20 Mar

Mar 20, 2013 at 09:00 am

Wild Bill Days, Deadwood’s June 14-16 summer kick-off party, will feature two days of free Main Street concerts led by a pair of music legends. Jazz-rock icon Blood, Sweat & Tears and ’80s rock band Night Ranger will headline Deadwood’s Main Street Stage.

The free concerts are just part of Wild Bill Days. Other events include the national DockDogs Competition — a high-flying, high-splashing dog retrieval contest; the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships, exhibition shooting, an Old West Auction and Show – with antique and Wild West firearms and gear — and additional free concerts by regional acts.

Grammy-winning Blood, Sweat & Tears have been touring and charting hits since the late 1960s. They have been called one of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music. Songs like “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” “You’re the One,” “Go Down Gamblin’” have been in radio rotations for decades. The veteran rockers continue to tour worldwide playing their collection of hits.

Blood, Sweat & Tears will headline the Wild Bill Days stage on Saturday, June 15.

Night Ranger is an American rock group with strong ties to the 1980s style rock of power ballads, memorable guitar riffs and strong hooks, with their famous hit “Sister Christian” reaching highest on the charts. Founding members Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy and Brad Gillis are part of Night Ranger today. The band’s original sound still reverberate with fans around the globe. Night Ranger’s catalog of hits include “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,”, “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street” and “Goodbye.”

Night Ranger will headline Wild Bill Days on Friday, June 14.

Wild Bill Days is sponsored and organized by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Call the Deadwood Chamber at 1-800-999-1876 for more information, or visit

31 Aug

Aug 31, 2010 at 09:33 am

The 20th Annual Deadwood Jam needs volunteers to staff a variety of shifts at this year’s two-day celebration of music in downtown Deadwood. Volunteers are needed to staff the gates (selling/taking tickets and issuing wrist bands) and work in the beer garden (you must be 21 or older to sell beer). Bands scheduled for the 2010 Deadwood Jam include John McEuen, John Eddie, Kory and the Fireflies, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Collective Soul.

Volunteer shifts are as follows:
Friday, Sept. 17th:
3:00 PM – 9:30 PM (gates)
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (beer garden)
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (beer garden)
Saturday, Sept. 18th:
1 PM – 4:30 PM (gates)
4:30 PM – 9:30 PM (gates)
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (beer garden)
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (beer garden)
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM (beer garden)
For additional information or to sign up for a shift, please email to volunteer at a ticket gate or call Mike (605) 580-1056 to volunteer in the beer garden.

26 Aug

Aug 26, 2010 at 03:17 pm

The cars are rolling into town! Here’s a schedule for this weekend’s Kool Deadwood Nites – hope you can make it to take it all in!

Thursday, Aug 26
4 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Car registration – Deadwood Gulch Convention Center.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – People’s Choice Award voting – History and Information Center Parking Lot.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – 3rd Annual Sock Hop with DJ – History and Information Parking Lot (*Must be registered to park in the lot. First come, first serve.)
9 p.m. – Results of People’s Choice (during Sock Hop) – History and Information Center parking lot.
Friday, Aug. 27
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Car registration – Deadwood Gulch Convention Center
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Deadwood Rod Run – Escorted tour through beautiful Spearfish Canyon.
Noon – 7 p.m. – Owners-only BBQ – Deadwood Gulch Convention Center
Noon to 5 p.m. – Auction vehicle check-in at the Open Cut parking lot in Lead (for Saturday auction vehicles)
5 p.m. – FREE Main Street concerts begin! Featuring The Kid & Nic Show, DD & The Fayrohs and SHA NA NA!
Saturday, Aug. 28
7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Car registration, Deadwood Gulch Convention Center.
9:30 a.m. – Auction begins with memorabilia and artwork at Open Cut parking lot in Lead – (vehicle auction to begin at 10 a.m. and end around 4 p.m.)
8 a.m. – noon – Classic Car Competition/Judging – Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds/Ferguson Field, across from the First Gold Hotel.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Auction vehicle check-in at Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort (for Sunday’s vehicle auction.)10a.m. – 4p.m. – Poker Runs – throughout the Black Hills.
4 p.m. – Poker Run awards party at Tin Lizzie on Main St. in Deadwood
5 p.m. – FREE Main Street Concerts featuring DD & The Fayrohs , Art Poco’s The Rat Pack and THE PLATTERS!
Sunday, Aug. 29
7 a.m. – Parade line-up begins – Rodeo Grounds/Ferguson Field.
9 a.m. – Parade on Main Street begins. Show and Shine – Main Street, immediately following the parade.
9:30 a.m. – Vehicle, memorabilia and artwork auction at Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
11 a.m. – Awards – Parking lot at the History and Information Center

