JazzFest 2015 Performers
2015 Main Stage Line-Up
MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATIONS PRESENTS: Grace Potter
Born in Waitsfield, Vermont, Grace Potter grew up in a family that encouraged her artistic pursuits in areas from music to theater, the latter of which she was studying at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open-mike night in 2002 and asked if she would form a band with him. She declined, but when her high-school friend and bass player Courtright Beard enrolled in their college, she reconsidered the invitation, and the three of them began to write and perform jazz-influenced songs, Potter also taking duties on the Hammond B-3. Soon, guitarist Scott Tournet joined, and the bandmembers, calling themselves Grace Potter & the Nocturnals — thanks to their late-night practice habits — began to think seriously about making music their careers. When Burr graduated in 2003, they decided to move back to Vermont to some land that Potter’s parents owned and dedicate themselves more fully to their craft, replacing Beard (who chose to stay at school) with Bryan Dondero in the process.
In 2004 they self-released their debut, Original Soul, receiving positive response and comparisons to artists like Norah Jones and early Bonnie Raitt. This in turn garnered major-label offers, but the band preferred to build its fan base by constant touring and festival appearances. Word of their electric performance spread, and shortly after their second album, Nothing But the Water — also self-released — came out in 2005, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals signed to Hollywood Records, with their third full-length, This Is Somewhere, hitting shelves nationwide in August 2007. In 2010, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals was released; Hollywood pulled out all the stops in order to break the band internationally. Over the next year and a half, they toured incessantly, releasing a four-song Christmas EP, a live album in the UK, and a digital download-only set recorded live at the Fillmore. Potter’s duet with Kenny Chesney, “You and Tequila,” was nominated for Single of the Year — Vocal Collaboration at the American Country Awards, and the pair performed it at the CMA awards. In June of 2012, a new studio album, The Lion the Beast the Beat, by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals was released.
MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATIONS PRESENTS: Boz Scaggs
Boz Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. In the 1960s, Scaggs gained fame as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with the Steve Miller Band. Additionally, he had several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States in the 1970s, which included hits such as “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees. Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.
Fans who have followed Boz Scaggs’ remarkable career dating back to the late Sixties will instantly recognize Scaggs’ characteristically deft touch as a singer. He brings a sly drawl, a conversational intimacy, and an elegant delicacy to his work. His soul is effortless and deeply felt, never making a show of itself, but unmistakably evident in every lyric he delivers.
You can hear a sense of fun, as well as the ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout Scaggs’ newest album of A Fool to Care. The inspirational heart of those songs lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility. Ranging from the seductive New Orleans rumble of the title track to the wry social commentary of “Hell to Pay” and a heartbreakingly wistful interpretation of The Band’s “Whispering Pines.”
What ultimately communicates about A Fool to Care is how fully Boz Scaggs inhabits these songs. They seem less like interpretations than realizations, proves that when you truly make someone else’s song your own, you paradoxically restore something essential to it.
Marcia Ball, the Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including five of her six previous Alligator albums. Always a songwriter of renown, Ball delved deeper into songwriting than she ever had in her career with her Grammy-nominated 2010 Alligator release, Roadside Attractions, creating one of her best and most personal albums.
The title track of Marcia Ball’s new album, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, is an irresistible tale of true love at the travelling carnival. It’s a story that nobody but Ball could spin, filled with vivid details, universal truths, and a rambunctious sense of fun and desire. With raucous horns punctuating Ball’s legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the song kicks off the CD of eleven originals and one glorious cover (Hank Ballard’s He’s The One). The release mixes Ball’s Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her legendary career.
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk’s national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70’s. Tweed Funk boasts 4 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins in the last 3 years for the band and its members.
Tweed Funk’s third CD, First Name Lucky, has launched the band to new heights: nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category, reached #10 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Album Chart, and reached #11 on the Living Blues Chart.
