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Rhythm & Brews Concert Series:

Jason Dea West with The Barn Swallows & Aerialist Aurelia Cohen

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 8 pm

Jason Dea West is an American troubadour who sings what he lives and lives what he sings. Wests’ poignant lyrics are brilliantly blended with vintage country, folk and blues, and timely sensibilities. From epic guitar and harmonica instrumentals to humorous song as story, Jason never strays very far from the anarchic punk-folk roots of his beloved former band Barefoot Surrender and his celebrated current band Intuitive Compass.

Jason’s younger days as a busker and freight train hopper fostered his keen sense of road-inspired American musical history. Jason toured extensively with guest musicians and bands throughout the lower 48 States and Alaska, appearing in barn dances and taverns, theaters and music festivals, the circus and vaudeville circuits, on radio and in film. He has shared the stage with the likes of Lost Dog Street Band, The Resonant Rogues, Larry And His Flask, Hot Damn Scandal countless others.

Dea West has worked with several renowned recording engineers, including Scot Hackwith, Dennis Dragon, Dan Emery and Steven Hart, producing several studio albums and a recent live “Magnolia Session” via Anti-Corp Records of Nashville, TN which placed #15 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts in October 2020. In 2021 West began work on two new EPs, one “Lost Camp Dreams”, with Scott Hackwith at Cassette LA which is officially available December 30th of 2021, the second EP to be released later in ‘22 shall remain mysterious until further notice.

Jason belongs to the wild lands and what is left of the American countryside.

The Barn Swallows is a band based in Bisbee Az, formed in 2022. With an EP available at live shows and a brand new Live in studio album released May 13th 2023, recorded with Max Harms at The Garage. Though only together for a short time, they have a national tour Kicking off May 19th this summer they will be playing from Texas to Virginia, through the midwest and on the west coast. Some highlights include performing At the Camel in Richmond VA, The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City SD, Matthews Opera House in Spearfish SD, at The Britt Festival in Jacksonville OR and The Cotati Accordion Fest in Cotati CA.

With a full schedule and new songs The BarnSwallows are on a roll. Their instrumentation is comprised of guitars, mandolin, clarinet, tenor banjo, violin, accordion and upright bass. Featuring original compositions and vocal harmonies, the sound ranges from American folk to traditional jazz. Committed to authentic expression and having a good time while lamenting the tragic world, The Barn Swallows deliver a healthy helping of heart-full honesty with a contagious melodic sensibility and soaring harmonies.

.Besides her role as singer/songwriter/accordianist in The Barn Swallows, Aurelia Cohen is a professional aerialist. She will be performing to the live music of Jason & The Barnswallows.


Doors: 7:00 pm

Show: 8:00 pm

$15 in advance

$20 day of show

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2023 Froelich Young Actors Guild June Showcase

June 23 & 24, 2023 at 7 pm

June 25, 2023 at 2 pm & 6:30 pm

A Community Theater Event

The Froelich Young Actors Guild presents our annual June Camp Showcase, featuring two shows with a total of 4 performances.

Friday, June 23 and 24 will feature our grade 7-12 students.

On Sunday, June 25, our 2nd-6th graders will take the stage.

Both performances on June 23 and 24 are at 7 pm. Performances on June 25 are at 2 pm and 6:30 pm.

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 youth (18 and under)

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You are invited to participate in the 45th Annual Festival in the Park (FIP) July 14-16, 2023 in Spearfish, SD. The 2-½ day festival is a juried exhibition of quality art and fine crafts. FIP is sponsored by the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center (MOH), a non-profit charitable organization. All proceeds are used to produce the annual festival and assist other related non-profit arts activities in the greater Spearfish area.
Keep in mind that this is an outdoor event with varying weather elements and the city park has many full sized trees spread throughout the festival area. Please take this into consideration in preparation for the event. If you have any questions, please email us at

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Rhythm & Brews Concert Series:

Jeffrey Martin + Anna Tivel

Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 8 pm

Portland, Oregon's Jeffrey Martin is a minister's son who can build a house with his bare hands and holds a master's degree in English. He worked his way through school as a carpenter, then, following graduation, spent four years teaching high school.

It was during that time that his career as a songwriter came into bloom. Struggling to strike a balance between his increasingly rigorous Northwest/West Coast touring and his efforts to get teenagers to love words as much as he did, Martin found himself in the tricky position of having to choose between his two passions.

