Local band set to perform concert
Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Come Friday, the former Songbird building will be the place to be in Custer as Harbour, a four-member band from Custer, takes the stage for an evening of entertainment.
The band, made up of Haley Foster, drums, Gessie Heggen, guitar, Nate Riley, guitar and vocals, and Devon Wagner, bass and vocals, will perform in a dual benefit on Friday, March 7, beginning at 7 p.m. The $3 cover charge will go toward helping the band in future recording endeavors while concession sales will benefit the post-prom event in April.
“This will be a great way to raise money for post prom, but also for us to just play music,” Heggen said.
While Harbour has been together for two years, Heggen and Wagner have been playing together for about four years. The band has performed at various events around town, including a benefit for Heggen to attend a choir trip last year and the Burning Beetle/Bark Beetle Blues event in January.
“The Bark Beetles Blues was a great event for us and it was cool to see all these people together for a reason,” Heggen said. “We want to do that again. It’d be cool if we could be a part of that.”
Harbour plays both original music and covers other artists, but tends to stray away from typical music of the area.
“There’s a lot of country here, so we don’t play that,” Foster said. “We’re geared toward rock and post-hard core. I think it’s something not many have seen around here.”
The band hopes to raise enough money to help them record an album.
“We have ideas, but we want to put the finishing touches on them and be set on what we want to do,” Heggen said. “Really, we just want to learn more as we play and have a fun time.”
Since there are not many opportunities for music for younger people, Harbour members hope to change that with their presence in the community.
“We’re a band, but we do more than what’s (heard) in the community,” Riley said. “We want to get more people into music. There’s a whole other world that I don’t think people know about.”
“Some of our younger fans have formed bands because they like what we do,” Heggen added. “That’s been really cool to see that happen. I like to see our fans and people having fun with music.”
The band has a good group of fans, not only from Custer, but also in the surrounding areas in Hot Springs and Rapid City.
“I like the fact that we can make connections through our music,” Foster said. “I hope we can continue that.”
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