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Concert Cancellation could be a lesson in Economic Impact

While I understand peeps frustration in Stapleton cancelling his show last night (he really could have done it earlier in the day) I really think this could be a lesson in local economic impact. As we know, the Denty hasn’t really helped the economy in Sioux Falls that much, in fact it is a drain of over $10 million a year to taxpayers, money that could be spent on needed infrastructure instead. As I have said before, besides the little bit of tax revenue we draw from the place each year, almost 100% of the money that is spent at the facility goes straight down the highway. The promoters, management companies (beverage and food included) and the artists get the lion’s share and take it straight out of town. Very little gets recirculated in the community.

But last night, I saw something amazing in DTSF. The streets were filled with flannel wearing, boot scootin’ concert goers that were stuck in town for the night without a show to go to. They were spending the money they intended to throw away at the Denty in our town at local businesses instead of to a corporate giant.

It would be interesting to see what the sales tax boost to the city was from last night.

One of the main reasons I opposed the Denty, wasn’t because of the price tag, it was because it would not benefit local business. When people are dropping $400 per person in one night (tickets, beverages, taxi, hotel, etc.) basically in one place, they have blown their entertainment budget for several months and not spending it locally.

I remember a time around 10-15 years ago when you had oodles of options to see live music and entertainment at a host of different venues. And not just local yocals but National and Regional acts. The money spent got recirculated in our community.

Let us learn from this incident.

South DaCola Music Club w/Unicorn

One of my friends pushed me this direction this weekend. I love how I can hear The Band, the 60’s Beetles, The Dead, the Jayhawks and even a little Lou Reed;

Montrose Music Festival, Aug 27-29, 2021

My friend of over 25 years, Matt Fockler, is throwing a FREE music festival in Montrose this weekend. There are some amazing local and national musicians playing. The Saturday night concert featuring Redd Volkaert and Steve Fisher is $30 but everything else is FREE including parking and camping (in a tent). There will be plenty of great vendors including Ben’s Brewery. Come on out, it should be a blast.

Mayor TenHaken ‘Crushes’ CCR

This is almost better than Mayor Bowlcut & Bucktooth dancing by himself at the Denty.

2021 Levitt Concert Series starts Friday

To say I am a ‘little excited’ is an understatement. In 2019 the one thing that made it bearable to live in Sioux Falls was the concert series, I think I attended almost every concert and only skipped out early on a couple of them. This is an enormous gift to our community and I encourage everyone to attend as often as possible. The concerts are FREE to the public (that is what makes them special) and present award winning and national and international talent. I am a bit bias as a visual artist I have often been jealous of musicians and love live music. Besides the bike trail, the Levitt is truly a gem in our city. Come join the fun Friday where Ranky Tanky will open the concert series, and many thanks to local director Nancy Halverson, her crew and volunteers for giving us the true gift of art.

A little Marcin to start off the weekend

While it is obvious he does use a lot of post production tricks, he is pretty fun to listen to.

I really get into it

I finally watched this documentary today. Brought back a lot of memories and I was touched that it was dedicated to my late best friend Matt Staab who died almost 19 years ago (December 24, 2001).

I started going to shows in the summer of 1991 at Nordic Hall right before I moved to Sioux Falls. When I moved here in August of that summer I found a roommate in the paper and he happened to be a part time security officer who would work the shows there. I frequented the place quite a bit and my favorite bands to see there were 8 Bark from Chicago and God’s Favorite Band from Minneapolis.

I met Matt and Jesse Christen in the early 90’s at weirdo watering hole Your House of Coffee on East 10th street (It is Shalom now). Matt worked at Kinkos and made a lot of the ticket artwork and fliers and I would help him with it since I worked as a graphic designer at a small print shop. After he died I inherited the job and created a ton of posters and ticket artwork for shows at the Pomp Room.

While it is hard for me to remember all the shows I saw (mostly for free since I was ticket art guy, or as they called me at the Pomp Room, Punk Ass Freak) I do remember some great ones like Fugazi, Zeke, Gwar, Danzig, Son Volt, Jayhawks, Los Straitjackets (where I was asked to get off the bar I was surfing on) and the list goes on and on.

I got a bad muscle spasm once stage diving in my back where I could barely walk for a month, and knocked a front tooth out at a Supersuckers show.

The music scene in the 1990’s in Sioux Falls was on fire and explosive. You could literally see live bands 3-4 nights a week and at least 2-3 national acts a month.

I miss those times. While it seems there is more cultural opportunities in Sioux Falls these days, they also seem very Lily White.

The funny part about the documentary is I knew a lot of the people involved, and it was great seeing some of those knuckleheads in the film since a lot of them have moved away.

I highly suggest if you went to Nordic or Pomp shows to check it out, brought back a lot of memories (of what I can remember) of sweaty mayhem.

RIP Little Richard

I have always been a gigantic fan, he will be missed!

Dedicated to the hard working residents of Sioux Falls who have no choice but to go to work

Let’s turn on the Pandemic Friday ‘Heat’