All Bands

  • Aces & Eights - Saturday Aug. 19th

    If you are looking for artists that will bring the nostalgia of real country music to your venue, festival, or event you won’t need to look any further than Harland Allen and Kimberly Bachman of Aces & Eights Classic Country Music;  a traditional country music duo from the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Their music clearly reflects a commitment to bring back the roots of country music. 

    Listeners find themselves on a journey back to a simpler time when country music was authentic; no fluff added.  This very tradition reveals itself in the masterful guitar licks, old time banjo, and sweet mandolin melodies in correlation with the strong leads and the beautiful harmonies of Aces & Eights.You won’t be disappointed listening to the traditional country sounds of Aces & Eights.

    Just announcedtheir new CD “the Heart of Country Music” was chosen as 2017 CD of the Year by the Rural Roots Commission.  Their 2016 CD, “No Fluff Added” was CD of the Year by two (2) organizations; South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame and National Traditional Country Music Association. 

    Featured artists on South Dakota Public Radio in February 2017.  Bob Everhart, President of  NTCMA for 42 years writes, “America is bombasted with the phony these days, but being a gambler for every CD I listen to, hoping for the real deal, the best one so far is “Aces and Eights” who are not only totally ‘retro’ they have all the elements that make that word reliable and honest.  No wonder they took a “CD of the Year” award from the Rural Roots Music Commission in 2016″ 

  • Allen & Jill Kirkham - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Allen and Jill Kirkham, our SHMAAF Western Stage Host are 2016 AWA Western Music Duo/Group Award Finalist, 2014 and 2015 WMA Crescendo Rising Star Award Finalist, and 2015 Cowboy Idol Musician Winners! They are performing musicians in Custer's own Grand Jamboree Show.

    Husband and wife Western Music Duo from Custer, South Dakota, featuring Allen Kirkham on lead vocals, yodels, guitar and mandolin, and Jill Kirkham on bass fiddle and harmonica. Their “Ghost Towns” CD of classic and original Traditional Western songs was listed in all four Western Way Magazine, 2015 Issues, Top 30 Cowboy / Western Albums. 

    Allen is  the worship pastor at Crossroads Church, Custer SD.  Jill loves to train and ride her American Paint Horse "Cowboy".  They are members of the South Dakota US Marshals Posse. 

  • Allen Ray and the Respirators - Friday Aug. 18th

    Allen Ray and the Resperators are 3/4thsof the String Tied Bluegrass Band, playing tight harmonies, hot banjo and guitar, and bluegrass favorites

    Band members include:

    Allen Ray Biesman-Guitar

    Marianne Fridell-Bass

    Hank Fridell-Banjo

    hank This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 605-673-2991

  • Almeda Bradshaw - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Almeda is one of Montana's talented Western singer/songwriter/poets. Her love and appreciation for the cowboy life show clearly in heartfelt orginal and traditional songs and poems of the West. Born and raised a town girl, Almeda married former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, and now lives her Western dream in Huntley, Montana where they train AQHA performance horses and host Western Music concerts at their M2B Ranch Bed & Breakfast.

    Almeda has performed at Western gatherings throughout Montana and beyond since 1997 where her sincere style relates the romance and reality of cowboy life. A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda has played stringed instruments and piano since childhood. She co-writes with both vintage and contemporary poets.

    Her first CD release, Voices from the Range, is a collection of songs from the poetry of Canada's pioneer poet Rhoda Sivell (1873-1962). Her album of original poetry and song, A Way of the Heart: The Big Sandy Years, was a nominated finalist for the Academy of Western Artists 2012 Poetry CD of the Year. Almeda is the 2016 Cowboy Idol Winner!

  • Andrea Potts - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Andrea Potts has is a powerful performer with intense, intelligent lyrics, and dynamic stage presence.  She has enchanted audiences since 1991. Potts rarely sings covers, and has five hours of original material available ranging from folk music to hard alternative rock.

    She is an extremely skilled rhythm guitar player with in impeccable sense of timing, and the rich sound of her 12 string adds depth to her already multilayered lyrical tones and meanings. Her vocal range is impressive, and she uses it to deliver her songs with great skill and finesse. 

  • Anna Robins - Friday Aug. 18th

    A roaming, musical entity of the American Midwest, Anna Robins is a growing songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for relational and immersing music. Her original style combines the honest conversations of contemporary music with the driving rhythms and touching melodies of her folk roots. Highlights of her budding music career include winning the Black Hills Music Festival Band Competition and Sioux Falls Folk Off in 2015, touring across the great plains region, one full album, one EP, and her internationally known YouTube channel reaching over 4000 subscribers around the world!

    Phone Number:

    605-388-2769

  • Atlanta Rhythm Section - Saturday Aug. 19th

    The Atlanta Rhythm Section... ARS... In the annals of rock and roll, where do they fit? They put out 15 albums of excellent original material, and consistently put on entertaining live shows-both of which helped establish a broad if not huge fan base. They had some big hits and have been a major player in the Southern Rock scene.

