Music on the Mountain

2013-05-30T00:00:00Z 2014-07-01T16:46:36Z Music on the Mountain Arizona Daily Star
May 30, 2013 12:00 am

One of the most engaging and entertaining concert series of the summer is taking place at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet.

Music on the Mountain, the live music showcase held weekly in Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon, returned Saturday after taking last summer off.

The series, which showcases local acts in the mountain village setting, continues with the same mission.

"The goal is to show people that Mount Lemmon is still Tucson's playground," said developer Jim Campbell who came up with the idea of Music on the Mountain with Bob Zimmerman, owner of Mount Lemmon Realty. "It is unbelievable how many people still haven't been up there since the (2003 Aspen) Fire."

Campbell said he and Zimmerman took a break in 2012 to help Gabriel Greenberg get the Sawmill Run restaurant, located in the heart of Summerhaven, off of the ground.

The biggest change, now that the music is back, is its move from Sundays to Saturdays.

"It seemed like a better fit," Campbell said. "Sundays were tough. Having it on Saturday gives people the opportunity to stay later or even spend the night."

Chuck Maultsby of Chuck Wagon & The Wheelchairs has filled the void left behind by local concert promoter Bonnie Vining, who organized the first three seasons of Music on the Mountain before retiring.

Campbell said the weekly concerts have developed a loyal following over the years.

"People were disappointed that we didn't have it last year," he said. "This should be a fun summer."

Concerts run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays

Here's the lineup

• Saturday - Chuck Wagon & The Wheelchairs with Heather Hardy.

• June 8 - Ronstadt Generations.

• June 15 - Bob Meighan and the Dreadnutts with Peter McLaughlin.

• June 22 - The Amosphere with AmoChip Dabney.

• June 29 - The Bad News Blues Band.

• July 6 - Chuck Wagon & The Wheelchairs with Ned Sutton & The Last Dance.

• July 13 - John Coinman.

• July 20 - Kevin Pakulis & The Coyote Supper Club.

• July 27 - Top Dead Center.

• Aug. 3 - Chuck Wagon & The Wheelchairs.

• Aug. 10 - Bryan Dean Trio & Friends.

• Aug. 17 - Stefan George.

• Aug. 24 - Nancy McCallion & Her Wee Band.

• Aug. 31 - Chuck Wagon & The Wheelchairs and Heather Hardy.

• Sept. 7 - Anna Warr & Giant Blue.

• Sept. 14 - LeeAnne Savage.

• Sept. 21 - Freaky Frank's Roadhouse.

• Sept. 28 - Peter McLaughlin & The Sonoran Dogs.

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