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Live on Stage 2023

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.

2022 Steve Thorpe
Award Winner

Sherl Cederburg


Sherl is an accomplished author, storyteller, award winning poet, and humorist.  She is from Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Sherl writes her own material, which includes old west, new west, and gospel based poetry.  She speaks from the heart, and she’s sure to make you laugh, cry, (or at least think a little).  She was a 2021 Female Poet of the Year finalist for the International Western Music Association.  Her album “Born to Ponder” was a 2020 and 2021 Poetry CD of the Year finalist for the International Western Music Association. 

Sherl performs at Cowboy Gatherings, Cowboy Churches, community events, and private events.   Sherl is a member of the International Western Music Association.

Sherl Cederburg

Live On Stage Shows 2023

High Country Guest Ranch

12138 Ray Smith Drive

Hill City, SD  57745
Host: Paul Larson


Jan. 7:  JJ  Kent-Sheryl Cederburg-Peggy Douglas-Harlan Allen-Bodi Linde-Spaghetti Dinner

Jan. 21: James Van Nuys & Don Williams, Mark Williams, Kim Plender, Wayne Hagger, Ken Raba
Dinner: Beef & bean burrito smothered with green salsa, Spanish rice, and Tres Leches cake


Feb. 4: Kim Plender and The Classics, Steve Linde, Bob Shawn, Scott Bellew, Andrew Jandt
Guest host: Dan Dickey
Lasagna dinner, Caesar Salad,
Bread Sticks and Dessert

Feb. 18: Jill & Allen Kirkham
Sherl Cederburg, Mark Williams, Peggy Douglas

Host: Paul Larson

Dinner: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Coleslaw,

Baked Beans and Dessert

Mar. 4: Gaylen Hubener and the Noise in the Barn Band
Carson & Syd Brown with

Chris Brown , Mae Hoeffner, Harland Allen
Host: Paul Larson

Dinner: Homemade Pork Enchiladas
Rice & Cupcak

Mar. 18: Kevin Killian, Steve Thorpe, Kyle Youngblood, Clay King
Host: Paul Larson

Sloppy Joes, Loaded Potato Salad, and Brownies 

Meal Price $15
Drinks Available For Purchase!

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 support the Hill City Council Scholarship Program!



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 – Cherl Cederburg


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

Mayor Kathy Skorzewski

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

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