The first evening of the 40th Festival in the Park brings Mighty Brother to the Watering Hole Stage from 6-10 p.m., Friday, July 14, at Spearfish Canyon Park.

ADMISSION: This is The Matthews’ fundraising night. Therefore, admission to this event is by the purchase of a $5 wristband at the entrance of the park, or at the entrance of the Watering Hole. 

Mighty Brother is a New Orleans-based indie rock band captained by songwriters Jake Ryan and Nick Huster. They are crewed by a dynamic saxophonist, Jonah Devine, and airtight rhythm section, Kirk Duplantis and Quinn Sternberg. (scroll down for more details and videos)

Since 2014, the group has charmed audiences with their infectious brand of songwriting, meticulous arrangements, and full sail quest for collaboration. Mighty Brother’s 2017 expansion includes partnerships with social and non-profit missions, production of a 5-Song Music Video EP, national touring, and festival appearances.

Mighty Brother’s debut album “Jettison. Reprise.”(2015) is a look at life as a process, a journey to maturity with a thoughtful glance over the shoulder. The album features 19 musicians, complete with a string quartet and brass quintet. Mixing engineer, Eric Day, of Sleepwalk Recording, shows his experience and skillful ear, while Kate Siefker, a Paul Mahern protégé, adds the polishing touches with careful mastering. The resulting record boasts a cinematic sound that is instantly inviting.

The band is quickly building a local following in New Orleans, their base of operations. MB’s January 2017 “This Is Not Normal Tour” pairs the band’s live performances with the Gulf Restoration Network’s mission to “Defend Our Music, Defend Our Coast.” With support from the Threadhead Cultural Foundation, the band is producing a music video EP at Bear America Records. This EP is the first installment of a double album set to release early 2018.

Member List

Nick Huster – Vocals, Auxiliary Percussion, Guitar
Jake Ryan – Vocals, Electric Guitar, Ukulele
Quinn Sternberg – Bass
Jonah Devine Tarver – Saxophone
Kirk Duplantis – Drums

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VIDEO: Noise (Live)

VIDEO: WIUX Live from the Living Room: “Dearly Beloved”

VIDEO: Mighty Brother – “Elevator Man” | INtune


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, Bay Leaf Cafe, 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, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family