31st annual Deadwood Jam highlights classic bands

After over three decades of bringing in new bands, members say the key to keeping the event fun and people coming has turned into incorporating all lovers of music and ages into the Deadwood Jam Board.

DEADWOOD, S.D. — The 31st Deadwood Jam Musical Festival wrapped up on Saturday with a local band and bands from around the country.

The Deadwood Jam, held in Outlaw Square in Deadwood, is the one of the longest-running festivals in the state and every year, board members take around six months to select the respective bands.

After over three decades of bringing in new bands, members say the key to keeping the event fun and people coming has turned into incorporating all lovers of music and ages into the Deadwood Jam Board.

“You know, music changes, you know, like obviously I’m older, so I mean, I’m kind of the classic rock guy,” said Bill Pearson, the Vice Chair with the Deadwood Jam. “We’ve infused board members this year with younger members, so they’re getting more into the Bluegrass and the jam bands and Americana, and so you know you change with the times and so everybody stays pumped because it’s always something new and different.”

The Tiffany Johnson Band from Rapid City kicked things off tonight and was followed by bands like Neon Horizon and War.

Johnson said that while growing up in the area and playing at Outlaw Square many times, opening on Saturday had a little more meaning.

“I used to grow up watching, like coming to these shows, getting to see people perform, so getting to perform here myself,” Tiffany Johnson said. “This year was super duper cool and we just performed in. This show is awesome getting to open the day of live music.”

Deadwood Jam is held every year as one last big events to close out the year as winter approaches.

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