• TAHOE SOUTH Ignites Summer Season with Arts, Dance, Music, Theather and Festivals

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    June 18, 2015

    Internationally renowned mega-stars, classical masters Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn; Shakespeare, local theatre, free concerts, and bluegrass festivals – it all adds up to a spectacular summer under the stars at Tahoe South.  (www.TahoeSouth.com)

    Music headliners will light up multiple South Shore stages, including the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena: Aerosmith, July 3; Imagine Dragons, July 18; Train, July 21; Kenny Chesney, July 22; Jackson Browne, Aug. 7; Elton John, Aug. 8; Slightly Stoopid, Aug. 13; Dierks Bentley, Aug. 23; Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Sept. 5, and Dave Matthews Band, Sept. 9. (www.caesars.com/harveys-tahoe/shows)

    Lake Tahoe’s 36th annual Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival opens June 17 at the historic lakefront Heller Estate on the South Shore. Exclusive “one night only” performances will deliver a high caliber lineup of music and dance. Alasdair Fraser, Master Scottish fiddler, will strike the first chord of the summer festival in Valhalla’s celebrated Boathouse Theater in a rare and highly anticipated solo performance. The Boathouse Theatre is located on the shores of South Lake Tahoe adjacent to Camp Richardson Resort and hosts productions that range from world-class musicians to comedic plays.

    Other concerts include Beppe Gambetta, acoustic guitar innovator, with special guest Richie Lawrence, June 24 and Calidanza Mexican Folk and Contemporary Dance, June 27.

    The festival ramps up with free concerts on the lawn featuring local and regional rock, western, funk and jazz artists: The Empty Wallets, July 5; CW & Mr. Spoons, July 12; New World Jazz Project, July 19, and The Yolos, Aug. 2. Additional acts include classic theatre productions of “On Golden Pond,” July 2-3, 5, 9-12; “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” July 23-25, and funk musicians “Artist in Residence,” July 22, 29. (www.ValhallaTahoe.com.)

    Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series features free music events every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend at Heavenly Village. Acts include the soul/rock sounds of Groove session, June 19; funk/rock with Idea Team, June 26; jazz/rock over Independence Day weekend with The Bumptet and Tuba Luba Brass Band, July 3-4. For the full concert lineup: www.theshopsatheavenly.com.

    With a successful inaugural Winter Music Series, FNCTN (pronounced “FUNCTION”) brings a solid lineup of live DJ’s to play at Xhale Lounge on the first Friday of each month, with the region’s best spinning the fresh beats. Plus, FNCTN has partnered with Tahoe Blue Vodka and Steamers Bar & Grill to produce this summer’s Triple Crown of Bartending. This series will test the skills of Lake Tahoe’s top bartenders with proceeds to benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe starting Sunday, June 28. (www.Facebook.com/FNCTNmusic)

    Back by popular demand, Live at Lakeview is a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons. Every Thursday, June 25-Aug. 27, there’s live music and art, along with a variety of booths featuring local merchants, a beer garden and food options. Parking is limited, however, a complimentary bike valet service is available and encouraged. (www.liveatlakeview.com)

    Entertainment, food, family and friends converge under the stars at the iconic Sand Harbor State Park as the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival expands with live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – Aug. 23. The festival’s 43rd season is headlined by the romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” with the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks” alternating shows Tuesdays – Sundays. For complete schedule visit: http://laketahoeshakespeare.com. The Monday Night Showcase will augment the Festival’s productions and feature an array of live music and entertainment, such as Sierra Nevada Ballet, The Ballet Reno Philharmonic Orchestra: Broadway on the Beach, and Young Shakespeare. Performances will run from July 20 – Aug. 17 (laketahoeshakespeare.com).

    Lake Tahoe SummerFest’s fourth season, “Passport to a World of Music,” will bring Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn to audiences July 31 – Aug. 16 (www.TahoeSummerFest.org). The three-weekend series of nine different concerts will transport attendees through masterpieces translated by renowned artists and a nationally acclaimed orchestra led by Maestro Joel Revzen. The 40-member orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

    Timeless music as a force of nature will become an immersive experience through the talents of celebrated pianist Joseph Kalichstein during opening weekend. It marks a return for Kalichstein, the guest artist who also opened SummerFest’s inaugural 2012 season. Featured guest artists during the following weekends include international guitarist Ana Vidovic on Aug. 7-9, and cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson Quartet and music director of the English Chamber Orchestra (UK) for the festival’s finale on Aug. 14-16.

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe has announced its inaugural Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival on July 11. The music lineup includes: Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Bluegrass album; The David Grisman Sextet and New Monsoon and The Dead Winter Carpenters. Hard Rock’s reggae concert series continues July 30 with Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter Ziggy Marley along with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, (hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com). 

    MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa has added Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional on July 14; Carlos Mencia, July 18; Three Dog Night, Aug. 1; and Scotty McCreery, Aug. 15. (www.montbleuresort.com

    Harrah’s South Shore Room features Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam, June 20; Robin Trower, June 27; Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, July 25; and Robert Cray, Aug. 1. (https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-tahoe/shows).

    For real time updates on events, promotions, packages, individual personalized itineraries, conditions and events in Tahoe South, visit www.tahoesouth.com. The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TahoeSouth, Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TahoeSouth, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/tahoesouth. Use #tahoesouth #teamsummer to share posts or call 1-800-288-2463.

    Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or jennifer@weidingerpr.com.