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Support Local Promoters; Shackshakers @ Big’s Tonight

While 60% of Sioux Falls will be at The Denty tonight knitting a new sweater at the Garth Show, I will be taking in a club show, put on by a local promoter at a local venue.  A portion of the money I spend will go to the promoter, the bar owner and it’s employees that will recirculate many times over in the community, unlike the Garth show that will suck millions out of our local economy.

The Suburbs, Take 16 Brewery in Luverne, MN, 7/14/17

In case you missed the Headliner at JazzFest last night; MarchFourth

Detroit Lewis DOC review; Tom Waits: Tales From A Cracked Jukebox

My favorite songwriter of all time.

Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews viewers are taken on a trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Tom Waits – a portrait of one of modern music’s most enigmatic and influential artists.

Only three musicians make me cry almost instantly, Hank Sr., Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits. I have about 90% of his stuff, and some rare European live crap. I did an art exhibit a few years ago that were paintings based on his music. The only show I sold completely out of. If you are not a fan, I suggest you watch this DOC done by BBC, and learn a little about this fantastic artist.

RIP Chris Cornell

Always loved this Duet with Vedder. Chris had one of the most powerful voices in Rock & Roll, he will be missed.


One of my favorite song writers passed. Rest in peace sir.

“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death and exact date of death was not given.

From Chuck Luden;

It is sad to learn of Leonard Cohen’s passing.

I bought his 1st LP upon release for $3.27 at Kmart on S. Minnesota Ave.  I was a freshman at Augustana then.  Followed his career ever since.  He was a gracious man and had vision.  Had a wonderful conversation with him in Minneapolis a few years ago in the lounge of the hotel I was staying at.  We even exchanged gifts.  A priceless memory for me.  This cell phone photo was shot by my friend Ray Novak.  (I won’t say what Chuck got as a gift, but it was something Leonard hand made, and pretty cool. This was actually the second time Chuck met with him in the same lounge before a show).


To say I’m a little excited would be an understatement

Lydia plays tonight at the District, she is opening for the Drive By Truckers. She is a weird combo of Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. Tickets are kind of spendy, but well worth it. Also a shout out to Scott Hudson for helping to produce a documentary about Lydia, if he can find it in his heart he will introduce me to Lydia.

Highlight of JazzFest? Andra Day!


In her own respects looking like Billy Holiday and sounding like Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse doesn’t hurt. She did a cover of Missippi God Damn and a montage of Bob Marley, truly a beautiful voice. Andra is going places.

Hudson writes a great article about Brian Masek & Jesse Christen


One of the best local interviews I have read in a long time. I can say I have been very fortunate to know Jesse and Brian for over 20 years, two of the top musical artists not only in Sioux Falls, but the region. Jesse is a regular at the Bolin Fest in Sioux City. I can’t even count the number of times I have seen both of them play around town and at my 15 year stint at Touch of Europe. Watching them both grow as musicians has truly been a treat. Though I could never play an instrument (just ask Jesse about the number of jokes he has cracked when I have asked him to teach me guitar) I truly appreciate music, and the raw talent these two have is remarkable. Please check them out at Jazzfest, 6 PM Thursday night on the main stage and Saturday night on the 2nd stage.

JazzFest is also a treat this year (25 years), I have been attending almost 20 years, the great mix of blues, jazz, R & B and even pop rock this year will make it one to remember, the weather is also going to be perfect. Props to Rob Joyce and SF Jazz and Blues, some of my proudest moments as a graphic designer and artist have been with the work I did with them, creating the logo for two years in the past. Come and join us and help me celebrate my big 44.

Brian Masek & Jesse Christen release new Jazz/Rock CD


You can listen to some samples HERE.