Big Bear Valley, CA — The Music in the Mountains concert series returns to the outdoor amphitheater at the Big Bear Discovery Center, with a kick-off concert this Saturday featuring local talent. The Memorial Day weekend concert, outside under the stars on the San Bernardino National Forest, is offered at a cost of just $5 (free for children 12 and under); the 7pm show is headlined by Simply Voices featuring Brian Adams, Helen Adams, Kim Boda, Steve Cassling, Beth Gardner, Donna McClintock, Jason Rice and Ty Warren accompanied by pianist Barbara King. Also on stage will be the Aquila Ensemble, a choir of local 4th to 7th grade students, and interpretive dance featuring Kasey Hall and Teresa Hoffman. The proceeds from this event, and others—to include The Long Run Eagles tribute on June 26, the Big Bear Twilight Music Festival of bluegrass, country, folk and Celtic music on July 31, and Jim Curry’s popular tribute to the music of John Denver on September 4—will continue to benefit the Peace Gardens program at local schools, forest restoration, and environmental education in the Big Bear Valley. The San Bernardino National Forest Association donated $10,000 to the Lighthouse Project’s Peace Gardens effort last year, and a donation from this season’s proceeds will continue the opportunities for local students to grow organic fruits and vegetables on school property and harvest their crops for local families. For more information on the Music in the Mountains series, including this Saturday’s show for just $5, visit or call the Discovery Center at 866-3437.

If you haven't yet heard Simply Voices (here at the PAC for a hospital benefit), the a capella group performs a wide variety of music, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Java Jive" and tunes from Schoolhouse Rock.