Sunday, March 12, 2017

Red Willow Band, Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

One of the Red Willow Band's periodic reunion performances was part of the Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota on August 2, 2014. I remember it being a very hot day, but I think you can see the guys were having a good time.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

CherryGun, Larchwood, IA

CherryGun played two nights at the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa on February 24-25, 2017. Cody Coppess, Cory Carlson, Amy Monaghan and Dan Monaghan put on their usual musically-tight show. The casino is just a few miles east of Sioux Falls and Brandon, South Dakota.

For more information or to book CherryGun, check out their website at Live video here -

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Brule, Badlands National Park

On a beautiful evening in Badlands National Park, Brule packed the park amphitheater and surrounding buttes on August 27, 2016. The performance was part of the National Park Service's nationwide centennial celebration.

The audience really seemed to appreciate the special night of Native American music and dance in the historical tribal landscape. After the concert, the dancers posed for photos on top of the Badlands formations as the sun faded away, which even the park rangers enjoyed immensely.

I'm happy to have been able to witness this concert, which is just the latest in a long string of very impressive performances by South Dakota's own Brule. It would great to see more events like this in the National Parks.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Brule, Custer, SD

South Dakota's own American Indian Rock Opera, Brule, performed at the Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival in Custer on August 26, 2016. Brule's performance on Pageant Hill opened the festival, which also included Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., Eddie Money, and numerous other music acts.


 The following night Brule performed in a spectacular setting in Badlands National Park, which will be the topic of an upcoming post.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Outer Vibe, Pierre, SD

I've been following The Outer Vibe online for a few years now after I discovered they had been recording videos and social media posts around western South Dakota. Although the band hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, in recent years they have been hanging around South Dakota quite a bit.

So when I discovered they were playing in Pierre just a few miles from my house on August 20, 2016 I was excited to be able to finally see and meet them. They are a friendly bunch of hippies with a fun infectious sound.

See? I even spotted a Wooden Legs Brewing Co. sticker from the Brookings beer joint on a road case. These guys seriously love South Dakota!

Check out The Outer Vibe at and don't miss the journal posts about their adventures in South Dakota and elsewhere.

Those of us familar with South Dakota locations will recognize a couple spots in their "Shining Like a Diamond" video.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

KISS, Cheyenne, WY

The almighty KISS played Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 29, 2016. Although with age they may have lost some of the thunder, the KISS show is still one of the more spectacular rock concerts you'll find. Obviously I was shooting from the seats, but it's better than no pictures at all.

Country boy Aaron Watson opened the show and it was a moving experience hearing his "July in Cheyenne" tribute to late great bull rider Lane Frost in the very arena where Frost was killed.