June 1, 2012
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Dakota Air: The Radio Show returns to perform live in Medora on June 30
Burning Hills Amphitheatre to Stage Popular Live Variety Show for Statewide Radio
Medora, N.D.—Fargo production company Prairie Airwaves and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation have announced that the monthly radio program Dakota Air: The Radio Show will be performed in Medora at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre on June 30th, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. MT, featuring North Dakota native and Nashville recording artist Quintana Biffert; poet, picker and cowboy D. W. Grothe; state poet laureate and celebrated author Larry Woiwode; and the Burning Hills Singers.
The live variety show will be Dakota Air’s second performance at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre and the beginning of the series’ third season. Dakota Air host and executive producer Merrill Piepkorn said, “This action-packed, fast paced-show will be a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating the Badlands of North Dakota and the western way of life, and a wonderful component in a summer full of great experiences in North Dakota.”
20-year-old Quintana Biffert grew up in North Dakota and started her singing career at age eight, winning talent contests across the state and performing as part of the Medora Musical in 2007 before traveling and performing across the country and recording and performing in Nashville, TN. Her third album, “Now My Life Song Sings,” was released in January, and Biffert has received multiple awards from the Country Gospel Music Association.
A native of Williams County now cowboyin’ in Montana, D.W. Groethe creates songs and poems that tell of cowboy life from real experience and reflect a deep respect for those who shaped the West. He’s won national acclaim as an entertainer and writer, has performed many times at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, has been featured at the National Folk Festivals in Richmond, Virginia and in Butte, Montana, and in 2005 was invited to Washington, D.C., by the American Folklife Center and the Library of Congress to perform at the Library and at Kennedy Center.
Larry Woiwode was born near Sykeston, ND, in 1941, and by 1966 was establishing his writing career in New York City publishing stories and poetry in The New Yorker. He has since authored multiple acclaimed books, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a John Dos Passos Prize winner, a recipient of the William Faulkner Foundation Award, and the Medal of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a finalist for both the Book Critics Circle and the National Book Awards, and appears in multiple volumes of Best American Short Stories. Woiwode is ND state poet laureate and recipient of ND’s Rough Rider Award.
Dakota Air is a live radio show that entertains, educates and inspires audiences by featuring talent from across the region while showcasing a bit of culture and history about the location from which each show originates. Each monthly show features music by The Radio Stars as well as original comedy by professional acting company “The Dakota Airheads,” and is recorded for broadcast across the state and beyond on Prairie Public’s broad radio network.
Tickets for this special performance and concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students (preschoolers will be admitted free). For show tickets, and for information about special lodging packages, and an afternoon barbeque on Tjaden Terrace, call 1-800-medora1 (1-800-633-6721) or visit www.medora.com.
In addition to Prairie Public’s radio broadcasts, the shows will also be available worldwide for playback at any time online at www.DakotaAirTheRadioShow.com.
Corporate sponsors are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, BNSF Railway, North Dakota Farmers Union, Gate City Bank, and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Prairie Public is the radio-broadcast partner.
Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.
For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com.
For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm