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With only a few days left until the New Year, your friends at The Weekender thought we should look back on 2017 and construct a year-in-review-type story. We put on our thinking caps and tried brainstorming ideas. 

What sort of topics should we tackle? Do we want to get political? Should we selflessly cater to the mindset of millennials? How about we make stuff up or take a comedic, tongue-in-cheek approach to the whole thing? 

Ultimately we decided that none of those ideas were any fun. Instead, we turned our sights toward local music. And boy howdy has it been a fun year for the Siouxland music scene. 

From the countless EPs, full-length albums and music videos released throughout 2017, there's no doubt musicians have been hard at work perfecting their craft and creating worthwhile content for us all to enjoy. 

That's why we decided to give the final word to Siouxland musicians, asking them to give us their thoughts on 2017 in relation to their musical work. Apologies in advance to the many, many artists and bands that we didn't get a chance to reach out to.

But for now, here's what bands thought about 2017 and what they plan to do in 2018:

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Saturday In The Park 2017 (Weekender)

Eboli of DAD performs at The Abe Stage during Saturday in the Park. The Sioux City hip-hop duo entertained with its dad-inspired hits like "Budget Ballin" and "Fire on the Grill."

D.A.D. (Jason Reinert)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 was crazy for D.A.D. The things I am most proud of are our first videos. I feel like they were fun and amazing. Winning Battle of the Bands. It was a lot more challenging and stressful than imagined. Well worth every minute though.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

The start of 2018 will bring the release of a new album for D.A.D. Along with that will come lots of fun promos. Also other projects from us outside the realm of D.A.D.

CALLING GRACE (Shawn Fertig)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

I can’t say enough great things about 2017 musically for me. So many highlights from playing Saturday in the Park to opening for Starset at the Hard Rock. Just tons of great things happening with lots of great people.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 looks to expand on the things that happened in 2017. More shows. More venues.  New songs. Lots of things to come.

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Antonio "Mojo Mayne" Stewart, (Weekender)

Antonio "Mojo Mayne" Stewart, a Siouxland-based rapper, had his single, "Bad Girl," reach the No. 12 spot on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart.

MOJO MAYNE (Antonio Stewart)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

I review my experience as a constant reminder of where I have come from, and a true sageness of where I want to be. It is a reflection of every good and bad piece of criticism emboldened to herald consciousness when you get to points when you question why I am doing this. I say that you can’t have knowledge if you don't get the experience.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 is going to be the year of conventional frenzy toward achievement. With many things going on, and plans beyond practicality, the success intended would seem maniacal, but as it is the world is always ready to reward those that apply the process of prosperity into a constructed reality. Look at all of life's great accomplishments. So being in a position I am in, I feel blessed. My motto for 2018 is:  #LetsBuild

Siouxland’s Choice Awards (Weekender)

Rosario Perez Jr., aka Rev, was voted the Best Local Hip-hop Artist in the 2016 Siouxland's Choice Awards. 

REV (Rosario Perez Jr.)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

My musical experience in 2017 was eye-opening to say the least. I went on my first solo headlining tour. I got to experience firsthand the highs and lows that come along with being an independent touring artist. I'm proud that I was able to see it through and learn from it. I've gained a new outlook on the industry side of things.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 is going to see the release of several new projects. I've got a few collaborative and a solo project in the works, as well as a few things that I think are really going to make a lot of Rev fans happy. The plan is to knock out a couple of tours and elevate myself in the process.

DRG ALEJANDRO (Alejandro Martinez)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

One of my accomplishments that I am most proud of is selling out the Sioux City Conservatory of Music on my birthday with fellow artists in the Sioux City area. I’ve envisioned selling out a show in my hometown when I started writing music seven years ago. I wrote a lot of music in 2017 and I keep progressing in every song. I plan to continue to better myself as an artist. I plan to start 2018 with dropping a new project called “David Daniels.” “David Daniels” is my best project so far.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

As I said before, I will be dropping my “David Daniels” project. I will be moving to Southern California to further my music career and to really make a name for the city. I know I will have to work 100 times harder if I want to start making a name for myself in Southern California. 2018 will be a big change in my life that I’m willing to make happen.

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Noah Bucy aka Bucii (Weekender)

Noah Bucy, aka Bucii, is a Sioux City-based rapper who released the songs "Done (feat. HAKIM)," "The Old Me," "Who We Are" and "Anxiiety" on SoundCloud in the past year. 

