Poker Alice plays at Gayville Hall May 3 Nick Schwebach and Owen DeJong have played Gayville Hall many times in the venue's Hank Williams tribute with John and Susan McNeill and with their trio, the Public Domain Tune Band, with Larry Rohrer.
Gayville Hall presents for the first time on Saturday the musician's full quintet, the popular Poker Alice Band, in concert starting at 8 p.m. in Gayville.
Schwebach, of rural Wakonda, who sings and plays guitar, co-founded the Poker Alice Band with the late Gary Knutson in the mid-'80s and has been the linchpin of the much-heralded group through its history.
DeJong, who plays fiddle, joined the ensemble after returning to the Wakonda area from a stint with The Travelin' Band of Nashville during the 1980s. DeJong has played with Schwebach in the Public Domain Tune Band since 1979 and is classical music director at South Dakota Public Radio.
Rohrer, a Sioux Falls native who plays bass, joined Poker Alice in 1989 after moving to the Vermillion area to be program director at South Dakota Public Radio.
The other band members are Dennis Jensen on guitar and keyboards and Al Remund on drums. The group has performed widely in the Comfort Theatre Company's production of Always, Patsy Cline.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Reserved seating for "Poker Alice in Concert" costs $12.50. Call the box office at 605-267-2859. Tickets will be $10 at the door.