It's country, pop, rock and even "Rockabilly," the Wild West Songwriters Festival is one of the most unique of its kind and set in one of America's most historic landmarks. Hosted along Main Street Deadwood and inside The Deadwood Mountain Grand, hit songwriters will gather together for three full days of performances, panels and parties. The fourth annual event will run October 13-15th and will feature both return performers and fresh new faces.
Discover the moments that inspired your favorite hits and hear the songwriters themselves put their original spin on what came to be a radio smash. Featuring over 20 songwriters and panels by industry insiders, the Wild West Songwriters Festival and Deadwood will come together to form October's prime entertainment destination.
Staged In The Wild West
Once known as the wildest and woolliest town in the West, Deadwood is decidedly friendlier today than it was in its 1870’s heyday. Founded two years after the discovery of gold during the 1874 Custer Expedition, Deadwood is anything but dead today. In fact, in the past two decades more than $220 million has been invested in this quaint Victorian town tucked in a gold-filled gulch, making Deadwood one of the largest ongoing historic preservation projects in the Nation.
The Action in Deadwood drew the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. Wild Bill’s stay, however, was short. He was shot in the head while playing poker at the Saloon NO. 10. He died holding a pair of aces and eights, forever known as the Dead Man’s Hand.
Contemporary visitors discover brick-lined streets, richly preserved Main Street Buildings, period trolleys and lighting, intriguing museums and Main Street shootouts by Wild West re-enactors, coupled with a year-round slate of special events and free outdoor concerts, parades and rodeo performances.
Deadwood and the Black Hills and South Dakota have previously benefitted from relationships with celebrities, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest in 1958, to Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves in 1990, to the more recent HBO Original Series, Deadwood and of course Big & Rich. Big Kenny and John Rich’s association with the Black Hills has already represented a unique opportunity to tie-in with two country music stars that have brought our message to a national and international audience.
At Its Most Wildly Appropriate Venue
Plainly put, we do events - we set the stage! The Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center plays host to some of the hottest names in the music business with monthly concert lineups featuring some of music’s hottest acts! Over the next year, the Deadwood Mountain Grand will present more than 60 events drawing nearly 120,000 people to the event center.