Brule’ Performs at The Southern Hills Art and Music Festival in Custer, South Dakota

All Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Brule’ performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016.

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Paul LaRoche Brule’ piano/lead singer performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Nicole LaRoche Brule’ Flute player performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A Brule’ member performs the “Eagle Dance” at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Vallusis Perkickis Brule’ drummer performing at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A Brule’ member performs at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Shane LaRoche Brule’ guitarist performs at the Southern Hills Music and Art Festival in Custer, SD Friday evening August 26, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

 

 

 

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

31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD

By Herb Ryan

The 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park in Rapid City was a hub of activity when I arrives at 5:00 pm saturday afternoon. Finding parking was difficult, but that was a good thing for the event.  At 5:20, a light rain started falling and the event safety crew cancelled all live shows on both stages. Those that could, found shelter. Around 5:30, a strong wind whipped through the festival grounds upsetting tents and blowing over displays. God’s wrath, hardly, just the usual South Dakota Black Hills weather. I left the event at 6:00 pm and the weather started to brighten as more people arrived for the evenings entertainment. The event offered a chance to connect to a christian faith through prayer and community with a prayer tent where people will pray with you, or just take your time for quiet reflection. For the second year in a row a Water Baptism was offered in Memorial Lake.

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Lydecker Bass player does his best Gene Simmons as lead singer Dewey Lydecker rips it at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD (not pictured is drummer Chris Scooter) Photo: Herb Ryan/ Custer free Press

 

 

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Dewey Lydecker plays to a packed crowd under a vendor tent as the rains pours down at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Wind damage at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Vendors scramble to secure their tents as high winds whip through Memorial Park saturday at the 31st Annual Hills Alive Festival in Memorial Park, Rapid City, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park Sampling

A sampling of items that were available this weekend in Spearfish at The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park.

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Kitzan Family Farms of Nisland were selling products from sheep that were raised on their farm at The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park in Spearfish, SD. Pictured L-R Heather Kitzan and Gwendolyn Kitzan. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Shannon and Gail Macklin of Macklin’s Sculpture from Flagstaff, Arizona were doing a brisk business with their unusual hand crafted copper and driftwood fountains at The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park in Spearfish,SD. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A conference is held to decide what to see next at The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park in Spearfish, SD. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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John Werbelow displaying his decorative and functional pottery at The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park in Spearfish, SD. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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The group “6 Mile Road” entertains Saturday afternoon at The Matthews Opera House and Art Center’s 39th Annual Festival in The Park in Spearfish, SD. 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