Midwest Coast originated in 1981 and the band continued performing nationally until 2018. The name came from a response to “What do you sound like?” “Not East Coast nor West Coast. We have a Midwest Coast sound.” Original members included Skip Kubel (Tyndall), Dave Burns (Murdo), Kent Smith, Mike Theye and Greg McDonald (Rapid City). When Kent was replaced on bass by Michael English (Hot Springs), Midwest Coast featured five lead vocalists! They performed many genres of music—current hits, rock and roll, soul and funk. Midwest Coast played throughout the state, concentrating mostly at West River events.