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New Concert Venue Opens In Big Bear


State-of-the-Art Entertainment Venue to Host Weekly Concerts All Year

The Cave is a newly renovated concert venue that opened its doors for the first time on Friday, June 7 with a tribute concert to John Denver featuring Jim Curry. The Cave will host live entertainment every weekend, all year round. The site is the former Village Movie Theater in Big Bear Village. Proprietor D avid Stone made a significant investment toward renovations to completely transform the historic movie theater into a top-of-the-line entertainment venue with state-of-the-art sound system, lighting and equipment. The Cave will undoubtedly become recognized as one of the region’s premier show venues.

“The sound system we installed is going to blow people’s minds!” said Stone. “It’s crisp and clean like Carnegie Hall. It’s top notch!” The grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 7 was followed with a kick-off performance by Jim Curry. Curry is recognized as the nation’s leading tribute to the late John Denver. The concert spanned the career of the legendary artist with songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Calypso” and “Rocky Mountain High.” Jim Curry returned to the stage for a second performance on Saturday, June 8.

The Cave will host live entertainment every weekend, all year round. A full summer schedule is already booked with a variety of acts from rock, country, pop and alternative tribute bands to original artists. Some of the artists booked include The Joshua Tree (U2), Bruce Springsteen Experience (Bruce Springsteen), Kenny Metcalf as Elton (Elton John), Green Today (Green Day), The Ultimate Stones (The Rolling Stones) and Britain’s Finest (The Beatles). Original artists will also perform live at the Cave that includes artists such as Matt Rogers (country) Dennis Jones (country), and Old Miners Blue Grass Henderson Family (bluegrass). The venue will also feature stand-up comedians and social events such as major boxing matches and the Super Bowl. Long-term goals for the venue are in the works to bring in national touring artists.

“Not only will The Cave be home to the best of the best tribute bands, but we will be bringing in the real McCoy, too,” Said Stone, referring to national acts performing at The Cave. The Cave is an intimate theatre-style venue with a maximum capacity of 399 that creates an up-close and personal concert experience. Key features include an orchestra pit with dance floor in front of the stage, VIP opera-style box seating at the wings of the stage, and two main-floor private VIP boxes that can accommodate up to 20 people per box. VIP boxes include full cocktail service. Concertgoers will also enjoy concessions that include fine wines, craft beers and a selection of food.

“The Cave fills a void in Big Bear Village, which of course is quality, live entertainment,” added Stone. “The heart of town needs a steady pulse, and this venue will do just that.” The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake. General seating tickets range from $10 to $25 and box seating ranges from $20 to $50 depending on the act. Pricing for national touring acts will be slightly more. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com or call (877) 825-4388. To get a complete listing of all events happening at The Cave visit www.bigbear.com and go to the Special Events page.
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