Harper & Midwest Kind
An amalgamation of blues, rock, soul and world music, multi award winning Australian singer/ songwriter “Peter D. Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and World music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre which many have labeled “World Blues”. His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback, breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects. The powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. Harper is backed by his incredible Detroit based band “Midwest Kind”.
For most musicians, “the road” is a place of either hedonism or heartache. Contrasts on the far ends of a far too common cliché. But for Soul-Blues Guitar Slinger Hadden Sayers, the road is a comfortable buzz of underground fans and passionate shows. Confident tunes from a mature, assured composer, the newest record, Rolling Soul, features Sayers at his best. Heartfelt lyrics sung from deep inside matched with innovative guitar work, recorded with the warmth and soul and depth of the best vintage gear. It’s a record to contemplate and savor.
Hank has encompassed and assimilated a wide range of musical genres into his own distinct style. His telling of the story behind each song creates an intimate, immediate and relaxed atmosphere, honest and informal, genuine and vulnerable. All age groups, in small concerts or large festival crowds, relate to his clear, sincere and poetic lyrics and music.
Slim Man studied trumpet for the next 9 years, and also taught himself how to play piano and guitar. After studying classical piano, composition and harmony at Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, MD, Slim Man got signed as a songwriter for Motown Records. He had songs recorded by the Temptations, Angela Bofill, and other artists. Slim Man also recorded a CD for Motown, which gave birth to his signature style–a unique blend of jazz, soul and pop.
Slim Man debut CD End of the Rainbow was on many Top Ten lists for the year. Since that debut CD, Slim Man has released 11 CDs, his latest a collection of live recordings called Slim Man LIVE. Slim Man has also sung for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on Christmas Day, 1999 and was nominated by the Canadian Jazz Awards for International Vocalist of the Year two years ago.
In the short span of 2 years, The Record Company (Los Angeles, CA) has gone from recording in the bass player’s living room to playing with a diverse range of music’s top acts including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Charles Bradley, The Wood Brothers, Social Distortion, and Robert Randolph. This rock/roots/blues trio has been described by Time Out L.A. as if “John Lee Hooker and The Stooges had a love-child”.
Their music has been featured in over 25 commercial, film, and television placements including ads for Coors Light, Subaru, ABC’s “Nashville”, CBS’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the theatrical trailer for “Last Vegas” starring Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline.
JazzFest Jazz Camp with Allen Vizzutti
The top band from JazzFest Jazz Camp will be joining Allen Vizzutti for a grand performance! Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, ‘Doc’ Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, Woody Herman, and many more! As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University and more. He is currently Artist In Residency at the University of South Carolina.
Brian Masek & Friends
The members of Brian Masek & Friends are no strangers to JazzFest. Bassist Brian Masek and guitar wizard Jesse Christen have each made prior appearances. Drummer Chuck Case and sax player Chris Borchardt round out this high energy group and are on a mission to cure your fear of jazz forever. They keep the audience on their toes by performing unique arrangements of high energy jazz/funk/fusion tunes from artists such as Miles Davis, Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Dave Weckl and others, along with heavy hitting blues tunes from Jesse’s multiple solo releases.
GALACTIC was formed eighteen years ago in New Orleans, and they cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras, when the town shuts down entirely to celebrate. GALACTIC is a collaborative band with a unique format. It’s a stable quintet that plays together with high musicianship. But though the band hasn’t had a lead singer for years, neither is it purely an instrumental group. GALACTIC is part of a diverse community of musicians, and in their own studio, with Mercurio and Ellman producing, they have the luxury of experimenting. So on their albums, they do something that’s unusual in rock but not so controversial an idea in, say, hiphop: they create something that’s a little like a revue; a virtual show featuring different vocalists (mostly from New Orleans) and instrumental soloists each taking their turn on stage in the GALACTIC sound universe.
To make Carnivale Electricos, the members of GALACTIC (Ben Ellman, harps and horns; Robert Mercurio, bass; Stanton Moore, drums and percussion; Jeff Raines, guitar; Rich Vogel, keyboards) draw on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all-night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day. What pulls all the diverse artists on Carnivale Electricos together into a coherent album is that one way or another, it’s all funk. GALACTIC is, always was, and always will be a funk band.
