Big Head Todd & The Monsters came to Sioux Falls Saturday night (November 9) to complete the opening weekend of entertainment at The District and made new fans while making sure their long time fans had a great time too.

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Over a thousand music fans came out to see Todd Park Mohr lead his lifelong friends and bandmates through a hit-driven set from the jump with songs like "Boom Boom" and "Bittersweet" among the first handful of songs plus their cover of Led Zeppelin's "Tangerine"which they covered on 1998's Live Monsters album.

Though the band started as a straight forward blues band in 1986 in Colorado, their nearly 30 year career has seen them incorporate some soul, rock and a pop sensibility to become the well-oiled machine they are today.

Omaha/Lincoln, Nebraska's Kris Lager Band opened the show with their self-proclaimed "Thrift Store Funk" that is so much more than that.

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The Kris Lager Band is another that started as a blues band but has morphed into a funky, soulful celebration of life every night they tear up a stage.

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KLB will be a main stage performer at Sioux Falls JazzFest next July and consist of singer/guitarist Kris Lager, keyboardist Jeremiah Weir, drummer John Fairchild and bass player (and master of the high kick!) Brandon Miller. Several years ago, they teamed with South Dakota's Mato Nanji and toured as Indigenous while honing their live performances before breaking back off to do their own version of what I would call a rock and roll stew because you hear so many influences from so many genres, but what comes out is truly a good time celebration of life. Kris Lager Band is a band you NEED to see when you get the chance.

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The District is already proving themselves as a venue for everyone as the lineup boasts pop, rock, country, jam and more. Third Eye Blind will play this Tuesday. Hairball will rock the night before Thanksgiving. Shows from Wookiefoot and Soulcrate Music are also available now and in talking to Jered Johnson, one of the owners of The District, that's what we can expect for the future as well. A diverse music lineup in the venue that has a capacity of 1500 (many of the upcoming shows are already close to being sold out!)

Johnson also told me that they have offers on the table for several classic rock bands that hopefully will be announced for the lineup soon!

Here's the link to the District website so you can check out all the shows and order your tickets online.

And don't forget the Wood Fire Grill and District Lounge that are also a part of Sioux Falls newest entertainment complex.