The Cave Big Bear hosts headline entertainment in Big Bear Summer 2016, with stars like Wynonna Judd, Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, Suzy Bogguss, legendary surf guitarist Dick Dale and The Tubes.
But stars also come out under the stars during the expanded “Music in the Mountains” summer series at Discovery Center’s outdoor amphitheater. Stars like Taylor Dayne, John Waite and Marshall Tucker Band!
All thanks to a new collaboration between Southern California Mountains Foundation, which for 10 years has put on a very successful music series, and Stone Entertainment Group (SEG), which has been bringing top performers to The Cave since opening its doors in 2013. From Robbie Krieger of Doors fame to Edgar Winter, Foghat and many more, SEG has upped the ante on Big Bear entertainment and now Music in the Mountains is sharing the love.
Taylor Dayne is at the Greek Theater in July, but listeners will be a lot closer at her June 25 series opener, enjoying hits like the #1 Billboard hit “Love Will Lead You Back” and her debut single “Tell It to My Heart” which reached #7. She’s had an astounding 18 hits in the top 20 including “Floor on Fire,” “Prove Your Love to Me” and “Beautiful.”
During her career Dayne has sold over 75 million albums and singles worldwide and garnered three Grammy nominations. The forest setting and intimate amphitheater will combine for a great setting—Sophie B. Hawkins opens—and general admission (bring your own lawn chair) is just $40, or sit really close with $75 VIP bench seating.
Those are the same prices for the other two national headliners, Waite on July 23 and Marshall Tucker Band which closes the series September 3. Waite is a perfect fit for Music in the Mountains. The onetime lead singer for The Babys and then Bad English, he’s best known for his 1984 monster hit “Missing You.” The tune soared to #1 on the charts.
Other Waite hits include “Every Step of the Way,” “If Anybody Had a Heart” and “Tears.” More recently the title track from his album “Rough and Tumble” hit the top spot on classic rock radio.
Marshall Tucker Band is another group made for listening under the pine trees. The group helped define Southern rock with its mix of blues, country, rock and even Gospel, with a driving sound that led to hits like “Ramblin’, ” “Fire on the Mountain,” “Take the Highway,” “Heard it in a Love Song” and the iconic “Can’t You See.”
Mix in two tribute bands that have been series favorites for years, DSB paying homage to Journey (August 6) and The Long Run’s music of the Eagles (Aug. 20), along with Wild Child’s tribute to The Doors (July 16), and you have a powerful series. Tribute show tickets are $30, less than last year, premium seats $40.
Save with season passes that include all events for $185 or $305 premium. “Pick 3” packages are also available.
Guests will enjoy new stage sound and lighting systems brought in by Stone along with improved food and drink service too. An expanded food menu includes tri-tip sandwiches, barbecue chicken and ribs, even prosciutto cheese and wine baskets. Of course guests are still welcome to bring their own picnic meals but no outside coolers since there’s a nice assortment of craft beers and wines plus full cocktail service. www.thecavebigbear.com.