The Artisanals
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Artisanals

On the road is where The Artisanals feel most at home. Following the cues of the universe, Johnny, Clay, Eric, and Josh are crisscrossing the country in their trusty Miravanti, crashing on couches of friends and recent strangers, loading in and out of clubs and venues, and bringing their explosive live show to stages of all sizes. They are missionaries of rock n’ roll; performing The Artisanals gospel and turning on fans each night. This is the sound of the road; of heartache and good times; of an old classic and a new favorite. This is The Artisanals.

FREE

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Deliberate Kin
Jul
2
7:30 PM19:30

Deliberate Kin

Deliberate Kin’s show starts with smiles, builds you up with laughter and leaves you with hope and high-fives. Songs full of emotions, sweet harmonies and warm acoustic tones wash over you. Every story they tell is laced with humor and rings with truth and you can't help but be encouraged and empowered because of it. DK believes that music is a healing art. Every person experiences it differently. They invite you to come as you are and take what you need. There is something for everyone here. 

FREE

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Pleasure Way
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Pleasure Way

Joined by shared passions for music and adventure (and each other), Pleasure Way is made up of the traditional country folk roots Americana pop multi-instrumentalist power-duo Lindsey Isaacson and Jason Williams.

FREE - Part of the 2019 Pumpfest Climbing Festival

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Humbletown
Jul
13
7:00 PM19:00

Humbletown

Humbletown is a danceable folk-bluegrass-jazz string band line-up featuring the flat picking guitar talents of Dylan James and the banjo stylings of Morgan Lee.

FREE - Part of the 2019 Pumpfest Climbing Festival

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The Last Revel
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Last Revel

From the storied music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented collective of songwriters from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. Drawing influence from their salt of the earth Midwest ethos the band’s songs are roots in the characteristic that has made that region the heartbeat of America.  

$10 adv / $12 dos

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Ilika Ward
Jul
19
2:00 PM14:00

Ilika Ward

Ilika Ward is a folk-blues duo out of Minnesota, hailing from both Minneapolis and Rochester. Armed with acoustic guitars and sibling-like vocal harmonies, Ilika Ward's songwriting is one part modern folk, one part throwback to the sounds of the 1960's folk revival.  Their debut record "Many Faces" encompasses the sound they've been crafting over the decade and a half they’ve made music together.  
 

FREE

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Jami Lynn
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Jami Lynn

Jami Lynn is a world-class folk songwriter and Black Hills native. Her agile jazz-influenced vocals intertwine with skillful banjo and guitar playing to create vivid colorful sonic story songs in a unique folk style.

FREE

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Camp Comfort
Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

Camp Comfort

Camp Comfort is a band based out of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Camp Comfort creates highly-danceable guitar-centric jams in a relaxed but rugged fashion. Insistent grooves highlight playful lyrics and tasteful lead guitar for an energy that is equal parts bonfire jam session, reggae house party, and festival blues-rock. Camp Comfort’s magnetic style draws even the most stubborn wallflowers to the dance floor with accessible and memorable songs.

$10

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Orion & Stacey Potter
Jul
24
6:00 PM18:00

Orion & Stacey Potter

Orion & Stacey Potter have been charming audiences with their fantastic voices and dynamic performances for nearly a decade.  The duo met in 2000, married in 2003, and began performing together around the nation in 2009.  While they make their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, they travel all over, bringing joy and nostalgia to all who hear them.

FREE

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Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts Band
Jul
25
8:00 PM20:00

Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts Band

Modern outlaw country from Denver, CO. Currently on tour promoting their album, Western Abyss. Nominated in the 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards for “Best Outlaw Group.” Praised for their songwriting and known for their love of old country and blazing guitars. They’ve shared the stage with Dwight Yoakam, Blackberry Smoke, Shooter Jennings, The Marshall Tucker Band, Junior Brown and more.

$10/$12

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Murder By Death
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Murder By Death

On the surface, Murder By Death is a Bloomington, IN quintet with a wry, ominous name. But behind the geography and moniker is a band of meticulous and literary songwriters matched by a specific brand of brooding, anthem-riding balladry and orchestral indie rock. 

