2nd Annual Downtown RiverFest Sets Entertainment Lineup
The 2nd annual Downtown Sioux Falls RiverFest is set for August 16, 2014 along the river beneath Cherapa Place and all along the recently renovated riverfront. It promises to be an evening filled with great food, interesting vendors, fun for the kids, and fantastic local and regional musicians!
RiverFest will start at 4pm with music on two separate stages, vendors on both sides of the river and a fireworks display will close out the evening.
The music will begin on the main stage with Burlap Wolf King from 4:30-5:30pm
Burlap Wolf King, is the vessel of song for South Dakota singer/songwriter, Thomas Hentges. Hentges himself has described his work with BWK to be “a search for bare boned truth in song”.
New music is always being created and ideas are always coming and going. BWK continues to shape a sound consistent to what Hentges hears in his head and new songs are beginning to take shape. Look for a new full length album to arrive in 2014.
Over the years Burlap Wolf King has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of the Hold Steady, Trampled by Turtles, William Elliot Whitmore, “Spider” John Koerner, Deadstring Brothers, the Pines, Charlie Parr, Mason Jennings, Whitey Morgan & the 78s, the Moondoggies, Red Wanting Blue and many more.
Black Hills duo Jami Lynn & Dylan James met on the street in the summer of 2012. Their fortuitous meeting not only revealed their shared love of folk, bluegrass, and jazz, but marked the beginning of an ambitious duo project harnessing Jami’s powerful vocals and Dylan’s first rate flat-picking skills. After a few weeks of working up material, their hearts were set on a full length album featuring songs written by each. “Cluck & Croon” was released in April of 2013. “Equal parts Carter Family, Billie Holiday, and Tin Pan Alley” as described by NoDepression.com’s Mat DiRiso. Lynn’s vocal prowess, delicate finger picking, and West Virginia style claw-hammer banjo blend seamlessly with James’s ringing tenor, driving guitar, and old-time fiddling. Their diverse instrumentation as well as their unique arrangements of traditional American folk songs and jazz numbers sets them on the edge of each genre. The duo has graced stages with Chatham County Line, Casey Driessen, Paper Bird, The White Buffalo, Special Consensus, and clawhammer great Mark Johnson. Both are native South Dakotans and are currently based out of Rapid City, SD.
2013 Riverfest performer Jim Groth is back with a full band this time around called ‘Deeper Than Square’. They will play the main ampitheatre from 7:45-9pm
Groth was recently inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time and we asked Jim if he would put together a band of fellow Hall of Famers for RiverFest. Here’s the band lineup for the band calling themselves Deeper Than Square who will play a mixture of original music and ‘interpretations’: Jim Groth, guitar; Dave Wood, guitar; Mark Lane, keyboards; Butch Zierath, bass; and Bobby Berge, drums. All are South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.
Here’s Jim Groth from The White Wall Sessions:
Our main stage headliner for the evening will be Main Avenue Warehouse who will play from 9:30-11pm followed by fireworks!
Main Avenue Warehouse, featuring members of the Get Fresh Crew (Fresh Produce): Mike Hart and Jim Spiers, a huge staple to the Jazz, Blues & Classical scene in Sioux Falls: Andrew Reinartz, and other incredibly talented local musicians: Joel Shotwell, Cade Calder, James Dittman, and John Kelly, and representing Yankton, SD – Chris Miller:
Last year’s RiverFest headliner will go solo on the 2nd stage, Greyson Schultz
will perform from 7-9:30pm
And Billy Lurken has been featured on the White Wall Sessions and the Blues Fix at 6 Lurken will perform from 4pm-6:45
The White Wall Sessions will be recording the main stage performers for an upcoming radio show! (Heard Sunday nights at 7pm)
Vendors applications are still being accepted which you can find at this link.
We will post the set times for all the bands as we get closer to the event and will add any other updates to the 2nd annual Downtown RiverFest, Saturday August 16 from 4-11pm along the Downtown Riverfront from 6th Street to south of 8th Street.
If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, you can call the Downtown Sioux Falls office at: 605-338-4009 ext. 12 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org