RAPID CITY, S.D.(KOTA)- After a concert slated for the Rushmore Mall fell through, with questions being directed at the events promoter, a group of musicians were suddenly left without a show.
Nick Tilsen, president and CEO of NDN Collective, said the corresponding For the People Music Festival was a direct response to that events failure.
Tilsen clarified NDN Collective was not connected to the original concert, and said the root of the event was a simple desire to help artists get home.
Tilsen said the arts are a crucial piece of the NDN Collective mission.
From the bars of Omaha-based rapper Antoine, to Bert Malcom’s acoustic blues, the show captured the varying sounds of contemporary indigenous music.
That was Malcom, who opened the show. He has been performing live for nine years, and still faces a challenge confronted by far too many musicians – an untrustworthy promoter.
Malcom said the FTP Festival came as a result of musicians being left without a gig.
Antoine Edwards, known professionally as Antoine was one of the shows headliners, and offered his advice to aspiring hip hop artists.
Backstage, Antoine said the crowd you run with can make a big difference.
The show was free to attend, and performances ran from the afternoon well into the evening.
The free concert was hosted at the Rapid Skillz Athletic Complex, and hundreds of people filled rows of bleachers for the show.