Saturday, December 1, 2012

December 2012 Concerts in Tahoe: Aaron Neville, Snow Globe, Mickey Avalon, Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau 5

Nov 29 - Dec 02 Barton Festival of Trees and Lights @ Montbleu
December 01 Toad the Wet Sproket @ Harrahs south shore room
  Ullr's Night of Sacrifice @ Lakeside Inn
  Reggae night w/ DJ Berkmon @ Divided Sky in Truckee
  Mojo Green @ Crystal Bay CLub
December 03 3 inches of Blood, Huntress, Hookers, Valdur, Otis @ Whisky Dick's

December 05-09 Wendy Libman / Amir K @ Improv at Harveys
December 06 Winter Wine Walk @ Marriot on north shore
December 07-16 Apres Ski party @ Tamarack Lodge, Heavenly 
December 07 Red Not Chilli Peppers @ Crystal Bay Club
  Tahoe Bear League holiday fundraiser in Tahoe City
  Andy Frasco & The UN, Mark Sexton Band @ Whisky Dick's
  Natural heights @ heavenly

December 08 Tahoe adventure Film Festival @ Montbleu
  Skate Park Benefit feat. Out For War, Bite, Screaming Meg, GOA, Stuck On Stupid @  Classic Cue
  Red Not Chilli Peppers @ Heavenly
  Micky Avalon feat. Smear Tactics, OsKillah, Say-J, DJ Rodney O @ Cal Neva
  Hair band tribute "Metal Shop" OR Bleep-Bloop feat. Zombass @ Crystal Bay Club
  Night Ranger @ Harrah's
December 09 Shotgun radio / Autumn Twilights @ Heavenly
December 11 Grouch & Eligh, Mistah FAB, Prof, Logic One, Venomous Ink @ CommRow in Reno
  Russ Liquid, Boggan, Benjah Ninjah @ Whisky Dick's 
December 12 Thunder from Down Under (adult show) @ Montbleu
  Shred For Sushi rail jam @ Sushi Pier in south tahoe
December 12-15 Bob Zany / Suli McCullough @ Improv at Harvey's
December 14-16 Tahoe Nortic Ski festival
December 13 Good Gravy / Lonesome Locomotive @ Whisky Dick's
December 14 The Saddle Tramps @ Crystal Bay Club 
December 15 Daniel Tosh @ Montbleu
  Christmas with Aaron Neville @ Harrah's
  Andy frasco @ Heavenly
  Dead Winter Carpenters / Good Gravy @ Crystal Bay Club
December 16 Dragon Smoke – ft. Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore, Eric Lindell and Robert Mercurio w/ Jellybread @ Crystal Bay Club
  NVO @ Heavenly
December 19-23 Gary Valentine / Shayla Rivera @ Improv at Harvey's
December 21 Moscow Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" @ Harrah's
  End of the World party @ Opal lounge at Montbleu
  Vinyl w/ The Bumptet @ Crystal Bay Club
December 22 Asleep at the Wheel @ Harrah's
  Pumpkin / Chango @ Squaw Creek apres ski kickoff
  Marty Party, Bass Science, and IJV @ Lakeside in Tahoe City 
  Native Melodies (Talking Heads Tribute) OR Bad Looks feat. Creschendo @ Crystal Bay Club
December 23 Achilles Wheel @ Crystal Bay Club
December 24 Blue Haven Blues Band @ Crystal Bay Club
December 25 Hellbound Glory @ Crystal Bay Club
December 26-30 Rondell Sheridan / Ron Morey @ Improv at Harvey's
December 26 American Jubilee @ Crystal Bay Club
December 27 Swamp Zen feat. Derick Brooker of Tracorum @ Crystal Bay Club
December 28 Karl Denson's Tiny Universe / Robert Randolph & The family band @ Harrah's
  The Business End / Ninja Slaughterhouse / Death Plant @ Whisky Dick's
December 29-31 SNOW GLOBE @ Lake Tahoe Community College Featuring:
  Dec 29: Wiz Khalifa, Beats Antique, Big Gigantic, Minnesota, Dam Funk, Clockwork
  Dec 30: Deadmau 5, Madeon, Mimosa, Flosstradamus, Chris Lake, Break Science
  Dec 31: Chromeo, Laidback Luke, Gramatik, Nobody beats the Drum, Ill gates, Sugar Pill

