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NMM Live! Brings Reggae and Calypso to USD's Farber Hall

Vermillion, S.D. – The National Music Museum (NMM) will warm up the University of South Dakota’s Farber Hall with the sounds of the Caribbean Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. The Minneapolis-based trio, The Maroons, will bring the energy and music of Jamaica and Trinidad – calypso and reggae, featuring the upbeat rhythms of the steel pan, conga drums, fonde, rhumba box, mbira, guitar and bass. The Maroons will also add an educational element to their show with multimedia imagery about the musical instruments common to Caribbean traditions.

Though the National Music Museum’s doors are now closed to prepare for the upcoming architectural expansion, the museum’s popular and wide-ranging NMM Live! concert series continues off-site during the interim.

On April 5, NMM Live! will host a special episode of the Rock Garden Tour, featuring some unique NMM musical instruments in the mix of comedy, music and quirky commentary.

General admission to these NMM Live! shows is $7 per person. Shows are free to USD students, staff and faculty (with ID) and to NMM Members. More information can be found at


The National Music Museum (NMM) located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, is one of the world’s finest collection of musical instruments, with some 15,000 items in its holdings. The NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. Founded in 1973, the National Music Museum Inc. is a non-profit entity in partnership with USD.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News