Friday August 18th Lineup

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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 

  • Jefferson Starship - Friday Aug. 18th

    Today's Jefferson Starship remains dedicated to breathing new life into the living catalog of the Jefferson legacy, going to the edge, pushing the sonic boundaries and staying true to the original spirit of the music, on and off stage.

    Times have changed, but the music remains as relevant as ever. Massive hits like White Rabbit, Somebody to Love, Volunteers, and We Built This City continue to reverberate in pop culture today through films, tv, commercials and heavy rotation on classic rock radio. The David Freiberg-penned Jane is the theme song for the hit Netflix Series Wet, Hot American Summer.

    While maintaining a worldwide touring schedule, Jefferson Starship played a series of concerts for Helping Hospitalized Veterans in 2014-15, and was subsequently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the US Department of Defense. Since Kantner's passing in early 2016, original lead singer Grace Slick, who retired from singing in the 90s, has come forward to offer her encouragement and support for the band's continuation.

  • Keenie - Friday Aug. 18th

    Keenie is a singer/songwriter originally from Hermosa, SD who currently lives in Nashville, TN. She was recently in a duo for four years called The Damsels; together they opened for acts such as Martina McBride, The Band Perry, LoCash and Joe Diffie to name few. They also opened ten nights at the MGM Grand for Neal McCoy as well as toured to Africa to three remote military bases to perform for our troops with Armed Forces Entertainment. 

    Keenie is continuing to perform throughout the country as well as write with hit songwriters such as Paul Overstreet (When You Say Nothing At All, Forever And Ever Amen, She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy etc.) and Billy Aerts who has had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Miley Cyrus, and Joe Cocker.

  • Kim Plender - Friday Aug. 18th

    Kim Plender is a bluegrass and country vocalist/guitar player who is a staple at area bluegrass jams and stages.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Lonely Rangers - Friday Aug. 18th

    Ross Johnson and Johnny Sundby founded the Lonely Rangers over 18 years ago, and have performed over 400 gigs throughout the Black Hills.  They are being joined by Stringbean Svenson on the fiddle. They are a country-rock duo that play tunes you’ll love to sing along with and stomp your feet.  Ross and Johnny live in Rapid City, although Ross grew up in Hot Springs.  Stringbean Svenson is a Hermosa native who played in Custer with Pee Wee Dennis and the Mountain Music Show, and currently plays in the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper.  He is also a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

    Stringbean Svenson is a Hermosa native who played in Custer with Pee Wee Dennis and the Mountain Music Show, and currently plays in the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper.  He is also a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

  • Mark Mowry - Friday Aug. 18th

    It wasn’t until Mark was around 13 years of age that he finally got an opportunity to play an instrument. That was the guitar, and at the time that instrument just didn’t stick. Finally at around age 16 he found his music skills in demand as a drummer for the high school stage band and orchestra, and there he also discovered his love for musical performance.

    Despite the late start, music has always been kind to Mark. Experiences ranging from a 1973 New Year’s Eve performance in Witten, SD, to drumming in Northern Europe with a college troupe in 1981, to kicking off ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ on guitar and harmonica before a New Delhi (India) crowd of 25,000 at the 2010 Commonwealth Games can attest to that; the guitar finally came back around to his focus.

    The allure of crafting song emerged early in Mark’s musicianship; to date he has at least six recording projects behind him and many more originals that haven’t made it onto tape or disc -- yet. By now he has decades of arranging and songwriting in his background.

    He has usually played all the instruments featured on his recordings, especially guitars, drums, harmonicas, as well as vocals; he’ll have CDs from at least two projects available for sale at his performance. Mark wants his songs to do more than entertain – he wants them to make a point, or at least serve his listeners some food for thought. “Songs should take a person beyond the ordinary,” he says. “They should shake you up a bit.”

    A veteran player, composer, and performer, Mark incorporates a large variety of thematic and stylistic approaches; listen for yourself at this year’s SHMAAF Songwriter’s Stage. 

