Friday, April 10, 2015

Poetry and Music Performances at the South Sioux City Public Library

Poetry and Music Performances at the South Sioux City Public Library
The South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Avenue, South Sioux City, Nebraska, has some great special programming for the spring/ summer of 2015.

Marci Broyhill will give a cowboy poetry reading at the library on Thursday April 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

Deep agricultural roots tap a reservoir of material for Marci's pen and presentations. Marci researches the men and the women who lived and traveled the trails west of the Missouri River. She marvels at the determination and courage; honoring their efforts by giving them a voice through verse and story.

Marci's entertaining performances also address nature, dilemmas in society, the joys and challenges of family life. Her topics tug at the heartstrings of the audience, rekindling memories.

 Since people are more alike than diverse, Marci's material appeals across the landscape. Her expressive delivery draws the audience into shared experiences, generating reflection and laughter.

Marci’s poetry reading is in honor of Cowboy Poetry Week, April 19th through the 25th.  Visit her website at

Dan Weber will be in concert on Monday June 1st at 6:30 p.m.
 Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as "The classic mid-life overnight sensation." A gifted storyteller and inspiring performer, in 2014 he Won 2nd place in the prestigious Woody Guthrie songwriting contest and was honored to become a rare 2-time finalist in the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival 'New Folk' competition. In 2014 he also received several other national songwriting contest honors.

Weber began performing at 40 and in a few short years was winning over audiences with energetic performances and hilarious stories from the roads he's traveled. None other than legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin' Jack Elliott said "I love Dan's songs and he tells really good stories."

His songs have been described as 'Timeless' and 'Authentic' and his debut CD 'Ash and Bone' received accolades from American Songwriter Magazine and the UK's Maverick Magazine said: "4 Stars: Has you hanging on to every word. That's the touch of a true Master Craftsman songwriter."

There's also been recognition from DJ's: "'Hank and Jesus' is easily the best folk song I heard last year" and The Victory Review magazine wrote "Weber's writing is as strong as any in the Contemporary Folk community. 'Goodbye to Dad' is one of the best original tunes that I have heard in a long time."

You can visit his website at

Tyler Barham will perform a concert on Thursday June 4th at 6:30 p.m. 

If in today’s music environment, online followings are the foundation of an artist’s career, then Montana native Tyler Barham is looking solid as a rock.  This Country singer/songwriter, with a voice that has been described as ringing like a bell, has built a foundation of more than 50,000 dedicated online fans with nearly 9 million views.  Born in Bozeman and raised in Florence, Montana, Tyler began singing when he was nine. Although he enjoyed singing different styles of music, it did not take him long to realize his heart (and eventually his baritone voice) belonged to country music. In his early teens, Tyler competed and won various regional talent competitions, but also while in high school, Tyler discovered YouTube and began posting covers of his favorite country songs, which quickly introduced him to a worldwide audience.

In 2008 Tyler made the leap from computer screen to TV screen as a finalist on Great American Country’s nationwide talent search, Next GAC Star, and in the next few years was featured on E!’s Opening Act based on his YouTube following and was the winner of nationally syndicated radio host Radio Lia’s Your Big Break contest.

In September of 2010, with the help of industry veterans John Griffin and Dave Flint, Tyler released an independent self-titled EP that reached No. 39 on the iTunes Country Album Chart.  His follow-up EP, titled Twenty-One, which was released on March 21st 2011, his 21st birthday, cruised its way up the iTunes Country Album Chart to #19.  Building on the sales success of his previous releases, Tyler's most recent original release, Don't Cage This Heart, debuted at #56 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and #19 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart which charts album titles from new or developing acts in all formats.

Tyler has also enjoyed success at GrassRoots radio with singles “17 & Young,” “Meet Me In Montana,” and the original holiday song “Coal In Your Stocking This Year” and has just shipped his new single, “More Than A Cotton Dress” to radio nationally which is being lauded by programmers as the catchy and compelling answer to the proliferation of “Bro Country.”

Tyler’s fans are not simply online.  He was named one of the Country Music Association’s (CMA) “Who New to Watch in 2013” and was recently named one of Billboard’s “10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014.”  And he received the ultimate compliment when Blake Shelton shared both Tyler’s covers of “Austin” and “Honey Bee” with his fans, Brett Eldredge tweeted Tyler’s cover of “Don’t Ya” to his Twitter following and Darius Rucker began using Tyler’s cover of “Come Back Song” in his live concerts.

But Tyler says his greatest honor has been to see the process come full circle as his original songs are now being covered by aspiring singers on YouTube.

In an industry that is coming to terms with the new model of music discovery, Tyler is steadily building on his solid foundation with a house that welcomes country music fans of all ages who love meaningful lyrics, catchy melodies and a sparkling vocal delivery.  Find Tyler online on his website, social media platforms or iTunes and you will hear why.  Visit his website at

Local artist Jamie Lee Nieman will give a presentation entitled Patsy Cline:  Country Music Hero on Monday June 15th at 6:30 p.m. 

Patsy Cline permanently changed the role of women in country music.  Before Ms. Cline, female country singers played the role of “the girl singer” in a male country music band.  Patsy Cline proved that a woman could take the role of headliner in the world of country music.  Cline mentored stars like Loretta Lynn and Dottie West, as well as paving the way for people like the Judds, Martina McBride, and many other great stars today.  You can visit Jamie’s YouTube site at

Many more events are in the works.  If you would like more information about the artists or the events, contact Dan Nieman or phone 402-494-7545.  

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