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December 29 Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute @ Harrah's
  Mimosa, Paper Diamond, Ana Sia, Zeb Early @ Montbleu Showroom
  Minnesota, Baauer, RL Grime,  Benjah Ninjah @ Montbleu Blu nightclub Snowglobe afterparty
  Teeter-Totter, Face for Radio, Continental Soldier @ Whisky Dick's 
  Jackie Greene / The Mother Hips / Huckle @ Crystal Bay Club
December 30-31 Jackie Greene band New Year's
December 30 Flosstradamus, Griz, UZ, @ Montbleu Showroom
  Black Rock City All Stars, Coop Da Loop, Irieyes, Philharmonic
  @ Montbleu Blu nightclub Snowglobe afterparty
December 31 New Year's Eve at Stateline
  Black and white superball feat. Tipper, Pimps of Joytime, Love and Light, Fort Knox Five,
  Vokab Kompany, Smasheltooth tiger, Andrew the Pirate, Jugoe, Who Cares, Bass Cadet, Zeb Early, Michah J,  @ Cal Neva resort

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Light Up South Lake Tahoe Christmas Parade

Fire truck in the parade

I went down to Stateline November 24th for the Barton festival of trees and lights to check out the christmas tree lighting at Heavenly Village, watch the lighted firetruck parade by, and check out the candy cane lane at the Horizon.

Original Music: "Snowy Lights" Copyright 2012 by Donnie Sanders, used by permission, proof on file.

Montbleu Christmas Tree

Snow Plow Decorated with lights

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 2012: Joan Jett, Ozomatli, KRS-ONE, Pablo Cruise,

November 01 The Old Way @ Cottonwood Bar and Grill in Truckee
  Delta Nove @ The Divided Sky
November 02 An Evening of food and Wine tasting @ Harrah's convention center
  D.O.P.E tour: DJ True Justice, Dregs One, Trey C, Playa Rae, J. Lately @ Whisky Dick's
  Ozomatli feat. Delta Nove @ Crystal Bay Club
November 02-03 Sustainability film festival @ Sierra Nevada College
November 02  Other Side of Immigration / First Generation
November 03  Anna Emma and the Condors / Story of Bottled Water / So Right, So Smart 
November 03 Pablo Cruise @ Harrah's South Shore Room
  Burning Man decompression @ Raw Bar
  Simple Creation feat. Bratta @ Whisky Dick's
  Winter Job Fair @ Squaw Valley, Sierra At Tahoe, Alpine Meadows
  Truckee ski swap @ Truckee rec center
  Chocolate, wine and roses festival @ Hyatt Regency in Incline Village

