In 1993, on the upper midwest leg of the Get a Grip tour, Aerosmith rocked a full house at the Sioux Falls arena. But their stay in town will mostly be remembered for what happened after the show.

Steven Tyler and the gang, accompanied by Kurt Loder of MTV, crashed the Pomp Room in downtown Sioux Falls for a short 4 song gig. Local band Crash Alley was on stage when the Toxic Twins and the rest of the band took over.

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MTV's Kurt Loader was even in town with the band. Here's some MTV footage from the now-famous night of June 7th, 1993. Maybe you'll see someone you know.

The setlist included:

  • Mama Kin
  • Come Together
  • Love In An Elevator
  • Walk This Way

What Was The Pomp Room in Sioux Falls?

The Pomp Room in Sioux Falls may be the greatest rock n' roll bar in South Dakota history. Starting as the Baxter Bar in the late 1950s and in a different location, new owners in the '60s moved the enterprise to its Dakota Avenue location.

Then in the early 1970s, another pair of new owners worked to make The Pomp Room the rock and roll destination it became.

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For years, the dark room with the squishy carpet hosted the top local and regional bands plus some national acts.

Then, on March 13, 2000, the Pomp Room in downtown Sioux Falls was demolished to make way for a parking ramp.

215 N. Dakota Ave
215 N. Dakota Ave - The Pomp Room's former location in 2022 (Photo: Google Maps)

Flashback 1992: Inside Sioux Falls Old Washington High School

The modern marvel that is YouTube never ceases to amaze me. Sure, there's plenty of garbage there, but you can also find some gems.

Like this video from 1992. It's a sort of video time capsule of the old Washington High School in Sioux Falls. If you came to The Queen City in the last couple of decades, you may only know the building downtown as the Washington Pavilion, a center of Sioux Falls arts and culture.

Before it was the Pavilion, the corner of Main Avenue and 11th Street in Sioux Falls was home to many of the city's schools for most of the 20th century.

Built on the site of the former Central School, WHS's first class of 328 students started in 1908. It was the only high school in Sioux Falls until Lincoln High was completed in 1965.

The class of 1992 was the last class of Sioux Falls to graduate from the old Washington High. That fall the new WHS, constructed on N. Sycamore Ave on the east side of the city, took over the name and educational mission.

Check out the shots below for a flashback to 1992.

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