JACK SUNDRUD CONCERT CHRONOLOGY
Last Modified May 1, 2014
Jack Sundrud leaves the Backstreet Journal in Thief River Falls, MN and joins the Benson Obermyer Fruitstand Band in nearby Bemidji. The band also includes Dan Lund, his wife Karen, John Collins, and Steve Lundquist. Upon Sundrud's arrival, they rename the band Podipto.
Podipto records their first and only album in two sessions in Chicago. Produced by Elliott Abbott and Budd Carr, the epomonyous album is released on GRT Records. But the album doesn't sell. However, Podipto works steadily and opens for nationally known acts for the next couple of years.
|January (UD)||Legion Rec Center, Halstad, MN|
|July 2||Bemidji Armory, Bemidji, MN|
|October 30||Cass Lake, MN|
|October 31||Grand Forks, ND|
|November (UD)||Grand Rapids, MI||Paul Revere & Raiders|
|November (UD)||Lansing, MI||Paul Revere & Raiders|
|November (UD)||Flint, MI||Paul Revere & Raiders|
|November 14||Auditorium, Chicago, IL||John Sebastian||
|November 15||Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN||John Sebastian|
|November 29||Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN||Elton John||
|December 14||Cristy Ballroom, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD||Sugarloaf|
Podipto's first and only album is released. Although a single is released and they tour the Midwest, the album fails to make the charts. The band does manage to open for Poco in the spring.
|February 3||KRNT Theater, Des Moines, IA||Carpenters||
|February 10||Sinclair Auditorium, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA||Carpenters|
|February 19||DePauw University, Greencastle, IN||Carpenters||
|February 26||Coliseum, University of Georgia, Athens, GA||Carpenters|
|February 27||East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN||Carpenters|
|March 3||Southern State University, Springfield, SD|
|March 4||Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WI||Poco|
|March 5||Francis Field House, Washington University, St Louis, MO||Poco|
|March 6||Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS||Poco|
|April 22||Pershing Auditorium, Lincoln, NB||Kenny Rogers & First Edition, Linda Ronstadt||Ronstadt canceled her appearance due to illness|
|April 23||Springfield, MO||Kenny Rogers and First Edition|
|May 1||MSC Student Union, Mankato, MN|
|May 15||Memorial Hall Gym, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN||David Buskin|
|July 7||Meadow Brook Music Festival, Oakland University, Oakland, MI||John Sebastian|
|July 9||Ravina Jazz Festival, HIghland Park, IL||John Sebastian|
|August 13||Grandstand, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL||Guess Who|
|August 14||The Barn, Peoria, IL||Crow, Fanny|
|August 25||GNE Grandstand, Toronto, Canada||Guess Who|
|September 13||Clay County Fairgrounds, Spencer, IA||Grass Roots|
|October (UD)||Ballroom, Moorhead State College, Fargo, ND|
|October 24||University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND||Rare Earth|
|September 23||St. John's University, Collegeville, MN|
|October 6||Fieldhouse, MSC, Mayville, ND||Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon Band|
|October 13||Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Rapids, ND||Grass Roots|
|November 9||Apollo High School, St. Cloud, MN|
|December 7||Bemidji Armory, Bemidji, MN||This was the first time in eight months that the band played their home town.|
|April 1||Campus Center, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD|
|June 20||Silver Dollar, Elizabeth, MN|
|June 30||Central State Fairgrounds, Rapid City, SD||Black Oak Arkansas, Dr. Hook|
|October (UD)||Memorial Hall, Ripon College, Ripon, WI|
|October 18||Memorial Hall Gym, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN|
|November 12||Kolf's Sports Center, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI||Carpenters||Podipto unconfirmed|
|February 18-March 2||Jack's Place, Wilton, MN|
|May 25||Balmoral Pavilion, Fergus Falls, MN||Rock Two|
|June 30||North Country Music Festival, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN||Tomashock, Country Travelers, Hillboogy, Country Wheels, Gary and The Strangers, Clearwater Country, Roadmaster|
|(UD)||Red River High School Prom, Grand Forks, ND|
|September 1||Kahler Motel Pub, Fargo, ND||Joshua Collins, son of John Collins, recently discovered a live recording of this show.|
|September 28||Memorial Hall, M100, Bemidji State College, Bemidji, MN|
Sundrud leaves Podipto in late 1973. Jack moves to Fargo, North Dakota and joins the Johnny Holm Band. They gig regionally to sell out crowds. Holm is still plying his trade in the region. Sundrud decides to move to Nashville in 1981.
Sundrud's first road gig after moving to Nashville was with Gail Davies band.
|May 15||Selland Arena, Fresno, CA||Oak Ridge Boys|
|May 16||Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA||Oak Ridge Boys|
|May 20||Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR||Oak Ridge Boys|
|May 21||Center Arena, Seattle, WA||Oak Ridge Boys|
|May 23||Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, WA||Oak Ridge Boys|
Sundrud joins Poco in early 1985. He tours on and off with them for three years. During the downtime he also tours with Nicolette Larson and Dickie Betts.