$20/$25

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Make Music Block Party
Jun
21
to Jun 22

Make Music Block Party

The Make Music Block Party is FREE and open to the public

4:30pm - Sentimental Journey - An interactive musical experience featuring a variety of musical styles, including western, old-time rock and roll, jazz, patriotic, ragtime, show tunes, gospel, polkas, and original songs. ** MASSIVE DRUM CIRCLE TO FOLLOW **
6:30pm - Mark Joseph & Chris Castino - The Guitar Slingers of The Big Wu - Masterful fretboard specialists and seasoned performers doing classics, originals, and more!

FREE

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Leroy Miller Blues Band
Jun
18
to Jun 19

Leroy Miller Blues Band

Blues, classic rock sensation Leroy Miller has worked on countless recordings for music's brightest stars like John Mayer, Macy Gray and Smash Mouth.  Leroy has toured all over the world as a supporting act for bands such as Aerosmith and the Dave Mathews Band. If you ever see him perform live, you will walk away thinking what the great Leon Russell was quoted saying: "Leroy's a badass".

$8adv / $10 dos

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Deere John Doe
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Deere John Doe

Deere John Doe is a Country/Honkytonk band out of Rapid City South Dakota. With Influences like Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Paycheck, their original music has an irresistible rockabilly edge that will light a fire under your seat and have you stompin’ for more!

FREE

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Harry Luge
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Harry Luge

What do you get when you cross the gritty nature of Travis Tritt with the soul of Waylon Jennings and powerhouse vocals of Pat Green? None other than the unique sound of Harry Luge…

$10 adv / $12 dos

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Cambria String Band
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Cambria String Band

Cambria String Band Features high-energy Americana music that brings top-40 songs to the folk-music scene. With a few bluegrass, gospel and fiddle tunes thrown into the mix there’s a lot to enjoy in the fetching sounds of this group! From beautiful love songs to toe-taping hoedowns the vocal harmonies, banjo, bass, fiddle and guitar will take you on a wonderful musical journey!

FREE

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The Two Tracks & Dean Owens
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

The Two Tracks & Dean Owens

Join us May 19th for an open house of the new Beacon space featuring The Two Tracks and Dean Owens!

This show is free and open to the public, all ages welcome!

The Two Tracks

The band features Julie Szewc on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Huebner on cello and electric guitar, Fred Serna on drums and percussion, and Taylor Phillips on bass.  From rock to country, bluegrass to folk, the music helps define the sound of superbly crafted, fully assertive Americana. Their harmony-rich songs often add cello to a solid groove, creating a unique ambiance that’s all their own. Throw in a journeyman’s attitude and a penchant for affecting storytelling, and here again, The Two Tracks create a sound that typifies a style birthed in the heartland, with all the sentiment and sensitivity that does justice to that timeless sound.

Dean Owens

Dean Owens is one Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. Armed with a searingly soulful voice, skillfully crafted stories and memorably heart-twisting melodies, he is a compelling and engaging live performer, with an emotional hurricane of stories and songs. His band, The Whisky Hearts, is a mighty all star line-up who can rock up a storm, with subtle flashes of roots and twang.

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EXMAG @ The Custer Beacon
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

EXMAG @ The Custer Beacon

7:30 - Camp Comfort - Homegrown Feelgood Blues, Rock, Reggae

9: EXMAG - Space Funk / Hip Hop / Jazz / Electro Soul out of Harrisburg, PA

We're kicking off our 2019 Season with EXMAG & Camp Comfort! Come get down to some deliciously funky electro soul and experience the new and improved Custer Beacon!

About the band:
Where the new and the old are reconciled, where powerful and meek, beautiful and tragic are one, exists Exmag. These musicians take many forms and use their driving, soulful fusion to bring you a celebration of Extraordinary Magnitude. Celestial harmonies and ancient rhythms take you on a journey neither here nor there, to explore the space in between.

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Custer Appreciation Blowout
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Custer Appreciation Blowout

The Custer Beacon is going dark for the winter, but before we close our doors for renovations, we want to give back to our wonderful town with an all-out, no-holds-barred, we-don't-care-if-its-freezing-out, jam fest to say thank you for an incredible summer of good times. Also we have a lot of beer to get rid of, so bundle up and come help us toast to a fabulous summer in Custer!
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LIVE MUSIC 6PM-12AM featuring:

Chris Huisenga - 6pm
- Spearfish Singer/Songwriter
Deer John Doe - 7:30pm
- Country/Rockabilly/Honkytonk
The Wilt Brothers Band - 9pm
- Classic Country Legacy Band from the Black Hills.
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*** Specials ***
$5 Drafts
$3 Domestics
Incredible food from Ro-Batta Grill featuring the best RAMEN in the black hills, as well as other tasty things to warm you up!

