What to do this weekend: Back-to-back can't misses at Club David, First Friday and the Farmer's Market

Your options for entertainment include the Sioux Empire Brass, a new film with Joaquin Phoenix and 'Company' from the Good Night Theatre Collective.

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Jason Walsmith

SIOUX FALLS — Happy belated spring! Things are heating up here in Sioux Falls as Mother Nature sees fit to throw us a bone that will no doubt bounce off of a crane and fall straight down a pothole.

That’s right, we’re finally seeing some movement on that old thermometer. Unfortunately, spring has sprung two months behind schedule and won’t get much time in the sun before summer rolls by, meaning we’ll have to make the most of it while it lasts. At least seeing all those bright, sunshiney faces soaking in the weather will (almost) make construction season worth it.

Things are most certainly heating up here at Sioux Falls Live as another spectacular week of community-building comes barreling into the station. Stay tuned for all the latest in local events and check the Sioux Falls Live calendar .

Jason Walsmith at Club David

Club David will be hosting Jason Walsmith on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Walsmith cut his teeth in The Nadas, an Iowa-based rock quintet that’s been

The 2023 outdoor summer concert series will kick off at the Levitt Shell on Friday, June 2, and feature three to four performances each week through Saturday, Sept. 9.

performing for 30 years and played with The Beach Boys, America, Bon Jovi, and Huey Lewis. Huey Lewis is a big get, but we here at Sioux Falls Live are even bigger fans of The News (ba dum tss). Walsmith (along with his wife Emma) spent a year traveling 45,000 miles across 32 states playing dozens of shows, and now finds himself performing his vast array of originals and covers for our humble city this week. His new album, Overlander, is now streaming anywhere fine music is housed. The event is 21+, and tickets are $15 right over here .


Daniel Rodriguez at Club David

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Daniel Rodriguez

If you haven’t had your fill of music at Club David, stop by Friday at 9 p.m. to see Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriquez was a founding member of Colorado-based folk music group Elephant Revival, and made his debut as a solo artist with his EP Your Heart, The Stars, The Milky Way in 2019 and debut full-length album Sojourn of a Burning Sun in 2020. He released his second album, Vast Nothing, March 1st this year. Rolling Stone describes his song “Brother John” as a “sunny, spacious groove… rounded out with banjo and melodic splashes of clean electric guitar leads.” Get your tickets for this 21+ event here .

First Friday Downtown

Another month, another First Friday in Downtown Sioux Falls! We get to let loose on a scale seen only once every thirty-odd days with live music, live painting, and artisanal collections abound. Roam around Downtown for the art show, happy hours, and free admission to the Washington Pavillion’s Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center. This month, stop by the punch card station at 11th and Phillips or anywhere with a liquor license to sample the wines of Sioux Falls.

Support Senior Horses at Light the Night Fundraiser

May heralds the arrival of Adopt a Horse Month! Those of you still on the fence (or majestically leaping over it) about horse adoption can still support our equine companions with Borderlands Horse Sanctuary’s Light the Night Fundraiser. BHS is a 100% volunteer-based nonprofit aimed at giving some TLC to senior horses. Located at Buffalo Ridge Brewing in Downtown Hartford, folks are invited to stop by May 6th from 5 to 10 p.m. to contribute $5 and light a lantern. All proceeds go towards buying hay for the residents of the sanctuary. Your contribution will certainly go a long way towards putting a smile on some long faces.

Company from the Good Night Theatre Collective

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The Good Night Theatre Collective will be bringing the six-time Tony award-winning Steven Sondhiem musical Company to the Washington Pavillion this week. The story follows Bobby, a 35-year-old New Yorker who must navigate complicated friendship dynamics and dating through show-stopping song and dance. This reporter has seen his fair share of musicals, and can tell you that Sondheim is considered one of the greatest for a reason. Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Beau is Afraid at the State Theatre

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Joaquin Phoenix stars as a paranoid man embarks on an epic odyssey to get home to his mother in Beau is Afraid, an ingeniously depraved new film from writer/director Ari Aster.

The State Theater will be screening Beau Is Afraid the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th at 7:00 pm. Produced, directed, and written by the consistently traumatized and/or traumatizing Ari Aster, Beau is the latest cinematic darling of horror. Writing for, film critic Nick Allen gave the movie 3.5/4 starts, saying of the three-hour sprawling epic that “the ambition is the point: it's apparent even more how Aster has never made a feature or short that is lazy or overly assured of itself—he never will.” Adrenaline drinkies and movie buffs alike can get their tickets at the State Theater website . Perhaps those comfy reclining chairs will soften the emotional blow.

Falls Park Farmers Market Returns

Knock the dust off of your boot-cut jeans and lather on the sunscreen, the Falls Park Farmers Market is back in action! Dating back to 1914, the market began with hat-and-necktie-adorned gentlemen and ladies in impractical dresses lining Phillips Avenue. One move and several dozen sea-changes in fashion later, you can find folks peddling their wares just north of Falls Park. Nowadays the experience is complete with free parking, public restrooms, and live music. Visitors can expect such local favorites as Breadico, CH Patisserie, Parable Coffee Co., and Sweetgrass Soapery in attendance, along with a great many other local farmers and craftspeople. The Falls Park Farmers Market is open for business Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm starting May 6th.


Pancakes, anyone? The Sioux Falls American Legion is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on the 7th from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Drop by the South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance Building at 1600 W. Russell St. for a breakfast of champions.

Big Brass

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The Sioux Empire Brass

On the possibility you’re still upright after all those pancakes, Sioux Empire Brass will be putting on their Spring Concert on the 7th at 4 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3801 E. 26th St. Sioux Empire Brass consists of 35 musicians from right here in Sioux Falls and the nearby communities under the direction of education specialist and low brass instructor Rolyn Beaird. Better yet, the whole thing is free (though tax-deductible freewill donations will be accepted).


The 10-day forecast is looking up, folks. We here at Sioux Falls Live will see you next week for a roundup under (everyone knock on wood, now,) warmer weather.

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