    But is that the whole story? In some circles, maybe. But for those who've really gotten to know their music over the years, there's a lot more to the story. ARS was paired with contemporaries Lynyrd Skynyrd as the successors to the Allman Brothers - carrying the mantle of "Southern Rock" in the late 70s. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, it may have made sense at the time.

    But performing songs that were more musically diverse and having hits that had a softer, pop sound, the "Southern Rock" label was a mixed blessing and many of their unique musical accomplishments became lost in a genre that has lived on to this day-but never really fit ARS. An Alternate View Here's some other ways to look at ARS.

    They weren't out to be rock and roll stars-they were accomplished studio musicians working as a group. They were said to be more influenced by music coming out of England than other music in the South. They shared musical stylings with the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac-both in the quality of songwriting and recorded performances.

    They were excellent musicians who tried to stretch themselves-think Steely Dan or Little Feat. In many ways, these associations make as much or more sense than any grouping with their Southern Rock kindred. But the music of ARS only reached a mass audience on a couple of occasions. The result: an outstanding song catalog and the talented men responsible for it have been largely overlooked. When those songs are heard, and those talents recognized, the case can be made that ARS are the epitome of all the good things that the phrase "classic rock" implies.

  • Badger Sett Band - Saturday Aug. 19th

    The Badger Sett Band formed in 2012 to present The Life and Music of Badger Clark, South Dakota's Frst Poet Laureate.  The show honors the life, poetry, and music of Badger Clark who lived in Hot Springs from around 1910-1925 and Custer State Park from 1925-1957.  Badger is buried in Hot Springs.

    Band members include:

    
Pegie Douglas-guitar & vocals

    
Marcia Kenobbie-mandolin & vocals


    Cheryl Janssens-bass

    Katie Lautenschlager-fiddle                                                                                    

    
Ned Westphal-guitar & narrator

  • Black Hills Raptor Ranch - Saturday Aug. 19th

    This organization is rescue, restore the birds if possible, and educate the public on  South Dakota birds of prey.

    All of the education birds at the Black Hills Raptor Center are permanently injured. For some the injury is physical; for others mental.

    Our US Fish & Wildlife Service permit requires that our avian ambassadors be non-releasable. At present we focus our education on species native to our state of South Dakota.

    The long-term goals for the Black Hills Raptor Center:

    • Include a facility that can be visited by the public
    • Provide raptor rehabilitation services in western South Dakota, and will conduct scientific research on birds found in our region.
  • Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra - Saturday Aug. 19th

    We are a beginner-friendly nonprofit performing group accepting new members. We perform music from many genres and three different centuries in public and private venues indoors and outdoors, in parks, schools, state agencies, weddings, and more! Our songlist is available upon request, and we gratefully accept donations. We're a program of the Custer Area Arts Council and can be reached through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Blues Prospectors - Friday Aug. 18th

    Blues Prospectors is a blues band located in Custer, South Dakota. Their music is a hot and soulful mix of contemporary and traditional electric blues and has been influenced by artists such as T-Bone Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King and Canned Heat, along with jazz influences from artists such as Miles Davis and Kenny Burrell.  Blues Prospectors is made up of Jimmy Ray Fechner on guitar,  Mary Beth Fechner on electric bass, and Nathan Thresk-trask on drums. 

    Jimmy Ray and Mary Beth have been playing  music together for all of their adult lives and individually since childhood. Prior to settling in the Custer area, Jimmy Ray and Mary Beth were in a three piece blues trio near Boulder Colorado for 10 years. Nathan has been playing music for most of his life.  He has a solid background in blues and joined Blues Prospectors in early spring of this 2017.

    See our web page at http://jimmyrayswildcats.weebly.com/ to keep up with our gig schedule. 

  • Brandon Sprague - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Brandon is a gifted lead guitarist/vocalist and has performed at major venues in Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, & Denver. He has opened or performed with these major artists:

    B.B. King, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Walsh, Neville Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, George Thorogood, Smokin’ Joe Kubek w/Bnois King, Reverend Horton Heat, Joan Jett, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Little Feat, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Robert Randolph, .38 Special, Edgar Winter, Georgia Satellites, Son Seals, Kenny Neal, Eddy Clearwater, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Roomful of Blues, Russell Jackson (former bassist for B.B. King), Sista Monica, Jimmy D. Lane, Jimmy Thackery, Kelly Hunt, Indigenous, Randy McAllister & Chris Duarte.

    On July 28, 2012 Brandon Sprague Blues Band performed at the Sioux Falls, S.D. JazzFest on Saturday, which included headliner Joe Walsh. The band .38 Special recently met Brandon at his club gig in Deadwood and asked “Where in the hell have you been!” They proceeded to jam with him the rest of the night at the club.

  • Buffalo Grass - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Buffalo Grass is an acoustic Americana band, playing a mix of bluegrass, swing, originals and country classics.

