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June 24th Kenny Metcalf''s Tribute to Elton John: Season Opener for Music in the Mountains Series

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Southern California Mountains Foundation is pleased to open its 12th season of Music in the Mountains on Saturday, June 24, 2017, with two-time crowned “World’s Greatest Tribute Band” featuring Kenny Metcalf as ‘Elton’, A Tribute to Elton John, at the outdoor Big Bear Discovery Center Amphitheater.  Opening for Kenny Metcalf is artist Mia Karter and The Winehouse Experience, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. 

Tickets are on sale at MountainsFoundation.org. Music in the Mountains is presented by Big Bear Vacations.

“We’re preparing for one of our best seasons yet packed with 12 of the best tribute classic rock and country bands for 6 Saturday concerts under the stars this summer at the Discovery Center,” shared Stacy Gorin, Southern California Mountains Executive Officer.   “New sponsors and concession partners are joining us in building a community committed to raising funds through the power of music to benefit our year-round conservation and environmental education programs.”

‘Elton’ as portrayed by Kenny Metcalf, has the voice and appearance of Elton John when he was young. From rhinestones to sequins, every detail has been meticulously recreated. Iconic costumes and glasses (created for Elton himself) by Ray Winston finishes the magic.  Now, more than ever there is demand and desire to step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of this artist in his prime; Kenny Metcalf and his band deliver.




The Winehouse Experience featuring Mia Karter is a celebration of the late Amy Winehouse’s unique style and artistry packed with her incredible original music and many of the classic hits she covered over the years.



Tickets are offered online at these prices; all concerts:
Adult premium seat               $48                      Teen general admission (13-17)  $27
Adult general admission        $37                     12 and under FREE
Teen premium seat (13-17)   $38                      On-site parking $20 each vehicle; limited

Local/Military/1st Responder Discount w/ ID at walk-up ticket locations; general admission only - $30 

Season passes for all six concerts are also on sale at a discount for a premium seat package at $265 and a general admission ticket package at $200.00.  Passes are available online and at walk-up sales locations.  Parking is not included but available for purchase in a six-season package. 

Tickets may also be purchased at two walk-up locations:  The Big Bear Visitors Bureau located at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake; open 7 days 9am to 5pm; and, Big Bear Vacations, 41693 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, open 7 days; 9am to 4pm.  Tickets will also be on sale at the Big Bear Discovery Center starting June 9th. All ticket options, parking and season passes are available at these locations.  In addition, a locals’ discount for local full-time residents, active and retired military, first responders- fire and police, and Mountains Foundation volunteers is available at $30 adult general admission for all six concerts with proof of ID. An online option is not available for this discount.  

Parking and ticket gates open at 5:00pm; all concerts begin at 6:00pm.    

All seating will be available on a first-come basis.  General admission guests must bring their own low-profile beach chairs for the open and designated seating areas.  Music-loving dogs on leash are welcome and admitted free.  Food and beverages will be available for sale.  No outside beverages (except sealed bottled water) are allowed in accordance with state ABC license regulations. 

Members of the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation will have early access from Noon to 3pm to reserve their seats prior to the gates officially opening at 5pm, for all concert dates.  A special $20 Music in the Mountains concert membership is available at the time of ticket purchase; one per family is required to enter early. 

Free parking will be available in the Meadows Edge trailhead parking lot; located ¼ mile west of the Discovery Center entrance.  A free shuttle will run from 5:00pm to 10:00pmHandicap parking will be available at the Discovery Center to a limited number of cars on a first-come basis at no charge with a state-approved placard or license plate on vehicle; thereafter, additional handicap parking will be available at $20 each vehicle subject to availability.

Music in the Mountains proceeds will continue to benefit the Mountains Foundation’s six powerful programs that focus on conservation, recreation, and education programs; many benefitting the Big Bear Valley.   In addition to Big Bear Vacations, returning and new sponsors include Big Bear Visitors Bureau, Mitsubishi Cement Company, Mountaintop Recreation, Gresham Savage Nolan & Tilden, and First Mountain Bank, The Lodge at Big Bear Lake, KOLA FM 99.9, KBHR 93.3, Lagonita Lodge and YMCA Camp Whittle.

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