DSU Live Hosts Jami Lynn and Chris Champion (2014)

It was a great pleasure to welcome Jami Lynn and Chris Champion to DSU as a part of our ongoing concert series collaboration between DSU Live and the Madison Area Arts council. As in previous semesters, we transformed an auditorium into an intimate acoustic music venue, complete with staging and lighting. The DSU Live students did a fantastic job helping with setup, and Nolan Moser took the help as our lead live engineer.

Chris is always impressive on guitar, sharing both originals and covers, and showing off his stellar guitar chops. Jami followed with her South Dakota-inspired original tunes, sung with acoustic guitar and banjo. She was later joined by Andrew Reinartz on upright bass, and Dalton Coffey on dobro. The trio made for a gorgeous sound that perfectly filled the auditorium.

Once mixed and mastered, the recording will be submitted for broadcast on SDPB radio’s “No Cover, No Minimum”, and there also will be several videos produced from the evening. Below is the first one completed, a tune performed by the trio called “Red Fox”:

Students Take the Stage for Open Mic Night and More! (2014)

Open Mic nights can be a fun way for students to take the stage and show off their skills, and that’s exactly what happened in late October when DSU Live assisted student Tanner Bowman and the English club with the event.

Talent included some great singers and poets, some of which were using this as a warm-up for the English Club Poetry Slam that took place several weeks later. In a change of outcome from the past several years, the faculty snagged a victory based on the final tally from the judges’ scoring.

The entertainment continues as DSU Live hosts a Karaoke night this week and Sandy Champion’s music students perform a musical variety concert this weekend featuring the music of Disney!

The Fall 2014 Semester Kicks Off With a Bang!

As is often the case when the new school year kicks off, we have a ton of exciting events happening in the first couple of weeks, including karaoke, a comedian, and a DJ dance. But before all of that, the Student Activities Board welcomed the duo, “Scratch & Bang”, with audio help from the DSU Live Technical Services students.

The group has a unique twist on the typical dance DJ format. One of the members is a DJ, while the other is a drummer, which adds a nice extra layer of impact to the performance. The duo performed non-stop for over 90-minutes and played every song from modern hits, nostalgic classics, and some wild cards thrown in the mix (I think I heard the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song in there at one point).

The night started with a packed crowd of over 150 students, and the most exciting part is that only the Freshman had moved in thus far. “Scratch & Bang” put on a killer show that set the tone for the rest of the events to come. Now it’s back to school this week. Fall 2014 semester is here!

The “Last Week Luau” Wraps up the Semester (2014)

Every Breath rocking acoustically

We finished up a semester packed with concerts by welcoming three excellent bands to play for our “Last Week Luau” on campus: “The Business, Man”, Every Breath, and June Embers.

June Embers

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate for an outdoor show, but the students set up the show in the Trojan Center Marketplace and the bands rocked out throughout the evening. The show was a great combination of acoustic music and alternative rock. It was also a great experience for the students to move all of our audio equipment and set up in a new location.

The Business, Man

We broke our event record this year, combining DSU Live concerts and Technical Services assisted shows, there were a whopping 42 events! Now, all we have left is finals week and summer is upon us!

Students do Promo at the Activities Fair (2013)

Dakota State had the annual activities fair this week, where clubs and organizations set up their booths and entice students to join them and attend upcoming events. DSU Live and KDSU Radio were two of the groups out chatting with students and drumming up excitement.  Discussions are in the works for bringing in some great musical talent, so we are all looking forward to what the school year has in store.

On a separate note, congratulations are in store for Audio Production program graduate Tyler Steele. He is now Multimedia Specialist for Information Technology Services here at DSU!

The First Week Gets Kicked Off Right! (2013)

View from the DJ Booth at the year’s first Black Light Dance hosted by KDSU.

We have already had a packed schedule of live events as the semester got started this week!  Students filled the DSU Underground for our annual GO Karaoke night, saw a show from dancer “Xclusive” hosted by the Student Activities Board, and KDSU hosted nearly 200 students in the first Black Light Dance of the year.

Karaoke singers perform for a full house.

The group of DSU Live students have a lot of great ideas for the upcoming school year, and we can’t wait to put our plans into action and keep the excitement going!

A full crowd for DJ Kor.


Students Perform at “Tips for Talent” (2012)

Ethan Shafer

For the second year in a row, students took to the stage on February 15th in the Trojan Center cafeteria for our second annual “Tips for Talent” event! The event, hosted by DSU Live and the campus Diversity club, is meant to show off the musical talents of DSU students while raising money for charity.  Just a few of the many performers are pictured in this post.

Amanda Welbig

This year, we made over $150 in a 90-minute timespan that will be donated to a local food pantry. Equally exciting was the amount of great talent that took the stage, which included many of music instructor Sandy Champion’s students from her private lessons. The event garnered such positive feedback that we are hoping to host another one before the end of the semester. Congrats to all of the performers, and thank you to all of the students and faculty for their generous donations!

Billy Hofer
Tasha Draven

Bands Rock the Underground in January 2012

Last Friday, DSU Live hosted three intense rock bands from areas of North and South Dakota.  These bands included I, Apparatus, Victor Shores, and No Parking on the Bridge.  In addition to hosting the performance, the students are working on producing a 4-camera HD video shoot.  Student Luke Arens set up a shot from a unique angle in the rafters and was able to control the camera via an ethernet connection to his laptop.

Fans at the show were impressed by the non-stop energy from the bands.  Despite playing music from a similar genre, each group had a unique sound to keep the intensity high throughout the evening.  It was an exciting first showcase of the semester!


Students host 2011 Battle of the Bands

The student group, DSU Live, is an organization with members from many majors, including some from our Audio Production program.  Just over a week ago, the group hosted their annual Battle of the Bands in the student union venue, The Underground.

The group hosted an excellent show that could not be described as anything less than a big success.  We hosted five very talented bands from the area whose names were:  Blood of the Ancients, Amos Slade, The Dashing North, Top Shelf Stank, and The Broken Resolve.
Thanks to the hard work of our students, the show went very smoothly and sounded excellent.  We also raised money for Colleges Against Cancer!  Enjoy these fantastic pictures by DSU student Denise Livingston: