Events in Yankton

Mogen’s Heroes in Concert

Mogen’s Heroes LOVE playing in YANKTON! This three-piece group of goofballs has great fun making music. They play and sing a wide variety of music, so listeners should find themselves singing along. John Mogen, former music educator, plays keyboards. Denny Gale, guitarist extraordinaire, has been with the group for almost a quarter century. Bill Hoffman, drummer, can hit the high notes. All three are from smaller towns in South Dakota, and now live in Sioux Falls. Mogen’s Heroes was inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame in 2018.

 

Mogen’s Heroes are playing as part of the Yankton Area Arts Annual Summer Concert Series held each Tuesday night at 8:00 throughout the summer at Riverside Park Amphitheater. All concerts are free due to the support of the City of Yankton and Yankton Parks and Recreation.

Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit organization located at 508 Douglas in Yankton, SD.

Events in Yankton

Xanadu in Concert

Xanadu Bio

In March 2020, dozens of Yankton High School students were rehearsing for the upcoming spring musical, Xanadu, when schools closed in response to the COVID pandemic. One year later, Yankton Area Arts, in partnership with the Lewis and Clark Theater Company, is giving the cast the curtain call they have been waiting for! The cast will reunite to perform selections from the musical, a spoof of the 1980s movie starring Olivia Newton John and featuring Gene Kelly. This performance will highlight students from the YHS Class of 2020 and will feature 2001 YHS Grad Tim Hausmann in the Gene Kelly role. Xanadu is directed by Amy Miner, with choreography by Kathryn Reimler, and music direction by Julie Amsberry.

Xanadu is being performed as part of the Yankton Area Arts Annual Summer Concert Series held each Tuesday night at 8:00 throughout the summer. This concert will be held at the Dakota Theater, located at 328 Walnut and is free due to the support of the City of Yankton, Yankton Parks and Recreation, and the Lewis and Clark Theater Company.

Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit organization located at 508 Douglas in Yankton, SD.

Events in Yankton

Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble in Concert

NAJE

The Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble (or NAJE) is a group of volunteer musicians dedicated to the promotion of jazz and big band music.  They have played at many events in the past such as dances, and fundraisers in many different venues including Lincoln and Omaha.  The musicians volunteer their time for rehearsal and performances while donations to NAJE go directly to music scholarships and equipment for the Northeast Community College music program.  The band has been in existence since 1980, when the late Dr. Jim Boullion formed the group utilizing area musicians.

NAJE performs a variety of jazz styles including Samba, Bossa, Funk and Big Band Swing.  Their repertoire includes such swing classics as In the Mood, Begin the Beguine, and I’ve Got You Under My Skin; as well as more “modern” classics from the 60’s by big bands such as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Count Basie.  The band plays everything from Norwegian Wood to Route 66; Bye Bye Blackbird to The Girl From Ipanema; Artie Shaw to the Tonight Show Band. This ensemble is a full “big band” (of 17) set up and designed to “Swing, Swing, Swing”.

NAJE are playing as part of the Yankton Area Arts Annual Summer Concert Series held each Tuesday night at 8:00 throughout the summer at Riverside Park Amphitheater. All concerts are free due to the support of the City of Yankton and Yankton Parks and Recreation.

Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit organization located at 508 Douglas in Yankton, SD.

Events in Yankton

Mike & Jay in Concert

Mike Hilson and Jay Gilbertson are two guys who live in Yankton, SD. Both are musical performers and educators. They have enjoyed each other’s company since sometime around 1987. Mike graduated in 1984 from North Texas State University (later to be renamed the University of North Texas) with a degree in jazz performance. Both Mike and Jay enjoy playing music that leaves room for improvisation.

 

Mike and Jay are playing as part of the Yankton Area Arts Annual Summer Concert Series held each Tuesday night at 8:00 throughout the summer at Riverside Park Amphitheater. All concerts are free due to the support of the City of Yankton and Yankton Parks and Recreation.

Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit organization located at 508 Douglas in Yankton, SD.

YASB Christmas Concert

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.

Tonic Sol Fa Concert

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 Concert

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).

Tickets also available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yankton-sd-tonic-sol-fa-tickets-69355567369

Summer Concert Series

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 in Concert

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.

 

Miles Smiles, the Life and Music of Miles Davis

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.