Sometimes Change is Scary, Even if it's Good

It's been a pretty intense couple of weeks, and I'm finally feeling like my magical self again and able to get things done. I just moved into a new apartment with a friend of mine that also happens to be a badass artist, and while I was so incredibly excited to move to a new place, it was still so very stressful and exhausting. That on top of all the Mercury Retrograde garbage going on, plus my own mental and emotional struggles, lead to one of the worst weeks for my anxiety and depression I've had in a long time.

Amidst all of this, however, there were some really, really cool things happening.

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On the coffee front, my pals at Stonebru coffee in Dakota Dunes, about an hour away from Sioux Falls, hosted their first ever Thursday Night Throwdown, which also happened to be my first ever latte art throwdown, and WOOF, was it fun.

 It me, doing the thing

It me, doing the thing

There were some amazing baristas there from all over the area, and one of our own baristas, Carly Holmstrom, ended up taking second place! I managed to get fourth place, which was way better than I had hoped for! Now I'm working even harder to hone my craft and prepare for the next one.
 

 Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Despite the heavy sadness that kept me feeling so weary the last couple weeks, there was some really rad shows happening, and I went and took photos and danced and maybe even cried. Over the next week I'm going to be sharing photos from these shows, and I hope you can feel a little bit of the magic I felt at each show. 
I'm feeling creative and magical again now and can't wait to work on some cool things and post them on here and just... create again.

Narco States, The Coax, and Bodega Sushi

Here's some photos from a rad show at TOTAL DRAG the other week

The Coax

Up first was local babez, Bodega Sushi

Bodega Sushi

The Coax came from Minneapolis as they kicked off a 60 day tour in support of their new album called "Total Drag".. And yeah. It's inspired by our rad lil' all ages venue here in Sioux Falls.

The Coax

And Narco States, another killer Minneapolis band, finished off the night with some rad, fuzzy psych rock.

Narco States

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David Dondero, Meriwether Raindelay, and Micah Kittelson

It was stupid cold outside last thursday, but that didn't stop Total Drag from filling up quick with all sorts of people drawn by the allure of an incredible folky, singer-songwriter kind of night. David Dondero is an incredibly talented and magical human and I'm so glad he came back to SIoux Falls to play some music for us. Seriously go check out his music!

 David Dondero

David Dondero

Before David Dondero took the stage, we had a few local acts playing some beautiful music to tug on your heart strings, like Meriwether Raindelay. I would be lying if I said I've never cried during one of Troy's sets.

 Meriwether Raindelay

Meriwether Raindelay

And opening the night was our friend Micah Kittelson with some lovely songs. This was the first time I've seen him perform with someone else and though he sounds great by himself, the percussion element added another level to his songs that felt more full and balanced. Great as always.

 Micah Kittelson

Micah Kittelson

Keep Sioux Falls Rad and remember to always support your local art/music/whatever scene!