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South Dakota musicians to play tonight at Fort Cody

July 27, 2017 GMT

Dylan Lewis, of Rapid City, will be making his fourth appearance at the Fort Cody Summer Music Series

tonight.

Lewis first played with Jami Lynn and then returned as part of his solo tour.

Last year, Fort Cody was one of the tour stops for The Darning Hearts, a duo Lewis formed with his wife, Natasha. This year he’ll be joined by Morgan Lee.

“Natasha had a family emergency,” Lewis said. “She was disappointed that she couldn’t make it.”

He reached out to Lee, who he plays with in another band called Hard Travelin,’ and she agreed to join him in North Platte.

Lee, of Vermillion, South Dakota, has been playing music for a long time, Lewis said. She’s also working on her doctorate in sustainability.

Lewis said the pair will be playing more of an “old-timey” set, with Lee on a clawhammer banjo and a guitar and Lewis on guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Audiences can expect a lot of original music, mixed with some tradition tunes as well as a lot of harmonies.

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Although the pairing was “spur of the moment,” Lewis said the duo may continue to play together as part of a separate project.

Lewis said he enjoys the social aspect of music and the people he gets to meet because of it. He said touring also gives him an opportunity to visit places he may not visit otherwise, such as North Platte.

“I feel as if people in North Platte really appreciate music,” Lewis said. “It’s always a really enjoyable experience ... As long as they keep inviting me back, I’ll keep coming back.”

Tonight’s concert at Fort Cody, 221 Halligan Drive, will be kicked off by Al Raby and Friends at 6 p.m. Lewis and Lee will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 per person. Season passes are available for $25 each and can be purchased at the gate before the concerts. Food by Early Bird, Second Mouse and locally brewed beer from Pal’s Brewery will be available.