Cave Creek’s Vibrant Music Scene

Musicians and businesses work together 

MusicScenePart II of two part series

By Curtis Riggs ~  Local musicians have always been some of the first ones to help out people in need in Cave Creek. Partnerships are quickly formed between the players and Cave Creek establishments like Harold’s, the Hideaway and even smaller places like the Grotto when the need arises.

Pandy Raye, who turned her Chicks With Picks concert series into a non-profit organization recently in order to help more people, talks about how, “Cave Creek musicians couldn’t get there fast enough” when a fund-raiser for Valley musician Llory McDonald was held at the Hideaway last year.

The Grotto, which often features young acoustic musicians, recently participated in a Relay For Life fundraiser. Harold’s, the Buffalo Chip, the Horny Toad, the Cave Creek Smokehouse and other Cave Creek establishments ranging from Dairy Queen to the American Legion are always quick to lend a helping hand whenever someone is in need. Raye and her Chicks With Picks co-founder Rhonda Hitchcock have gone with other musicians into Valley children’s hospitals to entertain the sick children.

“They can’t wait to go back and do it again,” she says about the young musicians.

Residents can look for Chickstock, the Chicks With Picks annual festival this year and in the meantime, support the musicians and local charity benefits.  | CST

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