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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee music, musicians, live shows and acts.

Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1For the past 12 years, the summer long Concerts at Commons Beach has become a favorite Sunday tradition.

These fun, community gatherings feature both local acts and touring artists.  Everyone is welcome and picnics are encouraged. Low-back chairs only, please.  Sorry, no pets allowed.

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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

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If you want real local culture, head to Kings Beach.

Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2017 on Fridays at Kings Beach State Recreation Area June 30 – September 1, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm.
See you there.

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Free Lakeview Commons Summer Music

live-at-lakeviewLast one tonight!  Grab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach every Thursday evening June 22-August 31, 2017 from 4:30-8:30 pm  for free live music.

Entertainment will range from local to nationally recognized musicians featuring a different genre of music each week including Jazz, Rock & Roll, Reggae, Latin, Bluegrass, and more.

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Classical Tahoe July 28-Aug 12

Classical Tahoe Tahoe CultureTalk about class act. 

The nationally celebrated classical music festival,  Classical Tahoe, is set to amaze audiences for its 6th season, July 28 through Aug. 12, 2017. Featuring acclaimed guest soloists and performances made more striking by the spectacular scenery of Lake Tahoe, the festival brings together nationally recognized principal musicians for three weeks of concert performances in Incline Village. read more →

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Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 10-23

Tahoe-events-TOCCATAUnder the masterful direction of James Rawie, The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area, aka TOCCATA, will perform Handel’s Messiah throughout the Lake Tahoe region December 10-23, 2016.

Selections from parts 1 and 3 of the Messiah will be performed as well as favorite carols which the audience is invited to join in. The Tahoe community can continue enjoying TOCCATA’s beloved holiday tradition. read more →

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TOCCATA 9/11 Memorial Concert Sept 11-18

Christian Steiner Liz PitcairnTahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 2015 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a concert series beginning Sunday, September 11 in Reno. The concert series commemorates the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

The series features famed violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn performing Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin in D major Op.77 on the legendary Red Stradivarius Violin.

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Jazz Alto Saxophonist Baron von Remmel

Baron von Remmel has the distinction of being Lake Tahoe’s very own Jazz Saxophonist, with a golden alto sound reminiscent of Paul Desmond.

As a 28-year resident of the west shore of Lake Tahoe, he is a familiar figure. He’s not only a performer, but a jazz educator who gives private lessons and teaches music at local schools.

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Music at the Lake Aug 16-21

Tahoe Culture Music SceneJoin The Lake Tahoe Music Festival 20-Piece Academy Orchestra as it presents a 5-day concert series. Beautiful music at lake-front and intimate settings on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City and Truckee. Bring your picnic, chair and wine for a wonderful evening of beautiful music.

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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest June 12-Sept 18

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Tahoe Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus proudly announces its 11th SUMMER MusicFest June 12-Sept 18, 2016 with the kickoff series Go4Baroque, featuring Josue Casillas, principal flutist with the Puerto Rico Symphony. read more →

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The Passion According to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach with TOCCATA March 18-25

TOCCATA Tahoe cultureTo celebrate Easter, J.S.Bach’s Passion According to St. Matthew will be presented by TOCCATA – The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area – March 18-25, 2016.

Here’s your chance to experience what many consider to be Bach’s greatest masterpiece, the Passion of Christ, by our own local musicians.

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Alpine Meadows Free Spring Music Series

Alpine Spring Music Series Tahoe CultureNow Alpine Meadows’ great spring skiing just got better.  A local tradition to celebrate Lake Tahoe’s incredible spring skiing conditions, and another reason to party, the Spring Music Series takes place Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm, March 26, 2016 – April 23, 2016.

All concerts are free and family friendly.

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Dream Spirit Baroque Band

A local favorite, the Dream Spirit Baroque Band performs classical, baroque, Celtic, Renaissance, pop songs, ethnic and folk chamber music.

The Dream Spirit Baroque Band has been together for over a decade and is comprised of four local musicians including Jack Shipley on hammer dulcimer and recorder, Jon Smart on guitar, Suzanne Stone on cello, and Diana Woodbury on violin.  read more →

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Free Concerts at Heavenly Village

Trey Stone at Heavenly Village Tahoe CultureWho says nothing comes for free anymore?  The Heavenly Village is kicking off the summer with free concerts in front of Basecamp Pizza on Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm.  All ages are welcome, and all concerts are free to the public.

The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.

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Waiting for T.I.M.

tim.gifThe pex. Axium. Little Muddy Circle. Rescue Me.

You’ve heard them, right? No….check them out now – Waiting For T.I.M.

