South Dakota: Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center May 7 entertainment and dinner
April 22, 2011
FORT PIERRE, SD – On May 7 the Heritage Village Cowboys will perform at the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre. The event will start with a home-style roast beef dinner and drinks at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Best known for their authentic western music that sounds as it did in the 1800s and early 1900s, the Cowboys entertain with that “old western style” delighting audiences of all ages. The show is interspersed with western history, folklore and comedy, bringing back the period of American history when pioneers, cowboys and settlers blazed the trail across the prairies and mountains of the West.
Along with A Prairie Home Companion and other National Public Radio shows, the Cowboys have performed at Mount Rushmore, Heritage Village near Crazy Horse, The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and other Black Hills chuck wagon and cultural events. With the May 7 event beginning with a home-style roast beef dinner, the Cowboys will bring the Old West chuck wagon atmosphere to central South Dakota.
The group is comprised of Jim Lovell, Steve Garner and Chuck Biegler. Their tight three-part harmony, accompanied by upright bass, guitar, keyboard and accordion, blend with whistling, yodeling, comedy and western poetry for a fascinating show.
“It’s a distinctive art form,” said Jim Lovell, leader of the Cowboys since 1977. “Western music has a lonesome sound. It evokes visions of sitting by the campfire and of riding on horseback singing to the cows on the long trail rides.”
Lovell was inducted into the South Dakota Country Musical Hall of Fame in 2008 and is a recipient of the “Old West Trails Foundation Award,” an award also presented to Bob Nolan (Sons of the Pioneers), Charlie Pride and Kenny Rogers.
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Steve Gardner, the newest member of the Cowboys, is originally from Sioux Falls. He started playing guitar at age 10 and continued his musical interest by studying classical guitar at Sioux Falls College. He’s played with numerous bands in the Sioux Falls area and performed as a solo artist.
Chuck Biegler has traveled the country for the past 35 years serving up a great variety of music. He plays numerous instruments and embraces unique vocal arrangements.
Ticket prices of $25 include dinner, two tickets to the Fort Pierre horse races on Sunday, May 8, and two passes to the rodeo center museum.
Ticket prices of $10 are available for the entertainment portion of the evening. These tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Reservations are required. For tickets and reservations, call 605-494-1094.