80s Rock Icon Rick Springfield and Southern Rochers The Marshall Tucker Band to hit Wild Bill Days stage in Deadwood for free concerts-

Deadwood will host Rick Springfield and The Marshall Tucker Band during the town’s annual Wild Bill Days festivities June 15-16. The free concerts are part of historic Deadwood’s annual event, which celebrates the life and times of the town’s most infamous resident, Wild Bill Hickok. Concerts are held outdoors on Deadwood’s Main Street.

Rick Springfield has landed 17 hits in the Top 40 charts and has sold more than 20 million records. His hit “Jessie’s Girl” won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Male Performance, and hits like “I Get Excited,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart” were also nominated for music’s top awards. Other big hits for Springfield include “Pretty Little Mess,” “Who Killed Rock-N-Roll,” “Human Touch” and “Love Somebody.” Springfield and his band have been in the studio in 2012 working on their next record.

Springfield also plays the role of Dr. Noah Drake in “General Hospital” and has appeared on TV shows such as “Hot in Cleveland” and Showtime’s “Californication.” Rick Springfield and his band will play on Friday, June 15. Other Friday night entertainment includes the Texaco-Dana Dental Arts Country Showdown, a talent search showcasing top regional talent vying for a chance at $100,000.

The Marshall Tucker Band’s blend of rock, rhythm-and-blues, jazz, country and Gospel helped bring them to the forefront of the American Southern rock movement. Touring since 1972, the band released its first LP, the self-titled Marshall Tucker Band, in 1973 and has released nearly 40 albums since. Hits like “Can’t You See,” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Last of the Singing Cowboys,” “Dream Lover,” “It Takes Time” and “Hangin’ Out in Smokey Places” found their way in to Billboard’s charts, and the band’s “Heard it in a Love Song” hit helped bring the album “Carolina Dreams” to certified platinum.

The Marshall Tucker Band will take the Wild Bill Days stage on Saturday, June 16. Additional Wild Bill Days events and entertainment will be announced in coming weeks.

“To host a musical icon and one of music’s driving forces alongside one another is quite a treat. We searched for bands that would fit the demographic of our Deadwood audience during Wild Bill Days, and feel we have fit that bill to a T,” said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau. “This great, free music, combined with other activities throughout the weekend, will make it a can’t miss event.”

For more information on Wild Bill Days, call the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-999-1876 or check out www.deadwood.com.