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2013 Main Stage Line-Up and Schedule

Thursday, July 18


    Siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen have a life-long connection with the blues. Growing up in Kansas City, MO, the trio soaked up the music of their parents, who were active in the thriving blues scene. After years of playing in separate bands, Danielle, Kris and Nick decided to keep things in the family and formed Trampled Under Foot. In 2008, they headed to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and walked away from the competition with First Place honors. Riding the wave of support following the IBC, Trampled Under Foot was ready to take their style of power blues/rock to audiences around the world.


  • DR. JOHN – 8:30 PM

    Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. His very colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex and Frankie Ford.

    Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album Sun, Moon and Herbs in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s In The Right Place, which contained thechart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”

    Dr. John garnered Grammy award wins in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2000. In 2004, his musical love letter to the city of New Orleans, “N’awlinz Dis Dat or D’udda,” was awarded the prestigious Académie Charles Cros 57ème Palmarès award in France. It was the first time since the 1970s that an artist from North America received the award.


Friday, July 19


    The American South has a rich musical legacy – the genesis of Jazz, cradle of Rock and Roll and birthplace of The Blues. Lanky, tattooed Tennessean, Scott Holt has been a bearer of the Blues torch for his entire career. Born and raised in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi, Scott was “touring before I was touring! My family moved a lot when I was little so I’ve lived all over the area where my favorite music was born and developed.” After beginning his musical journey relatively late, at 19 years old, Holt jumped on the fast-track by joining his friend and mentor Buddy Guy and playing guitar for 10 years during the most successful period of the Legend’s career.

    In addition to his tenure with Buddy and playing on the Grammy winning record Slippin’ In, Holt’s 7 solo records’ have established him not only as a six-string powerhouse but also as a penetrating and soulful storyteller. Holt calls it “tapping a frequency-getting to a place where the sounds that my band and I make are warm, human and undisguised by technology.” Through the countless hours and miles on the road, criss-crossing the country, Scott has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the world.



    Chubby Carrier is undeniably “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman.” He began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing the drums with his father’s band. He has been playing the accordion since he was 15. After touring the world with Terrance Siemien, he formed his own band in 1989.

    Based out of Lafayette, LA, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby’s professional career. In 2011, Chubby and the band won a Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for the ‘Zydeco Junkie’ album. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada, North Africa, and Europe.



    North Mississippi Allstars are a Southern rock/blues band from Hernando, Mississippi that formed in 1996. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors.

    The North Mississippi Allstars released their debut album, Shake Hands With Shorty, in the spring of 2000. Their debut proved to be a success and earned them a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’. After earning 2 more Grammy nominations in the same category for 51 Phantom (2001) and Electric Blue Watermelon (2005), the North Mississippi Allstars earned the reputation as one of the most intriguing acts to emerge from the loam of Southern blues and roots rock.


Saturday, July 20


    Born and raised within an hour of Sioux Falls the Hegg Brothershave spent many years performing music around the region. Their first appearance at JazzFest was over a decade ago with their 9-piece original horn band Spooncat!, who played a total of five performances between the main and secondary stage. In recent years the two brothers, Jeremy and Jonathon, have primarily played as a duo. The Hegg Brothers’ current incarnation finds them matching wits with a new group of cohorts, covering singer/songwriter music of all styles and sophistication. Members of the band have performed nationally and internationally with legendary artists such as Smokey Robinson and Maynard Ferguson.



    One of the country’s foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. Vadala is a guest clinician for the 2013 JazzFest Jazz Camp at Augustana College under the direction of Paul Schilf. Mr. Vadala will perform with the top jazz band on the main stage on Saturday afternoon.


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    Kris Lager started playing around the Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, area as a young teen guitar prodigy garnering the attention of the regional music scene. Entering into his adult years, Lager formed a band of friends and equally talented musicians and took his blues-based sounds to a more funky and modern place. The Kris Lager Band has seen a lot of success in their non-stop touring, playing over 200 shows each of the last five years. Kris Lager Band has developed a unique style with a varied mix of blues, funk, soul, Americana, rock and zydeco.



    Mingo Fishtrap is a Soul and funk band based in Austin, Texas. With a sound dancing between gutbucket soul, N’awlins grit-down funk and horn-fueled Motown pop, Mingo Fishtrap brings the flavor of 1967 to 2012. What’s old is new again; with young audiences flocking to see their live shows, and critics giving rave reviews, Mingo’s inspired, high-energy live show encourages audience participation. The band captures a musical conversation, which speaks with reverence about the past and with hope about the future.