Sundrud joins Michael Johnson's band. They are together until 1989.
Sundrud joins the reunited Poco on tour when Richie Furay drops out. He spends the entire summer and early fall on the road with them.
Sundrud forms Great Plains with Denny Dadmun-Bixby, Russ Pahl, and Michael Young. They record their debut album for Columbia Records.
|July 4||Dallas Freedom Fest, Budweiser Main Stage, Dallas, TX||Bruce Hornsby & The Range, Joe Walsh, Tony Terry|
|September 19||Buckboard Country Music Showcase, Atlanta, GA|
|September 26||Cowboys, Dallas, TX|
|November 2||Daniel Meyer Coliseum, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX||Dan Seals, Holly Dunn|
|November 14||Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN|
|November 15||Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL|
|November 18||Zed, Washington DC|
|December 13||Performing Arts Center, Festival Hall, Tampa Bay, FL||Ricky Van Shelton|
Great Plains begins work on a second album but Columbia drops the band from the label before it is completed.
|April||Country Music Fan Jam, West End, Dallas, TX||Ray Price, Billy Ray Cyrus|
|May 1||Springfest, Ocean City, MD||Paulette Carlson|
|May 7||Breakers, Dayton, OH|
|May 8||Downtown Hoedown, Detroit, MI||Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Shenandoah|
|May 20||Stetson Connection at Pierre's in the Marketplace of Canterbury, Ft. Wayne, IN||Kicker|
|May 23||Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH||Pam Tillis, Aaron Tippin, Remingtons|
|June 20||Chowan County Fairgrounds, Edenton, VA||Forester Sisters, Blackhorse|
|July 16||Jamboree in the Hills, Morristown, OH||Joe Diffie, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Tracy Lawrence|
|August 22-24||Colorado State Fair, Miller Amphitheatre, Pueblo, CO|
|September 19||New Berlin, IL||Lee Roy Parnell, City Limits|
|September 29||Nashville Now, TNN-TV|
|October 3||Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA||Hal Ketchum, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, California Cowboys|
|October 4||Lexington, KY||Doug Stone, McBride & The Ride|
|October 8-11||Shrimp Festival, Barefoot Bar, Gulf Shores, AL||William Lee Golden, Oak Ridge Boys, The McCarters, The Goldens|
|November 18||Austin City Limits, PBS-TV||Kathy Mattea||This was the recording date.|
Russ Pahl and Michael Young leave Great Plains in May 1993. Sundrud decides to carry on with Dadmun-Bixby and a couple session players to keep the band going.
|March 5||Nashville Now, TNN-TV|
|March 27||Austin City Limits airs on PBS|
|May 3||Crazy Horse Saloon, Santa Ana, CA|
|May (UD)||Billy Block's Western Beat American Music Showcase, Highland Grounds, Hollywood, CA|
|June 4||Victory Stadium, Roanoke, VA||Marty Stuart, Black Water|
|June 19||WestFest, Red Rivver, NM||Michael Martin Murphey, Guy Clark|
|July 5||CenterStage, Onondaga Lakes, NY||Back Alley Boys, Reckless Drivin', City Slickers|
|July 11||Eastern States Exhibition, West Springfield, MA||Clint Black, Wynnona Judd, Michael Johnson|
|July 26||Helen Keller Festival, Spring Park, Tuscumbia, AL||Cleve Francis|
|July 28||Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD||Lorrie Morgan, Doug Stone, Tracy Lawrence|
|August 4||Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH||Lorrie Morgan, Doug Stone, Tracy Lawrence|
|August 6||Soo Pass Ranch, Detroit Lakes, MN||Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, John Anderson, Wynonna Judd|
|August 6-7||Club Dance, TNN-TV|
After a hiatus, Jack Sundrud and Denny Dadmun-Bixby recruit multi-instrumentalist Lex Browning and record a second album, HOMELAND. However, it doesn't do particularly well and Great Plains is put to rest after a tour to promote it.
|July 4||The Pier, St. Petersburgh, FL||Survivor, Stevie Nicks|
|July 12||CountryFest '96, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta, GA||Paul Brandt, Chris Ward, Burnin' Daylight|
|September 4||Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY||Josie Waverly|
|September (UD)||WestFest, Copper Mountain, CO||Michael Martin Murphy, Merle Haggard, Kathy Mattea, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Dixie Chicks, NGDB|
|September 20||Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA||Clay Walker|
|October 6||Long Park, Lancaster, PA||Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Bryan White, Lonestar|
Sundrud rejoins Poco mid-year.
|May 1||The Basement, Nashville, TN||Sundrud and Cotton play a show with Craig Bickardt and John Mock|
|June 3||The Basement, Nashville, TN||Helen Darling, John Mock, Craig Bickardt|
Sundrud releases his first solo album, BY MY OWN HAND.