Additional Kool Deadwood Nites-related Events:

Snap On ‘No Compromise’ Tour at Tin Lizzie
The Snap-On “No Compromise” Tour is coming to Deadwood’s Tin Lizzie for Kool Deadwood Nites, August 27-29. The tour is traveling across the country with products Snap On has to offer, including demos, displays and the newest technology – including two fully-equipped tractor trailers as well as other surprises, like the 1957 Glo-mad and the Snap-on Tool Orange County Chopper, built on the American Chopper television show. Tin Lizzie will also feature, on Aug. 28, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond tribute shows. Events begin at noon. Go to or call 800-643-4490 for more information.
Four Aces to host Fuzzy Dice during Kool Deadwood Nites
Fuzzy Dice are coming out of retirement and to the Four Aces. The band, with their renditions of hits from the Doo Wop of the 50s, Groovy Tunes of the 60s, high energy of the 70s and a touch of the 80s, will be a crowd pleaser. Fuzzy Dice will perform from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27; from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28; and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. Call 578-2323 or visit for more info.

10 Feb

Feb 10, 2010 at 09:42 am

It was a busy weekend in Deadwood! People from all over came to partake in Mardi Gras festivities – the parade was top notch and definitely a crowd pleaser! As were all festivities (which were led by King John Bonnett and Queen Carmella Biesiot) –

Winners of Saturday night’s parade:
Best Overall: Saloon #10
Best Mardi Gras Theme: Iowa’s Swamp Krewe
Best Lights: Mad Mountain Adventures
Best Business: Deadwood Gulch Gaming Resort
Community Spirit: Gold Dust/Hampton Inn-Four Aces
Mayor’s Choice: Towelie and Kenny

The Cajun cook-off was held at 8 locations around Deadwood, and the food was phenomenal – winners are:
1st: Four Aces Hotel and Casino
2nd: The Lodge at Deadwood
3rd: Gold Dust

There was also a Mardi Gras cake contest. Those winners:
Best Representation of Theme: Peggy Cook
Best Presentation: Peggy Cook
Originality: Mallory Everett

Best Representation of Theme: Crystal Murray
Originality: April Brennan
Best Presentation: Desire Desimone

Next up is St. Patrick’s Day festivities! We’ll have a pub crawl, poker run, live entertainment and much more on Sat, March 13, and a parade at 7 p.m. On St. Paddy’s Day March 17, the annual parade will be held at 5 p.m. Don’t miss out!

Have a great week,

18 Dec

Dec 18, 2009 at 09:46 am

Online registration for the 13th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek opens TODAY, Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time. Bikers can sign up at Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage bicyclists to sign up early to ensure a spot in the Trek, which will be held Sept. 17 – 19, 2010. This is the same weekend as the 20th annual DEADWOOD JAM! A GREAT WEEKEND TO BE IN DEADWOOD!!!

The annual supported ride highlights the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood. The ride began in 1998 as a celebration of the completion of the rails-to-trails project. The Trek continues today to introduce new bicyclists to the trail and to thank supporters for their long-standing enthusiasm for the trail. Riders on the Trail Trek will cover the entire 109 miles of the trail over three days, from Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Registration before July 12 with merchandise is $170, without merchandise is $140. Registration after July 12 is $170, and merchandise is not available. The registration fee for the 3-day ride includes the trail pass, shuttle service, refreshments and some meals during each day’s ride. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support. The ride is open to all bicyclists 14 years of age or older.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by visiting and following the “Trail Trek” link. Registration cutoff is September 1, 2010. For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the 3-day Mickelson Trail Trek, visit or contact the Black Hills Trails office at (605) 584-3896.