  No Duh: A tribute to No Doubt @ Crystal Bay Club crown room
  Truth (New Zeeland) featuring Live Robot @ Crystal Bay Club red room
November 04 Sketchy Waze, Jesse James, Dmize, Brutha Smith, 2HK, D. Prince, Mike Colossal @ Whisky Dick's
November 06 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 07-11 Adam Ray and Erin Foley @ Improv at Harvey's
November 08 Burton's "The 13" Snowboard movie premiere @ Montbleu
  Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and A Land Ethic for Our Time @ Sierra Nevada College
  Online marketing workshop @ Lake Tahoe Community college
November 09 Thicker than Thieves / Ikaika Beamer Musik @ Whisky Dick's
  Head for the Hills feat. Miss Lonely Hearts @ Crystal Bay Club
November 10 The Dan Band @ Harrah's South Shore room
  "You Are Not Alone" BENEFIT concert @ Montbleu
  feat. Workin Minerva, Knowledge Lives Forever, Seasons of Insanity, comic Rod Rodriguez
  KRS ONE feat. Logic One, Golden Gloves, Dirty Rhythm, Venomous Ink, DJ Mince @ Cal Neva
  Annual Winter White party @ Riva Grill
  All Hail The Yeti, Muderlicious, Doom Trooper @ Whisky Dick's
  30th Annual Cadillac Ball @ Ritz Carlton in Truckee
  FREE TRIPLE HEADER @ Crystal Bay Club:
  Forrest Day w/ Moshka, A Spirit Hustler feat. Ashley Kepler and Jimmy Leslie,
  Black Rock City All Stars feat. Metaphysical
November 12 Jesse Kalin @ Cabo Wabo in Harvey's
November 13-14 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 13 System Divide, Idekay, All Hail the Yeti, Otis, Whitchburn, A Sun that Never Sets @ American Legion hall
November 14-18 Will Durst / Maureen Langan @ Improv at Harvey's
November 14 Andy Hackbarth @ Hard Rock Cafe in Harvey's
November 15 The Original Wailers feat. Al Anderson, afterparty w/ Keyser Sose @ Crystal Bay Club
November 16 Spiral Arms / Zed /  Swerver @ Whisky Dick's
  Opening Day (weather permitting) @ Heavenly and Northstar
  Valhalla holiday fair begins @ Valhalla
  Tall Treez movie festival w/ Jamie Anderson @ Horizon
  Ski and Snowboard swap @ Montbleu parking lot
  Fruition, Low Flying Birds, Sneaky Creatures @ Crystal Bay Club
November 17 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Montbleu
  Average White Band @ Harrah's South Shore Room
  Bass for Snow party feat.Mr. Rogers and Nico Luminous, DubColing, Phil Harmonic, Benjah Ninjah and Eklektik
  @ Raw Bar
  Turkey Trot @ South Tahoe rec center
  Mustache Harbor "Yacht Rock Explosion" / DJ Mancub (Space Cowboys) w/ Rad Habbit @ Crystal Bay Club
November 18 Joe Buck Yourself feat. Bandit and Molly Taylor @ Whisky Dick's 
November 21-25 The Stagebenders / Gary Cannon @ Improv at Harvey's
November 22 High Camp Thanksgiving @ Squaw Valley
November 23-24 Beatles vs. Stones: a musical shootout @ Harrah's South Shore Room
November 23 Taboo (of the Black Eyed Peas) feat. DJ R-Boogie, DeSaint, Keyrings, New Car Smell @ Montbleu
  Purple Haze (Hendrix tribute) @ Crystal Bay Club
November 24 Light Up Lake Tahoe - Official christmas light event
  Local's Last Waltz feat. Jellybread, Hellbound Glory, The Casual Dogs, Mark Sexton Band @ Crystal Bay Club
  Warren Miller's "Flow State" north Tahoe premerie @ Cal Neva
November 27 Mr Bill, Skytree, Crazy Daylight, GRUFF, Brian Richards, Electrocado @ Whisky Dick's
Nov 28 - Dec 02 Barton Festival of Trees and Lights @ Montbleu
  Rocky LaPorte / Larry Brown @ Improv at Harvey's
November 29-30 Warren Miller's "Flow State" ski film @ Montbleu
November 30 Lonsome Locomotive @ Crystal Bay Club
December 01 Toad the Wet Sproket @ Harrah's South Shore Room
  JellyBread @ Truckee Ampetheatre

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MONDAYS  DJ Sonar and DJ Flysofee @ Rojos Tavern
  Mindfull Movie Mondays @ Sawtooth Ridge Cafe 
TUESDAYS Mildfull Massive dubstep DJs @ Whiskey Dick's
WEDNESDAYS Open Mic Night @ Rojos Tavern
  Lakeside Inn Karaoke 
THURSDAYS Accoustic music @ Cottonwood bar and grill in Truckee
FRIDAYS  Karaoke @ Horizon Aspen Bar
  Karaoke @ Lakeside Inn
  Smoke Signal's DJ night feat. Dubstep Kings or Community Project  @ Raw Bar
SATURDAYS Karaoke @ Horizon Aspen Bar
  Karaoke @ Lakeside Inn
  DJ Fluxx @ Rojos
SUNDAYS  Karaoke @ Rojos
  Live Jazz @ Tahoe Biltmore
EVERY DAY: Illusion Fusion Magic Show @ Horizon Golden Cabaret

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Freaker's Ball 2012 Haloween Party

I went down to the 34th Annual Freaker's Ball at the Montbleu casino resort in Lake Tahoe for the 3rd time in a row this year to check out all the awesome costumes. There was a $1000 prize for best costume and everyone was dressed to the nines. I managed to get some great footage of the event. Check it out.

By far the coolest costume of the night: an Astronaut balancing on a huge moon rock

Elvis is still in the building.

Dog the bounty hunter and friends.

Fireman showing off his big hose.

Katy Perry and the guy from LMFAO... Party rockers in the house tonight!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Election 2012 in Lake Tahoe: Information and endorsements

Lake Tahoe Voter Guide

He who has the most signs wins?

