Several dozens of concert fans crowded to the front of the stage at Friday night’s Kory and the Fireflies concert in Dell Rapids. The raw energy displayed by this four-piece rocker ignited the crowd into a sing-along, feel good atmosphere leaving your problems somewhere else enabling the fans to escape into a summer night in the park enjoying a mixture of rock. The concert had doubters throughout the community as the campground had been shut down to camping by the city council, and some questioned having a concert following the annual Take Me Out to the Ballgame for fear of vandalism to the baseball diamond by concert goers. The crowd was one of the best-behaved and respectful crowds, yet they were able to be energized and feed off the band while enjoying the concert at the park till shortly after midnight. One Baltic fan’s name, Brett Teveldal, was even drawn for a brand new guitar given away by the band with all the members autographing it. Kory and the Fireflies played songs from their previous four CD releases, and a handful of new songs from the Fireflies upcoming 5th CD with a mixture of cover songs ranging from Collective Soul to Elvis (ah, yes—the King and also Costello). This is one concert if you missed, you still have a chance to see and hear it (just not up close and personal). Big Sioux Media streamed the concert live, and will have an archive of the event up on the website. Just go to webcasts and click on the concert to view it.
As busy as we can be there is one event in Dell Rapids that is fast approaching that always provides entertainment, food, baseball, and alot of people. Quarry Days 2012 is June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th and one new piece of entertainment is a concert that takes place right after the baseball game, June 22nd. Kory and the Fireflies, a band that has regional and local appeal, has been performing for more than 18 years (the newest member, Al Berven, has been with the band for 10 years). Founder, Kory Van Sickle, told Big Sioux Media the music written, composed, and performed for crowds has a positive energy to it and if there are large numbers of people listening he would rather have their performances ‘lifting spirits rather than crushing them’. Other members that the Quarry Days crowd will see include Chris Beyer and Jason Vetos. Van Sickle says the chemistry and input from the other members when putting down a base line, or a lead guitar part is essential in their success. The concert will begin following the baseball game on Friday night, June 22nd, between the two amateur Dell Rapids baseball teams (PBR and the Mudcats) with special guest, Shawn Coles, opening up the concert. As the baseball fans walk over to the concert area the music will get underway….and a few songs later, Kory and the Fireflies will take the stage performing songs from their four previous CD releases, and songs from their upcoming 5th CD.