KSDJ offers local rock show, ‘bridges a divide’

Zeke Richter

Zeke Richter

There is just something about live music compared to music heard on recorded music. The up close and personal experience can cause guys to holler and girls to scream.

But it’s tough to support a local music scene that stays well under the public radar. The enthusiastic regulars provide a support that helps make local shows worthwhile; but additional reinforcements are necessary to provide the exposure a band needs. After all, to have a successful music concert, you need a crowd. But, how do you get an audience? The answers are good music and a proper advertising medium.

SDSU campus station 90.7 KSDJ is attempting to bridge the divide by hosting a rock show. The concert will be held at the Main Street Pub, Wednesday, March 23 at 8 p.m. The four regional bands performing are Jamie and the Wonderboys (Brookings), Madiki (Sioux Falls), Shelter Belt (Omaha), and The Layered Cakes (Brookings).

The Layered Cakes, with their garage-like Indie style, will open the concert. Fans of Modest Mouse and Franz Ferdinand may enjoy The Layered Cakes’ “indie pop ditties.”

Shelter Belt, an eight-piece band, will play second, with their blend of danceable beats, intricate keys and soft vocals. Shelter Belt’s style could be described as ’80s dance meets The Postal Service.

Madiki, of Sioux Falls, are an established band with roots in Madison, SD. Their style can best be described as alternative rock with an attitude. In addition to their original music, they cover famous artists like Sublime and Jack Johnson.

Jamie and the Wonderboys, an acoustic based alternative rock band from Brookings, will headline the KSDJ Rock Show. Jamie and the Wonderboys combine well-known covers, rap spoofs and catchy originals.

With four talented acts, KSDJ music director Derek Dehne hopes to see a large turnout at the show.

“Well, in essence, this is for the students. I hope they take the chance to come out and see what the local scene has to offer,” he says.

Dehne has been placing songs from each band in 90.7 KSDJ’s regular rotation to give listeners an idea of what to expect.

“Hopefully, getting a taste of the bands on the radio will excite listeners for the show.”

#1.885207:3751091023.jpg:J&W.jpg:Jamie and the Wonderboys are set to play March 23 at the Main Street Pub. :