Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Big & Rich/Steve Miller/Beach Boys, Pierre, SD

This is my second post on the Vietnam War Memorial Dedication concerts held in Pierre, South Dakota on September 15 and 16, 2006. Check out the full story here.

Big and Rich and their song "Eighth of November" were a featured part of the actual dedication ceremonies.

Here are Medal of Honor winner Patrick Brady, Big Kenny Alphin, subject of the song "Eighth of November" and Vietnam Vet Niles Harris, South Dakota National Guard General Michael Gorman, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, John Rich and Adrian Cronauer, the real-life disc jockey portrayed by Robin Williams in the movie "Good Morning Vietnam."

I've never quite understood why John Rich calls himself the "Cowboy Stevie Wonder," but here's a closeup of his guitar.

Two nights of Vietnam-era music capped off the weekend's festivities. Here is the Steve Miller Band.

And the Beach Boys.


Diane said...

I really like Big and Rich. I saw them in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Empire Fair, along with Cowboy Troy. In the beginning, I really didn't like them, but "Save a Horse", just grew on me, and their other music is really good.

Chad Coppess said...

Hi Diane,
I wasn't really a Big and Rich fan at first, either. If you can get over the "weird" stuff in their version of country, you start to realize that "weird" stuff is stretching the boundaries. Turns out it's pretty cool if you don't let yourself say, "That ain't country."
I've never been into rap or hiphop at all, but I'm thinking pretty hard about going to see Cowboy Troy this summer.