The Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society will host an outdoor concert called “How Western Music Won the West” featuring traditional music artists Bob and Sheila Everhart on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. CDT at the Capitol Lake Visitor Center in Pierre.
The museum is also hosting its annual ice cream social that evening beginning at 6:30 p.m., featuring several flavors from the South Dakota State University Dairy Barn. There is no fee to attend the concert or for ice cream.
The concert, featuring well-known songs from Western singers and artists, is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets or any other comfortable outdoor gear for the concert. Restrooms will be available. In case of extreme heat or inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the Capitol Lake Visitor Center.
The Everharts have recorded several albums of traditional, folk and country music, and earned a Grammy nomination for one of their Smithsonian recordings. They have appeared alongside such performers as Patti Page, Ray Price and Jimmy Buffet, earning accolades all over the world including the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from World Music Events in Austria. They have appeared on “The Today Show” and the “Louisiana Hayride.”
“This is going to be a terrific event for the entire family,” said Jay Smith, museum director. “Bob and Sheila Everhart have performed for us before, and they are great entertainers who will put on an enjoyable show filled with classic materials and a few surprises. Bob and Sheila are from nearby Anita, Iowa, where some of our audience may have heard their radio program or attended one of the festivals they periodically host. Bob is an accomplished author as well with five books, including his biography entitled ‘What I Saw,’ released in 2010.”
For questions about the concert, call 605-773-3798. The museum, located in the Cultural Heritage Center, is open from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT Monday through Saturday, and 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. Starting Tuesday, May 29, the museum returns to summer hours of 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays and most holidays.