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

Alpine Meadows Free Spring Music Series March 15-April 26

Alex-of-Boca-do-RioNow Alpine Meadows’ great spring skiing just got better. The free Spring Music Series runs through the end of April – just like the lifts!! All concerts are free and family friendly.

After you’ve enjoyed the world famous corn, head to the Sun Deck for even more exercise with live music Saturday starting at 1pm.

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The Passion According to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach with TOCCATA April 12-18

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 – April 12 – 18, 2014.

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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TOCCATA Winter MusicFest Feb 9-14

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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“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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There are places I’ll remember

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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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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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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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7th Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 6-18

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 6-18, 2013.

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Dave Matthews at Harvey’s Sept 4

Dave MatthewsWhoa.  Talk about elite performers in full performance.  Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will be rocking South Lake Tahoe outside at Harvey’s on September 4, 2013.

Dave will turn on his guitar and Lake Tahoe with his sweet stories and melodies for one night only, with pure skill and pure adrenalin, like our mountain culture.

Thanks for stopping by South Lake Tahoe Dave and Tim.

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Free Sunday Concerts on Commons Beach

SamBaDa-at-Commons-Beach-Concerts1It’s time to enjoy free concerts at Common Beach in the heart of Tahoe City on Sunday afternoons.

This 12-week concert run through September 8th, with all music starting at 4pm lasting until 7pm-ish.

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TOCCATA 9/11 Memorial Concert Sept 11-17

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 2013 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a concert series that commemorates the 12th 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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Free Summer Concerts at El Dorado Beach Thursday Nights

live-at-lakeviewGrab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach 4:30-9:00 pm every Thursday through August 29th.

The concerts feature a beer garden, free bike valet, local vendors, and will remain free for the public to attend.

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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Free Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays

Music-on-the-Beach Tahoe CultureThe 7th Annual Music on the Beach free 9-week concert series kicks off Friday, July 5 and runs every Friday, 6:00-8:30 p.m., through August 30, 2013 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

Start your summer weekend off right by listening and dancing to free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe. read more →

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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 10-14, 2013 at the acoustically sound St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village, Nevada.

The 2013 festival features the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet that plays a modern variant of 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz.

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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 nine weeks of free concerts in front of Basecamp Pizza starting Friday, May 24.  All ages are welcome, and all concerts are free to the public.

The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series will run Fridays from May 24 to July 20.

Local man, local favorite, Trey Stone kicks it off on May 24th.

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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest

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Building on its June “Summer Serenade” kickoff series, TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra will continue its 21-concert Summer MusicFest with a series which celebrates the 8th Anniversary of Tahoe’s own Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The first concert is on Sunday, July 7 at 5:00pm at St Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village, (341 Village Blvd.) and opens with Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Guest artist Michael Angelucci will perform Saint Saen’s Piano Concerto #2 in G minor and the concert continues with soprano Joy Strotz and flutist Josue Casillas performing Mozart’s “Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s “happiest” symphony, Symphony #8 in F major. read more →

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TOCCATA Baroque Masters Feb 9-11

The Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area, aka TOCCATA, will present “Baroque Masters” February 9 through 11, 2013. The program features guest cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes performing a Bach unaccompanied work and is joined by principle cellist, Tracy Beaver, to perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos in G minor.

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Celtic Music Jam Sessions Thursdays

Lake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians on Thursday nights in South Lake Tahoe hosted by the Tahoe Bagpiper, Sean Cummings.

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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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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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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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Blues Traveler Kicks Off the 29th Annual Lake Tahoe Music Festival on July 21 at Northstar

Grammy-award winning Blues Traveler takes the stage this summer to kick off the Lake Tahoe Music Festival on July 21 at the Village at Northstar.

The Blues Traveler performance is the first in the Lake Tahoe Music Festival’s three headlining performances that are scheduled for July 21, August 4 and August 25. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks, however past performers have included Wynona Judd, Natalie Cole, as well as Huey Lewis and the News.

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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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Lake Tahoe Music Festival Goes “Strictly Classical” with Orchestra Academy in July

The Lake Tahoe Music Festival has added two intimate “Strictly Classical” evenings with the Orchestra Academy, July 21 and July 28. Limited to just 225 attendees and hosted on the lawn at Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge, the early evening concerts showcase the Academy students while infusing the festival with its classical roots.

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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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Green Weather at Cottonwood Restaurant June 4

Garrison Green and Stephanie Weatherford teamed up last year to create “Green Weather”, Lake Tahoe’s newest folk fusion acoustic duo playing at the Cottonwood Restaurant on Friday June 4th at 6pm.

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Electric Cello, Fretless Guitar and Loopers For Goodness Sake June 19

Truckee musician Ian Ethan joins electric cellist and live looping master Matthew Schoening for an evening of enchantment at For Goodness Sake on Saturday, June 19th at 7pm.

You don’t want to miss these two amazing artists in downtown Truckee. Listen UP.

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Free Music at Homewood March 20-April 4

After a fun day skiing, enjoy the spring weather with an energetic mix of live music on the North Lodge Sundeck at Homewood Mountain Resort on west shore. All shows are free, family friendly and scheduled to play from 1 to 4 p.m. starting Saturday, March 20.

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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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Two Benefit Shows for Music Education in Public Schools at Baxter’s Aug 27 &28

Andy FrascoAndy Frasco, known for his wildly original, soulful, piano pop music, is appearing at Baxter’s Bistro & Lounge for two benefit shows on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28 at 8 p.m. to raise money for Vh1’s Save the Music Foundation. The non-profit organization is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as a part of each child’s complete education.

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NY Jazz Drummer Matt Slocum & Hammond B3 Organ Trio at Moody’s Aug 21-22

Tahoe Culture mattslocumpressphotoNew York jazz drummer Matt Slocum will bring his Hammond B3 Organ Trio to Moody’s Bistro & Lounge on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 for two free shows starting at 8:30 p.m.

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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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Doug Yuska and Ed Platt Shake it Up at Dragonfly July 20

dragonflyLongtime Tahoe/Truckee locals Doug Yuska and Ed Platt, will be playin’ their acoustic with fire and soul at the next Acoustic Live Music Night at Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar Monday, July 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Live Music @ The Beacon in July

Camp RichardsonAsk a local. It’s not really summer until you’ve been to The Beacon Bar & Grill for food, drinks and music on their lakeside deck.  And, the drink to order is the famous Rum Runner.

To get you really in the mood, Wednesday through Sunday is free live music from 2pm to 6pm performed on the deck.

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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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Tempest rocks Valhalla June 21

tempest-bandSince forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements.

This highly acclaimed Celtic rock band will be playing live at Valhalla on Sunday, June 21, 2009.  It’s Fathers Day and he’ll like it more than one more tie!

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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.

Check them out at Valhalla on June 26th at 7:30pm.

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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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