While the 2013 Presidential Inauguration ceremonies may have featured such A-list talent as Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, it’s the voice of a classically trained mezzo-soprano who has drawn the most critical acclaim.
Although musical theater and opera are two of Alicia’s passions, she also performs in a variety of other genres and has been creating quite a buzz in the jazz arena, receiving great praise from jazz giants such as Dianne Reeves and Monty Alexander. In addition to her solo career, Alicia regularly performs with her husband in their African jazz band, the Olatuja Project. Alicia recently released her solo debut album, Timeless, on which she is joined by 3-time Grammy-Award winner McBride, husband and bassist Michael Olatuja, pianists Jon Cowherd and Christian Sands, Grégoire Maret on harmonica, Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums and David Rosenthal on guitar.
“Jazzed” with Bobby Gripp
“Jazzed” is a state of being – an anticipation of something special unfolding as you’re witnessing it, in this case, in a musical context. They will be playing compositions by artists such as Cole Porter, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and a host of other jazz and blues classics and standards. The members of “Jazzed” will bring their own unique approach to this music. Drummer Bobby Gripp leads the group. Gripp has been a longtime supporter of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society and has toured with the organization’s Jazz Diversity Project.
**Artist times and schedule subject to change at any time**
Second Stage Line-Up
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Danny Kusz – named “one of the hippest jazz cats in Minneapolis” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine while in his early 20s, had the good fortune of recording his debut EP Lost In The Groove with renowned Twin Cities keyboardist Ricky Peterson, best known as David Sanborn’s musical director for 30 years. The project scored some local airplay and earned the multi-talented horn player numerous accolades, including two L.A. Music Award wins for “Best Jazz Single” and “Best Nu-Jazz Artist”, and several Minnesota Music Awards nominations including “Best Horn Player”, “Jazz Recording of the Year” and “Jazz Group/Artist of the Year”.
Main Avenue Warehouse
Tower of Power, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Cold Blood, Average White Band, andother great horn bands. Their high energy, soulful sound driven by a full horn sectionfeatures some of the ﬁnest talent in the region. Main Avenue Warehouse performs atfestivals and concerts throughout the area. This summer they will be headliningAutomania in downtown Sioux Falls, Yankton’s Riverboat Days, and the CorvetteClassic in Spearﬁsh, SD, as well other regional events.
Friday, July 17, 2015
The New FM
Started in Brookings, South Dakota the stylistic chimera The New FM can best be described as a double-helix of indie and post-punk, both parts leading to a whole that is separate but needing the other to sound whole. Frenetic cymbal-work and steady beats hold down the floaty guitar riffs misting like raindrops singing reminiscent tones of Modest Mouse and Two Door Cinema Club through the trudging fog of the bass and vocals. From song to song you can get anywhere from a Patrick Stump belted ballad to a tenor Bob Mould pop jangle. The New FM has been compared to the instrumentation of At the Drive-In and the dynamics of the Pixies with the lyrics of a teenage Neil Diamond. Their debut album is still in the works for 2015 but their previous two EPs are up on most major streaming and download services such as Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.
The Unnotables are a collection of their unique styles and varied influences, which include foundations such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jethro Tull, rock and folk rock artists like Matchbox Twenty, Tonic, and Ryan Adams, as well as a hint of traditional Eastern European flair brought by two of the bands international members (both from Bosnia). The Unnotables bring energy and passion to their music, crafting their sound around strong vocals, catchy guitar riffs, and overall solid musicianship.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Noah Hoehn, explores the intersection of the blues, tribal percussion and his classical training. His singular vision to unite the sounds of new blues and marimba pop is accomplished with an incomparable live looping system. Saucy harmonica and cool marimba are layered upon a foundation of dhol drums freeing him to sing and play at the same time–a musical style unparalleled the world over.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
JazzFest Jazz Camp with Allen Vizzutti
The top band from JazzFest Jazz Camp will be joining Allen Vizzutti for a grand performance!
