Heavy-hitting bluegrass band playing Saturday

Music on the Mountain will feature The Dreadnutts (free) this weekend
2013-06-13T00:00:00Z Heavy-hitting bluegrass band playing SaturdaySubmitted by Bonnie Vining Publicist Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Dreadnutts, winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Band contest in 1991, will perform Saturday afternoon at the Music on the Mountain concert series.

This five-member band features four of Tucson's finest rapid-fire instrumentalists and is fronted by the legendary Bob Meighan, who has lived in Phoenix for many years. Meighan's soaring vocal abilities and musicianship made the Bob Meighan Band wildly popular in the 1970s and landed it a Capitol Records recording deal.

As their popularity grew, the Bob Meighan Band began playing larger venues, festivals, and colleges. In the mid-'70s, the band moved to Tucson. After playing at some of the bars on North Fourth Avenue, they settled into their new home at The Pawnbroker on the east side of Tucson. The band played there several nights a week, always to a crowded room.

The Dreadnutts are full of heavy hitters besides Meighan - it also features Peter McLaughlin, Earl Edmonson, Kirby Mittelmeier and Dr. Brian Davies. All have performed with various rock, bluegrass and country bands over the years.

McLaughlin has won several flatpicking contests, including the 1988 National Flatpicking Competition in Winfield, Kan., and he has toured with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street.

Edmonson, the nephew of the late, great Travis Edmonson, was gifted with a golden voice. A talented multi-instrumentalist, he has performed for many years with the Titan Valley Warheads and is a Telluride fingerpicking champion.

Davies worked as a Hollywood side musician, playing guitar and electric bass during the punk/new wave/metal era before moving to Tucson and playing with a variety of zydeco, rock, folk and bluegrass musicians.

Mittelmeier plays the mandolin like it is his third arm, and he is known for the fun and inspiration he brings to any band.

Music on the Mountain is presented by Chuck "Wagon" Maultsby and sponsored by Mesquite Homes and the Sawmill Run Restaurant.

If you go

• What: Music on the Mountain featuring The Dreadnutts.

• When: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Under the big tent at 12901 N. Sabino Canyon Parkway in Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon.

• Admission: Free; bring a lawn chair.

• Food: No outside food or beverages are allowed, but they are available for purchase to help pay the musicians and other costs of producing Music on the Mountain.

• Info: Email jc@oasistucson.com

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