Get your registration in today – and a hotel room! Go to to book a room.

Have a great weekend!

03 Jun

Jun 03, 2009 at 08:14 am

Greetings all: Summer is here! This weekend, the Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon will bring a couple thousand people to town (the race is on Sunday, but festivities are all weekend long); also on Sunday, there will be some fine music and fun at the Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead – Here’s more info!

Benefit concert to feature Grammy nominee and Black Hills favorites

DEADWOOD – The Deadwood Jam Committee and the Historic Homestake Opera House are pleased to announce the “Spring Jam at the Opera House,” a benefit concert to be held June 7 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Opera House in Lead. Following the successful concert March 1, this second show will again raise much-needed funds for the Historic Homestake Opera House and the Deadwood Jam.

The concert will feature Grammy-nominated musician Randy McAllister, The Brandon Sprague Blues Band and the acoustic duo of Bob Fahey and James Van Nuys. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door on the day of the show.

“The reaction from the first benefit concert was phenomenal,” said Matthew Pike, Deadwood Jam committee chair. “Randy was so generous in wanting to make that show. When he couldn’t, it seemed only logical to shoot for another chance.”

Once again, Deadwood Jam photographer Marty Nelson has prepared a set of exclusive prints available for the first time from past Jams. “Spring Jam at the Opera House” attendees will be able to bid on these images through a silent auction on the day of the show at Blue Dog Framers and Studio Gallery, who donated frames for the photos.

Tickets for “Jam at the Opera House” are on sale in Deadwood at the Saloon #10 or the Main Street branch of First Western Bank, or in Lead at The Stampmill Saloon and Restaurant. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show at the Opera House.

The “Spring Jam at the Opera House” is presented by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, Budweiser through Eagles Sales of the Black Hills, the Lead Chamber of Commerce and the Stampmill Saloon and Restaurant.

30 Apr

Apr 30, 2009 at 08:33 am

I can’t think of a better way to kick off your summer – Wild Bill Hickok Days, June 19-21!
What, with the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships, Wild West re-enactors, an Old West auction, world championship BBQ and two days of free concerts featuring country legends Ricochet and the legendary Glen Campbell this year’s Wild Bill Hickok Days is going to be one of the best: Here’s some more info… MAKE PLANS NOW! Rooms will fill fast!
“There is literally something for everyone at this year’s Wild Bill Hickok Days. We’ll have the top BBQ chefs, the top gunslingers and top performers converging on Historic Deadwood, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Sarah Anderson, Deadwood Chamber of Commerce event coordinator.
Wild Bill Hickok Days celebrates the life and death of Deadwood’s most famous character with entertainment even Wild Bill himself would enjoy. The event begins on Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m. with the annual March of Dimes and First Gold Celebrity Shoot Out fundraiser at Ferguson Field, which is across from the First Gold Hotel complex.
Also on Friday, taste buds will be tantalized at Ferguson Field as the first annual Kansas City BBQ Society Cook-off begins. This event will feature some of the best BBQ masters in the area and from around the country as they compete for great deal of prize money and bragging rights. The Cook-off takes place Friday through Sunday.
Later in the evening on Friday, bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the first of two nights of free concerts featuring Brock Finn, Moulten Jess and country music sensation Ricochet as they perform on Deadwood’s Historic Main Street. Ricochet’s hits include “Blink Of An Eye,” “What Do I Know,” “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” and many more.
Saturday will feature the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships at Ferguson Field beginning at 9 a.m. This event features literally the fastest and most accurate gun slingers on earth today.
The Kansas City BBQ event will continue at Ferguson Field and the Firearms and Old West Auction preview and show will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Deadwood Pavilion.
And to keep the celebration in high gear on Saturday night — and to help celebrate Deadwood’s 20th anniversary of gaming — the first major performer to play a free show on Main Street will be returning. Glen Campbell will return to Deadwood to headline this year’s Wild Bill Days celebration.
This multi-Grammy winning artist will perform all of his hits including “Southern Nights,” “Galveston,” “True Grit” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” to name just a small sampling of Campbell’s hits. Brock Finn and Jonathan Singleton and the Groove will open Saturday night’s show, which begins at 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the finals of the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships and the Kansas City BBQ Cook-off will take place at Ferguson Field, and the Firearms and Old West Auction will take place at the Deadwood Pavilion beginning at 10 a.m.
“We are extremely excited to kick off summer with so many great events planned for Wild Bill Days,” Anderson said. “We are celebrating Deadwood’s most famous character in a way we all feel he would approve – with a great big party.”