  • Marvin Berry - Friday Aug. 18th

    Marvin Berry is a Wildman on the banjo and guitar, singing many of your bluegrass and Americana favorites. 

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

    928-897-3580

  • Mountain Odyssey - Friday Aug. 18th

    Mountain Odyssey is a group of musicians with various backgrounds and talents who have come together to tell the story of country music from its origins.  From old European sea chanteys that developed into folk music of America, to music composed by country music’s early stars, this music is a treasure to be shared and performed.

    Mitch Chapel is the author of “A Magnificent Music Story.”  This book contains narrative and actual lyrics with chords that tell the story of country music, its singers and composers.

    To book us for your event, or to purchase songbooks or CDs, call 605 722-2013

    e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Open Range - Friday Aug. 18th

    Ric Steinke and Linda Häusler

    “Music that captures the spirit of the West”…that’s how the music of Open Range has been described. Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler weave a musical blend of tight vocal harmonies & outstanding acoustic instrumentation. They perform music from the old western standards, to swing tunes of the 40’s, to western music being written today, including their own original compositions. Ric & Linda get their musical inspiration from the wide open spaces of Montana where they live in the Shields River Valley near Livingston, MT.  They perform as a duo, trio, or a full western swing band. 

  • Pegie Douglas - Friday Aug. 18th

    Pegie Douglas’ roots are on the prairie near Faith, South Dakota. She retired as a Special Education Teacher after 20 years. Before retiring, she enjoyed singing and creating original songs. She discovered South Dakota's first poet laureate, Badger Clark, while visiting the area. Since 2007, Pegie has set fourteen of his poems to music.

    She has enjoyed living in the Black Hills from May to October since 2009 and performing these songs throughout South Dakota and other parts of the West. She also gives tours of the Badger Clark cabin in Custer State Park. In 2012, Pegie created the show: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BADGER CLARK to be performed at the Tatanka Barn Theater at Custer State Park.

    This hour long show features stories about Badger Clark's life and his poetry set to music. She is a scholar and participant with the South Dakota Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. She now devotes her life to music and sharing it with others. 

  • Steve Thorpe - Friday Aug. 18th

    Steve Thorpe is a performing songwriter in the Black Hills of SouthDakota and Wyoming.  Before that he was a songwriter and music journalist.  Before that he was a writer, who bounced from California to Nebraska and back again and who managed to sell one novel and one short story; and was able to give away several more short stories. Before that, he was a soldier. 

    Before that he was a college student trying to avoid becoming a soldier, at which point he first picked up a guitar, making that the beginning of the story. He has recorded and released five CDs of his own songs, plus a few covers of other Black Hills songwriters. 

    He has opened for Jalan Crossland, Norman Liota, Arianne Lydon, Small Potatoes, Carolyn Wonderland, Tom Paxton and Roy Rogers.  At one time or another he has opened for or shared a stage with almost every acoustic act in the Black Hills. 

  • Ted & Lisa Emmons - Friday Aug. 18th

    Ted was raised on a farm in rural southern Missouri. After serving in the Marine Corps he was a regular on Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry and the Ozark Country Jubilee. Ted has opened for many country stars including Marty Robbins, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, David Frizzell, Moe Bandy, Louise Mandrell, Gary Morris, Ernest Tubb, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ed Bruce, Mickey Gilley, Mel Tillis, the Kendalls, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band!

    Lisa began singing with her dad on their Iowa farm. She toured the Midwest with Dale Evans Rogers. She has devoted her life to teaching the last 30 years in Wyoming. She loves riding horses in the Big Horn Mountains and the Black Hills.

    Ted & Lisa Emmons now ranch in Gillette, Wyoming. They have sung of the mountains and blue skies together for the last 8 years as cowboy and cowgirl entertainers for the Big Cedar and Dogwood Canyon Resorts in Branson, Missouri where they specialized in campfire and Chuckwagon dinners.

    Ted & Lisa were married in true cowboy fashion at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada!