Brad Paisley in Sioux Falls? Don’t believe everything you read online

Did you hear that Brad Paisley is coming to Sioux Falls?

This afternoon, the Sioux Falls Convention & Visitor’s Bureau tweeted that Brad Paisley would be returning to Sioux Falls for a Dec. 9 concert at the Washington Pavilion. Ticket information would be coming soon. Cool, right?

Always excited to get the word out about big-name concerts coming to Sioux Falls, I started to look for more details. The Washington Pavilion didn’t have any details online yet, so I sent an email to the Wash Pav’s marketing director, Michelle Wellman.

In the meantime, I checked out Brad Paisley’s website, but he didn’t have any tour dates up past September. That doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t playing in Sioux Falls, however. In January, Jason Aldean talked about his upcoming tour on “Good Morning America” – Sioux Falls is one of the tour stops this fall, but no specific date has been posted yet on his website.

A quick Google search of Brad Paisley and Sioux Falls, however, led me to this article on Billboard.com.

The article says that Paisley will headline the first CMT Most Wanted Live tour, which will hit 44 cities this fall starting Sept. 19 in Phoenix and mentions a Dec. 9 date in Sioux Falls at the Washington Pavilion.

Sounds like he’s coming to Sioux Falls, right? Well, there’s no date on the Billboard.com article. However, there is a date on a very similar article posted on CMT.com – July 31, 2002.

Check back to Brad Paisley’s website and his current tour dates, you’ll notice that he’s not in Phoenix on Sept. 19 this year, but in North Carolina. And really, what’s the likelihood that Paisley would perform in Sioux Falls at the exact same venue on the exact same date 12 years later?

The Pavilion also confirmed that Paisley is not scheduled to perform there this year.

So what happened? The Convention & Visitor’s Bureau said they saw the announcement online – that it came up in their Google notifications - and that they’d gotten a lot of people telling them the same thing. But they didn’t check it out any further before tweeting out the info. 

I’m guessing some sort of technical glitch caused the old article/press release from CMT to repopulate itself on Billboard.com. I’m no tech genius, but I know those things happen.

Since then, the Convention and Business Bureau has deleted its tweet.

So sorry, Brad Paisley fans. I don’ think he’s returning for another concert in Sioux Falls anytime soon.

Union Grove Pickers release three songs from new album


The Union Grove Pickers have released the first three songs from their second album, “Great Plans Driftin’.”

Great Plains Driftin’ by Union Grove Pickers

Earlier this month, the Union Grove Pickers successfully raised $2,500 via the online funding platform Kickstarter. That money is going toward physical album and digital setup fees, mixing and mastering of the music, original artwork and album layout and promotional materials for the album and the album release show.

Hear the whole album at the Union Grove Pickers CD release show at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Orpheum Theater, 315 N. Phillips Ave. The local string band Fiddler Nelson will also perform. Tickets are $12 at the Sioux Falls Arena box office.

The Kickback releases new song


The first song from The Kickback’s debut LP, “Sorry All Over the Place,” which will be out this summer, was released today. Check out the song “When I Die” here:


The Chicago band with South Dakota roots says “‘When I Die’ is about being so terrified of death that your only alternative is to micromanage the hell out of it. Unable to learn or grow from the experience, you assume that you’ll have the benefit of coming back from the afterlife and rubbing it in the faces of all those who slighted you during your time on earth. The denial of death and the futility of the fight is offset with harmonized gang vocals and the assertion that ‘You don’t have to act’, as if the song’s narrator is the only one who truly gets it.”

Next week, a copy of the song will go out to all the people who helped fund the music on Kickstarter. It’ll be available to everyone to download on Feb. 25.  

The Kickback is made up of brothers Billy and Danny Yost, who moved from their hometown of Vermillion in 2009 to Chicago. There, after pleas on Craigslist seeking out band members they met up with Eamonn Donnelly and Jonny Ifergan.

The group has earned a reputation as a stellar and explosive live act after a steady two years of touring and supporting acts like White Rabbits, Smith Westerns, Here We Go Magic, Tapes ‘n Tapes and Telekinesis.

The Kickback will play in Sioux Falls on March 2 at Bigs Sports Bar, 3110 W. 12th St. Burlap Wolf King and Th’Rattletrap will also perform. Tickets for the 18-and-older show are $6.

TobyMac releases ‘Speak Life’ video today


Christian musician TobyMac released a new video for his song “Speak Life” this morning.

“Speak Life” is a song off of TobyMac’s “Eye on It” album, which topped the Billboard 200 charts when it debuted in 2012. It also picked up a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

TobyMac brings his “His Deep” tour to the Sioux Falls Arena on Thursday with special guests Matthew West, Mandisa, Brandon Heath and Matt Maher. Tickets start at $23.50 at the Sioux Falls Arena box office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Between dc Talk and his own solo career, TobyMac has sold more than 10 million albums and has had six No. 1 hit singles including “Gone,” “Made to Love” and “Lose My Soul.” He’s a sure thing on billboard’s Christian music charts and has found crossover appeal with mainstream music fans. He’s worked hard to inspire his audience with words of conviction, hope, empowerment and the redemption found in his faith in God.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!


