When John Denver and Alabama Sang at Snow Valley

For those of us who were lucky enough to see (and hear) John Denver at Snow Valley it was an event that we will never forget. Thank goodness I have found the story I wrote about that fabulous event when I owned The Alpenhorn newspaper. The wonderful singer kept everyone thrilled to see (and hear) him in an outdoor venue…on the slopes of Snow Valley ski resort. The concert was on July 13, 1990 and those of us who took blankets or low-seats (along with warm jackets) were so lucky to be at the breathtaking concert. Weren’t we lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!A few weeks later the  and much-loved top country group, Alabama, had everyone tapping their toes and clapping or dancing to the fabulous sounds of the exciting country group. Again, the slopes at Snow Valley were filled to the gunnels with excited concert-goers. The two concerts couldn’t have been more different. When John Denver performed you could have heard a pin drop even though there were hundreds of people on the slopes. People came to listen to him, his lyrics and his incredible voice. It was a night that everyone would remember and throughout his performance you could hear people yell out “Farrrrr Out” which was one of his signature sayings. It was truly magic. Tickets were only $22 (including parking) so hundreds of people attended . It  was a magical night and that’s no stretch .

The next performance of the season was a fabulous, fun, colorful, fun concert by the adored country-western group, Alabama. What a fabulous time that was and I know that lucky guests so many years ago remember both of these first-rate concerts. The concerts were so different. For the “Alabama”concert people were clapping their hands and singing along with the great songs. When John Denver performed you could have heard a pin drop. People came to hear him and they sat quietly, bundled up in the brisk, lovely evening.

At this time both of the concerts were made available by the Lake Arrowhead Summer Music Festival. The performances began in 1989 and ended a few years later. It was a glorious time for those of us who were lucky enough to catch the terrific concerts. I know I’m not the only person who would love to see the concerts start up again but it’s not likely to happen so those of us who were there will always have great memories.




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