Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival Early Line up Preview

The Southern Music and Arts Festival  has put together a two day Friday, August 26, 2016 – Saturday August 27,2016, event that will showcase local and national talent. Kicking off the event at 6:30 will be “Brule”Paul LaRoche is the founder and producer of the award-winning Native American music group Brulé. The group is best known for thrilling audiences with a mergence of cultural rock and theatrical instrumentations. Now in their 20th season, their national performances carry the same contagious excitement as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Celtic Thunder, and Riverdance—but with the emotional impact of the America and Indian culture.

The group is one of the top-selling Native American adult/rock music groups and has chalked up impressive CD sales (over 1 million worldwide).  Brulé has released 20 titles in 20 years and has been named “Group of the Year” five times by the prestigious Native American Music Awards, earning seven NAMMYs since 2002. Their annual performance schedule takes them extensively throughout the U.S., touring the casino, performing arts theatre, arena, corporate and festival circuits.  

Brulé has pushed the boundaries of contemporary Native American rhythms and classic rock in their genre-blending selections. Their electrifying show consists of a 5-piece rock ensemble augmented with an array of traditional Native American instrumentation. Paired with the stunning steps of one of the top Native American dance troupes, their authenticity brings a multi-dimensional art form to this cultural rock opera. The musical journey of Brulé’s founder, Paul LaRoche, adds an affecting story to audiences and has been well documented in the best-selling biography “Hidden Heritage”.

Brulé is seen regularly on national PBS affiliates across the country. Their history-making concert, “Brulé, Live at Mount Rushmore—Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures”, has become the longest running Native American concert special on national TV.


At 8:15 Friday evening, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. will perform.

In the early and mid-1960s, McCoo was a member of the Hi-Fi’s, who often opened for Ray Charles. She had been invited to join the group by photographer Lamonte McLemore, who would himself join McCoo in the 5th Dimension. Other Hi-Fi members included Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, who would go on to form The Friends of Distinctiont. She met Billy Davis,Jr. in 1966 when he established the 5th Dimension, then called The Versatiles

By the early 1970s, McCoo began to sing lead on the group’s remaining chart-topping singles, “One Less Bell to Answer”  “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All”, and “If I Could Reach You”.


In 1975, McCoo and Davis left the 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo. Landing a contract with ABC Records , they recorded their 1976 debut album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time. The first single was the title track, which was a mid-chart hit. Their follow up, ” You Don’t Have to Be a Star (toBe in My Show)” was an even bigger hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1977. McCoo and Davis were awarded a gold single and a gold album as well as a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They became the first African American married couple to host a network television series, The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Show, on CBS in summer 1977. They released one more album on ABC in 1978, produced by Frank Wilson and containing the popular ballad “My Reason To Be” by songwriters Judy Wieder and John Footman. The pair signed with CBS Records the following year and released their last album as a duo until October 2008 when the pair released The Many Faces of Love, a collection of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

She was the first to record ” Saving All My Love For You” in 1978, later sung by Whitney Houston. The album Marilyn and Billy featured that track as well as a disco hit, “Shine On Silver Moon”.

Her 1991 album, The Me Nobody Knows, was nominated for a Grammy. She also released a Christmas album in 1994. McCoo won her eighth Grammy for her contributions to Quincy Jones’ Handel’s Messiah.
(Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr Information Source:


Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Eddie Money will perform after the opening group “Max Temple Band”.

Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Plainedge on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were all New York City Police Department (NYPD) policemen, and Eddie was an NYPD trainee. As his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his law-enforcement career in favor of becoming a full-time musician. He moved to Berkley, California, and became a regular at area clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”. Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for  “Shakin” and ‘I Think I’m in Love”.

Money made a comeback in 1986 and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album “Can’t Hold Back”. The album’s Ronnie Spector duet “Take Me Home Tonight” reached the Top 10, as did the hit ” I Wanna Go Back” Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, “Walk on The Water” (1988), but his Top 40 career ended following the #21 placement of “I’ll Get By” in 1992. During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums along with several albums featuring new material.





Saturday August 27, 2016 11-5pm stage line ups(no charge-donations accepted)

Singer/Songwriter stage

11am – Steve Thorpe

Noon – Mark Mowry

1pm -2pm – Jay Red Hawk

3pm – Frank Gregg

4pm – Andrea Potts

Western stage

11am –  Allen & Jill Kirkham

Noon – Lonely Rangers Duo  w/Stringbean Svenson       

1pm – Mike Linderman

2pm – The Plains Folk  

3pm – Ramblin’ Rangers

3:45pm – Brenn Hill  

Poets Slim McNaught and Yvonne Hollenbeck
will entertain between acts.

Bluegrass stage

11am – Gumbo Lily of the West

Noon – Harmony in the Hills

1pm – String Tied

2pm – Stringbean and Sally   

3pm – Black Hills Bluegrass Band

4pm –  Deadwood Express

Variety Stage

11am – Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra

Noon – French Creek Folk

1pm – Black Hills Raptor Ranch

2pm – Grand Magic Show

3pm – Magic Banjo

4pm – A Native American Story

Balloon launch “Up, Up, & Away” at sunrise Saturday

Festival Car Show and Shine 10am-3pm 

Arts & Crafts Fair 10-5pm

Taste of the Black Hills food, beer, and wine extravaganza 11-5pm

Saturday Evening

6:30pm- Max Temple Band

7:30pm-Eddie Money

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