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Enjoy incredible music performed by South Dakota artists during Homegrown Sessions. This series will be ongoing, so check back frequently for new concert announcements.
Performing first as part of our Homegrown Sessions will be Gordy Pratt, Dalyce Sellers, & Kenny Putnum. Enjoy an afternoon of western music and even some harmony yodeling! This free concert will be Mother’s Day matinee (May 9 at 2:00 pm), so this is the perfect way to celebrate the day with the incredible mothers in your life. A cash bar will be available with beer, wine & soda for purchase.
This production will be general seating, so no advanced reservations are required. A free-will donation is suggested. All proceeds go to the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center
KENNY PUTNAM Two-time South Dakota Fiddle Champion with special guest hosts Gordy and Dalyce. Putnam toured and recorded with Roy Clark for over seven years appearing on The Grand Ole Opry, The Tonight Show, Hee Haw regularly, and many other programs. He performed in 48 states, Canada, Bulgaria, and Russia. He has performed on stages worldwide, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and the Oktober Hall in Leningrad, USSR to name just a few. He has performed on many recordings and television programs and has been part of three different Grammy-nominated and winning shows and recordings, the last being in 2017.
DALYCE SELLERS Her first public appearance was in her kindergarten bathroom. “My teacher realized I’d been “going to the bathroom” for an awfully long time. She found me on the throne singing my heart out, lost in the acoustics, and said: Very nice Dalyce. Back to class. That’s when I knew I was destined for greatness.” Dalyce fulfilled her parent’s dream by quitting music school and joining a new wave band. “I was on my way to fortune and fame! Then I met my husband, Michael Sellers. He chased me around for a couple of years when I was playing with a national touring band. I finally gave up.” Mr. & Mrs. Sellers live over by Sundance.
GORDY PRATT Two seasons with SD Acoustic Christmas cemented his valued professional relationship with Kenny. He has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and opened for Kenny Chesney, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Beach Boys, and many more. A veteran entertainer, extraordinary guitarist, comedy writer, and published songwriter, Gordy has performed his stand-up musical comedy for hundreds of corporations & associations. His historical show: Seth Bullock: The Spirit of the West has had over 1000 performances. Gordy “grew up” at the Black Hills Playhouse & studied classical guitar and ancient music at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, Royal College of Music, London; and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
With Special Guest Rod Garnett
Rodney Garnett has performed extensively as a free-lance musician in orchestras, jazz and chamber music ensembles, folk music ensembles, and recording studios. As an educator and performer he played solo piccolo for eight seasons in the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, received the 2003 Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award, was the 2007 University of Wyoming Presidential Speaker, served as a Fulbright researcher in the Republic of Moldova during 2010-2011, and toured and recorded with the Irish folk ensemble Colcannon. He continues to be an active musician, performing with the Ward Johnston Trio and Boland-Dowdall Duo, initiating and coordinating the activities of the Black Hills Balinese Gamelan, and assisting with music for worship at Spearfish United Methodist Church.
COVID 19 Policies
In order to help ensure the safety of all audience members, performers, volunteers, and staff members, there are still several COVID-19 precautions in place. Capacity for this event has been limited to 62% (175 persons) in order to allow us to put more distance between chairs and rows. Additionally, masks will be required during this event regardless of vaccination status. For a full list of our current COVID-19 policies, please view our guidelines. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please email [email protected]