High Country Guest Ranch
High Country Guest Ranch

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Last event 2022
Last event 2022

On our last event for the year we had 185 attendees.

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High Country Guest Ranch
High Country Guest Ranch

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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. New dance floor added.

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

Featured Artists

Jan. 7:  

Jan. 21: 

Feb. 4:

Feb. 18: 

Mar. 4:

Mar. 18:

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


The Steve Thorpe Award was initiated in 2014 and Steve Thorpe was the first award winner.  Since then, a committee of judges continues to look for a recipient that models Steve's characteristics such as, but not limited to:

  • Mentoring and support of other area musicians.

  • Innovation:  Are they composers, songwriters and/or do they use new musical techniques?

  • Participation and crowd response during Live On Stage.

  • Participation in and support of live music in the Black Hills.

Past winners:

2014 - Steve Thorpe; 2015 - Mark Williams; 2016 - Paul Larson; 2017 - Kim Plender; 2018 - Hank and Marianne Fridell; 2019 - Steve Linde;


This year's award will be cash and a bronze harmonica. (Steve Thorpe oftentimes plays a harmonica and has given harmonicas to children to promote music all over the Black Hills.)


2022 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

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