Children in the audience will be able to participate in a hands-on art project offered by Yreka-based Liberty Arts Gallery

The 2017 Scott Valley Bank Summer Concerts in the Parks season opens Friday evening, June 16, at Hoy Park in Lake Shastina with “The Deady Bears,” a local band that plays Grateful Dead music. The concert is described as a free family event with lawn seating from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Deady Bears, according to a press release, jam “in the tradition of the late ’60s and early ’70s San Francisco freeform music scene.”

The band features Rusty Miller, Terry Lawhon, Richard Lucas, and Doug York.

As a special bonus to kids in the audience, the Yreka-based Liberty Arts Gallery will offer its Explorations program during the show, which gives youth from kindergarten to 12th grade a chance to participate in a hands-on art project while learning about the creative process, various production techniques, and introductory art terms.

“The Deady Bears are so excited to perform at beautiful Hoy Park, beneath the majestic Mount Shasta,” said Rusty Miller, who has been playing music for almost 50 years. Raised in Yreka, polished in Nashville for 23 years, and now back home in Yreka, Miller has been playing his style of music that he calls “folk rock n’ blues” every week in Siskiyou County for the last four years. He has always been heavily influenced by Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and the Grateful Dead.

Terry Lawhon has been playing guitar for close to 48 years. He’s played in many different bands over the years, owns and operates his own recording studio in Mount Shasta, and currently plays guitar in two bands, the Deady Bears and Blue Relish.

Richard Lucas began his musical career at age 9, singing second soprano with the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, for five years. He has been playing bass, singing back-up vocals and arranging with various Mount Shasta-area bands for 30 years.

With deep roots in gospel jazz, rock, classical and country, drummer Doug York started touring internationally in his teens, recording, teaching and performing music for all audiences. Now based in Mount Shasta, York joins the Deady Bears with a love for playing “in the pocket” behind his bandmates.

Event sponsors include Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, Brookdale Senior Living, and McDonald’s of Yreka and Weed; as well as season sponsors Fairchild Medical Center, Yreka Transfer, LLC, Etna Brewing Company, Buffalo Broadcasting, Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers, Siskiyou Daily News, Best Western Miner’s Inn, and Siskiyou Development.