Summers in Rim Country are sensational. There are all kinds of reasons — among them are the free concerts in the gorgeous Green Valley Park every Saturday through July.
The 2013 Summer Concert Series started the first of June with a performance by MC6 A Cappella and was followed June 8 by the J Powers Band.
This weekend Blue Frog, with foot-stomping, hand-clapping, jump-off-your-seat music, performs.
The shows start at 7 p.m. each Saturday in the Green Valley Park amphitheater area. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the music as the sun sets and stars fill the beautiful, clear, Rim Country sky. Vendors will have refreshments available for sale starting at 6 p.m. The concerts generally conclude around 9 p.m.
The June shows will feature Breaking Point June 22, with a variety of music, including top 40 hits, jazz, blues and country; and June 29, Rim Country favorite Junction 87 performs great rocking country.
July’s series opens with another popular local group, John Carpino & The Hot Cappuccinos on July 6 with doo-wop favorites; Big Daddy D & the Dynamites return to the Rim Country July 13 with their award-winning blues; Southern Flight Band brings country, rock ’n’ roll and blues to Green Valley Park July 20; and the 2013 series is closed with yet another popular local group, the John Scott Band July 27, with rocking blues.
You can continue to make the most of music in the Rim Country by purchasing season tickets for the 2013-2014 season of the Tonto Community Concert Association at a discount by June 30.
The TCCA has selected eight exciting concerts to celebrate its 35th year of bringing high quality entertainment to Payson and surrounding Rim Country communities.
The season subscription, if purchased by June 30 is $85. The subscription will be $90 starting July 1.
Concerts will feature The Diamonds with old time rock ’n’ roll; Franc D’Ambrosio, who will showcase his newest creation, “I’ll Be Seein’ YOUZ ... A Bronx Boy’s Musical Perspective of World War II” featuring popular war songs from 1939-1946; Sonic Escape with chamber music; Jesse Lynch’s Jazz 101 with pianist Jesse Lynch joined by artists on bass and drums, the program will leads audiences on a journey through the evolution and history of jazz through music and a multi-media presentation; noted actor and singer Hal Linden, backed by a seven-piece band, performs some of America’s greatest songs and Broadway hits; more music from the theater comes to the Rim Country with a Matt Davenport Productions review, Back on Broadway; tenor John Berry will bring a celebration of life, love, faith and good music; and child piano prodigy Umi Garrett closes the 2013-2014 season.
The season starts Sept. 30 and concludes May 17. All concerts are at the Payson High School Auditorium. To find out more call (928) 478-4363 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or find a subscription form at www.tccarim.org.