Concert Series Starts Saturday


We Paysonites are in for another musical treat this weekend. This Saturday evening marks the beginning of Parks and Rec’s eight-week Summer Concert Series. From 7 to 9 p.m. at Green Valley Park, the Brew City Sisters (local artists Sue Becker and Kate Bergold) will be performing a fun mixture of folk, rock and country music.

Included on the sisters’ impressive musical resume are opening performances with some of the top artists of the past. They have opened for Three Dog Night, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Waylon Jennings and The Rascals. They have also appeared as contestants on The Charlie Daniels Show in Nashville, Tenn.

The Brew City Sisters (their name taken when the duo first formed in Milwaukee in the early 1990s), with Kate on the guitar and Sue on the acoustic base, will be bringing us music we all know and love — from the 1960s through the music of today.

Sue told me that we can expect to hear the sisters perform songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Sisters, along with several songs they have written themselves. One of Sue’s favorite songs The Brew City Sisters will be singing Saturday night is the great sing-along country hit, “Friends in Low Places.”

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the artist who sang the 1990 No. 1 country hit, “Friends in Low Places”?

Hints: This country music artist was born and raised in Oklahoma. It was after his second album, “No Fences” was released in the fall of 1990, preceded by the massive hit single “Friends in Low Places” that established him as a superstar. “No Fences” spent 23 weeks at the top of the country charts and sold 700,000 copies within the first 10 days of its release. By 1993, the album would sell over 10 million copies.

Throughout 1990 and 1991, this country artist had a string of No. 1 country hits, including “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” and “The Thunder Rolls.”

In December of 2005, this artist married country music star, Trisha Yearwood.

Is this country music icon A) Clint Black, B) Alan Jackson, C) George Strait or D) Garth Brooks?

If you are caller number five this week and have the correct answer, you’ll win a $10 gift certificate from Gasoline Alley, courtesy of Mike and Debbie Stuart, owners. Their Main Street antique and collectibles shop is loaded with goodies!

Now, let’s check out last week’s question, which was: Can you name the Gary (U.S.) Bonds’ “time-of-night” big hit in 1961? Was it A) “It’s Midnight Cinderella,” B) “Quarter to Three,” C) “It’s Four in the Morning” or D) “Five O’Clock World?”

The correct answer was “Quarter to Three.” If you recall the song, Bonds, with the help of Daddy G on the saxophone, was dancing all over the room to the beat of The Church Street Five until the wee hours of the night. “It’s Midnight Cinderella” was a top 10 hit for Garth Brooks in 1996, Faron Young’s “It’s Four in the Morning” topped Billboard’s country chart in 1972 and “Five O’Clock World” was a top pop hit for the Vogues in 1966.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Mary Fitzpatrick.

Mary is now retired and has lived in Payson for the past six years. She moved from New York “on a whim and to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather of the area.” She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from nearby Edinboro State College. After finishing school with a degree in Spanish, she accepted a teaching position in New York, where taught high school Spanish for 32 years.

Mary’s many interests include traveling (she will be leaving for Italy later this month), cooking, reading, walking at Green Valley Park and exploring the area in her new Jeep.

She also gives a large amount of her time to volunteer activities in the community — as a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, to the Relay for Life cancer fund-raiser, as a tax aide for AARP. She also donates her time at the Food Bank and serves on the Parish Council at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church.

Mary says she has a very eclectic music taste, enjoying opera, classical, Latino and some country music. Her favorite artists are The Temptations, Andrea Bocelli and Carrie Underwood.

Lastly, I hope to see you at the Relay for Life cancer walk this Friday night at the high school track. It will be an experience you will not soon forget. Please stop by my DJ area, say hello and request your favorite walking song!

DJ Craig — Phone: 468-1482

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