Kobe Provost is a rising artist from Vermillion, South Dakota who is consistently inspired by others to write and perform. At only 22 years old, Provost has been performing for the past nine years and has developed his own unique style and sound along the way. Come see Kobe perform live at JazzFest on the second stage on Saturday, July 20 at 4:30 p.m.
He started listening to music at a very young age, singing and dancing around everywhere. After Provost went to his first concert and saw the crowd, the production, and the energy, he was instantaneously inspired and knew that he wanted to perform.
Provost has many musical inspirations, but none compare to the inspiration he has received from following Ed Sheeran. Sheeran is the primary reason that Provost picked up live-looping, a tool that allows musicians to stack different tracks live to create an accompaniment for them to sing along to. Provost has seen Ed Sheeran on three different occasions and is left speechless every time. His music has further inspired Provost, exposing him to new sounds and directions that he can take with his own music.
In his years performing, Provost has played locally around the state at bars and small events. More notably, he has had the opportunity to perform at Native POP in Rapid City, LA SKINS FEST in Los Angeles, California, and at Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, Illinois for a sold-out crowd.
Next for Kobe is the opportunity to perform on the second stage at JazzFest in Sioux Falls, SD. This will be the first of hopefully many times that Provost will perform in Sioux Falls and is grateful for the opportunity that JazzFest is bringing him.
“I’m most excited to just play my music for the people at JazzFest and get my first real taste of a festival crowd,” Provost said. “Getting exposure as an artist is the biggest thing for me, so I’m very happy and honored to have the opportunity.”
Whether you are a fan of jazz music or not, Kobe knows that events like JazzFest are important for the community. Although he hasn’t had the chance to be a spectator at JazzFest yet, he has been to other music festivals around the country and hopes to bring that same energy with him to Sioux Falls. What he does appreciate is that JazzFest makes sure to bring performers that cover all genres from pop, hip=hip, country, and jazz.
“Music is about bringing people together, and that’s what festivals do best,” Provost said. “You never know if there is a kid out in the crowd that could grow up to be the next Ed Sheeran, BB King, or Eddie Van Halen. JazzFest’s work doesn’t go unnoticed by local artists like me.”
Looking ahead after JazzFest, Provost is looking forward to honing his skills as a songwriter and a live-looping artist. He plans to release more original music, go on tour, and meet as many people as possible while doing it.
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