BUCII (Noah Bucy)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

I think 2017 has been by best year yet. The start of 2017 I joined my current label, Our Society LLC. And from there I've been working alongside my brother HAKIM to make brand new, innovative music. I started pushing the brand Corn Coast which is the name we invented for the Midwest. We started off the year by going down and performed several shows in Austin, Texas, in March at a festival called SXSW. After that I actually moved down to Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 2, the same day I had a show at The Vega in Lincoln, which we sold out for my brother and label mate HAKIM's album release party. From then on we've been just connecting the rest of the year with other big artists. I've been performing at prolific venues such as The Bourbon and The Vega. In September I performed at a festival down here in Lincoln called Lincoln Calling (it's pretty much Sioux City's SITP).

And past September we've been just booking a bunch of shows and trying to get great music out. I had my first song hit 25,000 plays on SoundCloud, and reached a total of 650,000 plays this year which was a huge accolade for me given the amount of content I actually have out. It's been a great year for us over here at Our Society, whether it's with our Corn Coast clothing line, to our music, to booking shows [or] working with huge industry artists.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 is going to be a huge year, we have a lot of shows booked already. I will be dropping another mixtape late March/early April. And we also will be traveling a huge amount to Texas, Los Angeles California, Florida and New York, branding and pushing our brand, connecting with artists and also dropping our spring/summer 2018 Corn Coast Co. clothes and also the winter 2018 Corn Coast Clothing line. It'll be another great year and I can't wait to see what the future holds for Our Society and I.

IN DUE TIME (Amber Anderson-Britton)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 was an amazing year for myself and In Due Time. As some already know, this was Risty’s jump back into the band scene because of Drum Sparx, so that right there was one of our greatest accomplishments. For myself, this is my first band and first time really hitting the Siouxland music scene, and it is alive and well! How very lucky we are to have places like The Marque, Marty’s and Suds N Jugs for musicians to call home. As far as musically, I feel like with us only being together a year we have come so far and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

The first part of 2018 will look a little less busy for us because I will be taking on a new role as a first-time mom! I am so very lucky to have Jeremy Cameron and Risty Bryce as my band brothers and how graceful they both are about letting me take a little hiatus from In Due Time so I can focus on family. We will still get out and do some shows as time allows and we are planning on getting in some studio/recording time at Two Bird Dog Recording Studio, which we are super excited about.

WOULD YOU KINDLY? (Hunter Milner & Elijah Carrier)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 has been a great year for us. By far our biggest accomplishment was winning this year’s WITSTOCK Festival. That win really helped us realize that we are improving from when we started in 2016.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 is looking like it's going to be a big year for us. We've been writing music for an EP that we're planning on recording in the middle of May. If you've been following us for a while then you'll be in for a treat in 2018.

DEVOUR ONCE DEAD (Vince Conway)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 was an awesome year for Devour. The Hard Rock battle was definitely the major highlight. I think we proved to not only us but to anyone doubting us, our sound or our style that we were there to win and weren't going down without a fight. The fact we went from getting knocked out in the first round the year before, to going into the finals the next was pretty mind-blowing. We put a lot of hard work into the band to get that far, but [I have to] give it to our fans for carrying us the rest of the way.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 should [be] exciting for Devour. We got a new CD coming out and a new face to add (have to come to the CD release to find out who), looking forward to more out-of-town shows, music videos, new merch. You know, the typical stuff and things bands do.

GHOSTCAT (Alex Erwin)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 was a very trying year for me personally and definitely with the band. But with that being said, I feel I have learned to combat problems that arise in a new and great way through being forced to push head-first through them. We have to learn from our errors and constantly strive to grow.

Like with everything in life, balance is key. We achieved a major goal in putting out our first, full-length album; met many, many amazing people; played with wonderful musicians; and started a whole new chapter In our GhostCat lives (new members and new sound). Overall, 2017 was a success.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

There shall be no limit in 2018. Not the sky, nor the stars. Pushing for infinity...and beyond? We couldn’t be happier with where we are as a band. And personally, I feel more motivated and driven in life than ever before. Turned 30 this year and I feel fantastic about life. Why not? There is no other choice!

PORT NOCTURNAL (Spencer Aspleaf)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 has been a rollercoaster year for us. A lot of ups and downs. The highlights of our year would be playing Main Stage at SITP and playing on the Orpheum stage for a Tommy Bolin tribute for the Conservatory of Music. Our best accomplishment was our trip to Oakland, California, to record our full-length album.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 is going to be really busy for us with the release of our new album and recording another album in late summer/fall.

Guitarist Eli Dykstra (Weekender)

Eli Dkystra, a 15-year-old guitarist from Boyden, Iowa, has been impressing crowds with his guitar skills this past year.

ELI DYKSTRA (Eli Dykstra)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 was an amazing year for me! I was able to do so much that sometimes I have a hard time believing it happened. I filmed seven videos for the O’Keefe Music Foundation, one of them being recorded at Latitude Studio South, the same studio Megadeth recorded “Dystopia.” I opened for tons of great bands and artists in many outstanding venues.

