Terrific tributes, western star Dave Stamey, the great Marty Stuart and Friday nights featuring top local bands make for a rockin’ October at The Cave Big Bear.
Big Bear’s hot concert venue features a wide-ranging lineup of music in an intimate club-like setting where every seat is front and center and the dance floor stretches up to the stage. State-of-the-art lighting and sound system enhance the concert experience as do special effects like lasers, fog machines, even “snow” periodically falling, as The Cave presents amazing artists in the mountains.
The Cave is Big Bear’s place to party with Friday Night Bands as local groups take the stage at 7 p.m. Catch hot local talent and full drink service including offerings from Big Bear Lake Brewing Co. The minimal $10 cover includes hot dog, popcorn and soda.
Arguably the top tribute to TIM MCGRAW is on Saturday, Oct. 1 with Straight Up McGraw. Tom Drinnon’s voice is spot on in capturing the music of McGraw. Drinnon’s enjoyed his own solid country music career that’s seen him perform with many heavyweights—Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Sammy Kershaw, Patty Loveless, Aaron Tippin, many more.
His show is not just a tribute to McGraw featuring top songs like “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Don’t Take the Girl,” “Something Like That” and many others. Drinnon opened for McGraw and relates personal stories and experiences he had with the country star on the road.
Straight Up McGraw has played at venues from Seattle to Southern California and in between, including 2016 Reno Tahoe Music Festival. Tickets start at $20.
Five time Grammy winner MARTY STUART headlines The Cave on Oct. 8 with his band the Fabulous Superlatives. Stuart’s roots to country music are deep—at age 14 he played in the house band on Hee Haw, worked with legendary Lester Flatt, and at one time was married to Johnny Cash’s daughter Cindy and was in the superstar’s backing band.
Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives recently released the double disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, 23 tracks ranging from party music to Gospel tunes with originals, classic covers and traditional hymns. Stuart’s career has ranged from rockabilly and country to Gospel so the marriage of the genres is in keeping with what audiences have come to expect from the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian.
Aside from new selections expect to hear Stuart classics like “Tempted,” his first Top 5 hit, plus “Hillbilly Rock” and “Western Girls,” both of which led some to compare him to Dwight Yoakam. “The Whiskey Ain’t Working” and “This One’s Gonna Hurt You” are Stuart hits along with “Burn Me Down” and “Cry, Cry, Cry,” written by Cash. Tickets start at just $38.
Western star DAVE STAMEY takes The Cave stage Oct. 15. Called the “Charley Russell of Western Music by Cowboys and Indians Magazine, Stamey’s lengthy career has taken him to venues in 23 states, spreading music and stories that have made him a legend in venues big and small.
In 2010, 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician and his “Vaquero Song” has been called one of the greatest Western songs of all time. Stamey is one of the most sought after western entertainers in the country; six times he’s been voted Entertainer of the Year by the Western Music Association.
“Buckaroo Man,” “Skies of Lincoln County,” “Mountains of the Heart,” “Spin That Pony” and “May the Trail Rise Up to Greet You” are other top songs. All of which have led to WMA honors, five times being named Songwriter of the Year and six times the Male Performer of the Year. Stamey also received the Will Rogers Award from Academy of Western Artists. Tickets start at only $25 and the show is an Equu8 fundraiser.
The world’s #1 DEF LEPPARD tribute is presented by Pyromania on Oct. 22. For 12 years the band has captured the essence of a music heavyweight that has sold over 100 million albums worldwide—the music, vocals, harmonies and screams are all there on hits like “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites” and “Rock of Ages.” Tickets start at just $15!
Two top tributes for the price of one are on Oct. 29 during a fun-filled competition with the music of FLEETWOOD MAC & HEART. Mirage has presented the music of Fleetwood Mac at The Cave before and is outstanding with longtime Stevie Nicks impersonator Michelle Tyler at the helm. Hits like “Go Your Own Way,” “Don’t Stop,” “The Chain,” Dreams” and “Rihannon” are presented by a tight band with terrific lead guitar.
Dog `N Butterfly have been given the stamp of approval by Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson. The tribute band captures the original’s high energy concert experience complete with retro-inspired costumes on songs like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You,” Magic Man,” “These Dreams and more. Tickets start at $20.
Doors open for all shows at 6:30 p.m. with opening acts an hour later.
The Cave Big Bear; 40789 Village Dr. (909) 878-0204 or thecavebigbear.com.