Waiting for T.I.M. is a South Lake Tahoe based band with influences from every genre of music. Pulling material from the last 60 years and combining it with their own unique sound, they have succeeded in creating truly different, but undeniably riveting dance music. read more →

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World Travel Inspires South Shore artist Niall McGuinness

Niall McGuinnessRio. Lisbon. Caribbean. Africa. Miami.

These are the places that inspired Niall McGuinness from South Lake Tahoe to create his breakthrough debut album, Limpopo.

We call it Soulful. Engaging. Contemplative. Original.

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“Extreme Sport Folk-Rock” by Darin Talbot, Snowboarder Musician

talbot3.jpgI think he created a new music genre.

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TOCCATA Baroque Masters Jan 3-10

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus kicks off its 11th annual WinterFest with the “Brrroque Masters” concert series January January  3, 6, 8 and 10.  The concert series is dedicated to the memory of Mark Lord, TOCCATA’s principal trumpet player 2007-2014.

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The Last Levee

With their unique style of rock ‘n’ roll without boundaries, local rock band, The Last Levee, bridges the gap between classic and modern musical fare.

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Quartet Minus One makes…great music!

These 3 guys from Truckee Tribe just can’t play enough so they started QMO.

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There are places I’ll remember

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Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival & Competition July 11-14

Gonzalo Bergara Quartet Rhythm GuitarDevoted to excellence, presented in a laid back spirit of camaraderie, the Sierra Nevada Classical Guitar Festival and Competition takes place July 10-12, 2014 acoustically sound St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village, Nevada.

The 2014 festival features Concerts, Workshops, Masterclasses, visiting Luthiers.

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“Around Tahoe” A Musical Odyssey by Darin Talbot

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A self-guided audio tour of Lake Tahoe with music and information about hot spots, history and local legends.

“Around Tahoe” is written, composed and performed by Mr. Tahoe, also known as Darin Talbot, a local singer songwriter.

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Martin and Vargas Nuevo Flamenco Guitar

Tahoe Culture Martin & Vargas2 words:  Martin and Vargas. Two of the finest classic guitarists have matched up to create Nuevo Flamenco – an international blend of Spanish classical, traditional flamenco and Bossa Nova from Brazil.

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TOCCATA Winter MusicFest Feb February 7-15

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (TOCCATA) continues its 9th annual Winter MusicFest with the “Paul Guttman Piano Competition Winner” concert series February 9, 11, 13 and 14, 2014.

The program opens with Bach’s choral masterpiece Magnificat, featuring vocal soloists Anna Helwing, Joy Strotz and Katharine DeBoer, sopranos, Albert Lee and Sherman Modeste, tenors and Chris Langton and Stuart Duke, baritones. read more →

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Quartet Minus One: Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder Oct 31 & Nov 1 at Moody’s

Local music trio, Quartet Minus One, has built their sound on a foundation of ’60s jazz, ‘70s funk, and roots reggae, drawing on music from Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ernest Ranglin, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Bob Marley and more.

They’ve also crafted a soulful Michael Jackson-Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, “Glove vs. Glasses,” which includes an eclectic mix of musicians and a 3-piece horn section, and male and female vocalists.   This magical battle takes place at Moody’s Oct 31 and Nov 1, from 8pm to 11pm.

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32nd Requiem for John Lennon…from Bach to Rock Aug 20

Drag out your beads, bell-bottoms, and tie-dyed tank tops for the 32nd anniversary of the Requiem for John Lennon performed by TOCCATA (Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus) on Monday, August 20th at Sand Harbor State Park at 7:30pm.

Join Maestro James Rawie and Friends, a soft rock band, and the singers of the TOCCATA chorus to belt out “Yesterday” and “Imagine” as you dance down memory lane and relive music by the Beatles in a “Classical Requiem” format interspersed with five centuries of Mozart, madrigals, motets, and folk-rock music.

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“Jazz Artists in Residence” host Free Kids Music Camp at Moody’s July 16-20

moodys kids campIt’s a spectacle that draws appreciative stares.

Seven of the country’s top jazz musicians marching down the streets of Truckee with 70 children in their wake, everyone playing “When the Saints Come Marching In.”

Some of the children who don’t have instruments drum on pots and pans donated by Moody’s Bistro & Lounge. The impromptu parade caps off the annual “Jazz Artists in Residence” free Kids’ Camp, hosted by Moody’s, which will take place July 16-20, 2012  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Ten Cent Lure

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Groove Like Me. I Swear. City. In the Heart of It.

If not, click here to listen to local SS band, Ten Cent Lure.

