CUSTER | Jefferson Starship and Atlanta Rhythm Section are this year’s big name performers at the second annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF), Aug. 18-19 at Custer's Pageant Park.

But they are certainly not the only names gracing the six music stages. More than 48 acts will perform. The festival also includes a hot air balloon rally at sunrise Saturday, a Show & Shine car show, arts and crafts and a host of vendors. General admission tickets are $49.50 for one day; or $79.50 for both days. VIP tickets are $99.50 and $150.

Classic rock band Jefferson Starship takes the main stage at 6 p.m. Friday. Formed in 1974 by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, David Freiberg, Johny Barbata, Pete Sears, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach, Jefferson Starship will bring their classic songs such as “Ride the Tiger,” “Miracles,” “With Your Love,” “Black Widow,” “Runaway,” “Jane,” “Find Your Way Back” and “Layin' It On the Line.”

The band’s appearance, part of its “Carry the Fire Tour" honors bandleader Paul Kantner, who died last January. Jefferson Starship singer Cathy Richardson said the band’s continued existence stands in tribute to Kantner — and former Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick, who granted the current lineup a lifetime license to use the Jefferson Starship name upon Kantner’s death.

“A family doesn’t break up when a loved one dies, they grieve and they remember and they carry on,” said Richardson. “We do it for Paul, and for Grace, as much as we do it for ourselves, and especially for the fans for whom this music means so much. We do it for the kids who are just discovering the music now.”

Opening for Jefferson Starship will be The Lonely Rangers of Rapid City, featuring their country-rock tunes, and country artist and Hermosa-native Keenie Word.

Atlanta Rhythm Section takes the stage 6 p.m. Saturday. Part of the rock scene for more than 30 years, the band was formed in 1971 by singer Rodney Justo, guitarists J.R. Cobb and Barry Bailey, bassist Paul Goddard, keyboardist Dean Daughtry and drummer Robert Nix. In their years of performing, The Atlanta Rhythm Section has released 13 studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums, as well as over 15 chart-topping singles, including “So Into You,” “Imaginary Lover,” “Do It or Die,” “Spooky,” “Alien” and “Champagne Jam.”

The band's current lineup consists of Daughtry and Justo, along with guitarists David Anderson and Steve Stone, bassist Justin Senker and drummer Rodger Stephan.

Opening for the Atlanta Rhythm Section will be Pleasant Valley Sunday, a Custer-based bluegrass and rock 'n' roll band, followed by Brandon Sprague, a blues and rock guitarist and vocalist, at 6 p.m. Sprague has opened for a number of major artists, including B.B. King, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Walsh, Neville Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, George Thorogood, Joan Jett, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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Variety Stage: Sum Nerve, a four piece alternative rock/punk band from Custer; Trap Kit, an indie folk/dance act based out of Rapid City; Steve Linde, a folk and classic rock singer from Custer; French Creek Folk, an acoustic band; Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra; Lo-Ru West Dance Studio; and the Grand Magic Show.

Blue Grass Stage: String Tied, Ruby Creek, Buffalo Grass, Badger Sett Band, Allen Ray and the Resperators, Marvin Berry, Kim Plender, and Harmony in the Hills.

Country Stage: Anna Robins, Don Anderson, Mountain Odyssey, Aces & Eights, Josh Hilpert, and Stacy Block,.

Singer/Songwriter Stage: Steve Thorpe, Nik Harr, Mike Linderman, Mark Mowry, Linda Boyle and Andrea Potts,  Steve Gardner, Scott Bellew, Richard Grewar, Mark Williams, Life Without Lemons, Dan McGuinness, Chris Huisenga, and Blues Prospectors.

Cowboy/Western Stage: Ted and Lisa Emmons, Susie Knight, Pegie Douglas, Paul Larson, Open Range, Janice Deardorff, Almeda Bradshaw,

For a complete schedule of performances go to shmaaf.com

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