Pratt plays original songs at Gayville Hall Gayville Hall presents "Words and Music by Gordy Pratt," featuring one of South Dakota's most acclaimed performers in concert on Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m. in Gayville.
Gordy Pratt, of Sioux Falls, was born in Texas and grew up in Colorado, West Virginia, New York, and South Dakota, where he was first immersed in the theatrical world of the Black Hills Playhouse at age 12.
He performs over 150 shows a year in the Upper Midwest in such self-penned musical vehicles as The (Original) Fabulous ONE GUY, The ONE GUY Christmas Show, and Seth Bullock: Spirit of the West. He has also opened for artists such as Glen Campbell, Michael Martin Murphy, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Pratt studied at Ithaca College in New York and at the Royal College of Music in London before finishing his degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He and his wife, Janet Brown, toured the U.S. with the Shakespeare Festival's Pirates of Penzance starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt and toured Europe with a production of Ain't Misbehavin.
Since returning to South Dakota in 1985, Pratt has created and performed music and comedy shows for Deadwood casinos, has played on tours sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council, and has become a treasured star in the state. He is an accomplished classical guitar player as well as a singer and songwriter and is one of a very few South Dakotans who make their living solely through music and performance.
At Gayville Hall, Pratt will sing his original songs. The concert is the second at the venue featuring the words and music of a South Dakota songwriter. The first showcased the songs of John McNeill, who will open the show and introduce Pratt.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for advance reserved seating. Call 605-267-2859.