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Judd Hoos set to play outdoor concert at Mitchell bar with special guests from American Song Contest

The band will perform in the Thirsty's parking lot on June 3

Judd Hoos, a Black Hills-based rock band, performs a free concert to the public on the Freedom Stage as part of the 2016 Corn Palace Festival on Thursday evening on Main Street in Mitchell.
Judd Hoos, a Black Hills-based rock band, performs a free concert to the public on the Freedom Stage as part of the 2016 Corn Palace Festival on Thursday evening on Main Street in Mitchell.
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MITCHELL — A popular South Dakota band that recently competed on a nationally-televised music competition will return home in early June for a spot in Mitchell.

Fresh off competing in NBC's American Song Contest, which featured selected artists from all 50 states, Judd Hoos will perform an outdoor show on Friday, June 3, at a local bar the band has frequented over the years.

Thirsty’s Bar will play host to the outdoor concert, dubbed Judd Hoos and Friends, featuring is plenty of excitement for the special performance that will take place in the parking lot.

“We’re really excited for this,” said Judy Hall-Rogers, manager of Thirsty’s Bar.

Although Judd Hoos was recently eliminated in the qualifying round of the American Song Contest, members of the South Dakota rock band were able to meet some of the nation’s top up-and-coming musical artists and bands.

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The five-person band will be bringing some of the artists who competed in the contest to perform with them at the Mitchell show. The Friday night concert will kick off at 7 p.m. and wrap up around 11:45 p.m.

Hall-Rogers said the concert setup will be sectioned off along the northwest corner of the parking lot.

The Mitchell City Council approved Thirsty’s application for a special event permit and outdoor alcohol consumption permit during its recent meeting for the bar to host the concert.

Over the past decade, Judd Hoos has become a well-known band in the Upper Midwest. The band’s resume includes opening for Billy Idol, releasing hit rock songs that have cracked the top-30 new rock singles on Apple Music and touring across the country.

After submitting an original song the band wrote and produced to the American Song Contest, Judd Hoos emerged as the group to represent South Dakota on a national stage.

The American Song Contest featured a wide variety of artists, DJs and bands that were picked to represent their state. It was an Oklahoma pop artist who emerged as the winner of the NBC contest on Monday night.

The contest was set up in three different stages — qualifying rounds, semifinals and grand final. The winners of the contest were decided by viewers who voted on the performances aired on TV.

The band has not yet revealed which special guests from the American Song Contest will join them in Mitchell.

Related Topics: MITCHELLMUSICCONCERTS
Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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