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 Just Plain Folks Arrives in Sioux Falls, SD on June 2, 2007

Grassroots music organization Just Plain Folks (JPF) will arrive in Sioux Falls, SD for a free concert on June 2, 2007 at the River Walk cafe. The free volunteer run organization is the largest of its type in the world with over 40,000 members in over 100 countries. Each year the staff of JPF picks a region or two in North America and sets up free networking and performance showcase events which allow local musicians of any genre and experience level to come together, play a song or two and meet their peers from the region. All the events are free and anyone is welcome to attend.

"We started these tours back in 1998 as a way to get artists into the same room together to meet, share contacts, share tips and in some cases create new bands and co-writing relationships with other artists and writers in their areas" say Brian Austin Whitney, the organization's founder. "Though the Internet has offered the grassroots community a lot of new ways to connect with fans and peers, it can't replace the importance of meeting face to face, shaking hands, exchanging war stories and creative ideas." In 2007, JPF will be visiting cities in OH, PA, MI, IL, WI, MN, ND, SD, NE, IA, KS, MO, IN, KY, WV, VA, NC, SC, FL, GA, AL and TN. A complete list of dates and venues is posted on their website ( 

Gary Kappenman, founder of Folk RisingT Music Productions, LLC which will be producing the Sioux Falls, SD event for JPF, stated "JPF's goals for helping develop local music artists and local live-music venues are identical to Folk Rising's goals and we are happy to have the opportunity to work with JPF to help bring their Road Trip to Sioux Falls, SD!".  Any musicians who would like to participate in the June 2, 2007 event may contact or visit

Folk RisingT  Music Productions, LLC ( is dedicated to help develop Sioux Falls, SD into a center for regional professional and amateur folk musicians to gain exposure for their material, meet other like minded musicians and folk music enthusiasts, have fun and learn through listening and playing with a variety of other regional musicians.




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