    For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass.

    Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY with L’amour Ou La Folie (Traditional Folk Album – 1998) and then a second Grammy in 2010, Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve GRAMMY nominations, the latest being their 2009 release Alligator Purse



    Doyle Bramhall II was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock and roll sounds. His father, Doyle Bramhall Senior, was the drummer for blues legend Lightning Hopkins and a regular collaborator with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    When Doyle was 16 years old, he toured as second guitarist with Jimmy Vaughan’s band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Shortly thereafter he and fellow Texan, Charlie Sexton, co-founded the rock band Arc Angels.

    The album “Welcome” showcases the diversity of Bramhall’s talent; from his songwriting to his intense, soulful vocals and virtuoso guitar playing. Doyle and his band are set to open for Eric Clapton on the first leg of a worldwide tour this year.



    Sheryl Crow has garnered nine Grammys, performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting and Mick Jagger, released seven studio albums which sold more than 35 million records worldwide, saw the launch of her very own clothing line Bootheel Trading Co., is a cancer survivor and passionate humanitarian. From humble beginnings as a jingle and back-up singer, Crow has reached the pinnacle of professional solo success.

    Crow’s debut, the seven times platinum Tuesday Night Music Club, hit #3 and earned three Grammys–Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the classic “All I Wanna Do.” In 1996, triple platinum Sheryl Crow (#6) earned the Grammy for Best Rock Album for “If It Makes You Happy,” and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. 1998’s platinum The Globe Sessions (#5) also garnered the Best Rock Album Grammy, as its “Everyday Is A Winding Road” and “My Favorite Mistake” both reached the Pop Top 20.


2013 Second Stage Line-up and Schedule

Thursday, July 18

  • Bitterroot Band – 6:30 PM

    Consisting of three members, The Bitterroot Band uses traditional folk-minded three part harmonies with honest and meaningful lyrics to deliver a passionate and soul stirring performance. On a backbone of rebellious rock attitude and raw traditional instrumentation, band members pride themselves on an unrelenting work ethic and a deep hunger to write, perform, and entertain.

    With the release of their first official recordings entitled “The Mason Jar EP” in February of 2012, The Bitterroot Bands momentum is continuing to grow and The Band is poised to take their sound to anywhere that welcomes their own brand of lyric driven, foot moving, folk music.


  • The Tinder Box – 8:00 PM

    Humbled by their south-eastern South Dakota roots, The Tinder Box (Chad Konrad, Dominic Osterloh, & Jon Wallner) offer a uniquely cohesive blend of Folk, Blues, & Bluegrass. With their February 2011 release of the debut EP These Winds (recorded at Blacklodge Recording in Eudora, KS), The Tinder Box emerged as a three-member band with the driving force of most full-bands. Foot-tapping kick hits, elevated banjo picking, complementary trumpet fills and full harmonies have helped to already create a name for this young band; who is currently receiving air-play on college/indie radio stations across the US and international air-play in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. With a second EP released in October 2012 (Who’s To Till This Land?), The Tinder Box has continued touring throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, & Colorado with no plans of slowing.


Friday, July 19

  • Chris Borchardt – 6:00 PM

    Saxophonist, Chris Borchardt, is a young emerging talent from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He recently graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls with a degree in Music Education. He is now employed by the Sioux Falls School District and is a band director at Patrick Henry Middle School.  Chris has performed extensively throughout the Sioux Falls area in past years for both private parties and public events. Chris has been a featured soloist with the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Jazz Camp Band and the Worthington Community Orchestra. He has performed at the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society JazzFest, the Sioux Empire Fair, the Lifelight Music Festival, and Flandreau River Days. Chris is a sub for the Sioux Falls Big Band, Municipal Band and the Dakota Wind Ensemble. Throughout his years of playing, Chris has had the opportunity to solo alongside such jazz artists as: Chris Vadala, Mark Colby, Mike Tomaro, and Matt Wallace.


  • Mind Machine – 7:30 PM

    Mind Machine is an original alternative rock band from Sioux Falls, SD.  In 2011 the four-piece formed and began playing a range of styles including bluesy rock, ambient textures, and alt-rock reminiscent of bands like Radiohead, Muse and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  During these early collaborations, the group began to form what would become their varied and improvisation-intensive style.  Over the years that followed, the band has continued exploring sonically, cultivating an occasional hard rock edge contrasting their softer textures, as well as furthering their prog rock leanings, drawing comparisons to groups like Pink Floyd and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.


