Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra Give Sterling Performance At Way Park Summer Music Series

All Images – Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra founded in late 2013 by third generation Hawaiian Sheila Martin finally had a chance after two previous dates were rained out to perform. On Thursday evening the orchestra entertained an appreciative group of fans at Way Park as the final act in the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series. The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra performs music from the 17 century to current pop and is scheduled to perform at the Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival next weekend August 26-27, 02016.

Current members of  The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra:
Bert Fischesser
Sheila Martin
Hanna Honors
Emma Lee Holllick
Joyce Sutter
Janet Gardner
Juni Hill
Jackie Lubber
Susan Haeker
Mary Fechner

Also attending the performance were Patrick Baker South Dakota Arts Council Director, Jim Speirs Executive Director Arts South Dakota and Jared Carson Mayor Custer City.

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Sheila Martin leads the The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series, at Way Park Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Janet Gardner is in the zone at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Hanna Honors plays lead ukulele at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Patrick Baker South Dakota Arts Council Director and Robin Prior Custer Area Arts Council Board Member enjoy a pre-concert chat at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The audience enjoys The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The audience enjoys The Black Hills Ukulele Orchestra at the final performance of the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series at Way Park, Thursday August 18, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Eddie Money to Perform at Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival in Custer SD

Timeline for Saturday evening events:

5:00 PM Saturday – Gate Opens Enjoy Food and Drink!

6:30 PM – A full evening of entertainment beginning with The Max Temple Band known for their passion for Blues and Rock and Roll. Playing music from Steve Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers , Eric Clapton and more.

8:00 PM – Renowned Rocker Eddie Money takes the stage performing his hit songs: Two Tickets To Paradise, Baby Hold on to Me and many more great hits!

Visit: Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival

 

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Eddie Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. Although he dreamed of being a musician, after high school, Eddie decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a police officer. In 1968, after serving as a New York City Police Officer for two years, Money put his law enforcement career on hold to pursue music.

He moved to Berkeley, California and began performing at local clubs. Then, in 1976, after changing his surname from Mahoney to Money, Eddie’s fate changed when he was introduced to legendary promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of Graham’s events. The two quickly became close, with Graham serving as both a mentor and manager to Money. Said Graham of Money, “Eddie Money has it all…not only can he sing, write and play, but he is a natural performer.” After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977.

Fans immediately fell in love with Money’s sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Money followed the success of his debut album with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era’s most creative videos for songs like “Think I’m in Love” and “Shakin.” In 1986, Money released Can’t Hold Back, which featured the classic, Grammy-Nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit “I Wanna Go Back.”

These days, Money continues to delight new and old fans alike at venues throughout the country. Having opened the summer concert season at the famous DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit for nearly 20 years, Money draws fans from all over who are eager to see the legendary musician. Ask any concert attendee and they’ll tell you he retains his signature style and performs with the same passion today as he did more than 30 years ago. In addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule, Money has featured on hit television shows like “The King of Queens,” where he performed for his good friend Kevin James, and “The Drew Carey Show,” where he played Mimi’s ex-husband.

In recent years, Eddie has been joined on tour by his daughter, Jesse Money. Jesse, who was on MTV’s “Rock The Cradle,” is a talented and charismatic vocalist who has chosen to follow in her father’s footsteps. While on tour with Eddie, Jesse sings back-up vocals and adds an exciting twist to the duet “Take Me Home Tonight.” Eddie and his wife Laurie also have four sons – Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian. As the years have passed, Money’s blue-collar brand of Rock n Roll has managed to transcend generations and continues to move audiences today. Along with having sold more than 28 million records, Money’s songs have appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, and have recently been included in hit video games like “Grand Theft Auto” and “Guitar Hero.” – See more at: http://www.eddiemoney.com/history

 

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Musical Superstars Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. to Debut New Music Fable “Up Up and Away”

Musical Superstars Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will debut their new music fable “Up Up and Away” at the Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival on August 26, 2016 in Custer South Dakota.

