Blues/Rock Stage - Friday Aug. 18th

  • 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. 

  • 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.