Simplified: More than 100 local artists will bring their talents to the stage in the inaugural Live & Local Series at the Washington Pavilion. Here's a look at what to expect from this new monthly performance series.

Why it matters

  • The Pavilion has long been a center for the arts in Sioux Falls, but the Live & Local series aims to specifically lift up local talent, from musicians to comedians to poets to dancers.
  • Live & Local shows will also give people in the area a chance to attend live performances at a more affordable price point than most shows on the Pavilion stages. Tickets will be $20 (plus tax).
  • For artists like Xavier Pastrano, a writer who performs spoken word poetry alongside a live band, the new series is a recognition of the growing arts scene in town.
"To be able to perform on these stages is incredibly validating," Pastrano said.

Tell me more about Live & Local

Shows will take place from September to May at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at either the Pavilion's Belbas Theater or in the Schulte Room.

The inaugural season has a wide variety of performance styles, and that's no accident. Seventeen groups and individuals were chosen out of nearly 100 applications, said Bob Wendland, assistant director of performances and events.

"This is just one small example of what's out there," he added.

The hope is to see successes in the first year so that Live & Local can continue for years to come, Wendland said.

Show me the lineup

Here's the list:

September 21, 2023
Improv Falls – Improv Comedy
Night Shield – Hip-Hop

October 19, 2023
Midtown Coffee Radio Hour – Radio-Hour-Style Show with Live Music
Nathan Barrow & Carey Hofer – Folk/Americana

November 16, 2023
Ben Gertner – Alternative Rock
Cirka Performance Arts – Acrobats

December 21, 2023
Andrea Ross – Broadway/Jazz
Janice Gilbert – Country/Americana/Folk

January 18, 2024
The Good Night Theatre Collective – Musical Theatre

February 15, 2024
Sioux Falls Chamber Music Collective – Immersive Performance with Music, Poetry and Dance

March 21, 2024
Jefferson Steel – Steel Drum Percussion Ensemble
Xavier Pastrano – Music with Spoken-Word Poetry

April 18, 2024
Jordan Jaacks – Americana
Rich Show – Singer/Songwriter with Band and Visuals

May 16, 2024
Joey Colombi – Juggling
Nathan Hults – Stand-Up Comedy
Zach Dresch – Stand-Up Comedy

What happens next?

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Find more details here.