Mmmm, it’s Girl Scout Cookie time! If you’ve been craving some Thin Mints, your wait is over. Cookies are now on sale in Sioux Falls!

Eight kinds of cookies are being sold this year. Cranberry Citrus Crisps are new, and they sound awesome. But my favorites will always be the classic Thin Mints and Shortbread. Which of these are your favorites?

• Carmel deLites: Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolaty stripes

• Lemonades: Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon-flavored icing.

• Peanut Butter Patties: Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.

• Peanut Butter Sandwich: Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.

• Shortbread: Traditional shortbread cookies.

• Cranberry Citrus Crisps: A crispy cookie, made with whole grain and full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor.

• Thanks-A-Lot: Shortbread cookies dipped in rich fudge and topped with an embossed thank you message in one of 5 languages.

• Thin Mints: Crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolaty coating.

They all sound so delicious!

If you don’t have a Girl Scout knocking on your door, troops will also be setting up shop outside many stores and gas stations – find out when and where here. Cookies are $4 a box, and will be available through March 9.

Bake with a Sioux Falls native on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’


A Sioux Falls native will appear on an episode of the public television show “America’s Test Kitchen” this weekend.

Barbara Weniger, a 1975 graduate of Washington High School, lives in Boston and for the last 22 years has owned The Lakota Bakery. On the show, Weniger will be talking about how to make Florentine lace cookies, a thin and crispy cookie with a lacy texture and a sweet toffee-like flavor that’s drizzled with chocolate.

See this episode at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 on SDPB or watch it online here. 

Go Red for Women


Get out your favorite red dress or red sweater. Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day.

The American Heart Association encourages everyone to wear red on Friday, Feb. 7 in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Go Red for Women.

It’s about more than just picking something pretty to wear, though. Go Red for Women is about raising awareness of the prevalence of heart disease and supporting the fight against the disease.

• Both South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether have signed proclamations designating Friday as Wear Red Day.

• Several state landmarks will “Go Red” on Friday, including the South Dakota State Capitol building, the Falls of the Big Sioux River.

• In Sioux Falls, supporters will participate in the Red Dress Dash through downtown Sioux Falls. Dozens of women (and men) will don red dresses and dash through the streets of Sioux Falls to raise awareness and celebrate the day.

• If you’re out shopping, you can save 20 percent off your purchase at Macy’s when you’re wearing red through Feb. 10.

Disney Channel celeb coming to Winterfest of Wheels


If you have an elementary-aged kid, I probably don’t have to tell you who Peyton List is.

Even if you don’t recognize her name, you’d definitely recognize the character she plays on TV: Emma Ross, a bubbly teenager eager to reorder the world as she sees fit and the only biological child to a high-profile celebrity couple, on the Disney Channel’s hit show “Jessie.” (And now I have the show’s incredibly catchy theme song in my head.) List has also appeared in a couple of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movies, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Remember Me.”

Meet List Saturday at the annual Winerfest of Wheels at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. What List has to do with cars, I don’t know, but she’ll be signing autographs and taking photos with fans from 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. There will be a $5 charge, which includes an 8x10 photo.

Of course, List isn’t the only attraction at Winterfest of Wheels. The main draw has always been the unique assortment of cars, trucks and bikes. This year’s featured vehicle is a 1936 Stainless Steel Ford. There were six models produced and this is the only one that is privately owned and restored to perfection. There will also be a 1936 Auburn, a limited-edition 1968 Z28 Smokey Yunick Camaro and a limited-edition 2012 COPO Camaro.

Winterfest of Wheels runs 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 at the door. Get a discount by buying them in advance at J & L Harley-Davidson or Big Sioux Powersports in Sioux Falls. Kids 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Weekend passes are available for $15. All profits from the show go to the Cure Kids Cancer Charity. Last year, more than $23,000 was donated.

Help the Union Grove Pickers release a full-length album


The Union Grove Pickers will be releasing a new full-length album of original and traditional music this year.

For the last couple of years, the group has been writing an arranging a lot of new music. But now, they’re entering the mixing phase of the process, which requires outside technical expertise and manufacturing of the physical album.

That, of course, takes some money, which is why the Union Grove Pickers are trying to raise $2,500 via the online funding platform Kickstarter.

The funds they hope to raise through Kickstarter donations will go toward physical album and digital setup fees, mixing and mastering of the music, original artwork and album layout and promotional materials for the album and the album release show, which is scheduled for March 22 at the Orpheum Theater.

But the money can’t be used unless the Union Grove Pickers reach their goal. They have until Feb. 1 to get the full amount.

If you donate, incentives include a copy of the album, posters, stickers, a limited-edition T-shirt, your name printed in the liner notes of the album and a private Union Grove Pickers concert.