23 Feb

Feb 23, 2009 at 09:29 am

It was quite the weekend! And if you missed this year’s Mardi Gras event in Deadwood, you owe it to yourself to make plans NOW for 2010!!!
The Chamber crew was swamped all weekend with the events, and now we are cleaning up and finishing paperwork for the event. But here’s a re-cap, in stats, of the weekend festivities:
Number of floats entered in Saturday night’s parade: 34
Beads thrown during Saturday night’s parade of lights: More than 100,000
Beads thrown personally by ME: At least 5,000
Number of Aleve I needed due to a sore arm from throwing beads on to balconies and at upper level windows: 3
Overall prize money offered to Mardi Gras contests: Over $3,000
Estimated number of people viewing Saturday’s parade: 15,000
Temperature of Friday night’s people’s parade: 15 degrees
Cajun Cook-off locations: 9
Number of cakes entered in the first annual cake decorating contest: 12
Number of my friends that stayed in my Deadwood home for the weekend: 2
Number, of friends below, that became ill likely due to over-indulgence of aforementioned Cajun cook-off: 1
Number of Rolaids said friend wanted in the morning: 2
Number of Rolaids I gave to said friend: 8
Hours said friend had to drive home, laying down in the back seat of the car: 3.5 hours

And as for the winners of events:
Cajun Cook-Off
First place: Four Aces
Second place: Gold Dust
Third Place: Bourbon Street and Tin Lizzie.

Mardi Gras Cake Contest
In the amateur division:
Best Presentation: Jessie, Rachael and Miracle Hanna
Best Theme: TIE: Jessie, Rachael and Miracle Hanna and Tara Hanson
Originality: Jessie, Rachael and Miracle Hanna
Honorable Mention:
Presentation: Lisa Lolnewstay-Newmiller
Theme: Lisa Lolnewstay-Newmiller
Originality: Christine Broghammer
Professional Division:
Overall Winner: Victoria Schlesselman

Mardi Gras Parade:
Mayor’s Choice: Gold Dust and Four Aces
Best Overall: Saloon #10
Best Mardi Gras Theme: Deadwood Gulch
Best Lights: Lead Chamber of Commerce
Best Business Float: Tin Lizzie
Community Spirit: Deadwood Trolley

Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success!
Next up, St. Patrick’s Day!


27 Jan

Jan 27, 2009 at 08:48 am

It’s just about here — MARDI GRAS in DEADWOOD! The schedule of events has been set, and we are int he process of finding folks interested in participating in the Cajun Cook-Off, the parades and the first annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest. Information on these events is just below the schedule. Give us a call if you’d like more information — 1-800-999-1876; or email to


Thursday, February 19th
Mardi Gras Coronation Competition – Couples from around the area will compete to become this year’s King and Queen of Mardi Gras. A social will kick off the event beginning at 5 p.m. at Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort with the royalty competition beginning at 7 p.m. Winners will reign over Saturday’s Mardi Gras parade of lights. Free appetizers and beer sampling will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, February 20th
Open container will be allowed on Main Street from Four Aces to the Masonic Temple from 5pm till 10pm.

