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Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues is the only organization in the region to feature America’s indigenous music—jazz and blues—in concerts, the annual JazzFest, and educational programs and concerts. For more information, please visit www.sfjb.org
 

2016-2017 Subscriber Information

$203 Level A seating
$165 Level B seating
$406 Couple Subscription Level A seating (two seats)
$330 Couple Subscription Level B seating (two seats)
Corporate Sponsorships $1,000 (4 seats)

Pick 4 Package Options

$172 Pick 4 Individual Level A seating
$136 Pick 4 Individual Level B seating
$344 Pick 4 Couple Level A seating (two seats)
$272 Pick 4 Couple Level B seating (two seats)

PLEASE NOTE: By selecting the NEW Pick 4 option, we cannot guarantee the same seats for each show. However, we can promise you will be seated in the price level you selected.Tickets purchased as part of Pick 4 are nontransferable between shows.

Call (605) 367-6000 or visit us at 301 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD to purchase your 2016-17 Subscription or Pick 4!

 

2016-2017 Concert Series

*Performances held at the Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater.

Here Come the Mummies

October 7, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Here Come the Mummies is a funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian mummies. The mummies are terrifying funk from beyond the grave. These hovering souls, who called themselves Here Come the Mummies, are doomed them to wander the earth, seeking the ultimate riff, the one that may allow their spirits to rest after eons of, as they put it, “banging out solid fly grooves.”
 
Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready. 
 

Alicia Olatuja

November 18, 2016 8 p.m.

Come find out why The New York Times claims “Ms. Olatuja is a singer with a strong lustrous tone and an amiably regal presence onstage.” Or why Seattle Pi states: “Her vocal tone has shades of blues, soul, and gospel with a pop edge. Elegantly delivered and vibrant in color, her voice has an eternal beauty that transcends the dividing lines made by generations and music genres.”
 
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey. Alicia has worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride; wowing everyone at the 2013 presidential inauguration with her solo during the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” 
 

Blind Boy Paxton with Meredith Axelrod and Frank Fairfield

March 11, 2017  8 p.m.

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s. Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. And time is getting short, fast. Paxton performed to a sold out audience for the Lead Belly Tribute at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2016 along with the likes of Buddy Guy, Eric Burdon, Dom Flemons, Tom Paley and other stars. It is no exaggeration to say that Paxton impressed.
 
This young musician sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. Paxton will be joined by Meredith Axelrod and Frank Fairfield. 
 

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

April 21, 2017 8 p.m.

 
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ’70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
 
Thirty-five years later, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Crowes. 


Shemekia Copeland

May 25, 2017 8 p.m.

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. In a short period of time, she earned eight Blues Music Awards, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist Of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians.
 
Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She is a mainstay on countless commercial and non-commercial radio stations. She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others.
 

 

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