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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’

So Sad, an amazing songwriter dies from the ‘Beast’

Turn, Turn, Turn

R.I.P. Bill Withers

the color of sound

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, it took over 13 years to put this project out there. I get it.

I could go into long rants about why that is, but to tell you the truth, I mostly forgot.

I also want to remind people this was a first attempt at something locally. We all did not know what the Hell we were doing, but we all knew what we were passionate about, visual art and music.

I think the idea was cooked up one day while hanging out with Eyob. I had done a couple ‘Art of Jazz’ shows at the Touch of Europe (painting while music played) and people really dug it. So Eyob says to me, “Why not film it?”


So we pitched the idea to a videographer friend Chris who worked at a local TV station at the time, she was cool with it. She recruited some of her colleagues to help with the filming.

And I have to give props to Chris, I think she had to go thru 25 hours of footage to get this down to 1 hour. I believe there was 5 cameras for 5 hours.

It’s certainly not a Warhol film. But it was a nice experiment. All or most of the paintings sold, I think there was 14. The main one I believe with the reclined torso is in the bathroom at Zandbroz. And I remember admiring it one day while dropping the kids off at the pool.

I also want to thank our sound engineer, Dave Scarborough, I often tell people the audio from this is a masterpiece in itself. I have the full 5 hours on CD. At the time, these were the finest Jazz and Blues musicians in the city (if not the state), some of them still are, and I think this is more of film about their extraordinary talents than a bunch of hooligans painting.

Sandra and James were also extremely accommodating in letting us use the basement of the Harvestor building. When I asked them if we could do it there, they pretty much said ‘Cool’. They used to own the Riverwalk Cafe which featured local musicians which is now the Market, you know that place that makes prize winning burgers or something.

There were also tons of great volunteers who helped out with many things, including Little ‘T’ and Charles Luden with photography.

I guess I just decided after 13 years or so it was time to show others, because art doesn’t mean a damn thing if you are painting in your basement by yourself (As an artist friend told me once) oh the irony of this being filmed in a basement.

Jesse is actually the one who encouraged me to put it out there (who was super sick with the flu during the filming) but stole the show with so many hot licks. I would also like to thank Cameraman Bruce for rendering it for me.

A lot of people these days are all about promoting the arts in Sioux Falls, which is great, but they talk a lot, I sometimes get bitter, then laugh a little and say to myself, “Yeah, that’s what I have been saying for 20 years.”

The best part (besides the fact that I’m a lot lighter these days) is that I still know most of the people in this project and talk to them on a regular basis, they are friends in art, and those friends I will always hold dear. As I often tell people, “All of my heros are artists.”

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