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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-Concerts1It’s time to enjoy free concerts at Common Beach in the heart of Tahoe City on Sunday afternoons. This free 12-week concert series funs June 22 – Sept 7, 2015 starting at 4pm.

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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 Live Music at Kings Beach Fridays June 19-Aug 7

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Enjoy free, live music performances featuring a variety of genres at Music on the Beach 2015 starting on Friday, June 19 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.
Concerts will take place Friday evenings 6:00-8:30pm, June 19 – August 7, excluding July 3, when NTBA hosts the annual July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party in Kings Beach.

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Celtic Music Sessions Wednesday Nights at MCPs

Tahoe Celtic Music Sessions at McPsLake Tahoe is well known for many things, but Celtic music?

Now you can jam with other Celtic musicians every Wednesday night at McP’s Taphouse Grill with Sean Cummings, “The Tahoe Bagpiper.”

Sean brings over 30 years performing experience and seven generations of clan tradition playing the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe.

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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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TOCCATA Summer Music Fest June 17 – September 22

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Tahoe Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will kick off its 10th Summer MusicFest with Going For Baroque-Summer Solstice June 17 – September 22, 2015.  This is a tribute to the Classical and Baroque Masters, TOCCATA’s forte.  The series will feature guest flutist, Josue Casillas, among many other fine soloists. Works of Vivaldi, Teleman and J.S. Bach will be featured. “Papa” Bach’s well known Cantata BWV 9, Es ist das Heil, will be performed by the Toccata Chamber Chorus, with vocal soloists Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, soprano, and Stuart Duke, baritone.  read more →

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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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Alpine Meadows Free Spring Music Series

Alex-of-Boca-do-RioNow 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.

All concerts are free and family friendly.

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The Passion According to St. Matthew by J. S. Bach with TOCCATA April 1-3

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 1 and 3, 2015.

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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Annual Messiah with TOCCATA December 12-21

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 12-21, 2014.

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 Reno-Tahoe-Truckee community can continue enjoying TOCCATA’s beloved holiday tradition. read more →

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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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TOCCATA 9/11 Memorial Concert Sept 9-16

Christian Steiner Liz PitcairnTahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will conclude their 2014 Tahoe Summer MusicFest with a concert series beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2014  in Incline Village and concluding Sept. 16 in South Lake Tahoe. The concert series commemorates the 13th 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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Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series

live-at-lakeviewGrab your bike and buddies and head to Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach 4:30-8:30 pm every Thursday starting June 26th – August 28th, 2014, for free live music.

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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There are places I’ll remember

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Blake’s Wake: Goodbye to Tahoe’s Guitar Man at Crystal Bay Club Aug 2

Blake Beeman Tahoe Legend by Eric BrandtEngineer, Musician, Friend: Blake Beeman was a major player in the Tahoe music scene, both behind the sound board and on stage, as well as being a friend to many.

Join Eric Brandt and other locals to honor our very own guitar legend Blake Beeman on Saturday, August 2nd.

Brandt, close friend for over 30 years and The Beer Gardens band member, shares this sweet memory of Blake.

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Free Summer Concerts at Heavenly Village

Tahoe Culture Heavenly Village Summer MusicEnjoy free live music every Friday and Saturday 5-9 pm the Heavenly Village this summer.

Local South Lake Tahoe band, Deep Fried Mojo will perform on July 4, 2014.

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Lake Tahoe Music Festival July 22-26

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The Lake Tahoe Music Festival has grown each year, evident by the evolution of performances at its summer concert series since 1989.

You be the judge.

Don’t miss the original Lake Tahoe Music Festival in North Lake Tahoe running July 22 through 26, 2014. 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 10-12, 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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TOCCATA Baroque Masters Jan 4-11

Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus kicks off its 10th annual WinterFest with the “Brrroque Masters” concert series January 4, 7, 9 and 11, 2015. The concert series is dedicated to the memory of Mark Lord, TOCCATA’s principal trumpet player for the past 9 years.

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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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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

tencent.jpgHave you heard them?

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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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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