  • Blues Bashers – 9:00 PM

    Blues Bashers, the band features a man who’s forgotten more musical adventures than most of us will ever have: Bobby Berge. Wanting to add some new blood to the mix, Bobby hooked up with Jesse Christen. Hailing from the small South Dakota town of Huron, Jesse managed to learn to do something good: play guitar. And thanks to a mind that never stops seeking the truth, he plays with melody, dynamics and emotion — no de-tuned guitars or walls of effects. On harmonica and vocals is Derek Snow. The harmonica isn’t always valued as a serious instrument; but when Derek peels off a few licks on the “harp,” that opinion is quickly changed. Rounding out the group on piano is veteran Terry Brooks.


Saturday, July 20

  • JazzFest Jazz Camp – Noon

    JazzFest Jazz Camp has enough bright young musicians for two bands! Watch half of the campers show their stuff on the 2nd stage!

  • The Coopers – 1:15 PM

    Conceived as an extension high school jazz band in early 2011, The Coopers launched themselves into the Sioux Falls music scene ready to spice things up; as much a smooth jazz ensemble could. What began as an ambient restaurant jazz group quickly evolved; first came faster swing, and bebop, with influences of Charlie Parker. Equipped with a saxophone and trumpet, a guitar, bass, and drummer, and a couple of real books, The Coopers dove into more modern jazz and funk.



  • FTX – 2:45 PM

    FTX (Field Training Exercise) is a newer group to the 147th Army Band. A horn-line, vocal, and rhythm-section group “experiment” based on the new Army concept that entertainment and music must meet the demand of its audience. The result was a blending of genres, vocals, and playing only the best songs.

    It was originally formed as an Octet in the spring of 2010 for performances during a tour of South Dakota communities. Very quickly, this passionate and energetic group has become indispensable to the organization. FTX has retained its size, but found new ways to exploit its members’ many incredible talents. Constantly evolving, the group can’t be defined in one word by style. They perform a variety of music including jazz, funk, pop, rock, and rap.

  • Kyle Knutson – 4:15 PM

    Coining the phrase “Front Porch Blues”, Kyle Knutson creates a sound that separates him apart from most singer/songwriter acts of today. With a predominate finger-picking style of guitar playing that becomes augmented by the tapping of his foot on a wooden plank, finally the occasional notes of a harmonica accompanied between vocal lines will leave you feeling as though you are on your front porch on a warm Summers’ eve kicking it easy with a cold beverage of choice in hand.

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  • White Dads – 5:45 PM

    White Dads are a Minneapolis based indie pop-rock super group with a rotating cast of talented musicians from the surrounding area. Their electrifying live shows have been melting faces and hearts all over the Midwest, and they have quickly built a cult-like following. Founders Nicholas Christopulos and Samuel Wilbur were born and raised in Sioux Falls, where they started their auspicious musical careers at a young age. As adults, the two regrouped at the University of Minnesota and have been writing and recording music together since 2011. White Dads have a brand new album in the works and they are looking forward to taking over the entire world.


  • Hegg Brothers – 7:15 PM

    The Hegg Brothers will appear a second time on the second stage! This performance will be different from the first with a star-studded array of Mid-west artists joining the performance. You won’t want to miss it!


  • Phantom Balance – 9:00 PM

    Music and passion run in the family when it comes to brothers Ezrah Ounce and Frank Villon, the two members of Sioux Falls, SD, based Phantom Balance. Hailing from a small town in the southwest corner of Minnesota, the two grew up spending hours perfecting their craft, from rhythm to lyrics. Initially creating music as two separate entities, each performer worked hard to create demos with whatever equipment they could get their hands on. Years down the road, both brothers found themselves in Sioux Falls, and decided to try making music together. In January 2010, the group released City of Smoke, followed up by Ocean of Rest in May 2011. Building off the experiences of growing up together, their lyrics reflect each member’s observations on the world. Hard at work to give their fans another new album in 2012, the two are taking no time to rest as they constantly fill shows in the local area and spend plenty of time on the road. Their diligent Midwest charm seems to be working, as Phantom Balance has gained the attention of both young and old hip hop fans in the area. It’s no question that the two are forming a revival for the future of the local music scene.



Take a look at the 2012 JazzFest Performers.

