Poker Alice will play at Gayville Hall Sept. 6 The Poker Alice Band returns to Gayville Hall on Saturday, Sept. 6, for an 8 p.m. concert which will be recorded for a CD, according to proprietor Doug Sharples.
Nick Schwebach, of rural Wakonda, who sings and plays guitar, founded Poker Alice with the late Gary Knutson in the mid-'80s. Fiddler Owen DeJong of rural Wakonda joined the band after returning from Nashville, where he performed several years with The Travelin' Band.
DeJong and Schwebach have played together in their duo, the Public Domain Tune Band, since 1979 and regularly perform with John and Susan McNeill in Gayville Hall's Hank Williams tribute.
DeJong is also classical music director at South Dakota Public Radio and a member of the Dakota String Quartet.
Bassist Larry Rohrer, a Sioux Falls native, 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 of rural Beresford on guitar and keyboards and Al Remund of Lennox on drums. The group has performed widely in the Comfort Theatre Company's production of Always ? Patsy Cline.
The Poker Alice Band: Live at Gayville Hall is one of several live CDs which Sharples hopes to release. He has also recorded live performances by the South Dakota Jazz Quintet, the McNeills, and others.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Reserved seats cost $12.50. Call the box office at 605-267-2859. Tickets are $10 at the door.