“Up, Up & Away! a musical fable” is the tale of two aspiring stars who met, fell in love and endured a lifetime of challenges together. Starring Grammy Award-winners McCoo and Davis and the new musical group, The Next Dimension, the story is told through pop classics including “Up, Up and Away,” “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In,” “Worst That Could Happen,” “You Don’t Have to be a Star (To be in My Show),” “MacArthur Park,” “Help!,” “Blackbird,” “Midnight Hour,” “One Less Bell (to Answer)” and “The Man That Got Away.”
It also pays tribute to fellow music legends, including the original The 5th Dimension and The Beatles.

McCoo and Davis, both former members of The 5th Dimension, had found previous success as recording artists, performers and authors. The couple has won seven Grammy Awards and earned 15 gold and three platinum records. In 2004, the couple wrote a book celebrating more than 45 years of marriage and shared their secrets of staying happy and committed to each other in Hollywood. On television, the couple found success with their show, “The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. Show,” the first variety series starring an African-American musical couple.
McCoo and Davis have also found success in their solo careers. McCoo hosted the popular television music series “Solid Gold” for five years, and Davis accomplished his lifelong dream when he recorded a religious album titled, “Let Me Have a Dream” with gospel great, the Rev. James Cleveland.
The musical is the brainchild of Nic Mendoza, who fell in love with McCoo and Davis’ music as a child while listening to his mother’s albums. The show is produced by SWC Studios, LLC, a Kathy Ireland Worldwide entity, Mendoza, McCoo and Davis’ personal manager and executive producer, Steve Rosenblum, as well as other SWC executives.

For Tickets and performance times please visit: Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival

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Monday’s Rally-Sturgis Mayor’s Ride – Singing Dogs – The Moose is Loose

 

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Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen chats with participants in the 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s ride that regrouped on Harney street in Custer Monday, August 8, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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Singer Don Anderson watches as his dog (insert name) tries a few solo lines in the showmobile at the Custer Cruisin Rally Monday afternoon August 8, 2016.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Two dollar Nathan’s All Beef hot dogs, one dollar soda pop, pay attention vendors..The Custer County 4-H Archery Program volunteers had a great day selling hot dogs, soda and ice-cold water. L-R Dakta Prior, Jessica Woodman, Coach Loyce May, Avari Dorrance, Trent Stansbury and Izaak Stansbury. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Motorcycle artist Sue Hopper applies a cleaning agent before applying custom pinstriping and air brush designs on a customer’s motorcycle at the Custer Cruisin Rally Monday afternoon August 8, 2016.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Custer resident Dustin Gonsor poses with the MooseMania motorcycle in front of Claw Antler and Hide on Mt, Rushmore road in Custer at the Custer Cruisin Rally Monday afternoon August 8, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Sandstone Singers Sway Way Park

 

By Herb Ryan

The music fans that attended the free concert at Way Park in Custer Thursday evening were chilled out by the stylings of JimmyRay’s Wild Cats and then serenaded by the Sandstone Singer, a vocal group from Hot Springs. Described as contemporary vocalists, the group led by Director Carol Foster put on a performance that was energetic and professional with renditions of Cry Me a River, Walkin after Midnight, and Jambalaya in the mix. Performing with the group in Thursday nights concert were:
First Sopranos: Kay Flock, Edie Hooper, Bev Keffeler, Cathy Nelson.
Second Sopranos: Judy Cox, Meghan Logue, Julie Standen, Bonnie Wanzer.
First Altos: Ebun Adelona, Lyn Bentson, Gwen Healey, Marilyn Rowley.
Second Altos: Diane Emick and Deb Russell, Carol Foster.
Absent from the performance were first soprano Carol Grover and second alto Donna Behrens.

Visit Custer Area Arts Council for future dates.

 

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The group Sandstone Singers performs Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Custer City and Custer Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park Custer, SD.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The group Sandstone Singers performs Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Custer City and Custer Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park Custer, SD.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The group Sandstone Singers performs Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Custer City and Custer Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park Custer, SD.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The group Sandstone Singers performs Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Custer City and Custer Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park Custer, SD.Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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An irate audience member gives the bad eye to a loud passing motorcycle at the Sandstone Singers performance Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Custer City and Custer Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park Custer, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Mutually Assured Destruction Entertains at Way Park Thursday Evening

Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music in Way Park

The group M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) was the first to entertain at Way Park in Custer, SD Thursday evening. A combination of equipment glitches and rain showers were trying to derail the first half of the nights entertainment. This was a young group, unpolished, but as with most groups, things start to jell and get on track, or not.Because of time constraints, I had to listen and run, but there were moments when everything came together and the potential was there. It’s a great idea to expose young musicians to an audience other than their peers. Public music is a place when no gold stars are handed out. The audience is the judge and jury and they are the ones you have to connect with , they will encourage you to hone your craft, become a better musician or find another line of expression.