    Band Members include:

    Kim Plender

    Pete Wouden

    Jim Bingham

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  • Chris Huisenga - Friday Aug. 18th

    Chris Huisenga is a 24 year old singer - songwriter from the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Born in Sturgis, he has always had a connection to the hills, and to music.  From an early age, he could be seen playing around on an old guitar that his grandmother bought and left at his house.  At the age of 12, Chris joined the middle school band as a percussionist, it was there that his love of music was nurtured.  At the age of 14, Chris's mother, Kellie, bought him a guitar for Christmas, and he never looked back. 

    Chris now lives in Spearfish, South Dakota, and spends much of his time every week playing at the local bars in Spearfish for open mic nights, (Flanagan's Irish Pub, The B&B and Back Porch,) and sometimes plays in Rapid City (The Dahl Fine Arts Center), Sturgis (The Loud American Roadhouse), and Hill City (The Circle B, formerly the Chute Roosters Open Mic). His music can be described as being somewhere in between Blues Rock, and Southern Rock, and thanks to his background in percussion,  is crafted in such a way that his strumming is an undeniably rhythmic driving force. 

    2017 will be his debut appearance at the Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival.

  • Dan McGuinness - Friday Aug. 18th

    To call Dan McGuinness a singer is an understatement.

    Dan's voice harkens a listener's memory back to a time when Blue Eyed Soul ruled the radio. Full and powerful, Dan's voice can go from edgy and rough to soft and delicate in an instant. His incredible range and perfect pitch are complimented by his expert technique and his soft touch.

    In constant demand as a singer, songwriter, performer and radio broadcaster, Dan was no longer Chicago's best kept secret before relocating to the Black Hills. As a fan of CCR, Dan started listening to every album and bootleg he could get his hands on. His interpretation and delivery of the songs are right on the mark and he consistently wows audiences with his live performances.

    In January of 2016 McGuinness joined bassist Stu Cook & drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford’s legendary touring group, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, on rhythm guitar and lead vocals following the retirement of singer Johnny "Bulldog" Tristao's 21-year reign as frontman. Cook & Clifford are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section and co-founding members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band is currently on-tour in 2017.

    Dan is a two-time recipient of Chicagoland's "Suburban NiteLife's Best of the Burbs 'BEST ACOUSTIC SOLO PERFORMER' award" for 2007 & 2010. 

  • Don Andersen - Friday Aug. 18th

    I am a full time musician working as a non-profit. Didn't plan it that way, it's just the way it worked out. I play songs that I like so it is a mix of everything. I play in the Black Hills all summer and do a bit of road work in the winter  because I like to travel. I enjoy this freewheelin' lifestyle .

    I grew up on the streets of Chicago. Taught myself how to play guitar back in high school. Played in various bands over my career, mostly Country and Southern Rock. Over time I found playing solo had a lot less drama. Moved to the Black Hills in 1988 and spent years back and forth between the Hills and Chicago settling here full time in 2011. Music should take the listener on a journey. Let's take a road trip!

    605-430-7119 

  • French Creek Folk - Saturday Aug. 19th

    French Creek Folk is named for the stream flowing through the town of Custer.  Members hail from Custer and the surrounding area.  The group has been active since 1997, and enjoys playing acoustic music including old-timey, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and some jazz.

  • Grand Magic Show - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Duane Laflin is an internationally awarded performer who specializes in family-friendly entertainment. Assisted by his wife Mary, he has performed on five continents, in eighteen countries of the world and in forty-seven of the fifty states in the USA. In South Africa he was honored as a guest instructor at the Siegfried & Roy College Of magic, in Singapore he was recognized as a Star of Magic, in Mexico City he received the Illusionist Award.

    The prestigious Magic Circle, located in London, England, has honored Duane with the highest status a performing magician can receive. He has been made a Member Of The Inner Magic Circle With Gold Star.

  • Harmony in the Hills - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Harmony in the Hills is a bluegrass band from the Southern Black Hills, playing traditional and western music.

    Band Members:

    Craig DeBoer-Guitar

    Laura DeBoer-Bass

    Marcia Kenobbie-Mandolin

    Roy  Kenobbie-Guitar

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  605-890-1173

  • Janice Deardorff - Saturday Aug. 19th

    Janice Deardorff is a cowgirl at heart, who fell in love with the West, through the ears of a horse, when she was five years old. She is an Native Arizonan, who grew up immersed in songs of the West. Her newest CD, “Part of the West,” contains well-loved classics, plus original songs that share the heart and stories of people Janice has met in Arizona and on her travels in the West.

    On Janice’s CD "Just a Horse", she shares her love for horses, rescue horses and the West. Janice was a Western Music Association Crescendo Award Finalist, and a Cowboy Idol Finalist.  She has been doing music most of her adult life, as an entertainer, educator and worship leader. She believes that music is a gift from God to be given again...to the listener.

    She got her start in Western music by singing at cowboy cookouts, to barter for horseback riding. Janice enjoys sharing Western music, as she travels the west with her husband Kevin. Janice’s warm and captivating Western music will draw you into a memorable musical experience.