Randy McAllister and the All-Star Band plays the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Music lovers who care about their community will have some great opportunities over the next few weeks to make their ears happy and help others along the way.

On Saturday, March 21, it's the “Gala at Mount Rushmore,” a Black Hills Children’s Home Fundraiser featuring South Dakota Public Radio's Rock Garden Tour with special guests Kenny Putnam and Boyd Bristow. It starts at 5:30 p.m; $90 per person, RSVP by March 16. For more information, visit chssd.org.

Kenny Putnam is also the special guest with Lonely Rangers at the WAVI Spirit of Peace Fundraiser at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel Convention Center in Rapid City on Saturday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m.; $80 per person. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit wavi.org.

Dakota Rural Action and The Clean Water Alliance will present a benefit concert for the Black Hills to celebrate World Water Day, Sunday, March 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. Ojibwe flautist Darren Thompson headlines. There’s a great article about Darren at indianz.com. Opening act support will be provided by Hill City Slickers, James Van Nuys, and yours truly. Event is free. Snacks for sale by Breadroot Food Co-op; beverages available. Visit bhcleanwateralliance.org for more information.

Grammy nominee and master of Americana, Randy McAllister and the All-Star Band plays the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish on March 27 at 7:30. Maya Van Nuys on fiddle, Matt Higgins on bass, and Rob Dewan on guitar will also appear on stage. Advance tickets are $20 adults/$15 youth and Black Hills State University Students, or $25/$15 at the door. Visit matthewsopera.com or call 605-642-7973 for more information.

Also coming to the Matthews in April: Black Hills singer/songwriter Jami Lynn releases her second full-length solo album, “Fall is a Good Time to Die,” a mix of folk and Americana songs on Friday, April 10. The new album and concert feature the talents of Sioux Falls musicians Andrew Reinartz and Dalton Coffey, and Rapid City guitarist Dylan James.

On Saturday, March 21, treat yourself to a return engagement of the JD Fiedler Jazz Trio performing mainstream jazz at the Homestake Opera House at 309 W. Main St. in Lead. “It’s the music of the ‘30s, ’40s, ‘50s, those timeless classics we’ve all heard,” says Fiedler. It’s a dinner show with a complimentary glass of wine or beverage of choice paired with a full lasagna candlelight dinner. Diner reservations required; tickets $35, $15 show only. Dinner at 6:30 p.m, show at 7 p.m. For more information call 605-584-2067 or visit HomestakeOperaHouse.org.

The second of the Second Friday’s Songwriter Showcase at Lucky’s 13 Pub in the Spearfish Holiday Inn will feature Jacob Johnson, Von Varagon Society and yours truly tomorrow, Friday, March 13 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Three acts will perform in a round-robin format. The first of these events was fantastic.

Emerging Artists at the Lien Cultural Cafe in the Dahl Arts Center will feature the following:  Mar. 13, Ben Lemay on March 13; Dustin Tucker, March 20; Mentoring Night with Mila Belakova and students on March 27. Dustin also plays Rumors on April 11.

The Dakota Boys play Chute Roosters in Hill City, Mar 14. I’m playing Mar. 28. Start about 6:30 p.m. (musician time); Cimmaron is at Elk Creek March 13 and 14, and March 20 and 21.

At Deadwood Mountain Grand, Santana’s Bar & Grill Stage features Pumpin' Ethyl on March 13 and 14; Whiskey Mouth March 20 and 21 and Tye Dyed Volcano March 27 and 28.

Yours truly will play the 13th annual Free Heel Festival at Dark Horse in Nevada Gulch Lodge on March 14; starts about 2 p.m.

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