebraska groove through layers of rock, blues, soul, reggae, funk - almost everything!  Kris Lager's first time on stage was with multiple WC Handy award winner Magic Slim.  Lager was only 16!  The band leader has a longtime chemistry with keyboardist Jeremiah Weir.  Multi-talented drummer John Fairchild got behind the drums as a youngster at his Omaha church.  And Brandon Miller's bass chops are as cool as his high kicks.  The Kris Lager Band is instru

Mat D And The Profane Saints

Sep 26, 2014

Enjoy a scorching set from Mat D and the Profane Saints this week on No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The Sioux Empire club scene regulars headlined the second stage at JazzFest 2014 (presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society) in Sioux Falls on July 18.  Mat D has only been playing acoustic guitar for about 12 years.  He was drawn to the instrument after seeing Bob Dylan in concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City in 2002.  Mat D's burly vocals are perfectly surrounded by the Profane Saints; Kur

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

Doyle Bramhall II

May 30, 2014

Texas guitar virtuoso Doyle Bramhall II opened for Sheryl Crow at JazzFest in Sioux Falls last summer - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Bramhall II was destined to play his gritty style of blues rock as his father grew up and collaborated with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Bramhall, Sr.


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.


Feb 28, 2014

Cajun music specialists BeauSoleil of Lafayette, Louisiana, performed at JazzFest on July 20, 2013 - a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  BeauSoleil take the rich Cajun traditions of their home state and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and rock and roll into a delectable musical recipe.  Founded in 1975, BeauSoleil has released 25 albums.  Their most recent cd, "From Bamako to Carencro," came out in 2013.  The band has won two Grammy Awards and received several other Grammy nominations.  Plus, they have been honored many tim

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.

Sheryl Crow - Part 2 & Kyle Knutson

Jan 7, 2014

Hear the second part of Sheryl Crow's JazzFest 2013 concert in this episode of No Cover, No Minimum Radio.  The concert happened just two months before Crow released her first country music album, "Feels Like Home," which was ranked by Billboard as one of the 10 Best Country Music Albums of 2013.  It was also Crow's first release on Warner Bros. Records.  Crow and her band were joined by another JazzFest 2013 performer, Doyle Bramhall II, for an exciting encore in this concert.

Sheryl Crow - Part 1

Dec 26, 2013

It was one hit after another when Sheryl Crow headlined JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls, a presentation of the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society.  Prior to her solo career taking off, Crow was very much in demand as a vocalist.  The Missouri native was a backing vocalist during Michael Jackson's "Bad" world tour from 1987-89.  She has also sung backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle and Ryan Adams.  Crow has sold over 17 million albums in the U.S.

Chubby Carrier From JazzFest 2013

Nov 15, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio stars "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman," Chubby Carrier with his Bayou Swamp Band.  Carrier is a third generation Zydeco artist.  His father, Roy Carrier, grandfather, Warren Carrier and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier are considered legends in Zydeco music.  Chubby began playing drums in his father's band at the age of 12.  He began playing the accordion at 15 and, by the age of 17, was touring the world with Terrance Simien's band.

The Best Of JazzFest

Sep 5, 2013

SDPB-TV airs The Best of JazzFest Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Central.  The special includes several artists who performed in July at JazzFest in Sioux Falls, presented by the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society, including Sheryl Crow, North Mississippi Allstars and Dr. John.  SDPB-TV producer Kevin Patten and SFJB Executive Director Rob Joyce previewed the special and visited about the success of JazzFest 2013.


Sep 4, 2013

A scheduled appearance by The Hegg Brothers band accompanied by "a star-studded array of Midwest artists" became a full blown Spooncat reunion last July at JazzFest 2013 at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls.  Months before the show, calls were made to the Hegg's musician friends as they wanted their second stage performance to be different from the main stage show they would perform earlier in the day.  One call led to another and another - to the point that nobody wanted to be left out!

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.

Brandon Sprague Blues Band

Jun 20, 2013

Deadwood based blues artist Brandon Sprague has certainly gained the respect of his peers.  B.B. King said, "Brandon plays from the heart and will be part of carrying on the blues torch."  An adept performer, Sprague has mastered his Fender Stratocasters and dobro guitar.  Over the years, he's shared the stage with blues greats like Eddy Clearwater, Kenny Neal, Chris Duarte, Gene Taylor, B.B. King and many others.

Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys

May 24, 2013

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society welcomed Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys to the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls on March 8, 2013.  Shaw's career began at the age of four as she studied classical violin.  By the age of eight, she was hooked on Cajun fiddle music.  The singer/fiddler/actress has been performing with The Cute Guys since she was 10.  Now 22, Shaw continues to perform internationally while embracing her Louisiana roots.

Lee Ritenour

May 10, 2013

Jazz guitar legend Lee Ritenour put together a world class band for his 2013 tour that stopped in Sioux Falls on April 5 at the Orpheum Theater.  Ritenour was joined by long-time collaborator and 12-time Grammy Award winner Dave Grusin on piano and keyboards, Melvin Davis on 4, 5, 6 & 7 string bass and Sonny Emery on drums.  Ritenour's concert was the final show in the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's 2012-13 concert series.

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.

The Blues Bashers

Mar 8, 2013

This week's No Cover, No Minimum Radio comes from the second stage at JazzFest in Sioux Falls where the Blues Bashers played on July 26, 2012.  The Blues Bashers features Bobby Berge on drums.  Berge was playing with Sioux City band, The Velaires, when he met a young Tommy Bolin in the mid-1960s.  Later, Bolin would ask Berge to come to Colorado to join Zephyr.  Berge played drums for Bolin for most of the guitarist's career before his death in 1976.  Berge still calls Bolin, "one of the greatest."  Some 30 years later, Berge hooked up with Jesse Christen of Huron.  It's Christen's melodic,