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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sioux Falls, SD

Kenny Wayne Shepherd and band were one of the featured acts at the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society's annual "Jazzfest" on July 15, 2016.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Heart, Deadwood, SD

Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart played the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota on May 11, 2016.

After seeing them in Mankato, Minnesota the year before I would have to say the Deadwood show wasn't one of their best. Last year they were incredible, this year they were okay. I got some hints that the altitude may have been affecting them and the show was only 75 minutes long.

They were still fun to see and I got the thrill of talking about guitar playing with Nancy for a second before the show.

Deadwood Mountain Grand


Sunday, April 24, 2016

CherryGun, Burnsville, MN

CherryGun played at Venue 13 in Burnsville, Minnesota on April 22, 2016. Fellow Minneapolis musician Prince had died the day before and the band performed a special tribute version of "Purple Rain" in his honor.

CherryGun is Amy M on vocals, Dan Hazer on guitar and vocals, Cory Carlson on bass and Cody Coppess on drums and vocals.