Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank

Date(s): Friday, July 1, 2016

Time: 5:30 PM - 11:00 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, July 7

5:30 - 6:15pm - Taylor Riley
Riley is a local musician with a huge passion for all genres of music. Her specialty is taking oldies-classic songs everyone loves in a little different direction. She struggles with finding one style to call her own, as the theatrical aspect of keeping her style fluid and playing with styles from all her favorites artists, is what inspires her to keep trying toward her own sound and music. Riley is also in love downtown Sioux Falls and works for two local downtown businesses.

6:30 - 8:15pm - Rich Show and the Working Poor
Violet is a band that needs little introduction. if you are a fan of local, original music in the Sioux Falls area and were around in the 1990s, you know who Violet is. You also likely know the mastermind and most respected songwriter/performer of his era, Rich Show. Violet played their last show in the summer of 1996 when Mark Bombara moved away to Seattle and Heath moved to Minneapolis. After a great run, with Rich, as “The All Get Outs” Mark Romanowski also left for Seattle. Lance and Rich stayed in town and collaborated on several projects while Heath Henjum found success with one of the most influential indie bands in Minneapolis, The Hopefuls. The return of this super-group, in all its forms, has everyone excited again! Violet is made up of “The Marks”, Mark Bombara- guitar and Mark Romanowski-guitar, Heath Henjum-bass, Lance Beier-drums and Rich Show-guitar and vocals. These Charming Men - Smiths Tribute. sister - Prince Tribute. Rich and Mark are assembling a special group called The Working Poor for our July 7 block party and we're looking forward to it.

8:45 - 11:00pm - Erik Koskinen
Musically sprouted from the blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen and his top-shelf band realize a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Koskinen’s albums are a lyrical and musical metaphor of American’s theaters of war, of history, of relationships, and of the reflections in the mirror. Since moving to Minneapolis eight years ago, Koskinen has amassed a following as a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. With experience stemming from years of traveling north to south and coast to coast, Koskinen taps those adventures and encounters in his second album, the follow-up to the acclaimed Keep It to Yourself.

July 7 Vendors:

Food Vendors

  • SDSU Ice Cream
  • Snortz Barbeque
  • Hunny & Bunny
  • Kettle King Kettle Korn

Product / Non-profit Vendors

  • First United Methodist Church
  • Northern Plains Boxer Rescue
  • Washington Pavilion
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • AARP
  • Friends of the Big Sioux River
  • Relationship University / VOA
  • Scratchpad
  • Bath Fitters
  • Black Hills State University

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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