March 2012

28 Mar

Mar 28, 2012 at 09:10 am

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

19 Mar

Mar 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

DEADWOOD — The City of Deadwood and the Deadwood Elks Lodge #508 are sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 7 at the Deadwood Rec Center, 105 Sherman Street. For more information call 578-3729.

15 Mar

Mar 15, 2012 at 01:20 pm

Registration now open for the ride to connect two icons of Western history, at

DEADWOOD, S.D. (3-14-2012) – A historic trail ride connecting two Dakota towns rich in history and lore begins this summer. In the 1880s, the Medora-to-Deadwood Trail took stagecoach, wagon and horseback travelers from the western buttes and Little Missouri River country of what is now North Dakota to the Wild West town of Deadwood in the Black Hills. Now, modern-day trail riders have a chance to relive the same experience.

This trail ride will be done in two parts. The southern segment from Buffalo, S.D. to Deadwood will take place this year, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1. In the summer of 2013, the northern part will take riders from Buffalo to Medora. While travelers in the 1880s did the journey in one shot, present-day organizers are splitting the lengthy trek into two segments, in hopes of enticing even more horsemen and horsewomen keen on adventure.

The 1880s were a time in the West when all roads led to Deadwood. In the wake of the Custer Expedition’s 1874 Black Hills gold discovery, fortune-seekers from all walks of life came streaming to Deadwook Gulch.

Hearing reports about the gold boom, French nobleman Marquis de Mores established his own stage line from Medora to Deadwood. He charged 10 cents a mile, and the route took the stage to Deadwood, through the Black Hills and to the Badlands. Relay stations were set up every 10 to 15 miles along the route for team changes and passenger breaks. Perhaps some of the passengers were keen on getting rich in the gold rush, but many historians believe this stage was used mainly as a tourism shuttle between the two Western cities between 1884 and 1886.

In 2012, adventurers can once again be part of Dakota history. Linda and Ray Gilbert and their family ranches south of Buffalo, S.D., on land that was crossed by the original stage in the 1880s. Linda is helping to organize this trail ride.

“Men and women risked a lot back in the day to travel from Medora to Deadwood, and the risk vs. reward scenario was likely not much of a consideration for these travelers,” she said. “It’s quite enticing to say the least. There’s much history on our ranch alone from this stage route, and I can’t wait to revisit other parts of this original trail.”

The Gilberts and other organizers are looking for teams and riders to join them on this historical ride. The ride will benefit the Days of ’76 Museum in Deadwood, one of the largest museums dedicated to preserving the West. Registration forms can be found at or by calling the Museum at (605) 578-1657.

For More Information, including historical photos:
Karin Savoie
Days of ’76 Museum
(605) 578-1657

12 Mar

Mar 12, 2012 at 09:09 am

DEADWOOD (3/6/2012) – The luck ‘o the Irish is alive and well this St. Patrick’s Day in Deadwood.

The annual St. Paddy’s celebrations kick off Friday, March 16, with the first annual Leprechaun Olympics. These games will be held at five different locations on Deadwood’s Main Street. Registration for the Olympics will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Oyster Bay, with the games running from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Score cards must be returned to the Oyster Bay by 9:30 p.m., and winners will receive prizes. Open container regulations will be relaxed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 16 as well.

On Saturday, March 17, the annual St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl – which drew nearly 1,200 people in 2011 – takes place. Registration for the pub crawl is from noon to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel, with the crawl beginning at 3 p.m. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 7 p.m., followed by the pub crawl awards and St. Paddy’s Day party at the Franklin Hotel at 9 p.m. Open containers will be allowed from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 17. These events are organized and run by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday, Deadwood Chamber officials anticipate a large turnout. “St. Patrick’s Day festivities have some history in Deadwood, and the celebration has really taken off in recent years. This year, since we can plan full-day events on the actual holiday, we are optimistic crowds will reach even new levels,” said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.