Cave Collective organizes Black Hills Drive Aid Benefit Concert
Hermosa, S.D. — The Cave Collective has become a haven for young artists in and round Rapid City.
The Collective hosts local bands and musicians regularly, and has raised money for various causes, including helping the Nashville community after a tornado ripped through the Tennessee capital. Like almost everything else, the collective has been staging concerts virtually, but that will be changing. With outdoor events opening up around the Black Hills sans social distancing, executive director and founder, Dexter Carman and NaTasha Carman decided to host the Black Hills Drive Aid Benefit Concert.
“The impetus for this was kinda all the live music being cancelled, and we love live music,” said Dexter. “We thought that having a really positive family friendly event that could show an example of one way we can do safe live music events in the hills. Would be a really great way to open up discussions without being critical of our partner organizations in the region.”
The concert will be held Saturday August 1st at Roy’s Drive-In in Hermosa, and will feature a collection of local acts. Including the likes of Camp Comfort, Sophia Beatty, Modern Folklore, and many more.
“The idea behind this concert is that every single one of the bands that we have on that stage is a local band playing all original music, but every single one of them could be a national touring act,” said Dexter. “We believe that every single one of these bands is fully professional, has amazing songs, and we really want to bring some attention to the fact that we have incredible talent here in the Black Hills that people should know about.”
The event will be family friendly, and for those concerned about safety amidst the pandemic, there are options. Attendees can of course observe the concert as they would a drive in movie and remain in individual cars. Bell hops will be available for concessions, and will wear gloves and masks. As for concert goers hoping for an up close musical experience, they will be allowed to gather around the stage, although they are encouraged to wear masks for the safety of all around them. The collective is hoping that people will make the best decision out of the kindness of their hearts. NaTasha also reminds “This is an all ages event, we like to keep our events a sober safe place, so please be mindful of that.”
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and music will begin between 7 and 8 p.m.. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Black Hills Area Community Foundation COVID-19 relief fund, as well as help support youth music programs, such as The Cave Collective’s Youth Development Initiative.