Photos – Jefferson Starship and Atlanta Rhythm Section at Pageant Hill in Custer, SD

Jefferson Starship and Atlanta Rhythm Section at Pageant Hill in Custer, SD. Jefferson Starship played Friday, August 18 and Atlanta Rhythm Section followed on Saturday evening August 19, 2017.
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All Photos:Herb Ryan Photography

Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship lead vocalist, Cathy Richardson. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography


Jefferson Starship drummer Donny Baldwin. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography


Jefferson Starship keyboard David Freiberg and lead vocalist Cathy Richardson. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography.


Jefferson Starship. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography


Atlanta Rhythm Section

Atlanta Rhythm Section. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography


Atlanta Rhythm Section drummer Rodger Stephan. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography


Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Justin Senker and guitarist Steve Stone. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography.


Rodney Justo Atlanta Rhythm Section lead vocalist. Photo:Herb Ryan Photography


Atlanta Rhythm Section Guitarist, David Anderson. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography


Atlanta Rhythm Section keyboard player Dean Daughtry. Photo: Herb Ryan Photography…. Hey Dean, nice jacket. . 


Great job by the “Jumbotron” video camera operator.Photo: Herb Ryan Photography

BHSU Night at Spearfish Downtown Friday Nights Features Performance By “Beeline” and Cover Band “Blue Street” t


Black Hills State University students were welcomed back to campus last month by businesses and community members wearing bright green t-shirts on move-in day. BHSU invites the community to show their Yellow Jacket pride again by wearing their t-shirts during the rescheduled BHSU Night at Downtown Friday Nights to be held Sept. 9. Photo:BHSU

By Kimberly Talcott

Spearfish, SD – Black Hills State University thanks area businesses and community members for wearing bright green BHSU t-shirts to welcome students back to campus last month. The University invites the community to once again show their Yellow Jacket pride during the rescheduled BHSU Night at Downtown Friday Nights on Sept. 9 in Spearfish.

“Students are back on campus and exploring the Spearfish and northern hills communities. We’re excited for them to join in the fun at Downtown Friday Nights during BHSU Night and for them to continue to see the great support for BHSU,” said Corinne Hansen, director of University and Community Relations at BHSU. “This is a great college town. Our students love Spearfish. BHSU Night is an opportunity for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university to get together downtown to celebrate the unique synergy in this community.”

During move-in day last month, families and students commented about the warm reception and welcoming atmosphere they felt seeing community members wear BHSU attire.

Pat Doyle, owner of the Spearfish Perkins restaurant, said his staff is proud to show their support for the University. The frontline staff at Perkins has made a tradition of wearing BHSU shirts during welcome week and also during Swarm Week and commencement weekend in the fall and spring. Doyle said it’s a visual reminder of their support and appreciation for BHSU, the alumni, the students and their families.

Bright green BHSU t-shirts are still available to all community members and businesses by contacting BHSU at 605-642-6215 or stopping by Woodburn Hall, room 102. In exchange for the shirts, BHSU asks patrons to wear the shirts on Friday, Sept. 9 and to make a donation to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Pantry at the BHSU booth at Downtown Friday Nights Sept. 9. T-shirts will also be available at the booth that evening.

Activities planned for the evening include a photo booth, children’s activities, an artist demonstration by Jenny Braig in front of the Jacket Zone, and a performance by the Beeline (BHSU Drumline), in addition to live music by cover band Blue Street.

Eddie Money Packs Pageant Hill Concert Venue in Custer South Dakota Saturday Evening

All Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.
By Herb Ryan

Custer, SD – Last year after the well attended “Firefall ” concert on Pageant Hill, organizer and local musician Van Arp and his wife Rose McMackin knew that the following year would be bigger and better. The plan for the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival grew and shrank as money and ideas were tossed about between Van Arp and second year partner Kevin Teasley. Van and Rose share the lead singing  in their band ” Pleasant Valley Sunday” and are both active in the Custer City and Custer Area Arts Council 2016 Summer Music Series.

Arp and Teasley both emphasized “that without the support of Custer City, the neighbors surrounding Pageant Hill, all 27 Bands that  entertained pre-concert Saturday afternoon and countless festival workers and volunteers, the event would not have been possible.”

After a cold chilly Friday night opening For Brule’ and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Saturdays weather was most perfect, warm, sunshine and very little wind. The arts and food fair went off without a hitch and with 27 musical groups, pizza, walking tacos, mexican food, exotic meats, kettle corn  beer  wine and soda – a car show and that music all afternoon on four different stages, what more could you ask for.

