The 2020 Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival has been canceled this year.
The Annual Summer Concert Series will be held at the Riverside Park Amphitheatre. The all-volunteer Yankton Area Summer Band boasts an average annual membership of 70-100 musicians ranging from students to professionals from Yankton and the surrounding communities.
Rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. for all-volunteer musicians (high school or older) interested.
With the health and well being of our organizers, staff, volunteers, vendors, attendees, and musicians in mind, Musica t the Meridian has made the decision to cancel the 2020 concert series.
Work has begun, to book bands for the 2021 season, and we are excited to see what next year will bring.
Back in 1890, South Dakota was a new state and was under a severe drought crisis. Folks were facing financial ruin, starvation, disease and death. When asked by a Chicago reporter, South Dakota Gov. Mellette responded :
“South Dakota is a Swinged Cat, better than she looks.”
Forward 130 years, we’re recovering from a global pandemic that saw our restaurants shuttered, taprooms closed and the music fall silent other than the hollow projection from computer screens. We are the Swinged Cat, Better than she looks.
Although there were many discussions to cancel this year’s season, we felt more than ever, the spirit of the Swinged Cat was needed. We are in constant monitor of the situation and we are operating with every CDC guideline. A few changes this year:
1. All samples are single-serve disposable cups to minimize inter contact.
2. Tables will be spaced out to adhere to distance guidelines.
3. We are limiting the tickets per CDC guidelines.
4. Brewer tents and restrooms will be spaced out to discourage tight queues.
5. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 do not come and contact us.
6. Open sampling — CDC didn’t necessarily recommend this.
21 or older for the Fest, tickets $30 (+ taxes and fees)
Day of show $35 (all taxes and fees included).
Each ticket gets you a tasting glass and 10 tickets to redeem for samples. More tickets can be purchased on location.
Purchase your tickets here: https://bit.ly/301N6YR
Food from Counterfeit Curbside and Broken Trellis
Brewery tastings from
Crow Peak Brewing Company
Covert Artisan Ales
Ben’s Brewing Co.
Take 16 Brewing Company
Lost Cabin Beer Co.
WoodGrain Brewing Co.
Dakota Territory Brewing Company
Eponymous Brewing Company
A Homestead Brew
Remedy Brewing Company
Dempseys Brewery Pub & Restaurant
Miner Brewing Company
Fernson Brewing Company
Wooden Legs Brewing Company
The Yankton Area Summer Band will reconvene for an annual Christmas Concert held at Yankton Summit Theater.
The all-volunteer band will perform some Christmas favorites at no cost to the public. A cookie and cider reception will follow in the high school commons provided by the Services Central Federal Credit Union.
Marian Auditorium (Mount Marty College) – 1105 W 8th Street
Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.
The concert will be held at 7:00pm at Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium.
Tickets: Students – $7 ($10 at the door) General public – $15 ($20 at the door)
Tickets will be available for purchase August 1 by contacting Yankton Area Arts at 605-665-9754 or stopping by GAR Hall at 508 Douglas Monday-Friday 1-5pm.
Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award-winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.
General admission tickets can be purchased at G.A.R. Hall, located at 508 Douglas, Monday-Friday 1:00-5: 00 pm Tickets are $15 ($20 at the door). Students with a valid ID can purchase tickets for $7 ($10 at the door).
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The Annual Summer Concert Series will begin on Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00pm and the Riverside Park Amphitheatre. The all-volunteer Yankton Area Summer Band boasts an average annual membership of 70-100 musicians ranging from students to professionals from Yankton and the surrounding communities.
Rehearsal begins at 6:30 p.m. for all volunteer musicians (high school or older) interested.
The band will present six concerts this summer on May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2.
For late changes due to weather, tune to local radio stations. Follow Yankton Area Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.
The Summer Concert Series is brought to you by Yankton Area Arts, the City of Yankton, and the Yankton Parks and Recreation Department.
Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.
The performance will take place at Yankton’s G.A.R. Hall, 508 Douglas Ave. in Yankton, SD on Thursday, May 16th at 7pm
Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the 21 stringed West African Kora. The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.
Free will donations are appreciated. The program is brought to you by Yankton Area Arts and Friends of the Yankton Community Library.
Sioux Falls based jazz musicians performing as the JAS Quintet explores the many sounds of Jazz legend Miles Davis. Davis was one of the most influential and popular jazz musicians of our time and during this informative evening, the JAS Quintet will feature compositions from the great Miles Davis Quintets and Septets and their music from 1954 through the early 70’s.
Musicians include Jim Spiers (trumpet), Joel Shotwell (saxophones), CJ Kocher (saxophones), Andrew Reinartz (bass), Jeff Paul (keyboards), and Daniel Heier (drums).
This ticketed performance will be presented in the Sanctuary of Yankton’s Christ Episcopal Church located at 517 Douglas Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $25.00 and all sales are final.
This show is co-hosted by Yankton Area Arts and Events at the AME; tickets can be purchased at the GAR Hall (508 Douglas), from YAA Board Members, or Michael Schumacher.