Much to the delight of his fans, music won the day. Now, with three intensely lyric-driven albums under his belt, two of which were released on the Portland indie-label, Fluff & Gravy Records, Martin has developed a loyal and growing audience, both domestically and abroad. Prior to the halting effects that a global pandemic placed on his ability to do so, Martin kept a restless touring schedule. It's taken him on several laps around the U.S. and Europe and landed him on stages with luminaries from the genre including Courtney Marie Andrews, Joe Pug, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeffrey Foucault, Sean Hayes, Peter Mulvey, Amanda Shires, Colter Wall, Ruth Moody, Caitlin Canty, and others.

Jeffrey Martin writes music that probes the depths of the human experience and doesn't shy away from its darkest corners. His songs can feel like short stories from literary giants like Steinbeck, Burroughs, or Cormac McCarthy and possess a raw intensity that comes from seeing his subjects up close. All the struggle, hurt, strife, and heartbreak that comes from living in this world are laid bare and unvarnished, yet somehow, Martin manages to mine and make space for what beauty remains.

Oregon-based songwriter Anna Tivels newest album Outsiders starts with a lens so wide that we have left the planet to look back from a great distance at the turmoil and beauty of our shared humanity. From there, the lens pulls close and unfolds in a gripping collection of stories so often ignored. Tivel’s flawed and honest characters move through a landscape of hurt and loss, of small triumph and big love. In 11 songs full of recognition, veracity and hope, Tivel’s watchful and empathetic eye details the undeniable ache of living.

Outsiders, look up / The night is dark but brilliant and it turns out we are not so different

Recorded almost entirely live to tape in Rock Island, IL with producer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard and engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens), the album is a truly collaborative exploration. Tivel gathered the same vibrant group of friends from her acclaimed record, The Question, which NPR heralded as “one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019.”

Doors: 7:00 pm

Show: 8:00 pm

$20 General Admission

$25 Day of Show

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Rhythm & Brews Concert Series:

Steep Canyon Rangers

Friday, August 4, 2023

Steep Canyon Rangers are Asheville, North Carolina’s GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart-toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin.

Steep Canyon Rangers re-signed with Yep Roc Records in 2019. “It feels like coming home,” says Sharp of the partnership. “The Yep Roc family was among the first to welcome Steep Canyon Rangers when we were just pups. As we’ve grown, so have they. We’re incredibly excited for the future and all the music it holds.”

Steep Canyon Rangers released three albums in 2020, all on Yep Roc Records. The Grammy-Nominated North Carolina Songbook is a recording of their live 2019 performance at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC, in which they performed a selection of songs by North Carolina songwriters (Ola Belle Reed, Doc Watson, James Taylor, Ben E. King, and others). Be Still Moses — perhaps their most singular musical partnership to date – has the band teaming with Philadelphia soul legends Boyz II Men and their hometown Asheville Symphony to completely overhaul the Rangers’ original “Be Still Moses,” which was first recorded on their 2007 breakout album Lovin’ Pretty Women. The album includes re-imagined versions of Steep Canyon’s previously released original songs performed with an orchestra. Their most recent release of all original music, Arm In Arm came out in October of 2020.

‘Every song on Arm in Arm captures the North Carolina group’s innovative spirit, weaving in jazz, gospel, folk, and even rock phrases, creating an intimate and intricate sound that challenges, cajoles, and comforts.’ -No Depression

The Rangers are made up of Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Aaron Burdett on guitar and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, and Barrett Smith on bass, guitar, and vocals.

Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey that is uniquely their own. The band started in college at UNC-Chapel Hill, then dove head first into bluegrass in its most traditional form, and over the years have risen to the top of the bluegrass genre headlining top festivals such as Merlefest and Grey Fox Bluegrass. Only to then be discovered by Steve Martin, famous actor and banjo player. Martin has taken the Rangers on over a decade long tour introducing them to hundreds of thousands of new fans and giving them prime time TV exposure. This has helped SCR become the most recognizable modern name in bluegrass music. The band has continued to tour extensively on their own, without Martin, and have expanded their genre into country, jam and Americana. The Rangers are big players in the bluegrass/country and Americana scene today. They are often compared to predecessors The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the modern Zac Brown Band.

doors 7:00 pm

show 8:00 pm

$20 General Admission

$25 Day of Show

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Rhythm & Brews Concert Series:

Nick Shoulders & the OK Crawdad - Best Western Tour

With Special Guest DEAN JOHNSON

Saturday, August 26, 2023, 8 pm

Here to put the "Try" in Country...