See you at the beacon!

#thebeaconislit

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Jami Lynn
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Jami Lynn

Hailing from the Great Plains of eastern South Dakota, Jami Lynn began performing folk and bluegrass music at the age of thirteen. It took little coaxing from her grandfather to make the transition from the audience to the stage, where old-time country, polka, and regional folk music reigned supreme. Now days, she performs original folk music accompanied on claw-hammer banjo and finger-style guitar. She performs solo, with with Sioux Falls based band, The JAS Quintet, and as one half of folk duo The Nesters. When not performing for public audiences, Jami also brings folk music to elementary students and hospital systems through the South Dakota State Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools & Communities program and Touring Artist program.

 www.jamilynnmusic.com

 

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Six Mile Road
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Six Mile Road

Six Mile Road has been entertaining audiences with finely crafted jam-heavy Americana Bluegrass for over 20 years. They're bringing their signature fast-pickin' fiddle-sawin' barn-burnin' sound to Custer to help us light the Beacon for the 2018 Buffalo Round-Up weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/SixMileRoad/

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Derek DeYong
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Derek DeYong

The Custer Beacon is proud to welcome Derek Deyong. The Black Hill's finest One Man Band! With a guitar, a suitcase, a tambourine and a harmonica, Derek delights audiences with original music and a plethora of covers.

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Cimarron Band
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Cimarron Band

Cimarron is a four piece band playing a variety of classic and newer country and rock music. All from the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Larry Galbraith - Guitar, Vocals
Larry Porterfield - Guitar, Keys, Vocals, 
Bill Brown - Bass, Vocals
Bill Trewhella - Drums, Vocals

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Karaoke Night
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Karaoke Night

Have you been waiting for your chance to get up and rock the stage at the hottest new venue in the Black Hills? Have you dreamt of thunderous applause enveloping you as you belt the final chorus of Purple Rain to a packed room of adoring fans?

Well your time has come - It's Karaoke Night at The Custer Beacon!!

Brush up on your rock moves and warm up in the car. We're gonna be singing our hearts out all night long.

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100 Proof
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

100 Proof

100 Proof is a high energy variety cover band out of Rapid City, SD featuring power vocals and talented musicians to get you dancing! This seasoned group can does it all, country, classics, southerns, 80's, 90's, hard rock, blues, Top 40 and more!

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Kim & The Cue Balls
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Kim & The Cue Balls

Kim and the Cue Balls is a 3 piece old time rock and roll band with a splash of country, gospel, blues and originals to round out their toe tapping, finger snapping, make-you-wanna-dance sets. 

Kim Plender’s award winning voice and guitar are backed by Dan Mulally’s rocking piano and Mark Pecora’s walking bass.

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Mark Joseph
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Joseph

A solider in the name of soul, Mark Joseph has worked with countless musicians, producers and collaborators and played over 1,000 shows in the last ten years. Known as one of the hardest working musicians in the Midwest, he pushes the envelope musically searching for the hottest players, grooves and cuts. Focusing on an improv/freestyle approach to his live shows, Mark Joseph never fails to work the crowd into a frenzy!

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Brandon Sprague
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Brandon Sprague

The Custer Beacon is thrilled to welcome Brandon Sprague and the Brandon Sprague Blues Band.

Brandon Sprague is one of the premier guitarists in the world of blues music. He has shared the stage with legends like BB King, The Doobie Brothers, George Thorogood, Joan Jett, Edgar Winter, and more. Brandon has played in festivals and in arenas all over the states, and is influenced by the greatest blues and rock guitar masters. The Brandon Sprague Blues Band hails from Deadwood, SD, and has been providing Black Hills with the highest caliber of blues for over a decade.

$5 cover | Doors @ 5 | Music @ 7pm

 

 

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Humbletown
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Humbletown

Dylan James and Morgan Lee form Humbletown: an eclectic folk duo based in South Dakota. Humbletown plays a combination of original and cover songs from folk to bluegrass to jazz. Morgan came to South Dakota from California, where she traded her electric bass for a banjo and never looked back. Ten years later she is performing alongside veteran flat-picker and South Dakota native, Dylan James whose distinctive  solos, stay true to traditional bluegrass while weaving undertones of rock, jazz, blues, and contemporary music.

