LEAD, SD – Black Hills visitors and residents alike are invited once again to enjoy a down-home South Dakota Saturday night experience with the Black Hills Opry, an old-time classic country concerts series, back for a second year at the Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) at 313 W. Main Street.
Aces & Eights classic country trio is the house band for the series and consists of three Black Hills musicians: Kim Bachman of Belle Fourche, SD on mandolin, banjo, guitar, and vocals; Harland Allen of Sturgis, SD, guitar and vocals; and Pegie Douglas, of Hot Springs, SD on bass.
JUNE 23 SPECIAL GUESTS
Mean Mary: Deering Banjo’s named her their Goodtime Ambassador, and Janet Deering describes her banjo playing as giving her “chills.” Equally versatile on guitar, fiddle, and 8 other instruments, Mary is known internationally for her lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs. As a high-energy performer that thrives on variety and as a songwriter that chooses unusual subject matters, anything from ghost pirates to demon guitars could romp through a Mean Mary show Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy—could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills.
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 area. Dan is a two-time recipient of Chicagoland’s “Suburban NiteLife’s Best of the Burbs ‘BEST ACOUSTIC SOLO PERFORMER’ award” for 2007 & 2010.
The Black Hills Opry format provides an entertainment mix of stories, and old-time classic country music by the likes of Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings. Other genre styles such as bluegrass and Americana also are woven through the series with special guest performers a each show.
The show is appropriate for all ages and takes place once a month May through August.
Showtime is 7:00 pm. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for HHOH members and tour groups, $10 students (with college/high school ID) and $5 for kids age 10 to 17. The ticket booth opens one hour prior to showtime.
Tickets are available online at homestakeoperahouse.org or by calling the HHOH office at 605-584-2067 or at the door. The ticket booth is open one hour prior to showtime. Beer, wine, soda, and water will be available for purchase. Free off-street and free lot parking is available within 4 blocks of the building. The building is accessible for wheelchairs.
Black Hills Opry is sponsored in part by Black Hills Tourism Association through the SD Dept. of Tourism, KEVN Black Hills Fox TV, and the South Dakota Arts Council through the SD Dept. of Tourism and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Support for the HHOH is provided by annual members, the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, the City of Lead.
The HHOH is dedicated to returning the Opera House to productive use for the enrichment of the region through arts, culture, and educational opportunities. The HHOH is a equal opportunity provider and employer.