Local artists create Stay Live Method collective

StayLiveA few months ago I was approached by a local hip-hop musician to be a part of a new group forming in Sioux Falls. The group was made mainly of other rappers in the area, with the purpose of merging the music and the art communities.

Stay Live Method focuses on creating a connection between all artists: musicians, photographers, painters, poets, etc. The goal is to create a new scene; A community that provides high quality live events through the connection of all creatives (and those who support the arts).

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Sioux Falls Musicians Market

I’m very excited to be putting together an event in Sioux Falls titled the Musicians Market.

The event is set for October 8, 2010, at the 8th and Railroad Center in downtown Sioux Falls.

The Musicians Market will present the Sioux Falls community with an opportunity to be involved in and experience the local music scene firsthand. The event will hold a mixer for bands, media, recording studios, bookings agents, photographers, and various others involved with music. It will also allow the public to visit with the artists and discover new talent.

Created to build a united group of artists and solidify the local scene, the MM is open to everyone. Local music will be played throughout the night, but no bands will be performing live. Thus, no one band, genre, or age group will be treated as a main focus. The event is open to anyone involved with music, from playing an instrument to covering concerts for the news to taking photos for band websites, and so on. Continue reading

Preview: Jazzfest 2010!

Tomorrow, several of my friends will be playing at Sioux Falls’ annual Jazzfest.

Now, this isn’t any ordinary show. It’s outdoors. It’s free. It has live art. It has dancers. It has light shows. And did I mention it’s FREE?

The night kicks off at 7 pm with 5-piece Jazz group, Polyphase. But the real fun kicks in at 8 pm with We All Have Hooks For Hands. I’ve been told there would be the infamous Jackson 5 cover (if only Eli could learn those dance moves), and I’m keeping my fingers crossed to hear the OMC song again. Continue reading

El Raedio show: Episode 12 ft. The Sewer Rats

After taking a month off and switching time slots, the El Rae-dio show came back refreshed and renewed.

On Episode 12, Dan and Mike Nissen of The Sewer Rats joined me in the studio. The brothers and I chatted about their appearance at 44 Fest in Sioux Falls, future plans for the band, and the cooperative effort of bands in the local music scene.

The Sewer Rats currently have one album out (Save Yourself), and are currently in the works of putting another one together. Stay up to date with the band by checking them out on MySpace, Facebook and ReverbNation.

Download The Sewer Rats’ appearance via MediaFire here. Episode originally aired June 18, 2010 on 94.5 KCFS (Sioux Falls).