Dylan and Morgan play five instruments between them: guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and ukulele. Dylan’s love for the Black Hills and Morgan’s passion for the prairie and Missouri River weave a strong undercurrent through their music. 

https://humbletownband.com/

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JJ Kent
Sep
1
7:00 PM19:00

JJ Kent

The Custer Beacon is proud to welcome the Black Hills Legend, JJ Kent.

JJ KENT is a recording artist, formerly with Brykas Records in Nashville, later with Prestige Records in London, England. Currently with Spirit Wind Records in New York. In 2009, he was the winner of the Coveted Native American Music Awards "Flutist of the Year" and three time nominee for "Artist of the Year ". Recipient of the " Male Vocalist of the Year " in 1988 from the Wyoming Rocky Mountain Country Music Foundation, and in 1990 from the Major Independent Record Label Assn. 

 

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Anna Robins
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Anna Robins

A roaming, musical entity of the American Midwest, Anna Robins is a growing songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for relatable and immersing music. Her original style combines the honest conversations of contemporary music with the driving rhythms and touching melodies of her folk roots. And you won’t be disappointed with her popular covers including Alanis Morissette, the Cranberries, Lorde, and Brandi Carlile

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The River Liffey Boys
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

The River Liffey Boys

Extemperaniously Efficacious/Blue Irish Grass Band providing traditional, pan-celtic, and adult pub entertainment based out of the Black Hills.

The Band: 

Peter Roth ~ Guitar, Vocals, Bodhrán, Washboard
Bruce Wiens ~ Guitar, Banjitar, Vocals
Nick Huntington ~ Banjo, Bass, Vocals

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The Stacy Block Band
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Stacy Block Band

Stacy Block is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Black Hills of South Dakota. He plays a mixture of original material, old country, new country and classic rock. Alone, Stacy is a one man jukebox and will get the crowd stomping their feet to their favorite song.  When joined by his band, these gents put on an irresistible show that everyone will love.  

Bass: Tim Lorenz
Drums: Nate Williamson
Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin/vocals: Stacy Block

Stacy is available for solo, and full-band performances

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WhiteWater Ramble
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

WhiteWater Ramble

- $5 -

Described as "High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass", Whitewater Ramble (WWR) uses a simple recipe to craft it's sound: start with bluegrass instrumentation, add drums, and finish with a boundary- less approach to grassing-up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and vocals to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres and to fuel their own mixture of original music and innovative cover song interpretations. Whether playing an intimate encore, acoustic and unplugged in the crowd, or surfing on top of the upright bass, Whitewater Ramble delivers a powerful and memorable live performance.

Their debut studio album All Night Drive was released in the summer of 2010 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. It was produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth and features 12 original genre- bending tracks.

The band is back in the studio again for the 2013 release of Roots & Groove which again features Tim Carbone at the helm producer. Roots & Groove brings shows the band expanding on their genre- bending sound while introducing new elements to the WWR repertoire.

WWR has had the privilege of supporting, touring with and sharing stages with Railroad Earth, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, The Infamous Stringdusters, Dark Star Orchestra, Little Feat, Papa Mali, The New Mastersounds, The Gourds, The David Grisman Quintet, Jerry Douglas, Lotus, Splitlip Rayfiled, Members of the String Cheese Incident, Particle, Hot Buttered Rum, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, DJ Logic, Donna The Buffalo, The Contribution, The Motet, Tea Leaf Green, Henry Butler, Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Peter Rowan, Tony Furtado and many more.

Based in Fort Collins, CO, WWR has performed and headlined on every major stage across the Rocky Mountain Region. With over 800+ performances under their belt, the group has truly established themselves as one of the hardest working groups in the jam scene today.

A diverse festival resume has helped bring WWR to stages at events like the Northwest String Summit, Wakarusa, Yonder Mountain’s Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, 80/35 Festival, Nedfest, Bohemian Nights NewWestFest, The Wildflower Pavilion at RockyGrass, Copper Mountain Sunsation, Desert Rocks Music Festival, Love Your Mother Earth Music Festival, Keystone Bluegrass and Brews, The Denver People's Fair, South Park Music Festival, Westword's Music Showcase, numerous Brew Festivals, and their own annual two day music and camping festival, Ramble on the River.

WhiteWater Ramble is:

Patrick Sites – Mandolin/Vocals

Damon Wood – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals

David Becher – Upright Bass/Vocals

Andy Reiner – Fiddle/Vocals

Ryan Sapp – Drums

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