New Release and Interview : Fargo’s Tony The Butcher and Blitz

CousinofSleepYears before the idea of this site was even born, Kipp G and Tony The Butcher were inching their way in to the Sioux Falls music scene. I’ve met them numerous times through shows, interviewed them for articles, and even driven up to Fargo to see them perform in their hometown. (I also wrote a [slightly fictional] biography on them for 605 Magazine last July.) But the hip hop duo also seems at home in Sioux Falls, and why not? They’ve probably played more (and bigger) shows than half the local artists (together AND solo), and supported our scene like their careers were dependent on it.

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Interview : Minneapolis’ Botzy talks love for Sioux Falls, The Best Love Is Free

Botzy2It was just over two years ago that Adam Botsford (aka Botzy) made his first trip to Sioux Falls to promote his band, Culture Cry Wolf‘s, first show in town. Since then, the Minneapolis group has gained a cult-like following, opening for locals like Soulcrate and Later Babes, as well as headlining their own shows. Rapper/emcee/web-nerd Botzy has also performed a few solo sets in town, and you can catch him performing this Saturday, December 22, at Boonies for the Label “Still Breathing – Pumping Life Into Our Skate Scene” fashion show and benefit.

Until then, check out this interview I did with Botzy about his undying admiration for Sioux Falls (mainly a downtown bar called TommyJacks) and his annual event and compilation CD, The Best Love Is Free.

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Local and Regional Musicians: Have you applied yet?

The deadline is less than a week a way to submit to perform at the Second Stage during 2012’s Sioux Falls JazzFest.

The annual festival attracts thousands of people from across the country to Yankton Trail Park for three days of national, regional, and local music. The Second Stage is known for hosting many amazing locals, like Soulcrate Music, We All Have Hooks For Hands, and Burlap Wolf King.

This  year’s Jazz Fest will be August 26-28. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 15. Go HERE for more information on how to submit.

Not a musician? Not a problem. You can still help out by volunteering. I will be managing the Second Stage again this year and can always use some help selling merch. Feel free to shoot me an email (lucy.albers (at) gmail (dot) com) if you’re interested. If you’d like to help out in other areas of the festival, go here to sign up.