Custer Area Arts Council

 

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Chastain Kindt lays down the bass line.With lots of practice he could be another Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T and The MG’s fame. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Lilly Friell and Hanna Honors sing a “Beatles” tune. After myriad equipment issues the girls got their set going. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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As Jame Brown would say, ” Give the drummer some.” Alex Engstrom is aware of the rest of the band and pounds out the beat, but every drummer young and old knows – you are in a different world sitting on that stool. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

Rose and Van Arp Appear With ” The Ramblin’ Rangers” At Way Park in Custer Thursday Evening

By Herb Ryan

Thursday night at Way Park was couples night with Rose and Van Arp leading of with a series of popular tunes. I especially liked the rendition of “Just Call Me Angle in The Morning” that was performed in resonant harmony by two people that obviously have a connection that is difficult to ignore.
Rose and Van Arp were followed by  “The Ramblin’ Rangers” a Hot Springs duo comprised of Bonnie and Brad Exton. They lived up to their billing playing a mix of cowboy music and country. When you say country music there is a slight confusion, maybe I heard wrong, but no pickups, beer, whiskey troubles, or wayward men or women seemed to be in any of the songs. Just good, solid music to sit back and enjoy or, get up and move around a bit if you were so inclined.

The next Summer Music in Way Park will be tuesday, July 19 featuring Steve Linde and Pegie Douglas.
Custer Area Arts Council

 

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Rose and Van Arp pose for a photo at the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park thursday evening. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The Ramblin’ Rangers, Bonnie and Brad Exton entertain at the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park thursday evening. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A section of the large crowd enjoying the entertainment at the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park thursday evening. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Turn me loose on my cayuse and let me roam among the western skies, and while I’m out there catch a few tunes at the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series in Way Park thursday evening. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council Present Summer Music in Way Park

 

By Herb Ryan

Custer, SD July 12, 2016 – Arriving late at 6:15 pm Tuesday evening  for the Summer Music in Way Park, meant I had missed the opening set of JimmyRay’s Wild Cats. The following 45 minutes made up for what I had missed earlier. This is a trio consisting of Jimmy Fechner on lead guitar, Mary Fechner on bass and Mark Mowry on drums. Playing jazz and blues at a comfort level that appealed to everyone, the group went into a few extra songs to satisfy the appreciative crowd. The group will perform in Way Park again on Thursday August 4th at Way Park starting at 6:00 pm.

Following JimmyRay’s Wild Cats was singer songwriter Steve Thorpe, a deceptive looking package that came alive once in front of a microphone. Steve said , “I like to write everything I sing, so there are no complications when I play my music”.( The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP), requires that a licensing fee is paid on every song that is played in a commercial venue.)

Steve Thorpe really woke me up when he started singing, and had me wondering why he has never been discovered by a record label. This guy has it all, playing on key with a steady tempo and strong unwavering voice, almost effortless. Most lyrics were about the black hills and life experiences sung in a matter of fact story line. Steve gives a solid performance that is from the heart and completely honest. Steve writes his own lyrics and music and will perform again, Tuesday, August 2nd at Way Park in Custer.

Thursday, July 14th Van and Rose Arp along with the Ramblin’ Rangers will perform at Way Park starting at 6:00 pm.
Contact: Custer Area Arts Council

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JImmyRay’s Wild Cats at Way Park in Custer, SD Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Jimmy Ray’s Wild Cats lead guitarist Jimmy Fechner gets in a few hot licks at Way Park in Custer, SD Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Steve Thorpe sings at Way Park in Custer, SD Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Singer songwriter Steve Thorpe poses for a pre-performance photo at Way Park in Custer, SD Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press