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Sugar Mountain returns to Scottdale

From left: Pat Petrarca, Randy Miller, David Walters and Joe Golden are Sugar Mountain.

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By Rachel Basinger
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The band Sugar Mountain will take to the stage at the Gazebo Parklet Friday as part of the summer concert series in Scottdale.

This will be the third time the band has participated in the concert series.

Bassist and vocalist Randy Miller said he and three friends formed the band Sugar Mountain six years ago.

“We all knew each other from previous bands,” he said. “We all played in the area for the last 15 or 20 years.

The group plays a mix of southern rock and blues and something they like to call Texas swing, which has a country flavor.

“I hesitate to use the word country, because then people expect Toby Keith and that's not what it is,” Miller said.

Members of the group include Miller, drummer Dave Walters, guitarist and vocalist Joe Golden and pedal steel guitarist and vocalist Pat Petrarca.

All of the members of the band have their own jobs and families. The band is secondary.

The group doesn't play clubs as much, but more outdoor festivals.

“We will be playing in Connellsville soon and we played at Greendance Winery on July 4 and we will again in October,” Miller said.

Walters said he most enjoys the “musical interaction and unspoken word” between himself and his band mates when they are performing.

And he also loves playing in small-town communities.

“It's more intimate and the people are more responsive,” Walters said. “They enjoy having musical groups in towns ‑ they don't always get exposed to that ‑ so it's nice to be a part of that.”

All of the concerts are free to the public. The last concert is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 15, when the Sammy Brooks Band takes the stage.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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