I was sad to read that the Concert Under the Stars summer concert series in Green Valley Park may be “no more” because of budget cuts.
I have very much enjoyed the live music and sense of community that comes from this Saturday night summer tradition. In fact, I always hoped the concert series would start earlier in the season and last longer.
I am eternally grateful to Doug White who took the lead in making Concert Under the Stars a reality so many years ago. It would be a real shame and loss to let it go, so I would like to propose a solution.
We have some wonderfully talented musicians living right here in the Rim Country that may want to perform on the Concert Under the Stars stage.
To name a few possibilities: The John Scott Band, Clay Sopeland, The Don Gibson Band, Junction 87, John Carpino and the Hot Cappuccinos, Code Blue, Trouble in Paradise, Rim Shot, and Gerry Reynolds and his friends.
The trick will be to get the band, sound people and any other expenses paid.
Last week at the Renaissance Festival I observed the performers get paid with donations from the crowd. After the performance, volunteers went out into the crowd with hat in hand. People loved the show so much they were waiting in line to put money in the hat. I was hoping the same thing might happen in Payson.
The concert series has been well attended in the past and if it was advertised well that the expenses for the concert would be paid by donation I believe the people of Payson would step up and bring a few bucks each to keep Concert Under the Stars alive.
I would be willing to take the lead in this endeavor if parks and recreation needed the help. All they have to do is call. Thank you.