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Nearly 15 Years After It Was Torn Down, Sioux Falls Filmmakers Are Bringing The Pomp Room Back To Life With a Concert And Documentary

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Photo Courtesy of Jesse Yost

March 13, 2000 was a dark day for Sioux Falls bands and music fans alike. It was the day the Pomp Room in downtown Sioux Falls was demolished to make way for a parking ramp. For years, the dark room with the squishy carpet had hosted the top local and regional bands plus some national acts like Cheap Trick in 1996, JazzFest 2014 headliners Gov’t Mule played there back in 1997. The last time Tab Benoit played in Sioux Falls, he talked about playing the Pomp and having to kick beer bottles off the front of the stage so they had room to play. And of course on a now famous (thanks to MTV) day in June of 1993, Aerosmith dropped in after their show at the Sioux Falls Arena that night to play a four song surprise set: Mama Kin, Come Together, Love In An Elevator and Walk This Way.

Now, nearly 15 years after the final song was played, the final beer was spilled and the final bricks were cleared away, local filmmakers Austin Kaus and Jesse Yost are in the planning stages of making “The Pomp Room: The Documentary“. They have been gathering mementos, old photos and videos and conducting interviews with the Ertz family who owned the Pomp Room, and will be throwing a Pomp Room reunion fundraiser concert at The District here in Sioux Falls on October 18th featuring four bands from the bar’s heyday: the disco revival Glory Holes, The Cartwright Brothers, Jerkstore and Wakefield!

Tickets are available now through The District website for $18 in advance ($20 at the door). There will also be video booths at The District during the show for you to go in and share your Pomp Room memories to possibly be included in the documentary. You can also bring any video, photos, t-shirts, etc that are Pomp Room-related if you are able to loan them to the project.

This is going to be a show for the ages as band rehearsals from the three ‘reunion’ bands have already begun. If you loved going to the Pomp Room back in the day and want to relive some great memories while helping kickstart the documentary, get your tickets now for what promises to be a flood of memories October 18th at The District!

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