(Rapid City, SD) – Shiner Beer and country artist Brandon Jones announced a tour sponsorship deal taking the band on the road starting in the spring of 2022.  The Brandon Jones Shiner tour will feature 60+ appearances in 6+ states, from March to December 2022.  The sponsorship deal includes naming rights to the band’s tour… View Article
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    Taryn Edlund has been promoted to Corporate Vice President at the HomeSlice Group.  Edlund is the HomeSlice executive charged with overseeing the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis.  Taryn also plays key roles at the corporate level of the company, including finance, risk management, margin assessment and human resources.  “In a short number of years, Taryn Edlund… View Article


Sturgis Council, sitting as Board of Adjustments, approves 90-day camper use permit for Sturgis Meats

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis Council, sitting as a Board of Adjustments, on Monday night approved a 90-day camper use permit for Sturgis Meat Service to construct a fence in the back of their building and to secure their garbage. In 2018, the then owner of Sturgis Meat Service, the Gapps, were given permission by […]

Tue, 06 Jun 2023

Budget, design option concerns push back council decision on Adventure Park

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council met for their first meeting in June Monday night and briefly discussed the Sturgis Adventure Park. The council had considered making a decision on one of three design options for the lakeside adventure park, but Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen says council has decided to gather more information. Mayor […]

Tue, 06 Jun 2023

Washington State man traveling cross country in tractor to raise money for Parkinson’s research

STURGIS, S.D. – Imagine sitting behind the wheel of a tractor for over two thousand miles. That’s exactly what Mike Adkinson is doing as he makes a cross country trip to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. Adkinson rolled into Sturgis Monday, and ended up spending a little bit more time here due to some problems […]

Mon, 05 Jun 2023

Communities pull together to hold auction, raise funds for family following tragic accident

PHILIP, S.D. – Following a home explosion last week that took the lives of three family members including Bill and LaDonna Hupp and their six-month old granddaughter Harper, and severely injured grandsons 5-year-old Myles and 3-year-old Royce, the collective community of  family, friends and supporters have surrounded parents Kelsey and Trevor Hupp, Ft. Pierre, with […]

Mon, 05 Jun 2023

Voters in Rapid City to select new mayor in municipal election Tuesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Tuesday, June 6, is municipal election day in Rapid City and five candidates are vying to become Rapid City’s newest mayor. Without a runoff, residents have only one chance to vote for city leadership positions. In the non-partisan mayoral race, each candidate offers different visions for the direction of the tourism […]

Mon, 05 Jun 2023

Music News

Elton John Hints At Post-Touring Theater Stand

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Elton John touched on his post-touring musical plans ahead of his upcoming final UK show at the Glastonbury festival on June 25th. uDiscoverMusic quoted Elton talking to the BBC about what shape his performing career will take once off the road: "It'll be very sporadic, I really don't want to tour again. Doing a theater thing for a few weeks might be appealing, but honestly, that's in the dim and distant future. I'm not going back to Vegas. If I do anything, it will be here (in the UK). . . I do not want to fly anywhere (or) go anywhere, I just want to be still for a few months."

Regarding his homeland farewell at Glastonbury, Elton revealed, "This is the first time I've been asked to play it. It's come at the right time, I'm a great believer in serendipity and fate and this is the most wonderful way to sign off in England. . . I've got guests and I can't tell you who they are."

Elton summed up his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour" as a kind of love letter between him and his fans: "It's been everything I'd hoped it would be and more. The audiences have been amazing, dressing up. . . some of them have been to 150 shows, 300 shows. They're treating it as a party, and that lifts my spirit every night. I have to say it's been better than I could ever have imagined it to be. I'm happy in my personal life and my professional life, everything in my life is so wonderful. So I think that's the reason why the performances really satisfy me."

At the start of the tour, we caught up with Davey Johnstone, Elton's guitarist for over 50 years. And although he maintains the "Rocket Man" is indeed quitting the road -- he's still unsure if he's actually done with performing. We asked him if he really thinks Elton's farewell trek is really the end of the road: "Oh yeah. Oh yeah -- we're too bloody old! It's not gonna happen anymore. When we finally get finished with this farewell tour, there's no way we're gonna do any more. There's no way. . . it's just that . . . 'Cause, y'know, I just turned 70, Elton's 74. He's ready for a break -- but again, I never say 'never' with him. All I know is this is a farewell to touring. This is what this 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' thing is. So, who knows what might happen? He might do something else, revue-wise, or maybe a one-man show somewhere. I have no idea."

Elton John performs tonight (June 6th) in Leeds, England at First Direct Arena.

June 06, 2023

Ron Wood, Brian May, & Van Morrison Jam With The Legendary James Burton

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The Rolling Stones' Ron Wood, Queen's Brian May, and Van Morrison were but a few of the heavyweights performing with legendary Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton during his June 4th concert at England's London Palladium. Among the guest performers was famed guitarist Albert Lee, former-Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, and Paul Shaffer. The 83-year-old Burton has been battling countless health issues over the recent years -- including kidney cancer.

As Elvis' lead guitarist, James Burton performed every show "The King" played between 1969 and 1977. In the ensuing years he toured extensively with John Denver and also played with Elvis Costello, among many others.

Highlights included early songs from his time backing the teenaged Ricky Nelson, studio work with the Monkees -- featuring vocals by Micky Dolenz -- along with a medley of Glen Campbell tunes and a salute to his time with Elvis.

Brian May and Ron Wood backed Burton on his Dale Hawkins' classic "Susie Q" with Brian May taking the lead on the Queen favorite "Hello Mary Lou." Van Morrison took the stage for a handful of tunes, including a particularly hot medley of Carl Perkins' "Boppin' The Blues" and "Blues Suede Shoes."

James Burton first attained fame while working for Ricky Nelson and recalled Elvis and Ricky's ultra-competitive football games in the early-'60s: "Y'know, him and Ricky were friends anyway. They played football or softball together. Elvis had his 'Memphis Mafia' guys and Ricky would have a bunch of guys that would go over. But Ricky never won any games. So one Sunday, Ricky had set it up; he called his friends that played in the Rams. He said, (laughs) 'You guys, I need some help, and we'll play Elvis' team (laughs).' And he did, he took the Rams over, and Elvis said, 'Wait a minute! (Laughs) This is not fair.' (Laughs)."

June 06, 2023