Deadwood’s Wild Bill Days entertainment set

DEADWOOD, S.D. (1/17/2011) — While it’s still winter, those with an eye on summer take note: The line-up for Deadwood’s summer kick-off party is set. Wild Bill Days in the historic Black Hills community will feature two famed country acts for two days of free concerts on Deadwood’s Main Street. The Bellamy Brothers will headline Friday night’s concerts, and Joe Diffie will take the stage Saturday night. Wild Bill Days and the free concerts are sponsored by the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce and Budweiser.
The Bellamy Brothers are an iconic country music duo, having been touring the past 35 years with 20 #1 hits and more than 50 charted hits overall. Their hits include “Let Your Love Flow,” “Redneck Girl,” “Sugar Daddy,” “Lovers Live Longer,” “Old Hippie,” “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” and many more. They will headline Deadwood’s Main Street entertainment on Friday, June 17.
Country star Joe Diffie has landed more than 30 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, and has platinum and gold albums to his credit. His repertoire includes “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (in Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock from the Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “Bigger Than the Beatles,” “John Deere Green,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” and many more. Joe Diffie has been touring in support of “Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album” which was released last October.
Top Black Hills performers will also be on the Wild Bill stage for the Eagle Colgate Country Showdown on Friday, June 17 beginning at 5 p.m. This competition showcases the most talented musicians in the region, competing for their chance to be one of 15 regional finalists.
Concerts aren’t the only entertainment to be featured during the 2011 Wild Bill Days. Joining the concerts and back by popular demand – from both spectators and competitors – will be the DockDogs competition, which features canine dock jumping and dock diving. Dogs will run down a 40-foot dock and dive into a pool of water. There’s also a dog high jumping competition. DockDogs will also be featured on Main Street throughout Wild Bill Days.
DockDogs competitions have become a spectator favorite, and the competition is open to any and every dog and owner. Visit for more information. A staple of Wild Bill Days, the Cowboy Fast Draw Championships, will be held throughout the event at the Deadwood Pavilion. And the Firearms and Old West Auction and Show will be returning for its 3rd consecutive Wild Bill Days.
“It’s hard to think of a better way to kick off summer than spending time in Deadwood, listening to incredible country music, and watching dogs fly through the air and some gun slinging," said George Milos, executive director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce. "We always try to provide our guests with as much entertainment as possible and every year we raise the bar even higher. We promise there will be something entertaining for everyone who visits."

— From a Deadwood Chamber of Commerce news release

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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