The Black Hills are alive with the sound of ROCK!

Date: May 5th, 2018
Venue: Rushmore Brewery
Location: Custer, SD

As one of the newest cities to officially join the US Air Guitarcircuit, the dudes in Custer, South Dakota threw a hell of party, proving they are more than deserving to join the big leagues.

Held at the Rushmore Brewery, the house was packed with 250 excited spectators (not bad for a town of 1,800) eager for a show with enough energy to make those nearby presidents rattle. 

The evening started with local air guitar legend Han Guitar Solo (Chris Pelczerski). With a stellar Star Wars-centric opener, complete with light sabre action, his performance would have impressed any patron of the Mos Eisley cantina.

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Then the real competition, hosted by Meggie Magee (Megan Fuller) and Two Guns and Roses (Jimmy Schneller), began. The first competitor was DC Talk (Dave & Cheris Poppens), an air guitar duo who initially came to only to watch their daughter, last year’s champ Iced B (Brenda Poppens), perform. Caught up in the fun, they decided to sign up last minute, intentionally disqualifying themselves as a pair. They surely didn’t want to steal their kid’s thunder.

No self-sabotage was needed though as Iced B tore down the house with skill and intensity, easily making it to second round. 

And the third round.

And the fourth round.

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That’s right! Iced B and total air guitar newcomer The Jamitor (Alex Messerole) went to TWO air-offs before a winner could be crowned. The Jamitor absolutely cleaned up with veracious moves and a ridiculous amount of fun.

Though exhaustion had clearly caught up to both competitors, The Jamitor completely conquered Led Zepplin’s Immigrant Song, squeaking out a win and becoming the new reigning champ of Custer, SD!

Check out his winning performance here.

He’ll be joining the rest of the USAG Wild Cards in NYC for a chance to take a spot at US Air Guitar Nationalson August 4that Rough Tradein Brooklyn. Who’ll be joining him next?

Final Standings:
1.     The Jamitor (35.6) 71.2
2.     Iced B (35.6) 70.9
3.     Randall The North Wind Dupont (35.5)
4.     Fight Air Flight (35.5)
5.     2Can Sam (34.7)
6.     Air Spray (33.5)
7.     DC Talk (Disqualified)  

Judges: Brad McKinney, Daryl Stisser, Krystal Hunsaker, Keely Mahoney, Eric Sutton

Host: Han Guitar Solo (Chris Pelczarski)

Kriston Rucker