Lightning and rain couldn’t stop everyone from having a good time at Bands on the Bricks last Friday evening. Well okay, I guess it did delay the fun for a bit but not for long.

Local musician, Phillip Hawkins took to the stage with just his guitar in hand. He passionately belted out songs that he had written over the years. Bands on the Bricks Coordinator Elizabeth Fritzler interrupted his set due to the lightning. Event volunteers were able to cover up the stage and the equipment to prevent damage. Just as the crowd was starting to take shelter the rain began… and boy did it rain. There was even some pea sized hail mixed in for a bit.

It was looking like the night was ruined and then the storm cleared. The vendors were back in business and the crowd slowly made their way back to their seats. Some of those seats were very wet but nothing could stop the Bands on the Bricks fans from catching last week’s show.

Kasey Tyndall and her band began warming up. She announced herself with her southern accent that seemed to perk everyone’s attention. Although she stated that she was not feeling well, the band put on an awesome show and by the end of the night the dance floor area was full of fans of all ages.

“I absolutely love coming to Alliance,” Tyndall said. “I’m so glad that I got to experience the full Bands on the Bricks scene, last year the show at the Eagles was pretty awesome but this was amazing. When the rain hit and everyone started leaving I was bummed but they came back and then some. The crowd was so into it and I really hope that they’ll have me back next year.”

With this week being Heritage Days, there will be a band set up on both Friday and Saturday nights. Vendors will be on site as usual, however carnival food and drinks will also be allowed in. Live music will play on both nights from 6 to 10 p.m.

Friday Nate Whartman will be warming up for the South Dakota alternative rock/reggae band Camp Comfort.

Camp Comfort is a band based out of the Black Hills. They are known for their highly-danceable guitar-centric jams. Their insistent grooves highlight playful lyrics and tasteful lead guitar for an energy that is equal parts bonfire jam session, reggae house party, and festival blues-rock. Their mission is to draw even the most stubborn wallflowers to the dance floor with accessible and memorable songs.

In December of 2018 the band released their debut album, Day One Dream, which is currently available on Spotify, ITunes and CdBaby. Their influences include: Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rebelution, Citizen Cope, and Jimi Hendrix.

Camp Comfort’s songs invoke a feeling of their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota and having good times with good friends.

For Saturday, Mike Pancost will be warming up the stage for the local 80’s hairband tribute band Valhalla.

Local residents Dave Hemple, Joel Fought, Chad Leever, Monty Petrich, and Jay Lulow make up the group that enjoys playing all of your favorite 80’s classics.  

“We are super excited to be back and appreciate the opportunity to play for our friends and family again,” Lulow said. “We hope everyone comes out and lets us turn back time a relive the songs of our youth.”

Bands on the Butte will be back in Hemingford on August 2nd to close out the Bands on the Bricks season of shows. Local artists of The Shon Townsend Band will be the opening act for the Ally Venable Band.

Following Heritage Days weekend there will be one more night of Bands on the Bricks on July 26th in Alliance.

Don’t forget your lawn chairs! See you down there!

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