I played around 45 shows, which is a huge accomplishment for being a 15-year-old solo act. I won Show Us, Siouxland!, a talent contest with a first place prize of $1000; money I plan to use next year to further getting my music out to more people. Honestly, the front page article about me that was in the Weekender was one of the most awesome things that happened to me, too, so thanks for that! It made more people aware of me and for that I’m grateful! Lastly, I became a sponsored artist of Curt Mangan Strings in December! Very proud of that!

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

I’m constantly writing, so I’m hoping to release a self-produced EP of my original music in 2018. In my opinion, that will be a huge milestone. Also in the works are actual humans playing with me where my backing tracks are usually being played! So stoked for that, you have no idea! I am hoping that I will be added to the bills (possibly with a few of them having the extra musicians) for just as many shows as I was in 2017, with a couple of them being with my mentors, Dead Horse Trauma.

I’d like to bring my music to more towns/states including Omaha, Minnesota and Illinois. I’ll keep grinding to get my name out to as many people as possible, growing my social media presence. I plan to work, work and work some more. And obviously continue to support the music scene by going to as many shows as I can, whether I play or not. Every interaction with musicians and at shows is an opportunity to learn and grow. I had so many amazing things happen in 2017 that I don’t even know what to expect from 2018, but I just have a feeling that it will be crazy exciting!

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C-Note (Charlie Franklin III) (Weekender)

Charlie Franklin III, who goes by the name C-Note, is a Sioux City rapper signed to 4Worn Records, an independent label.

C-NOTE (Charlie Franklin III)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 has been amazing. Most proud [of] growing our label 4worn Records and branching out to work with people in Cleveland, Ohio, meeting in Tommy Church [of Mushroomhead] and solidifying my status in Sioux City music scene. State of mind is to take 2018 by storm and make some major moves.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 is going to be busy, busy. Drop the EP "PREGAME" and get music to the world!

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Saturday In The Park 2017 (Weekender)

35th & Taylor was the second band to play the Bandshell at Saturday in the Park this year. Lead signer Anna Taylor showed off her soulful vocals while guitarist Evan Kaler went wild during solos. 

35TH AND TAYLOR (Anna Taylor)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

We had a great year in 2017 and starting going places we were never sure we would get to see. The highlight was playing before a sold-out show at the United Center in Chicago in March 2017, but we stayed on a roll throughout the year. We opened for many national acts from Bon Jovi to The Band Perry and played a lot of big shows from Saturday in the Park to Creek Fest. It was a great time and a chance to experience what it’s like to be in the music business in front of the big crowds.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 looks to be getting bigger and better. We will be releasing a new EP that was recorded at Henson Studios in Hollywood, and will be completed by spring. We are also expanding our touring region with shows booked throughout the Midwest down to Texas, and including cities like Chicago and Denver. We will be playing around Sioux City with a show every two or three months, but for the most part [we] will be out on the road.

VIBE RATIONS (Jordan Clark)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

I do feel like 2017 was a good year for us. We made the Weekender, we dropped an EP that had received a lot more hype than we had anticipated and we also dropped a video that had quite the love. Thanks to Mike Kessel for the videography and direction of the video. We also added a new addition to the band. Our new guitarist is Dylan Nelson. We lost Jacob mid-August.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

Next year we plan to have a lot more to come. We want to have an album out and at most after that a tour by the summer. We have been putting new material together with Dylan as he brings a new sound to the band.

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Saturday In The Park 2017 (Weekender)

If you listened closely while floating between the two stages at Saturday in the Park, you probably heard metal band Goodbye Old Friend play (loudly) during Eric Lindell's performance.

GOODBYE OLD FRIEND (Mike Kessel)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

2017 was a year of change, but change also stimulates growth and that's exactly what we accomplished this year. We made progress in branding and promotion as well as growing geographically, lyrics and building our fan base. Our biggest accomplishments of the year were landing the opportunity to play SITP and hitting our tour in November.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

2018 we plan to pick up where we left off doing more, bigger and better. Our fans can expect more shows all over the Midwest and more music. Our goal for 2018  is to make our progress in 2017 look minimal in comparison.

THICK MISTRESS (Adam Crawford)

1) How do you view your experience in 2017?

As far as 2017 went, it was kind of a year to reset for us. We had been out of the game for a while. Had to break in a new bass player and kind of get our legs back. We were able to write some new music and record a new single, which we are proud of. We ended the year opening for Hed PE and probably played our best show of the year. So we ended the year on a positive note.

2) What will 2018 look like for you/the band?

As far as 2018, we hope to continue writing and get some more new music recorded and out for people to hear. Just want to continue to play solid shows and do what we do. Continue to gain new fans as well.

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