On June 21 and 22, Cherapa Place in downtown Sioux Falls will buzz with festival-goers, musical artists, and, of course, the All-South Dakota Beer Tasting.
Twenty-nineteen marks the 10th anniversary of the 605 Summer Classic Beer & Musical Festival, a two-day outdoor event centered around bringing quality music to a local stage and celebrating South Dakota beer. Organized and hosted by 605 Magazine, the Classic features a lineup of 10 different artists over two days. Some are local to South Dakota, while others will be traveling from as far as Minneapolis, Boston, Montreal, and even Belgium.
Headliners Dabin (Friday) and Sammy Adams (Saturday) will each bring something unique to the stage. Dabin, a Toronto native now living in Montreal, performs a variety of live guitar and electronic music. He recently finished touring the U.S. and Canada with his latest album, Wild Youth.
“i’m excited to come back to south dakota because i’ve always got a lot of love in s.d., and i’m pumped to play new music.” sammy adams
Adams hails from Boston and began making hits at a young age, back in the late 2000s. His style is most often described as hip-hop, but he takes inspiration from a variety of artists, including jazz and blues musicians like Duke Ellington and Professor Longhair.
Adams says he’s stoked to perform in Sioux Falls again, and he believes his music can appeal to anyone.
“The amazing part about music is its ability to bring people together,” said Adams. “No matter where you’re from, your ethnicity, your background, I just want to make you forget about the world for the 30-45 minutes I’m on stage.”In addition to the headliners, 605 has gathered regional and local artists to perform throughout the event. Friday’s lineup includes Pete Freely, Park States, Unlimited Gravity, and Taska Black, and Saturday brings Elisabeth Hunstad, Mark Mallman, Soleil Bashale, and ProbCause to the stage.
605 SUMMER CLASSIC
JUNE 21 & 22
FRIDAY 5-11:30 P.M. // SATURDAY 2-11:30 P.M.
(ALL-SD BEER TASTING 2-5 P.M.)
DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS
FRIDAY DAY PASS $10
SATURDAY DAY PASS $10 INCLUDES 4 BEER FESTIVAL TASTINGS 21+
WEEKEND PASS $15 INCLUDES 4 BEER FESTIVAL TASTINGS 21+
GOLD WRISTBAND WEEKEND PASS $35 INCLUDES UNLIMITED BEER FESTIVAL TASTINGS 21+
John Snyder, 605’s director of sales and marketing, says finding a variety of current, relevant music is key when it comes to choosing talent for the Classic.
While acts aren’t always widely known, Snyder says festival-goers are often willing to take a chance on the talent for the Classic’s low ticket cost of just $10 for one day or $15 for a weekend pass.
But don’t forget, it’s not just about the music.
From 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, attendees can enjoy the All-South Dakota Beer Tasting. South Dakota breweries will each be serving up one or two different brews for people to taste. Attendees will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award. (Last year, the winner was Lost Cabin Beer Co.)
For an additional $20, attendees can purchase an unlimited beer
tasting wristband to go along with the day pass. If you’re planning to attend both days, a Gold Pass includes two-day admission and unlimited tasting for $35.
605 WILL BE SELLING LIMITED NUMBERS OF THE 605 MAGAZINE SUMMER ISSUE BEER AT THE 605 SUMMER CLASSIC.
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» VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE A 605 SUMMER CLASSIC T-SHIRT AND A SODA OR BEER (IF 21+) PER SHIFT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, EMAIL CONTACT@605MAGAZINE.COM.
“We try to provide good value on both sides, for attendees and the
artists,” said Snyder. “One of the most common things we hear from attendees is, ‘I’m so glad I came, I’m never missing one again.’”
One of the artists Snyder is most excited for is Mark Mallman, a Minneapolis artist performing on Saturday.
“We saw him randomly about eleven months ago at Bigs Bar and we were just blown away,” said Snyder. “We knew we wanted to hire him. He has an incredibly distinct voice and jumps up on his chair and keyboard. He just has that extra something. It’s not just a song, it’s a performance.”When asked about his style, Mallman says it can best be described as “piano rock.”
“I turn the past on its head,” he said. “I take what ‘70s music established and rebuild it for the 21st century. It’s a treat to be able to delight an audience.”
Almost Home Canine Rescue
Originally founded in Madison, Almost Home Canine Rescue (AHCR) was reestablished in the Sioux Falls area in 2018 by a group of passionate animal lovers. They’re dedicated to assisting, rescuing, fostering, and providing a lifetime of love and care for unwanted, homeless, abused, or neglected pets.
»» DONATE: AHCR IS 100% VOLUNTEER-RUN, AND THEY CAN USE ANY AND ALL DONATIONS, WHETHER TIME OR FINANCIAL.
»» FOSTER: SINCE AHCR DOESN’T OPERATE A SHELTER, THEY RELY ENTIRELY ON FOSTERS TO CARE FOR THEIR ANIMALS.
»» ADOPT: CHOOSING TO ADOPT HAS AN AMAZING IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF THESE NEGLECTED PETS. AHCR PLANS TO BRING SEVERAL ADOPTABLE PETS ALONG TO THE CLASSIC, AND VOLUNTEERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT ALMOSTHOMECANINERESCUE.COM.
On the local side of things, Park States, Bashale, Freely, and Hunstad all make their home in South Dakota.
Bashale, a Sioux Falls native, says he’s looking forward to his first major hometown show.
“It’s the feeling of seeing people I know but who haven’t been able to see me perform, seeing them in the crowd,” he said.
According to Snyder, providing a positive stage experience for local artists is one of the Classic’s top goals.
“We’re bringing top-tier sound, stage, and lighting, and really raising that presence for the acts that we bring in,” he said.In addition to music and beer, the Classic’s sponsors will have booths set up to engage with the crowd (and possibly hand out some cool freebies).
605 partners with a local nonprofit each year to help raise awareness and offer a donation. Most recently, this was with the former JAM Art & Supplies, but since its closing, 605 has chosen to partner with Almost Home Canine Rescue.
Tickets for the Classic are available for purchase online and at the door. An after party at Wiley’s Tavern will take place after the headliner both nights.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT 605SUMMERCLASSIC.COM.