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Live on Stage 2024

Live on Stage, Hill City Arts Council’s winter music showcase, ushers in each new year with shows in January, February, and March. In addition to livening up the local scene in the dark of winter, Open Stage gives new talent and seasoned acts alike a supportive place to hone their craft. It also helps local promoters find and hire performers for summer shows and festivals. Local and regional singer/songwriters and poets are regulars, but storytellers, joke tellers are welcome too. Put on your dancing shoes and be prepared to have a wonderful time.
Sponsorship Table $150.  The Sponsors receive free admission for 8 (each sponsorship table seats 8). a complimentary bottle of wine and snacks.  The sponsorship tables have front row seats, This year the Hill City High School Prom Committee will be providing all the meals.  All proceeds go to their organization. Supper is not included in this sponsorship table price.

2023 Steve Thorpe
Award Winner

Jill & Allen Kirkham


Allen and Jill Kirkham, 2019 Academy of Western Artists Western Duo/Group Of The Year, Legends of Dakota Country Music Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees, and 2015 Cowboy Idol Musician Winners! Husband and wife Western Music Duo from Custer, South Dakota, featuring Allen Kirkham on lead vocals, yodels, guitar and mandolin, and Jill Kirkham on bass fiddle and harmonica.

Sponsor tables-$150 for eight

Live On Stage Shows 2024

High Country Guest Ranch

12138 Ray Smith Drive

Hill City, SD  57745
Host: Paul Larson


Jan. 6:  JJ Kent Group Featured Artists
Live on Stage: Paul Larson, Cor
y Tomovick, Mark Williams, Kim Plender
Dinner: Spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert.

Jan. 20: Galen Huebner and The Noise in the Bar Band
Live on Stage: John Culbertson Group, Fawn Maciejewski, Phillip Boling Group, Cory Tomovick

Dinner: Pulled Pork-The Wrestling Club
Sponsor Tables: The Rowes, Win2ition, EMH Consulting

Feb. 3: James Van Nuys and Friend

Live on Stage: Steve Linde, Kevin Killion, Brent Morris, Mae Hoeffner
Dinner: Spaghetti, desserts from The Alpine-Little White Church
Sponsor Tables: Win2ition, Steve Englebrecht/State Farm Insurance

Feb. 17: Allen & Jill Kirkham
Live on Stage: Mark Williams, Peggy Douglas, Sherl Cederburg, Carson Brown Band with Chris Darling & Mac.
Dinner: Pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans and dessert. The Prom Committee
Sponsor Tables: Pat DeSmet, Win2ition, Sherry Liddell, Chris and Barb Darling, Jeff & Sandy Marlette

Mar. 2: Kevin Killion & Jason Guthmiller
Live on Stage: 

Austin Grover Band, Fawn Maciejewski, Roger Severson, Jan Schiferi
Dinner: Award Winning chili, cornbread and root beer floats. Young Life
Sponsor Tables: Win2ition, Wally Matush, Hill City Senior Center, John Sanders

Mar. 16: Kim Plender & The Classics
Live on Stage: Steve Thorpe, Peggy Douglas, Sherl Cederburg, Brent Morris
Dinner: Pulled pork, baked bean, mac or potato salad, rolls and cheese cake.
Sponsor Tables: Win2ition, Kathryn Cleveland, Hill City Senior Center, Robb & JoAnn Hoffman

Doors open at 5:00
Dinner 5:30 till sold out
Live On-Stage performers 6:00-7:00
Featured Artist and Dancing 7:00
Silent Auction and sale for each event donated by Stevie Cummins from Jewel of the West. Beautiful art, clothing, gifts and jewelry.


Sponsorship Tables Available!  
Sit front and center!  $150/Sponsorship

Call (605) 574-2810 to reserve your table or email


All proceeds from pass the hat support the Hill City Arts Council Scholarship Program!


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All silent auctions items donated by Stevie
from Jewel of the West. 

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Steve Thorpe Award


Steve Thorpe Award History


Dave & Bonnie Guerre met Steve Thorpe in 2010.  He was a street performer on Hill City's Main Street in front of the Harley Davidson store, with a guitar case full of plastic harmonicas, which he gave to kids who stopped to listen to him. Steve was a singer, song writer, author, and newspaper writer for the Rapid City Journal. He wrote an occasional entertainment column. One of the columns was, "Open mic acts rock the room in Hill City". 

Steve was a regular at Open Mic along with Paul Larson, George "Fire Wolf" Nelson, and Chris Voyles.  Around 2013, Chris passed away, Steve had a collapsed lung, Paul injured his neck in a construction accident and Wolf had carpal tunnel surgery. So, Dave suggested that the Arts Council recognize these musicians while they were still around and could play music.

Kristin Donnan, Arts Council President at that time, and her husband, Grant Standard, owned Black Hills Bronze. They agreed to create and donate a number of bronze harmonicas, along with the Guerre’s $100 cash donation for the first ever Steve Thorpe Music Award in 2014.


Steve Thorpe Award past winners are:

            2014 - Steve Thorpe

            2015 – Mark Williams

            2016 – Paul Larson

            2017 – Kim Plender

            2018 – Hank & Marianne Fridell

            2019 – Steve Linde

            2020 – No winner due to Covid

            2021 – Brent Morris

            2022 – Sherl Cederburg

            2023 - Jill & Allen Kirkham


And so, the tradition continues! 


2023 Live On Stage Sponsors

Stevie Cummins – Jewel of the West

Pat DeSmet

Deb & Gary Auch

Sherry & Jeff Liddell

John Stam – JCS Carpentry

Pat & Emily Rowe

Steve & Shelly Englebrecht – Custer State Farm-February 4th

Rick Mills – South Dakota Railroad Museum

JoAnn & Robb Hoffman

Kristie & John Van Bogart

Heart of the Hills Antiques

Eileen & Doug Hamm – EMH Consulting, Inc.

Dan McNamara & Angela Crisman - Harney Peak Inn

Jeff & Sandy Marlette – US Veterans

John Sanders

Hill City Senior Center

Hill City Senior Center Board of Directors
Wally Matush
Kathryn Cleveland

John Sanders

Chris & Barb Darling

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