Art Beat: Black Hills Opry hits the Historic Opera House stage

The Grand Old Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville that began as a one hour radio barn dance back in 1925.

A local country trio is bringing the opry style show to the Historic Opera House in Lead.

In this week's Art Beat we get a preview of this month's upcoming show.

Once a month the stage at the Historic Opera House in Lead turns into the Black Hills Opry, a smaller version of almost centry old Grand Old Opry.

They feature down-home old-time classic country with local, regional and national talent.

Aces and Eights, a local classic country group came up with the idea.

Harland Allen, Aces and Eights, says "Kim came up with the idea and decided to run it by Sara at the Homestake Opera House. Sara and the board really loved the idea and got the board with us and it's kind of expended from there and grown. It's kind of amazing a couple months ago the idea formulated and then we approached Sara and here we are having our shows."

Their first show was in June and there will be four shows, one each month, with Aces and Eights hosting.

Kim Bachman, Aces and Eights, says "Every show is different and the thing we keep the same is at the end all of the guests join us on the stage and we do a grand finale and we all sing a very upbeat version of Will the Circle Be Unbroken with audience participation."

Aces and Eights, which consists of Harland and Kim and includes bass player Carrie Orr, play often around the region.

The name of the band actually came from a song Harland wrote.

Harland says "I wrote a song about Deadwood and the history of Deadwood and the song is called Aces and Eights.

When Kim and I started working together in 2015 we were searching for a name and finally Kim texted me and said I think we've been sitting on a name all along, it's the name of your song Aces and Eights so that became our name."

The Black Hills Opry is in its first year and is a show for everyone.

Kim says "It is definitely a family show full of humor, corny jokes sometimes that we get the audience laughing with us. They are all very family oriented."

After their first show they realized that it wasn't just locals who showed up.

Kim says "We had an opportunity to meet everyone in the courtyard after the show and we had many locals but quite a few tourists had come and were determined that if this was an ongoing thing going into next year they would be joining us again."

You can catch the second Black Hills Opry Show at the Historic Opera House on Saturday, July 29th where you'll hear classics like this."

After July's show the Black Hills Opry will be back in August, September and October. Check the Historic Opera House's website for dates and times.