Saxophonist, Chris Borchardt 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, the Worthington Community Orchestra and the Augustana Northlander’s Jazz Band. Throughout his years of playing, Chris has had the opportunity to solo alongside such jazz artists as: Chris Vadala, Allen Vizutti, Mark Colby, Mike Tomaro, and Matt Wallace. Chris was a former participant in the SFJB All-City Jazz Ensembles and was a scholarship winner during high school.Chris performs regularly throughout the area with his own jazz combo, with DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and with Brian Masek and Friends. He also teaches saxophone lessons in Sioux Falls, and is also a high school band director at Sioux Falls Washington high school
Steve Raybine Band
Steve Raybine is a virtuoso vibraphonist; percussionist; composer/arranger; instructor and clinician. As the co-founder, co-musical director, and performer/composer of the critically-acclaimed progressive jazz ensemble AURACLE, he toured the United States, Europe, and recorded two albums (Glider and City Slickers) on Chrysalis Records. Raybine performs nationally at colleges and universities as a jazz artist and as a vibraphone soloist, recitalist and clinician. Steve Raybine and his band perform his original contemporary jazz music which incorporates urban funk, rhythm and blues, pop and Latin music elements.
Hank Harris & Guests
Hank has encompassed and assimilated a wide range of musical genres into his own distinct style. His telling of the story behind each song creates an intimate, immediate and relaxed atmosphere, honest and informal, genuine and vulnerable. All age groups, in small concerts or large festival crowds, relate to his clear, sincere and poetic lyrics and music. Hank has worked with Red Willow Band, The Shades, Hank and Christy, DD and the Fayrohs (SD Music Association’s Hall of Fame inductees, 2011), and the Hegg Brothers’ Holiday Jam. His work with the Adams Museum Deadwood Songbook included two CDs and a SDPB video nominated for a Midwest Emmy. He wrote the soundtracks for two SDPB documentaries. He has produced eight solo recordings of original songs, including World Beat Cowboy, named “CD of the Year” by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
Work of Wolves
Work of Wolves is a five piece rock band from Sioux Falls, SD. Since their formation in June of 2014, the band has released one albums: a five track EP titled Hope & Doubt (Released August 2014) and is set to release a six track EP titled Is This All We Are? in July 2015. The members, who come from diverse musical backgrounds, seamlessly blend elements of rock, pop punk, metal, and R&B into a cascading wall of sound that has been known to incite both dancing and head-banging. Always looking to please their fans and leave a lasting impression, you can expect nothing less than a high-energy performance from Work of Wolves.
El Dub is a One Man, Reggae, Funk , Hip Hop, Soul band! His high energy, and intricate “looping” style mixed with positive uplifting lyrics create that laid back, “no worries”, feel good type of vibe! El Dub is what you call a “looper” or “One man Band”. He plays all instruments live in real time, including beat boxing, guitar, bass, keys and harmonizing vocals and loops them into layers that end up sounding like a full band with just one man. El Dub is said to be a mix between Zach Deputy and Keller Williams creating his own intricate looping style mixing Funk, Reggae and jam.
Dino Basic x Philly Fate
Philly Fate, Dj8eProof, and Dino Basic are solo hip-hop artists who formed a collective trio in the later part of 2014. Although all three come from different places; Philly Fate and Dino Basic being immigrants to America, they would ultimately end up calling Sioux Falls, SD their home. They are no strangers to the hip-hop scene in their city either, where you can catch them performing their live sets on regular occasion. Dj8eProof’s production can be found within many different projects of the local hip-hop scene and beyond; offering a wide variety of sounds and styles. Dino Basic has released one official album titled “Thin Line”; which released in October of 2014, and Philly Fate is set to release his next record titled “One Life” during summer of 2015.
**Artist times and schedule subject to change at any time**
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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