Call for Musicians!

Folk Off is a friendly competition, at Strawbale Winery, with cash prizes and a chance to
perform the following week at the Sioux River Folk Festival, in Newton Hills. Folk Off
Musician Competition is the Saturday before the Folk Festival (last Saturday in July) from 10am-5:00pm.
There also is a BBQ competition that day!
You would be showing the judges what you can do in a 20 minute session. Judges will award the
Judge’s Choice prize of $250.00, plus you will perform that same day as the opening act for
The Red Willow Band, as well as perform the following weekend at the Sioux River Folk Festival in Canton!
Contact Strawbale Winery and register now.
Email at for registration form or phone 605-543-5071 to give us
your email address, so we can send the information to you and answer a your questions.



Our supporters keep this humble little nonprofit group afloat. Your contributions help us promote first-rate traditional music throughout South Dakota – everywhere from Sioux River Folk Festival to Music in the Schools.

Here’s the best part, as tax exempt organization (501c3), donations are tax deductible.  Click the button below to support SDFOTM!


You can also mail your donation to:
SD Friends of Traditional Music
P.O. Box 901, Sioux Falls, SD 57101

Music In The Schools

If tots are blowing train whistles and teachers are belting out “Petticoat Junction” then the friends of the Friends of Traditional Music are bringing music to the schools*.

This ever-changing crew of musicians and local professionals enjoys having the opportunity to show students that while the may choose other careers, making music can still be a fun and entertaining part of their lives.

*If you plan to attend any of the concerts, please remember to check in at the school office upon arriving. Thanks!


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We’re Friends of Traditional Music. For decades, we’ve preserved and promoted American roots music for generations of South Dakotans. And as long as there’s a guitar string to pluck, a stand-up bass to slap and a tune to belt out, we’ll keep passing on the torch.


Board Members

  • Greg Schmitz - President

  • Annie Blotz - Treasurer

  • Alan Reinpold - Secretary

  • Sharon Gray

  • Janet Schmitz

  • Carole South-Winter

  • Connor Pederson



Check out the article about the Sioux River Folk Festival in the July/August 2018 issue of South Dakota Magazine

The South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music is a registered 501c3 organization.
See SDFOTM Internal Control System for Funds.pdf and FOTM Articles of Incorporation - 1976.pdf.
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