Concert Series Is No More


As I typically do to start my three-hour, Thursday morning volunteer shift at the Rim Country Chamber and Visitor Center, this past week I browsed through the postings on the walls of the office to see what new was happening in the Rim Country.

When I looked over the Town of Payson’s year-long calendar of events poster, I was shocked to see that absent was the annual Concerts Under the Stars summer program at Green Valley Park. Figuring this had to be a huge printing mistake, I asked chamber manager John Stanton to confirm the goof-up.

Well, to my complete disappointment, John told me what I didn’t want to hear, that the concert series had been canceled — due to lack of town funds.

Not wanting to believe that our summer Saturdays in the park were going to be music-less this year, I called the parks and rec office to ask if this was really true. Sadly, I was told that although the concert series was not yet 100 percent dead, the music series pulse was barely beating and at this time the town did not have plans to host the summer concerts.

Alas, what are we do this summer in Payson without our musical Saturday in the park? I just can’t imagine.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the group that popularized the 1972 hit, “Saturday in the Park,” which made it all the way to No. 3 on Billboard’s pop chart?

This jazz-oriented rock band got its start in the late 1960s and through 1997 charted 50 hits. The group’s three No. 1 hits were: “If You Leave Me Now” (1976), “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” (1982) and “Look Away” (1988).

Is this multi-talented group that sang “Saturday in the Park”: A) Chicago, B) Bay City Rollers C) Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels or D) Charlene Hunt & The Payson Parkettes?

This week, if you’re caller number five and have the correct answer, in addition to having your name and bio appear in the Roundup next week, you’ll win two movie passes, courtesy of the Sawmill Theatres.

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: What year did Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” top the Billboard chart? Was it A) 1962, B) 1966, C) 1970, or D) 1974?

The correct year was 1970. Simon & Garfunkel’s hit peaked at No. 1 in late February of that year and stayed at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks.

Do you remember that Aretha Franklin also recorded a version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”? It did quite well, too, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard pop chart in 1971.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Bill Andersen, winner of a $10 gift certificate to Macky’s Grill.

Bill told me that he and his lovely wife, Beverly, had just returned from a 33-day trip to New Zealand and Australia and were still recovering from the 12-hour time difference.

Both Bill and Beverly were born and raised in San Francisco. They met in a bowling alley, where Bill was bowling and Beverly was a waitress. It was love at first cheeseburger and they have been living in marital bliss for the past 34 years.

Bill is now retired, after having worked for 37 years for the south San Francisco postal service. On April Fool’s Day eight years ago, the couple moved to Payson to enjoy a quiet life in the Rim Country.

Bill is very active in volunteer service at the Payson Elks Lodge, as trustee and interview committee member. In his leisure time, he enjoys music, sports and bowling.

His favorite music genres are 1950s rock ’n’ roll, new country and classic country. At the top of his most-often-listened-to artist list are Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard and George Jones.

Last, if you are a teen or you know someone who is, mark next Saturday, March 21 on your calendar. The Payson Relay for Life will be hosting a “Teen Dance” from 7 to 10 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

I will be donating the music that today’s teens enjoy (clean versions only, moms and dads) — hip hop, rock, country, Latin and more. Come on out and join in the fun, teens — there’s gonna be a whole lotta shakin’, beboppin’ and hip hoppin’ goin’ on, so don’t miss this fun dance!

— DJ Craig Phone: 468-1482

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