Entertainment lined up at Gayville Hall

Entertainment lined up at Gayville Hall Kaija Bonde is widely acclaimed for her performances in Always ? Patsy Cline. She performs at Gayville Hall on Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. as one quarter of the group East of Westreville with husband Brian Bonde, bassist Al Slaathaug, and guitar virtuoso and singer Boyd Bristow. Gayville Hall emcee John McNeill hosts.

The quartet's name, East of Westreville, was inspired by Kaija Bonde's familial ties to the Clay County crossroads between Vermillion and Wakonda, named for her mother's family. The group performs bluegrass, blues, gospel, folk and country music intertwined with homespun humor.

Kaija Bonde is a Sioux Falls native who has acted and sung since childhood. Other theatrical roles have included Eva Peron in Evita, Maria in The Sound of Music, Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods, and Rhetta Cupp in Pump Boys and Dinettes. She has released two CDs.

Bristow, of Sioux Falls, is a regular performer in the "Acoustic Christmas" concerts and has performed in such bands as Blue Berry Buckle, R & B Supply, Red Willow, The Travelin' Band and Poker Alice.

Brian Bonde is a Flandreau native who lives in South Falls. He founded the Comfort Theatre Company with his wife in 1997 and has performed many musical roles, including Johnny in The Cardigans.

Slaathaug, of Lennox, is a Ft. Pierre native who began playing bass in high school backing up future headliner Terry Ree.

Both children of the South, the Williamses met in the early '70s and began their musical partnership at songwriters' nights on the open stages of Nashville. For more than a quarter of a century they have delighted audiences with a blend of bluegrass, folk and old-time, acoustic country.

1975 saw the release of their first album and the beginning of their long association with Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion � five years before the radio show became national.

Moving from Nashville to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, the Williamses have released a series of critically acclaimed albums and have become two the busiest touring musicians in the U.S. Since 1989, they have recorded on the Sugar Hill label.

Former Red Clay Rambler Jim Watson plays bass and mandolin in Their Fine Group, and Kevin Maul plays dobro. The quartet has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville, 14 miles west of Vermillion. Tickets are $15 at the door or $17.50 for a reserved seat. A pre-show supper buffet is available from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call (605)-267-2859 for information or reservations.

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