Gayville Hall and Abourezk celebrate the blues Sept. 29 Singer Nikki Abourezk of Vermillion and guitar ace Mike Hilson of Yankton and his band, the Rejivenators, guest star with John McNeill of Springfield in Gayville Hall's first blues show Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m.
Abourezk is a South Dakota native who has enjoyed singing with members of her well-known political family since childhood. She led several bands during her active days in music and is widely known for her powerful, expressive vocal style. She came out of semi-retirement from performing last June to delight the Gayville Hall audience at the venue's second concert.
Appearing with Hilson in the Rejivenators are its co-founders, Tom Zoss and Mark Johnson.
Johnson was born in Yankton, grew up in Pierre and earned an M.D. degree from the USD School of Medicine. He has played bass guitar since 1974 in both South Dakota and Texas, where he conducted his five-year medical residency. He has been a practicing pathologist in Sioux Falls since 1991.
Zoss, a native of Beresford, attended USD and played drums for many years with the Poker Alice band of Vermillion. Later he met Hilson and started Blues Cartel, with which they performed five years. He has also played with Little Scotty and the Big Tones.
McNeill hosts concerts at Gayville Hall and has played blues on harmonica and guitar ever since his college days at USD, where he formed the Five-Line Transport Blues Band. He was the first white person to play in black soul bands in Selma, AL, if not in the entire state, during the early 1970s. He and his wife Susan perform regularly at Gayville Hall as well as at other venues in the region.
Gayville Hall is located at 504 Washington in Gayville. Admission is $7.