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LEAD, SD – The Black Hills Cowboy Christmas concert is an annual event that will feature ten regional performers this year and be held twice on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Historic Homestake Opera House located at 313 West Main Street, Lead.
This festive annual Christmastime event is catered with desserts and light hors d'oeuvres by Cheyenne Crossing of Lead. The show is featured at 2:00 pm with a matinee show, desserts, and coffee, and also a 7:30 pm evening show with light hors d'oeurves and cash bar, followed by a down-home cowboy music dance.
This year’s award-winning performer lineup includes cowboy musician Paul Larson of Rochford; South Dakota fiddler champion Kenny Putnam; singer/songwriter performer Boyd Bristow of Sioux Falls; Black Hills singer/songwriter Jami Lynn; guitarist/singer Brent Morris of Hill City; SD cowboy poet Robert Dennis of Red Owl; Kim Bachman, a singer/songwriter from Belle Fourche; bassist/singer Chet Murray from Rapid City; and vocalist Sarah Carlson and pianist Ruth Groeneveld, both of Lead.
The lineup for the concerts and dance is packed with talent. And there are new additions to the show.
“This year's Black Hills Cowboy Christmas has been enhanced a bit,” says Sarah Carlson, executive director of the the Historic Homestake Opera House and Black Hills Cowboy Christmas performer. “We are opening earlier and featuring pre-show entertainment by western music musicians Allen and Jill Kirkham of Custer, and we’ll also be performing with our brand new Yamaha grand piano which was installed this year.” Ticketholders are also invited to explore a new Interpretive Exhibit that retells the 100-year story of the Opera House. The exhibit opened in May 2016.
“The true spirit of Christmas is felt in this show,” says Paul Larson, co-organizer and cowboy music performer. “Add in the acoustics in that theater and these talented performers and you’ve got a beautiful experience,” says Larson. “The Christmas concert pieces are soulful and fulfilling and the dance is that down-home, old-fashioned cowboy dance.”
“There’s nothing like Christmastime in the Black Hills,” says Sarah “This is one of those events in which you will leave changed. The whole show lifts your spirits.”
Admission is $30 for the matinee show and $35 for the evening show and dance. Doors open two hours prior to showtime.
Tickets are reserved; and seating is open/first-come, first served. Wine, beer, and soda is available for purchase. To purchase tickets, stop in to the Homestake Opera House office in the back of the building at 308 Julius Street, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or call the box office at 605-584-2067, or purchase online at HomestakeOperaHouse.org.
This event is made possible in part by the Black Hills Badlands Tourism Association, Cheyenne Crossing, Annie Creek Events, First Gold Hotel & Gaming, Versatile Carpets & Interiors, Coeur-Wharf Gold Mine, Blackstone Lodge & Suites, Lynn's DakotaMart, and Homestake Mining Company.
Proceeds from the event support ongoing music programming, restoration projects, and operations at the Historic Homestake Opera House.
Free parking is located behind the building, on Main Street, and lot parking within four blocks or less from the theater. The building is wheelchair accessible and assistive listening devices are also available.
The HHOH is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to returning the building to productive use for the enrichment of the community and to provide arts and culture and educational opportunities for generations to come.
Support for the HHOH is provided in part by the HHOH annual members, the City of Lead, and the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation. The HHOH is a equal opportunity provider and employer.
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Historic Homestake Opera House
"A Theater Built by a Gold Mine" in 1914 hosts year-round concerts, theatre, dances, educational presentations and tours. Tours are 45 minutes in length and are $10.00 per person. A new Interpretive Exhibit showcases the original theater seats, light fixtures, archival photography and the entire story of the building that boasted a 1,000-seat theater along with a billiards hall, heated indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, social hall, and more.