The Spearfish band Max Temple pumped up the crowd for Eddie Money who bounced on stage and electrified the audience for the next hour and change. Typical of South Dakota, the audience came drifting in slowly and as night fell, a flood of people arrived, filling seats, bringing blankets and chairs and ready to rock and roll all night long. Arp and Teasley did not have to say a word once Money started playing, the smiles were huge, obvious relief that an event of this caliber had been pulled off in South Dakota knowing the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival would be back next year.

Custer music impresario Van Arp and local businessman Kevin Teasley partners in Southern Hills Music and Art Festival, opening the Eddie Money Concert on Pageant Hill Saturday August 27, 2016.Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Eddie Money’s son Desmond Money performing at the the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Saturday August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Jesse Money, daughter of Eddie Money performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Saturday August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Eddie Money makes personal contact with the audience performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Saturday August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Eddie Money and son Desmond Money performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Saturday August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


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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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

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


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


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


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


Pop Culture Meets Rock Tradition to Complete 2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Lineup


Buffalo Chip, SD (June 21, 2016) – The speculation is over as the 2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip complete lineup announcement erases all doubt that it will be anything but another spectacular year at the Largest Music Festival in MotorcyclingTM. In addition to the legendary artists the Buffalo Chip has already announced such as Kid RockMiranda LambertWillie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd, some of the planet’s top party bands have now made the list including BuckcherryCheap TrickPop EvilRATTTexas Hippie CoalitionONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica and others.

Viral Artist Creates Buffalo Chip Masterpiece

Pop culture artist, Jason Heuser has brought to life the Buffalo Chip’s 2016 band lineup, the revelry of 35 years of Chip tradition and the American motorcycle spirit in a limited-edition poster to commemorate this year’s event. Heuser’s artwork, which has primarily focused on peculiar presidential portraits, has become a viral sensation. His latest work is an unconventional look at the iconic Buffalo Chip festival that features 2016 poster model Nena, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert. Two hundred fifty signed and numbered posters, specially printed in a larger size and on artist weight paper, are now available.


Living Up To a Rock ‘n’ Roll Tradition

With a string of hits like “Crazy Bitch” the subsequent, “Sorry” and “All Night Long,” Buckcherry will top-off a big night at the Chip for rockers on Friday, Aug. 12. American rock bands Sweet Cyanide and Pop Evil will open the night of incredible hard rockin’ performances, leading the way for headliners Buckcherry.



Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick will bring a long list of hits such as “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me” and “Dream Police” to the party on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Red Dirt metal favorites Texas Hippie Coalition and the psychedelic southern rockers The Grizzled Mighty will fan some musical flames and get the action rolling that same night.


Eighties hair metal band RATT will take the Wolfman Jack Stage prior to a patriotic performance by Miranda Lambert as part of the Chip’s Freedom Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 11. Stolen Rhodes will open the stage with vintage folk rock flavor prior to RATT.


ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica will perform the biggest hits of metal masters Metallica following a performance from Midnight Mob on Saturday, Aug. 6. Both bands perform prior to headliners 3 Doors Down.

Rounding out the 2016 main stage schedule are opening bands Jimmie Bratcher, performing on Friday, Aug. 5, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks on Sunday, Aug. 7 and the Reformed Whores on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The complete Wolfman Jack Stage band lineup for the 35th anniversary of The Best Party Anywhere:

Friday, Aug. 5 – Willie Nelson, Drake White, Jimmie Bratcher
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3 Doors Down, ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica, Midnight Mob
Sunday, Aug. 7 – Kid Rock, Leon Russell, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks
Monday, Aug. 8 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, Mothership
Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Cheap Trick, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Grizzled Mighty
Wednesday, Aug 10 – Five Finger Death Punch, Reverend Horton Heat, Low Volts
Thursday, Aug. 11 – Miranda Lambert, RATT, Stolen Rhodes
Friday, Aug. 12 – Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Sweet Cyanide
Saturday, Aug – “Weird Al” Yankovic, Reformed Whores

Performing on the Buffalo Chip’s Showcase stages in 2016 are:

The Living Deads
BC & The Big Rig
Well Hung Heart
The Mods
Colossal Boss
Charlie Brechtel Band
Iron Cowgirl Missy
Brian Grilli
Brandon Jones & The Thirsty Fish
The Flaunt Girls
Buffalo Dreamers
Sturgis Rider Rhythm Rockers
Dwight York
Captain Jack
Josh Funnemann
Dueling DJs: DJ Hulio and VIP Rob

Those wishing to purchase passes or the limited edition 2016 poster may do so by going to or calling 605-347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivalsBuffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at