Wielding an ethereal croon and masterful whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick Shoulders is a living link to roots of country music with a penchant for the absurd. Combining his family's deep ties to regional traditional singing with his years of playing to crowded street corners, Nick has sought to forge a hybridized form of raucously clever country music; born of forgotten rocky hollers and bred to confront the tensions of the 21st century South. As evidenced by his surreal album art and anachronistic songwriting, Nick’s creative output is steeped in the complicated history of his beloved home of rural Arkansas, but crafted as a conscious rebuke of country music’s blind allegiance to historical seats of power and repression. With a kind word and a mean yodel, Nick hopes to put the ‘try’ in country.

This marks Nick's second shindig on our stage, following his explosive opening set for Sierra Ferrell on St Patrick's Day of 2022.

For over ten years, Dean Johnson's rustic tenor and simply strummed acoustic guitar have been perking up ears around the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  Dean has gradually buildt a dedicated fan base -- strictly through live performances -- singing existential cowboy waltzes, ballads about wishing one could find a way out of heaven, honest confessionals, and other heartbreakers from a unique perspective.. His first album, Nothing for Me, Please, was released on May 5, 2023 on Mama Bird Recording Co.

Doors 7:00 pm

Show 8:00 pm

$20 General Admission

$25 Day of Show

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Rhythm & Brews Concert Series:

An Evening with Willi Carlisle

Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 8 pm

Willi Carlisle is a poet and a folk singer for the people, but his extraordinary gift for turning a phrase isn't about high falutin' pontificatin'; it's about looking out for one another and connecting through our shared human condition. Born and raised on the Midwestern plains, Carlisle is a product of the punk to folk music pipeline that's long fueled frustrated young men looking to resist. After falling for the rich ballads and tunes of the Ozarks, where he now lives, he began examining the full spectrum of American musical history. This insatiable stylistic diversity is obvious in his wildly raucous live performances, where songs range from sardonic trucker-ballads like "Vanlife" to the heartbreaking queer waltz "Life on the Fence," to an existential talkin' blues about a panic attack in Walmart's aisle five. With guitar, fiddle, button-box, banjo, harmonicas, rhythm-bones, and Willi's booming baritone, this is bonafide populist folk music in the tradition of cowboys, frontier fiddlers, and tall-tale tellers. Carlisle recognizes that the only thing holding us back from greatness is each other. With a quick wit and big sing-alongs, these folksongs bring us a step closer to breaking down our divides.

"Willi Carlisle is an absolute force of nature. From the moment he walks on stage you can't take your eyes off of him and the minute he opens his mouth you can't help but hang on every word. Even if the songs weren't there, the showmanship alone would be worth the price of admission, but the scary part is the songs are just as good as the stories."          -- BJ Barham

"Willi Carlisle speaks his truth"
-NPR Music

Doors: 7:00 pm

Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance Tickets

$25 Day of Show

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The Matthews Presents:

The Jami Lynn & Kenny Putnam Trio

Saturday, September 30, 2032

Matthews Opera House, 612 N Main St, Spearfish, SD

Doors: 6:00 pm

Show: 7:00 pm

The Matthews is pround to welcome back to our stage two South Dakota Americana legends.  

With high honors in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival’s Songwriting Showcase Finals, Jami Lynn's latest folk album “Fall is a Good Time to Die” was named to The Telegraph’s top country albums of the year(next to Willie Nelson, The Punch Brothers, and Dar Williams). Critics proclaiming her “5 out of 5 stars, essential listening” (Empty Bottles and Broken Souls), it’s been a good couple of years. Add to that a first-time jazz release with bassist Andrew Reinartz, and a critically acclaimed folk project with Eliza Blue, The Nesters, and you have the master of musical metamorphosis that is singer/songwriter Jami Lynn. But these accolades are not only the culmination of hard work and good luck.  They are a testament of Jami's maturation as both a songwriter and a performer.

Rapid City native  Kenny Putnam is a world-class fiddle player, known for his stints with both Roy Clark and the Red Willow Band.  Kenny is also an accomplished ceramicist.

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