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Event features headliner classic rock, country artists, big car show

CUSTER — Find Your Way Back” to the Southern Black Hills for the second annual Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival (SHMAAF), where classic rock hits, local artists, vendors of all kinds and car enthusiasts all collide for two days of fun.

This year’s SHMAAF event, hosted at Pageant Hill in Custer, will kick off at 12 noon on Friday, Aug. 18, with six music stages, boasting over 48 acts of free entertainment that will fit everyone’s liking. Saturday, Aug. 19, will also feature the six stages (starting at 10 a.m.), in addition to a bevy of arts and crafts (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), food and drink vendors, a hot air balloon rally at sunrise and the second annual Show & Shine Car show (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Performing on the six stages over the course of the two-day event will be:

•Variety Stage — Some of the performers and demos include: Sum Nerve, a four piece alternative rock/punk band from Custer; Trap Kit, an indie folk/dance act based out of Rapid City that falls somewhere in a Venn Diagram between Bon Iver, The Lumineers and Bloc Party; The Black Hills Raptor Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and conservation of native wildlife and habitat through education, rehabilitation and study; Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra; Lo-Ru West Dance Studio, the premier Cecchetti method dance studio West River and the Grand Magic Show, a fast-paced combination of amazing effects, comedy, dazzling costumes and great music, which will leave audiences with their jaws dropped and amazed by the illusions and quality of the show.

•Blue Grass — String Tied, an eclectic band; Ruby Creek a band dedicated to playing mountain music and bluegrass in the old style; Buffalo Grass, an acoustic Americana band, playing a mix of bluegrass, swing, originals and country classics; Badger Sett Band which presents the life and music of Badger Clark; Allen Ray and the Resperators ,who play tight harmonies, hot banjo and guitar, as well as bluegrass favorites; Marvin Berry, a wildman on the banjo and guitar; Kim Plender, a bluegrass and country vocalist/guitar player who is a staple at area bluegrass jams; and Harmony in the Hills a bluegrass band playing traditional and western music.

•Country — Anna Robins; Don Anderson, who favors country and Southern rock music; Mountain Odyssey, a group of various backgrounds who came together to tell country music’s origins; Aces & Eights, traditional country music; Josh Hilpert, who enjoys sharing his “campfire style” blend of old-time, folk, and classic country influences; Stacy Block, playing original work, classic country, new country and ’50s and ’60s classics.

•Singer/Songwriter — Steve Thorpe, Black Hills singer and songwriter who has recorded and released five originals CDS; Nik Harr, an independent, pop-infused singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and performer; Mike Linderman of Hot Springs, a regular performer at gatherings around the Black Hills; Mark Mowry of the Black Hills, a veteran player, composer and performer; Linda Boyle, singer, songwriter and social historian; Andrea Potts, a powerful performer with intense, intelligent lyrics, and dynamic stage presence, singing original material ranging from folk to alternative rock music.

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•Blues/Rock — Steve Gardner of Custer, who enjoys playing classic rock, blues, jazz, country, classical guitar and acoustic ’70s pop; Scott Bellew; Richard Grewar who performs a blend of rock, pop and acoustic elements; Mark Williams, a singer-songwriter from Wyoming who has performed everything from country to blues and even a bit of jazz; Life Without Lemons, an acoustic duo, who perform a wide variety of music from CCR to Pearl Jam; Dan McGuinness, whose voice go from edgy and rough to soft and delicate; Chris Huisenga, singer-songwriter from the Black Hills whose music is somewhere between blues rock and Southern rock; and Blues Prospectors a Custer blues band with a hot and soulful mix of contemporary and traditional electric blues,

•Cowboy/Western — Ted and Lisa Emmons, specializing in campfire and Chuckwagon dinners; Susie Knight, who bases her cowboy poetry and songs on her life at the Circle M Ranch in Pine Ridge; Pegie Douglas, who has put 14 Badger Clark poems to music; Paul Larson, known for his baritone voice and cowboy yodel; Open Range, made up of Ric Steinke and Linda Hustler, who aim to capture the spirit of the West with their music; Janice Deardorff, who performs well-loved classics and original songs; Almeda Bradshaw, a Montana Western singer-songwriter-poet; and Allen and Jill Kirkham, the Western Stage hosts, with a blend of vocals and instruments, including the guitar, bass fiddle and mandolin.

• Main stage -These variety stages will herald main stage performances each night, starting at 5 p.m.

On Friday Aug. 18, The Lonely Rangers of Rapid City, will perform their country-rock tunes on the main stage. Hermosa native Keenie Word will also take to the main stage to perform solo from her country-duo band, The Damsels,

Following Word, are headliners Jefferson Starship.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, Pleasant Valley Sunday, a Custer-based bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll band will be followed by Brandon Sprague, a guitarist and vocalist. Following Sprague will be headliner the Atlanta Rhythm Section, which has been a major part of the Southern Rock scene for over 30 years.

Supporters of this event include: Allied Arts Fund, Bavarian Inn, Black Hills Burger & Bun Co., Bradeen Auctions & the Real Estate Center, Buglin’ Bull Restaurant and Sports Bar, Captain’s Table, Carson Drug, Custer Hospitality - Comfort Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Super 8, Best Western and Econo Lodge, Custer Rotary, Custer True Value, Denial Bistro, Diane Dennis, Edward Jones Investment, First Interstate Bank, HomeSlice Media Group - The Fox, 93.7 The Mix and Smash, Lynn’s Dakotamart, Prairie Edge and State Farm Insurance.

For more information on SHMAAF, a detailed schedule or to purchase tickets, visit shmaaf.com.

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