Take a look at the 2011 JazzFest Performers.

Take a look at the 2010 JazzFest Performers.

Take a look at the 2009 JazzFest Performers.

2008 JazzFest Performers:

Jonny Lang, Joyce Cooling Group, Tab Benoit, Taj Mahal, Blues Bashers, Slim Man, Jonah Smith, Simone, Robben Ford, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, BlueTanes, Soulcrate Music, M80, Jazz Portraits, Victoria Pennock Band, Dakota Jazz Collective, Snakebeard Jackson, Truth & Adapt, Solution, Little Bird Band

2007 JazzFest Performers:

Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks Band, Robert Cray Band, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, The Lee Boys, Bonerama, Jeff Golub, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Northlanders Jazz Band with Chris Vadala, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, Steve Weingart and Mike Miller, Solution, Soulcrate Music, Snakebeard Jackson, Kyle Knutson, Derek Postini, Dakota Jazz Collective, Urban Blues

2006 JazzFest Performers:

Medeski, Martin and Wood, Shemekia Copeland, Mavis Staples, Ticket to Brasil, Albert Cummings, Hubert Sumlin and the G.E. Smith Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ana Popovic, Quarter Round, Derek Postini Band, Dan Mahar, South Dakota Jazz Orchestra w/Denis DiBlasio and Steve Wiest, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Northlanders Jazz, Serenata, The BlueTanes

2005 JazzFest Performers:

Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, Kelley Hunt, Greyhounds, Claudia Acuna, Dotsero, Guitarboy, SD Jazz Orchestra, Stallions, Violet, Hailey Soyland Band, DNR, Dan Mahar, That’s The Time, Jazz Portraits, Red Road, Phil Baker and Jeremy Hegg

2004 JazzFest Performers:

John Hiatt, Little Feat, Chris Botti, the subdudes, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Roomful of Blues, Shane Henry, The Mezcal Brothers, Standard Time, Reggae Cowboys, P. Skunk Willy and the Antibots, Spooncat!, Sleepeater, Wumpus, Isaiah and Joe, That’s the Time, Grant Manhart/Brian Harding Quintet

2003 JazzFest Performers:

Mighty Sam McClain, Chris Duarte Band, Tower of Power, The Rejivenators, The Mezcal Brothers, SF Big Band with Chris Vadala, Nachito Herrera and Puro Cubano, Tony Monaco Trio, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, The Neville Brothers, Rosie Ledet and Her Zydeco Playboys, Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Dave Moore, The Fabulous Jadesmen, Standard Time, Spooncat!

2002 JazzFest Performers:

Tinsley Ellis, Walter Trout and the Radicals, Delbert McClinton, Third Verse, Harmonious Wail, Billy Music, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Los Hombres Calientes, Sista Monica, Tommy Castro, Jazz Portraits, Deadline, Rochford Jazz Ensemble, Jay Stulo, Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans

2001 JazzFest Performers:

Los Lobos, The Neville Brothers, Steel Pulse, Marcia Ball, Debbie Duncan, Kelly Hunt, Nelson Rangell, Omar & The Howlers, Bio Ritmo, Otis Taylor, Hadden Sayers Band, Spooncat!, Reggae Cowboys, Life B4 Color, Violet, North Main Blues Revue, Leghorn, Dr. Hector & The Groove Injectors

2000 JazzFest Performers:

Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Liquid Soul, Bernard Allison, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers, Slim Man, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Connie Evingson, Spooncat!, Boom Shaka, Radio X, Little Slim & The Back Alley Blues Band, Blues Exchange, Friends, Standard Time, Bill Gibson Dixieland Band

1999 JazzFest Performers:

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Terrance Simien, Big John Dickerson & Blue Chamber, Tommy Castro, Luther “Guitar” Johnson, Charlie Musselwhite, Eric Marienthal, Reggae Cowboys, Joanna Connor, Native Vibe, Sioux Falls Big Band

1998 JazzFest Performers:

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Mahogany, Johnnie Johnson, The Senders, Radio X, Spooncat!, Bill Gibson/Stephen Fulton Septet

1997 JazzFest Performers:

Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Cha’s, Indigenous, Phil Perry, The Rippingtons, Dave Koz, Boom Shaka, Left Bank Jazz Society, Greg Koch, Pascal Bokar

1996 JazzFest Performers:

Earl Klugh, David Benoit, Little Scotty & The Spinners, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Irie, Native Vibe, Scotty Spenner