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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 11:30 am

DEADWOOD — Two days, 10 bands and one Wine & Brew Fest, combined, are sure to translate into a guitar-bending, grape-stomping, all-around jamming good time this weekend.

It's time once again for the Deadwood Jam, the Black Hills' premiere outdoor fall live music festival, featuring headliners Styx, Lee Rocker and Augustana, complemented by an eclectic array of first-rate live musical entertainment from across the nation and for the first time ever, featuring a Wine & Brew Fest.

Deadwood Jam Chairman Bill Pearson said that the Wine & Brew Fest is new this year and sponsored in part by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

“We have six local South Dakota wineries participating, along with Crow Peak Brewing Company of Spearfish,” Pearson said. “The wineries will be set up in the food vendor area, which will also feature a grape stomp as a fun activity for jam attendees.”

The musical lineup for the popular two-day festival includes '80s rock icon Styx, Rockabilly pioneer Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats and contemporary hit band Augustana.

Pearson said that the Jam committee began looking for bands for this year immediately after last year's event. One of the main things the group looks for in deciding upon the entertainment is a wide variety of musical genres.

"We look for affordable bands that appeal to a wide variety of people," Pearson said. "This year, I feel that we've really done that. We've got ‘80s rock icon Styx headlining Saturday night and Friday the pop band Augustana mixed in with blues rock band Indigenous, a band that is known to many people in the Black Hills. Stray Cats Lee Rocker, a rockabilly legend, will play Saturday, along with two local favorites, Groove Daddy and the Synthetics. For the first time, this year, we held a Facebook contest  for a spot to play in the Jam and a band called Loaded Dice out of Gering, Nebr. proved to be the fan favorite."

Three new bands to the area, Harper is a new-world reggae artist, Native Run could be the sleeper of the group and Fly Paper, a band out of Michigan has a very unique sound.          

The 22nd annual Deadwood Jam takes to the Deadwood Visitor and Information Center parking lot Friday night and Saturday.

Styx, Saturday's headliner, has a string of muliplatinum records and more than 12 million albums sold. Hits include “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man).”

Also slated for Saturday is Lee Rocker, whose distinctive music features a slap-bass style on a giant upright bass. This sound helped push the Stray Cats to a Grammy nod and hits such as “Rock this Town,” “Stray Cat Strut” and “Sexy + 17.” Loaded Dice, The Synthetics,  Fly Paper, Harper and Native Run will also perform Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m.

Augustana, Friday's headliner, made a musical name for itself in 2005 with the “All the Stars and Boulevards” album, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart. Their single, “Boston,” topped a number of charts. Joining Augustana on Friday will be Groove Daddy and Indigenous. Gates open at 4 p.m.

The Deadwood Jam is run by a 12 person volunteer board and is a non-profit organization.

"Our mission is to bring a variety of music to Deadwood in September so people can come to Deadwood and enjoy the fall colors and music, fill our lodging establishments, bring people in to eat in the restaurants and enjoy the many fine casinos in Deadwood," Pearson said.

Ticket prices are $25 for Friday and $50 for Saturday or a two-day pass is $60 up to the day of the event. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and Groove Daddy goes on at 5:30 p.m. that night. Gates open at 11 p.m. Saturday and the first band, Loaded Dice, plays at noon, with music continuing all afternoon and evening.

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