LEAD | The Black Hills Opry concert series is back for a second year at the Historic Homestake Opera House, giving classic country a chance to shine.
Sarah Carlson, executive director of the opera house in Lead, says this year's lineup features a mix of regional, local and Nashville-based musicians. Event organizers say the shows are appropriate for all ages and take place once a month May through August.
Sherry Ann Taylor, of Gillette, Wyo., and Grammy-nominated Tom Wurth, of Nashville, Tenn., will kick off the concert series on May 19.
On June 23, Dan McGuiness, a Chicago native who now calls South Dakota home, and Mean Mary of Nashville will perform. On July 14, Lead's own Marlin Maynard will perform with Nashville-based James Carothers.
To wrap up the series, Brent Morris of Hill City and Dion Pride — son of country great Charley Pride — of Dallas, Texas, will perform on Aug. 18. Each concert starts at 7 p.m.
In a previous Journal interview, Carlson noted that the Opry series meets a growing need to showcase local and regional talent.
"We too are arts advocates, no matter what," she said.
Last year's series was a success, Carlson said, drawing about 125 people per show, with about 375 people attending Jalan Crossland's concert, the final show in the series.
The show format provides a mix of stories, and "old-time classic country music" in the vein of country greats like Hank Williams and Tammy Wynette. Other genre styles like bluegrass and Americana are woven through the series, as well.
One of the most recognizable bands in the Black Hills, Aces & Eights Classic Country Music, will host the concert series. Band members are Kim Bachman, from Belle Fourche, who performs mandolin, banjo, guitar, and vocals; Harland Allen is from Sturgis, and performs guitar and vocals; and Pegie Douglas is from Hot Springs and plays bass.
Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for opera house members and tour groups, $10 for students (with college/high school ID) and $5 for youth age 10-17. The ticket booth opens one hour prior to showtime.
Tickets are available online at BlackHillsOpry.org, by calling the opera house office at 584-2067 or at the door. The ticket booth is open one hour prior to showtime.