Sundrud releases his second lp in as many years, IDLEWHEEL, in collaboration with Craig Bickhardt.
|March 12||Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN||Jeff Pearson||Writer's Night with 13 songwriters|
|June 21||Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN||Steve Dan Mills, Matt Mills, Paula Hawley and Jubal Lee Young|
|September 14||Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA||Idlewheel performance|
The Idlewheel World Tour takes place in late February in the northeast. Jack and Craig Bickhardt recruit Tom Hampton (g), Tom Geddes (d), and Mike Kurson on bass as their backing band.
|February 15||Turning Point, Piermont, NY||Dan May||Idlewheel performance|
|February 16||The Landhaven, Barto, PA||Idlewheel performance|
|February 17||House concert, Belvidere, NJ||Idlewheel performance|
|February 17||Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA||Dan May||Idlewheel performance|
|February 19||The Cutting Room, New York City, NY||Dan May||Idlewheel performance - Mike Beeson fills in on drums|
|October 16||Turning Point, Piermont, NY||Idlewheel performance|
|October 17||Puck, Doyletown, PA||Idlewheel performance|
|October 18||Burlap & Beans, Newtown Square, PA||Idlewheel performance|
|October 19||House Concert, Union, NJ||Idlewheel performance|
Idlewheel plays a couple dates opening for Poco, including a fine New Year's Eve Eve show.
|May 31||Concert Under the Stars, King of Prussia, PA||Poco||Idlewheel performance|
|December 30||Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA||Poco||Idlewheel performance|
Jack does a solo show and Idlewheel plays a couple dates, including opening for Poco.
|February 11||Beach House, Landsdowne, PA||Cancelled due to bad weather|
|February 12||The Pavilion at the Court, King of Prussia, PA||Lizanne Knott, JD Malone||Sundrud unavailable due to weather, the show goes on!|
|February 13||Puck, Printer's Alley, Doylestown, PA||Wissahickon Chicken Shack||Idlewheel performance|
|February 14||Wade's home, Union, NJ||Idlewheel house concert|
|October 23-24||Wildwood Springs Lodge, Steelville, MO||Little River Band||Jack opens two shows solo - Rusty Young also sits in|
|October 30||Ramshead Tavern, Annapolis, MD||Poco||Idlewheel performance|
Jack's old 1980's band, The Crows, remaster their cassette album and release it on CD and perform a reunion show. Other members of the Crows were Sue Braswell and Keith Miles. Jack also produces Chris Ross and completes an EP of new music entitled "Cage."
|February 3||Shanachie Pup, Ambler, PA||Idlewheel performance|
|February 4||Studio of Long Valley, Long Valley, PA||Idlewheel performance|
|February 5||Wade's house, Union, NJ||Idlewheel home concert|
|August 27||Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary, Nashville, TN||Michael Kelsh||The Crows reunion show|
|September 17||Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion|
|November 11||Trivoli Theater, St. Louis, MO||Rusty Young|
Jack and Craig Bickhardt undertake an Idlewheel acoustic tour during August.
|March 17||Thrive Station, Ambler, PA||Craig Bickhardt, Jack Murray||Idewheel acoustic replaces Thom Schuyler|
|June 8||White Horse, Black Mountain, NC||Craig Bickhardt, Don Henry||Sundrud solo in the round|
|August 18||Feed Store & Watering Hole, Malden, IL||Craig Bickhardt, Josh Hisle|
|August 19||Woodsong's Coffee House, Wauwatosa, WI||Craig Bickhardt|
|August 21||The Brink, Madison, WI||Craig Bickhardt, Beth Lille||Sundrd solo in the round|
|August 22||Earth Angel's Coffee House, River Falls, WI||Craig Bickhardt|
|August 23||Schmitt Music, Roseville, MN||Craig Bickhardt||Songwriter's workshop|
|August 25||Community Center, Oklee, MN||Craig Bickhardt|
|August 26||Studio 222, Fargo, ND||Craig Bickhardt|
|November 23||Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN||Karen Staley, Jerry Vandiver, Misty Loggins||Sundrud solo in the round|
|January 30||Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN||Karen Staley, Jerry Vandiver, Tim Ruppert||Sundrud solo in the round|
|March 30||The Listening Room Cafe, Nashville, TN||Lorna Flowers, Jason Duke, Doc Holliday||Sundrud solo in the round|
|April 6||Commodore Grille, Nashville, TN||Don Henry, Karen Staley, Jerry Vandiver||Sundrud solo in the round|
|August 8||Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, MN||Idlewheel performance|
|March 21||Chaplin's, Spring City, PA|
|March 22||Godfrey Daniels, Bethelehem, PA||Thom Schuyler|
|April 19||Rams Head, Annapolis, MD|
|August 9||Oklee, MN|
|August 15||Riverside Hotel, Garden City, ID|
|August 17||Great Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sandpoint, ID|