Beatles songs to be performed at Gayville Hall on Saturday Bill Lauf, a singer-songwriter and tenor guitarist from Connecticut, returns to South Dakota on Saturday, Sept. 20, for an 8 p.m. concert at Gayville Hall celebrating the great songs of the Beatles with South Dakota guitarist and singer Jim Groth of Valley Springs.
Lauf made his first appearance in South Dakota a year and a half ago at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls with Susan Osborn and has returned twice to perform at Gayville Hall, most recently last June.
At a gathering of 10 to 12 concert goers after that performance in Gayville, Lauf played a request for a Beatles tune. Gaynor Johnson, of the South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music, who was in the party, suggested that Lauf come back to South Dakota for a concert of Beatles tunes. He later enlisted Groth for the show.
"Lauf and Groth are 'musicians' musicians,'" said Gayville Hall proprietor Doug Sharples. "They are also old enough to have been big Beatles fans. It should be a great show."
Groth grew up in Luverne, MN, studied at Northern State University in Aberdeen, and has been playing rock-and-roll and other music since the 1960s. He toured with Bobby Vee, rubbing shoulders in concerts with the likes of Neal Diamond and Glen Campbell, and was in the successful Midwestern rock-and-roll band, D.J. and the Runaways, with which he gained entry into the Iowa Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame.
Lauf grew up in Connecticut and made a name for himself in the New England folk music scene in the early 1980s. He is working on his third solo CD and has appeared on several Susan Osborn recordings.
Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for a reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.