Rapid City Concert Association brings widely-acclaimed talent to the Black Hills Region for new season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The new season for the Rapid City Concert Association is officially underway in the Black Hills region. Vice President Don Stover talks about the organization and more.

What is the Rapid City Concert Association?

The Rapid City Concert AssociationFor more than 80 years, the group has been bringing national and world-renowned performers and acts to the Black Hills area. This year marks their 86th season of entertainment.

“We started in 1937 by a group of very interested people who wanted to pull together some performing arts for this location,” Stover explained. “And so they formed a group and they started this non-profit organization. All volunteer, which I think is pretty cool, and it has been that way ever since.”

How do they bring the performers to Rapid City?

Every November, the board gets together and looks at performers to possibly bring to the area. After careful decision and examination based on targeted groups (adults, children, etc.), they pick six acts to bring to The Monument.

Are children able to come to the performances?

Yes! Stover and the organization encourage children to see performances.

“We try to mix it up and try to satisfy the cross-section of the community, and we are also really excited about bringing in kids,” Stover explained. “So we try to have shows where parents will bring their children to see them as well, because we feel strongly that the performing arts is not just for adults. It is for children too.” 

During some of the performances, local schools are invited to see performances and experience artists that have made careers in performance. They are even brought on-stage to perform alongside the different acts. While no date is set yet, Stover says a performance will take place and feature a school in the region.

Do I have to be a member to buy tickets for the performances?

No. Individual tickets can be purchased for $25 each at each performance. However, member passes can be purchased for $90, which comes to $15 a ticket for each performance.

“It helps us fund if you are members, and we can count them on our budget,” Stover said.

What is in store for this season?

Six events spanning singing, instruments and even a circus are in store, including:

  • September 25 features Backtrack Vocals, a New York-Based acapella group focusing on pop, funk, motown, standards and Broadway songs in vocal and beatbox arrangements.
  • October 27 brings Empire Wild, another New York-based group. They blend instrumental and vocal talents across different genres.
  • November 27 is Jeeyoon Kim, a classically-trained pianist who creates engaging performances to counter the traditional classical concert.
  • February 17, 2023 brings Jeremy Stolle, a singer with experience performing on a Broadway stage.
  • March 20, 2023 is Forever Simon and Garfunkel, a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band.
  • Rounding things out on April 26 is Troupe Vertigo, a theatrical circus company started by former Cirque Du Soleil Aerialist Aloysia Gavre.

For more information, head to their website here.

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