Darren Thompson – Photo by Matt Kelly
Annual Concert to Feature Renowned Artists, Musicians, Leaders
Published August 11, 2016
RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA —The Black Hills Unity Concert announces its third annual concert to convene from Friday, September 9, through Sunday, September 11, 2016. The concert will be hosted at the Elk Creek Resort in Piedmont, South Dakota and will feature dozens of internationally recognized musicians, American Indian and environmental leaders and will host thousands of supporters from all over the world.
“We are excited and honored to be going into the third year of the Black Hills Unity Concert,” said Theresa Two Bulls, former President of the Oglala Lakota Tribal Council. “We started this journey to bring people in unity to our Sacred Black Hills and it is our intention to continue to celebrate together the importance of understanding that our grounds are beautiful and sacred and they are not for sale.”
American Indian flute player Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) has been invited to perform again this year.
“I am beyond honored to contribute and share my passion and music, once again, at the Black Hills Unity Concert,” said Darren Thompson. “To be a part of such a movement is one of my life’s greatest experiences and I cannot wait to see the many dedicated artists, attendees, and organizers together in unity for Mother Earth.”
In its first two years, the Black Hills Unity Concert has attracted thousands of people from all corners of the United States and various parts of the world – making the event a platform for many social, environmental and political issues to be shared and voiced. With the intent of expanding on its success from previous years, the concert will feature award-winning musicians such as Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary, Pura Fe, Keith Secola, Scatter Their Own, Nahko Bear, the Cody Blackbird Band, Bethany and Rufus and many others. In addition to the entertainment, there are workshops, presentations and ceremonies planned to allow the public to gather information and learn from local and national leaders and various tribes through the United States that find the Black Hills sacred.
“We are inviting any and all people to join us in celebration for the third annual Black Hills Unity Concert,” continued Theresa Two Bulls. “It is a time of great unity, love and a time where everyone can put aside their differences and learn, laugh and have a great time learning about the sacredness of the Black Hills and the importance of ensuring they remain sacred and respected.”
The Black Hills Unity Concert is free and open to the public. For information on the Black Hills Unity Concert including venue location, schedule of events, list of performers and lodging please visit www.theblackhillsarenotforsale.org