What sees like a centuries ago Reba McIntyre and “Alabama” played an incredible concert at Snow Valley. I recently came across the story I wrote after that and I have to say that reading it all over again really brings back wonderful memories. Here is the story I wrote back then for my newspaper, The Alpenhorn, in the July 20 1989 issue.
To put it mildly, that concert was fabulous, fun, exciting and great!. Here’s what I wrote and published for my newspaper at the time. Those of you who were there can read it and yearn for more concerts at Snow Valley but that’s not likely to happen.
“What has 20,000 eyes, ears, hands and feet, roars like a lion, stomps hard enough to shake the ground and yells and screams their lungs out….all in the name of fun? Well, try the 10,000 Reba McIntyre/Alabama fans who piled into the parking lot of Snow Valley Ski Area last Monday night to witness the first historic local concert of its size on the west side of “The Mountain.”
The event, sponsored by the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce, was an experiment and it worked beautifully.
When the petite McIntyre took the stage at about 8 p.m. (a half hour delay due to, oddly enough traffic on Hwy 18) that little lady proved that she had one pair of lungs; she “wowed” everyone with her individual style of country/western singing. Her version of “Cathy’s Clown”” was a real crowd-pleaser but when she sang an oncore acapella, well, the mountain was in serious jeopardy of falling down due to the thunderous applause.
“Alabama kept the audience going with a long string of their hit osngs and they, literally, had the audience dancing, clapping their hands, swaying back and forth and lighting cigarette lights in the air so it looked hike a bunch of tiny, flikering lights.
And, as if planned,as the entertainment went on, a big round, full moon climbed over the mountains to shine down on thos assembled. Nice touch!”