Vermillion is a small college town with basically two bars that have live music, but that doesn’t stop its music scene from being lively and diverse.
The styles go from punk, indie, metal, rap and acoustic folk all merging to create a welcoming community for music lovers. Local bars such as Maya Janes and The Varsity keep the scene active and exciting by hosting live music.
One of Vermillion’s well-known bands is 20 Bold Ideas; a metal-punk rock band that frequently plays shows in Vermillion and always has a crowd. Members Jesse Mohling, Josh Loebs, Ross Loebs and Zachary Baltz have been playing music together since 2012. One of their most recent shows was at The Varsity on March. 27th with Two Shakes, an indie funk rock band from Omaha, Neb.
Prior to show, they played at Maya Jane’s with local acoustic singers Nick Burke and Joe Wurtz.
20 Bold Ideas does a good job in maintaining a community for musicians. The band members host an “open mic night” every other Thursday from 9:00 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. They welcome any musicians wanting a chance to perform. Performers play original music and covers.
The punk scene in Vermillion stands out because of its loud, energetic and angsty sound. Earlier in the fall of 2014, Vermillion had its own leaders of the sloppy punk genre, The Pullouts.
On Aug. 21st, they played a back to school show at The Varsity with Worried Mothers, Sons of Sans Arc, and Ch6r6z6rd (Charizard.) Worried mothers is a four-piece experimental death-rock band from Omaha. Their music is often described as spooky and noisy from their angry-preachful singing styles and gothic-rock vaudeville instrumentals.
Sons of Sans Arc is a alternative trio from Rapid City. They have a style similar to The White Stripes. Ch6r6z6rd is a solo artist from Sioux Falls that plays electronic dance music.
All in all Vermillion has a lot of talented musicians and the scene is noteworthy for it’s versatility. The music scene is one of the many things that continuously grow in this small college town.