People’s Parade – This precursor to Saturday’s parade allows the public to participate with music, beads, floats, costume contest, dancing and more. The parade begins at 7 p.m. in the lower main parking lot and will work its way up Main Street. The parade will end in front of the Silverado Casino on upper Main Street. The public is encouraged to walk along the route and participate in all the fun. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume at the Silverado-Franklin, at the end of the parade route.

All the way from Denver, Colo., “Curley Taylor 7 & the Zydeco Trouble” will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort.

Saturday, February 21st
Open container will be allowed on Main Street from Four Aces to the Masonic Temple from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m.

Cajun Cook-Off – Deadwood’s annual Cajun Cook-Off takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at soon to be named locations. A public tasting will take place with small donations encouraged for a local charity.

1st Annual Mardi Gras Cake Decorating Contest – Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. Contact the Deadwood/Lead Arts Council at 584-1461 for more information.

Deadwood’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade – The annual parade will begin at 7 p.m., running up historic Main Street. Over 50,000 sets of beads will be thrown along the parade route.

“Curley Taylor 7 & the Zydeco Trouble” will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall.

Parade Entries! It’s time to sign up for the Mardi Gras parades! Participation is open to everyone, it’s free and anything goes, so long as your float, vehicle, wagon, bike, or whatever you decide to decorate, is lit. The Saturday evening parade draws nearly 15,000 spectators annually, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase your business, or your individuality. You are also welcome to participate in Friday’s parade, which is a people’s parade where floats for Saturday night are welcome, as are people simply walking down Deadwood’s Main Street.

Line-up for each night’s parade begin at 6:15 p.m., with the procession beginning at 7 p.m. The parades will finish by 8 p.m. each evening.

All entrants in the parade are eligible to win over $1,500 in prize money.

Enter today by calling the Chamber at 578-1876 or email event coordinator Sarah Anderson at

Cajun Cook-off! Think you got the touch for Cajun cuisine? Register your property for the 2009 Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-Off! Open to all businesses and restaurants/executive chefs Deadwood-wide, this year’s cook-off will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Chamber will provide each participating business with a box for small donations. All donations will go to the Deadwood Recreation Center for its summer programs.

However, the winners are determined by anonymous judges. These judges will taste all of the dishes and will judge the creations on a variety of factors, including authenticity, presentation and overall taste. The judge’s votes will determine the winners.

Businesses should plan to prepare a minimum of 400, one-ounce samples of each dish.

Call the Chamber at 578-1876 to register or email Sarah Anderson at

1st Annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest! Dazzle Deadwood with your cake decorating talent! The 1st Annual Mardi Gras Cake Contest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall.

Cakes need to be decorated to tie in to Mardi Gras 2009 theme; they must be homemade and must be edible and they must be in a disposable container. They are also asking that no ice cream cakes be entered.

All cakes need to be brought to the Lucky Nugget on Main Street in Deadwood between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The contest is open to everyone and participants will be divided into two categories – amateur and professional. There will be 3 winners in each category – Best presentation, best representation and most original. Winners will receive cash and ribbons.

To enter, contact Karen Everett at the Lead/Deadwood Arts Council at 584-1461. Deadline to enter is February 20th.

19 Jan

Jan 19, 2009 at 10:51 am

It seems like just yesterday when a large tree fell on my U-Haul trailer. And now, here we are in 2009 — and almost an entire month into 2009.
This past weekend was a busy one in Deadwood, and I had family in town to take advantage of great temperatures and fun crowds. While the machines weren’t quite in my favor, it was great to see the community bustling in the middle of the winter. Temperatures topped out in the upper 40s, but the snowmobilers were out and about, and both Terry Peak and Mystic Miner Ski Resorts were hubs of activity. I can attest, this is truly the best snow the area has seen in at least a dozen years.
We are gearing up for Mardi Gras, Feb. 19-21, here in Deadwood. While we are quite a few miles from New Orleans, Deadwood does a darn good job in transforming into a Mardi Gras celebration. Two parades, a cook-off, music, and I’ve even heard rumblings of a cake bake-off is in the works — if you haven’t seen Deadwood during Mardi Gras, you owe it to yourself!
Back to work for me — talk to you soon.

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