Get ready for a great 3-days at the 42nd Festival in the Park (FIP). The festival features seven bands in three days. Scroll down for events and entertainment line-up.
Live Music on the Watering Hole Stage
FRIDAY, JULY 19 – $5 wristband entrance
It’s our fundraising night. You may pre-purchase at The Matthews Art Gallery, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, Visit Spearfish, Killian’s, OR at any of the entrances into the festival grounds this evening.
SATURDAY, JULY 20 – Free
SUNDAY, JULY 21 – Free
About the Bands
Friday, July 19 | 6 – 10 p.m. | New Orleans Indie Rock
Mighty Brother is a New Orleans-based indie rock band with a genre-bending repertoire of upbeat originals ranging from Avett-inspired Americana to Radiohead-esque art rock. Soaring harmonies and striking melodies knit an eclectic sound, guiding the listener through unconventional grooves and adventurous lyricism.
Menagerie – Mighty Brother
Friday, July 19 at 4 – 6 p.m. | Saturday, July 20 at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Spearfish local Lucas Olson will perform on Friday, July 19 from 4 – 6 p.m. and on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 | 1- 3 p.m.
Chris Huisenga is a South Dakota based singer/songwriter whose style can be described as anything from rhythmic blues rock to Indie acoustic and everything in between. His lyrics focus on honesty. Anyone can find something to relate to in his words and music. Chris draws from a range of influences from Nine Inch Nails, Gary Clark Jr., and Foo Fighters, to Fleetwood Mac, Ari Hest, and Underoath.
In August 2017, Chris was named the Songwriter of the month by the South Dakota Songwriter’s Association and was featured in their collection of the “Singing Buffalo Sessions” EPs.
Chris released his debut album “All My Friends & A Girl” in April 2018, and has since been busy writing new material and playing shows in support of his album
All My Friends – Chris Huisenga
Chris Cady is a touring regional performer/singer-songwriter based out of the Black Hills. A veteran of the road for twenty years, Chris has played venues and festivals throughout the Midwest. Ground covered includes Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Chris has independently produced five albums through the years with his bands Brother Otis, Sweatband, and Violent Hippie. Mr. Cady has always had a solo program, and now recording projects of that nature are in the works. His live show runs the gamut of various influences and styles from traditional and Americana music, reggae, psychedelic rock, acoustipunk, classic country, and good old-fashioned rock-n-roll. Chris is an original artist with primary instruments consisting of Vocals, Guitar, and Harmonica. His original music is influenced primarily by roots artists and music from every decade, and when Chris covers a song, he truly makes it a tribute to the influence, with respect and a unique spin.
The Red Petals
Saturday, July 20 | 5-8 p.m.
Blues runs through the DNA of The Red Petals, but the Colorado-based trio genetically modifies the
form on their debut album to evoke vibes that run the gamut from roots, rock, and retro-soul to the
fringes of psychedelia and dark pop. Singer/guitarist JC McKim, along with drummer Matt Lowber and bassist Austin Pacharz, formed the Red Petals in early 2016 after all three had crossed paths in various regional bands for years. With an eye toward blues-inspired trios across the musical spectrum, from Double Trouble to John Mayer, McKim honed his focus.
“There were a few certain chord progressions I’d been playing around with for a long time,” he explains, “and the blues trio format is what really brought it all together for me. Once we started playing together the lyrics came really quickly, and I knew this was how I wanted to sing these songs.” “Being a trio allows room for us to breathe and explore parts of the compositions,” adds Lowber. “This album is a suite of songs that plays out as a sampler of what we do. When we stretch out, all these different grooves emerge for us to work with.”
Apple Tree Girl – The Red Petals
Sunday, July 21 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Spearfish local TJ Ellis will perform on Sunday, July 21 at the Water Hole Stage from 11 1.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 21 | 1-3 p.m.
When it comes to musical diversity, Hank Harris has cornered the market. In a market that has so many competing for the same thing, so few are successfully able to offer something new and different. This man accepts the challenge and overcomes the obstacles, sidestepping the stereotypes that prevail in his chosen endeavor to construct a musical landscape of his very own. Many artists are content to sound like someone else instead of who they are, not Harris. You can hear who Hank is in his music.
Hank plays in three different musical configurations about 150 nights a year. Anything from weddings and bars to opening up for Merle Haggard, Alice Cooper, or The Temptations. Along with Bay Area producer Jimmy Goings and a small army of musicians, Hank has recorded three solo CDs and produced another (Christy Lee Anderson’s “Awakening”), scored and recorded two documentaries for South Dakota Public Television, all while continuing to write music at a dizzying pace. He delves into all these disciplines with the attitude of a wide-eyed explorer in a different land. The Black Hills of South Dakota is home and this beautiful area is a constant source of inspiration on a musical and corporeal level. He makes a concerted effort to stay away from television, cell phones and other artificial gadgetry that would upset that connection he has with nature and the all-important musical process that it initiates.
Don’t Be That Guy – Hank Harris
Festival in the Park Sponsors
Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring this summer event to the Black Hills!
The Apple Blossom B&B, KEVN Black Hills, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, Century 21, City of Spearfish, DeSmet and Biggs, LLP, Forcoli & Sons Painting, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Budweiser, Optimist Club of Spearfish, Gardner Wisconsin Cheese, The Hot Room Yoga and Strength Studio, Great Peaks Realty, Black Hills Salt Cave & Spa