Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank

Date(s): Friday, June 7, 2013

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Location: 8th & Railroad Center, 401 E. 8th Street

Contact: 605-338-4009,

Come downtown to the Eastbank for the First Friday Block Party the first Friday of June, July and August! Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer & wine for purchase and shopping at some of the most unique stores in Sioux Falls. Picnic table seating will be provided, but feel free to bring your own lawn chair.

There will be two bands each evening. Between the bands, enjoy a Battle for the Arts competition!


The Washington Pavilion will provide the following kids' activities from 6:00 - 8:30:

  • Face Painting ($2 per person)
  • Mask Making (free)
  • Watercolor Mandalas (free)

The Fallout Creative Community will have free hands on art activities for people of all age and ability levels.  The Fallout is an arts nonprofit located in Aberdeen, SD that "embraces people of all abilities to live creative lives together."  The Fallout encourages creative collaboration between different art forms and diverse people.  The Fallout's participation in the Downtown Block Party is part of a tour sponsored by the SD Council on Developmental Disabilities to promote inclusive arts to other communities in South Dakota.

Admission is Free.

Thank you to John Small from Sunny Radio who will be joining the event with a live remote.

Entertainment Line-Up:

5:45 Pre-Show Entertainment - Better RideComing back for a second appearance at the Block Parties, this band from Aberdeen has been formed by the Fallout Creative Community which includes members who normally have limited opportunity to connect with the community and experience creativity.  Their self-written music is described as Folk/Americana/Swanky.

6:00 Opener - Abandon Kansas: Known for their genuine live performance, sculpting their energetic show through 1,000+ shows the last 5 years on the road. Channeling bands with arena rock sounds such as U2 and The KIllers, AK is a loud and refreshing voice in the alternative scene. A groovy thundering rhythm section from drummer Brian Scheideman and bassist Nick Patrick featuring off the wall guitar licks and dance moves from guitarist Brad Foster, all led by passionate melodies and lyrics from charismatic frontman Jeremy Spring.

In 2010, AK was listed first on Alternative Press’ “100 bands you need to know” list. In 2011 the band released “Ad Astra Per Aspera”, the first label full length, receiving praise from critics and spending three days at #1 on Amazonmp3’s top selling albums. Relevant magazine describes the music as “Kings of Leon swagger with a euro-rock feel.” That same record was nominated for a Dove award for best rock album and followed up by new top 20 radio singles “Chariot” and “Turn It To Gold” in 2012. AK is headed back into the studio in 2013 gearing up for their next full length with tour dates in the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and parts of Europe.

7:30 Battle for the Arts: Eric Jyrkas vs. Ben Mercer

8:00 - Thomas Hentges of Burlap Wolf King: Folk rock

8:20 Headliner - Hometown Glow: A musical collaboration of great variety, with roots in blues, jazz, funk, and rock, as well as roots in the great city of Sioux Falls. Versatility is their strong suit as well as creating an environment that perpetuates energy and rejuvenation. They are proud of Sioux Falls which has provided them with everything they need to create and do what they do best, so It is impossible for them not to give it back in their own way: through music.

July 5th

6:00 Opener - June Embers
8:00 Headliner - Useful Jenkins

August 2nd

6:00 Opener -  Songs of Eli
8:00 Headliner - Mike Connor and Friends

The 2013 Eastbank Block Party events are supported in-part by:







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