Brewed in the heart of the Sierras, Ten Cent Lure is quickly emerging as one of the hottest new acts on the Tahoe scene. Ten Cent Lure draws from a diverse background and combines elements of Rock, Funk, Groove, and yes, even Country to create their trademark Funkin’ Swanky Tonk sound. read more →

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Subjektochange

Subjektochange (STC) has been a group since the summer of 2006 when Nick and Eric met Erv on stage at the Bar of America in Truckee where a great night of improvisational music happened.

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This Band is Out of Order.

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Roots. Rock. Reggae. Dub and Funk.

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It’s a family affair.

Well, sort of.

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JJ Morgan Jazzes up Truckee

He has been the driving force behind Moody’s reputation as a venue for talented jazz artists.

He also started the Jazz Artists in Residence series held every July, that offers local kids a chance to play with jazz greats, who teach them about various instruments and music for free.

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North Tahoe Jazz Band 1940s Night Feb 11

Help North Tahoe High get to their “Goodwill Tour” this spring while you dance to jazz music from the 1940s on February 11 at Granlibakken Resort.

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Blue Turtle Seduction captures Mountain Soul

Blue Turtle Seduction Performing since 2001, Blue Turtle Seduction has created a signature style, raw yet polished, that represents the South Shore’s work hard, play harder lifestyle.  It’s a hypnotic blend of electric guitar and mandolin; harmonica, harmonies, and adrenaline; drums, bass, and violin led by Jay Seals’ vocals.

With roots embedded at Fallen Leaf Lake, they have a deep love for Lake Tahoe which is captured in their song, Mountain Sol, that pays tribute to our mountain culture. And, for many in Tahoe, our priorities.

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Cash Only Band

Founded by front man guitarist Davin Kangas in 2002, the Cash Only Band from South Lake Tahoe started out as a Johnny Cash Tribute band with one distinction.

It’s a musical interpretation, not an impersonation.

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FiftyFifty New Years Bash Features Two Local Rockin’ Bands

The bands STC and Drop Theory are returning for the fourth annual New Year’s Eve bash at FiftyFifty Brewing Company in Truckee on Dec. 31, 2010.

This years’ party theme is “The White Room” so you guessed it – wear white!

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Wynonna at Northstar July 31

One word – Wynonna.

She’s coming to town July 31.

This year, “the greatest country singer since Patsy Cline” (Rolling Stone Magazine) is making history at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival by being the first country music performer in 28 years to join the festival lineup.  Yeehaw!

“An Evening with Wynonna” takes place at Northstar-At-Tahoe on Saturday, July 31. read more →

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Kathleen Grace at Moody’s June 25 and 26

Kathleen Grace, who fuses the harmonic beauty of jazz with the lyrical power of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, will perform two free shows at Moody’s Bistro & Lounge Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 26.

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Flamenco Guitarist David Maldonado at Crystal Bay Jan 8

The Crystal Bay Club will spice up the North Lake Tahoe nightlife with a touch of Spain when flamenco guitarist David Maldonado performs for free on Friday, January 8, 2010.

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Free Jazz-fusion Flamenco @ Moody’s July 30

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Singer ‘La Leta’ and percussionist Roger Aiton will join flamenco guitarist Gopal Slavonic and flamenco dancers during an intimate evening of free music on Thursday, July 30, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Moody’s Bistro in Truckee.

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“A Fusion of Song and Spirit” with Chris Spheeris July 24 at Cedar House

Chris Spheeris Tahoe Trails and VistasEmmy Award winning musician Chris Spheeris will create a magical evening of music, song, poetry, and storytelling paired with delicious wine and deserts July 24 at 7 pm presented by Trails and Vistas.

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Grand58 at Valhalla, June 26

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Local band, Grand58 plays an eclectic mix of all the great jazz, funk, fusion, folk, and rock music of the last thirty years, but with an original, driving, and raw twist making it always new and fresh.

 

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Rock Punk & Funk: Lavish Green at Divided Sky May 8

They are considered one of South Shore’s original rock and roll bands.

Lavish Green. Rock punk funk with a twist of some other stuff.

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Flamenco and Jazz at Moody’s April 23-25

Free live music and unexpected acts make Moody’s the place for Truckee nightlife. All year round.

Flamenco dancing and music and a jazz organ trio from LA will perform at Moody’s Bistro & Lounge at the end of April.

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Legendary South Shore Headliner Acts

Guess who? No, it’s not Santa.

It’s Leon Russell.

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Blue Turtle Seduction at Valhalla Sept 4, 7:30pm

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Having met at Fallen Leaf Lake, local band Blue Turtle Seduction will be playing right across the highway at Valhalla on September 4.

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