Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank

Date(s): Friday, June 3, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Other Dates

Location: 8th & Railroad Center, 401 East 8th Street

Phone: 605-338-4009


On the First Friday of the month, June through September, DTSF treats you to the ultimate block party experience. These FREE events are located on the Eastbank of downtown Sioux Falls, which Thrillist recently named 1 of 12 up and coming neighborhoods across America.” Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer, wine, and shopping at some of the most unique stores along the boardwalk of the 8th & Railroad Center.

Block party events provide a casual atmosphere that is family-friendly and fun for all ages. Picnic tables will be provided, but feel free to bring your own lawn chair. Kick back and enjoy the sounds of local and regional acts performing each evening including Minneapolis blues, South Dakota folk, and everything in between.

Retail, food, and interactive vendors are set up along the venue’s peripheral which complements the great retail stores along the boardwalk of the 8th & Railroad Center, providing a marketplace type atmosphere to purchase unique gifts.

Admission is FREE, thanks to this year's sponsors: Duluth Trading Company, 8th & Railroad Center, Bud Sioux Falls, and AARP South Dakota.

Friday, June 2

5:30 - 6:15pm - Better Ride
Part of the Fallout Creative Community in Aberdeen, SD, Better Ride formed in 2010 as a month long writing project for people with disabilities, and they just kept going. They’ve played gigs all over the state of South Dakota, including the Brown County Fair and now the fourth consecutive June Downtown Block Party. They recently launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to produce a new album and bring hands-on art and music to communities around the state and Minnesota as part of a Fallout Art & Music Tour. They are more than halfway to their goal, so please consider a donation so they can continue their mission of embracing people of all abilities to live creatively together!

6:30 - 8:15pm - Burlap Wolf King
Singer/Songwriter Thomas Hentges has been making music in South Dakota for nearly 2 decades, and is working his way toward local legend status. HIs band Burlap Wolf King has been making music and playing shows since 2009, including Downtown Riverfest in 2014, and has shared the stage with the likes of The Hold Steady, Justin Townes Earle, Trampled by Turtles and many more. Check out their LP/CD Release Show for “Bitter Honey” on Friday, May 19th at Icon! BWK will also play the Sioux Falls JazzFest main stage for the first time, this July.

8:45 - 11:00pm - The Maytags
Pulling inspiration from his hometown, Des Moines, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dustin Smith of The Maytags evokes the aura of the midwest while capturing an alternative and timeless vibe. With other band members coming from areas such as Central Iowa, St. Louis, and Northern Iowa, this captivatingly groovy band is motivated by the retro mood of jazz, all having studied the genre in their careers. Featuring instruments such as saxophone, drums, keyboard, trumpet, and guitar, among others, this group displays a tone of old-school jazz intertwined with a modern sound. The Maytags will record with White Wall Sessions while they’re in town!

June 2 Food Vendors:
- SDSU Ice Cream
- Backyard BBQ
- Hunny & Bunny
- Kettle King Kettle Korn
- Tasty Trolley

June 2 Non-food Vendors:
- Northern Plains Boxer Rescue
- Washington Pavilion
- Friends of the Big Sioux River
- Black Hills State University
- First United Methodist Church
- Highest Health Chiropractic
- Alzheimer's Association
- The Paisley Pod
- Fallout Creative

Friday, July 7

5:30 - 6:15pm - Taylor Riley
6:30 - 8:15pm - Rich Show and the Working Poor
8:45 - 11:00pm - Erik Koskinen

Friday, August 4

5:30 - 6:15pm - Dayna Jones
6:30 - 8:15pm - 11 Years New
8:45 - 11:00pm - Massive Brass Attack

Friday, September 1

5:30 - 6:15pm - Hard Travelin'
6:30 - 8:15pm - Blue Sky Sound Machine
8:45 - 11:00pm - Harper & Midwest Kind

Thank you to our sponsors:



Also, thank you to our July sponsor AARP.

If an ADA accommodation is needed, please contact Steven Dahlmeier at 605-338-4009 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

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