About Spread the Tunes, Inc.
Spread the Tunes, Inc. started in 2015, by several friends that live in or around Spearfish. The nonprofit spearheads the Canyon Acoustic Series that has raised over $8200 the past two years (2015 & 2016) for the Booth Society, the nonprofit group that supports the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.
Zac Eixenberger, Jake Jackson, Andrew Kliewer and Ben Schnaible all play a role in putting on the Canyon Acoustic Series, which is a six-week music series held at the bandshell in Spearfish City Park. The series starts the last Wednesday evening in June and continues through July. The music starts at 6:00pm and goes for about two hours, it’s a fun event and a grassroots effort to support not only the hatchery it also supports local food vendors and artists.
The organizers wanted to bring the community together and at the same time raise money for the hatchery, thus the Canyon Acoustic Series began. Zac, Jake, Andrew and Ben, realize they could not do without the support of local sponsorships, which makes all the difference in bringing in not only local but regional musicians as well.
The main sponsor of the series is Crow Peak Brewing Company, beverages sales along with weekly vendor fees and donated tips all go to support visitor services and youth education at the hatchery. Other important sponsors include: Nelson Chiropractic, Platinum Brokers, Edward Jones, Leavitt Group, Quik Signs, Auto Choice, Dana Dental, HealthSource, Wells Fargo, Killian’s tavern and Steakhouse, Thrivent Financial, Exit 8 and 14 Philips 66, Mark’s Old school Barber and Style Shop, Downtown Gym and Rushmore Mountain Sports.
Spread the Tunes, Inc. also hosts other music events that are used as fund raisers, such as Lil’ Smokies and Dead Horses show that was held at the Bb Backporch, in Spearfish. They raised $1,200 for Western Resources for Independent Living of Spearfish.
Zac, Jake, Andrew and Ben are all committed to community enrichment, they are passionate about music and want a better community for everyone. Through their grassroots efforts they are making Spearfish a better place to live.
The biggest obstacle has been the weather, although so far they have not had to cancel an event. It is not as hard as one would think, however, it does take a little bit of organization. The leaders of this effort are passionate about music and community enrichment, the four gentlemen all work fulltime jobs, which says a lot about their desire to make it work.