Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson plan second show in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. – In just days, tickets sold out completely for Deadwood Mountain Grand’s first concert, featuring Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson on Friday, July 8.

Because of the fan response, Deadwood Mountain Grand President Tim Brown has decided to bring them back for a second night of music.

Big Kenny Alphin, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson and the rest of the “Xtreme Muzik The Tour” crew — including Cowboy Troy and Two Foot Fred — will perform at Deadwood Mountain Grand at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster retail outlets, Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster phone line, 800-745-3000.

“We knew the Friday-night show would be a hit. Big Kenny and John have a huge following, especially in Deadwood. Gretchen’s one of the hottest singers on tour this summer. And with just 2,500 seats, Deadwood Mountain Grand is the perfect place to see, hear and party with Xtreme Muzik The Tour,” Brown said. “But even I was amazed at how fast the tickets sold out. We just have to bring them back for a Saturday night in Deadwood.”

It won’t be the first Saturday night in Deadwood for Big & Rich. The duo performed here often when they started recording together. Their song “Deadwood Mountain” was inspired by Deadwood’s historic Mount Moriah Cemetery. They wrote “8th of November,” about heroism in the Vietnam War, after meeting Deadwood resident Niles Harris, a Vietnam veteran.

Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the national music scene with her smash hit “Redneck Woman” and went on to win virtually every award for which she was nominated, including nods from the Grammys, CMA, ACM and People’s Choice.

The historic 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant overlooking downtown Deadwood is being converted into 98 hotel rooms, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, an entertainment-and-event center with seating for 2,500 guests and a multi-level parking garage. Crews are completely renovating the structure while retaining its historic mining heritage.

— From a TDG Communications news release

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