Happy 100

It’s hard to be believe this is the 605’s 100th issue. From having cows relieve themselves on us during a photo shoot to having a couple massage a staff member for a story, it has definitely been a wild ride. Since meeting creative, compassionate, and inspiring South Dakotans is why the magazine was created in the first place, we revisited six cover stories to see what they’ve been up to.

 

The White Wall Sessions

Jeff Zueger

August 2013 Cover

Creator/executive producer of The White Wall Sessions, Jeff Zueger, simply wanted “no rules, just creation” when he started inviting local musicians to play in his Spectrum Films, Inc. studio in the spring of 2013.

With only two microphones, two cameras, and a white backdrop set up, the first session of what is now known as The White Wall Sessions was filmed with local artist (and now one of Zueger’s best friends), Steve Zastrow.

After creating an official Facebook page to post songs for the project, they booked over 10 bands in a week. They soon found that watching artists “un-plug” in a relaxed atmosphere (bands play around five to six songs per session) was catching on fast, and The White Wall Sessions was picked up for 26 episodes on KELO-TV.

Zueger said at the time, “I would like to make The White Wall Sessions a destination for musicians on a regional or even national level.”

Fast forward to April 2017, and Zueger’s project has turned into a successful program that is currently filming its fifth season. Not only that, but they’re celebrating a year this month at their new studio location, located on bottom floor of Last Stop CD Shop on 10th Street in Sioux Falls.

“It’s been crazy the amount of submissions we’ve had [this year],” said Zueger. “We’ve had over 120 people that applied to be on the show for just this season. It’s going up and up and up. People are coming, it’s awesome.”

This season will showcase 60 acts, which includes regional, national, and international acts like Them Coulee Boys from Eau Claire, Wisc. (April 1), Crankshaft (April 19) from Anoka, Maine, and Leaf Rapids (April 22) from Winnipeg, Ontario.

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