The Mountain Home Arts Council and Parks & Rec launch the annual Mountain Home Summer Concert Series, and the Arts Council's 40th Season, with Honi Deaton & Dream bluegrass band on Friday, July 14, at Carl Miller Park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of live music for all ages, art & vendor booths, and food & beverage from Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill. The concert, offered free to the public, will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Booths will open as early as 5:30 pm.
Honi Deaton, an accomplished bluegrass and country singer, songwriter, and bassist, heads the bluegrass group Dream alongside her guitarist husband Jeff Deaton. Born in Texas, Deaton first began performing with her vocal/piano instructor mother in their group Soul and Country, which toured churches throughout the Midwest, according to her bio by Matt Collar. Eventually, the family moved to Idaho and Deaton began performing in various high-school musicals as well as DJing at a local radio station. Passing on a classical music scholarship to the College of Idaho, Deaton instead decided to pursue her interest in country music and joined the bluegrass ensemble the Grasshoppers. Touring with them for eight years, Deaton eventually met and married guitarist Jeff Deaton. The duo relocated to Georgia in 2001 and formed Dream with banjo player Kristin Scott Benson, fiddle player Dewey Brown, and mandolin player Chris Davis. The ensemble released its debut album, What Should Have Been, in 2003. Honi Deaton & Dream, which now features local banjoist Rudy Corbett, has since released Promise to a Soldier, Chasin' Dreams, Gospel Collection, and The Other Side.
The Summer Concert Series and 40-Year Celebration will continue July 21 with The Blues Brothers Rock N Soul Revue – A Tribute and conclude August 4 with The Blues Directors of the Boise Blues Society. These enjoyable, community events are made possible by the City of Mountain Home, Idaho Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and local sponsors Jack in the Box, Trinity Mountain Physicians @ St. Luke's Clinic, Idaho Power, MHAFB Officers' Spouses' Club, El-Wyhee Hi-Lites, Fish Fighter Products, In the Ditch, Hall, Friedly & Ward Law Office, TLK Diary, Robby Robinson, Little Cama Inn, Ari's Carpet Cleaning, Joe B & Mildred McNeal, Elmore Co. Eye Care, Triple "B" Lawn Care & Handyman Services, Winger's Roadhouse Grill, Mountain Home News, Whatthehisgoingon.com, Smoky Mountain, and many others.