I know I promised that the Fabulous Lake Tahoe YouTube channel would be a political ad-free zone this year, but I can't help giving a little advice to my blog readers about how I'd advise them to vote given that it's election season again. Though I'm sure you've made up your mind about the offices at the top of the ticket, you probably havn't thought all that much about the local offices.

Most of my voting life I've walked into the polling place, voted my party in the partisan offices and then been confronted with a long list of people I've never heard of in the minor offices. So, in the hopes of giving you something better than "He who has the most signs wins" or "Vote for the one with the funny name" I've taken the trouble to research our local candidates and tell you how I think they measure up.

To win my endorsement a candidate must:

  1. support preserving Lake Tahoe's environment
  2. stand up for travel, tourisim, and events in Lake Tahoe
  3. have a sensible plan for what to do about redevelopment
  4. not be an obstructionist who blocks everything he dosn't like

General Information

According to Lake Tahoe News Early voting in El Corado county is open 8AM to 5PM October 9 through November 5 at the Recorder-Clerks Office, 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd., No. 108, in South Lake Tahoe; Truckee’s early voting is in the Town Clerk’s Department at Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road on weekdays from 8am-noon and 1-5pm from Oct. 9-Nov. 5. Californians can register to vote in person until October 22.

According to the Nevada Secretary of State's early voting page On the Nevada Side Early voting has been badly restricted to just THREE days in Tahoe: October 20th 10AM-4PM and October 27th and 30th 8AM-6PM at the Khale community center at 236 Kingsbury Grade. If you miss an early vote day in Tahoe you can also early vote in Douglas county at the county courthouse in Gardnerville just about any day from Oct 20-November 3. Nevadans can register to vote in person until October 16.

Voter resources

Local Media

California Offices:

US SENATE CALIFORNIA: Dianne Feinstein vs. Elisabeth Emkin

Click to see Dianne Feinstein at the Tahoe Summit
Watch Dianne Feinstein discuss Tahoe issues at the 2011 Tahoe Summit

Dianne Feinstein has been one ot Tahoe's most vocal advocates in the US Senate for most of her Senate career. She was instrumental in over a billion dollars of environmental restoration money over the last two decades and has attended almost every Tahoe Summit since the original vice-presidential summit in 1997. Endorsement: Dianne Feinstein She has a long record of standing for Lake Tahoe and a lot of seniority and power in the Senate.

US CONGRESS CA-4: Tom McClintock vs. John Uppal

Tom McClintock is an obstructionist Republican who has no real adjenda other than voting the Republican party line. He has no real interest in Lake Tahoe: never goes to the Tahoe Summit, opposed the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, supported Nevada's terrible SB-271. Endorsement: John Uppal If you want a candidate who cares about protecting the Environment and actually representing Tahoe in congress DON'T vote for Tom McClintock.


Voting for city council is heavily dependent on your personal feelings about what's important for the direction of the city. Each of the candidates has local issues that may be important to you based on where you live or work. Tahoe Daily Tribune has a good candidate guide and the Lake Tahoe News endorsement page that I will be linking to throughout this section to help you have enough information to make up your mind.
Councilman and former Mayor Hal Cole is the instutitional memory of the City of South Lake Tahoe. He's been on the city council on and off since the late 1990s and was instrumental in the redevelopment of Ski Run, the building of Embassy Suites and Heavenly Village, and the recent re-building of Lakeview Commons. (On the minus side, he was also a big backer of the failed convention center at Stateline.) If you think that redevelopment is a good thing, you should probably vote to re-elect Hal Cole. If you don't like the constant road construction or disagree with the direction of redevelopment there are a lot of other candidates worth voting for.

Councilman Bruce Grego has never been a friend to Tahoe's environment. He was the instrumental California voice pushing SB-271, Nevada's terrible bill to pull out of the TRPA; and has used every obstructionist trick in the book to sabotage effective handling of environmental issues in Lake Tahoe. He was instrumental in the persecution of the town's medical marijuana industry and has been a total obstructionist who has been responsible for the recent acrimony on the city council. Vote for anyone but Bruce Grego.

Austin Sass is the strongest of the challengers in the field: he's an executive who's spent a lifetime in the local tourisim industry with major local employers like Heavenly Mountain Resort and Aramark (owner of Zephyr Cove resort). He has a background in city planning and actually has a clue about how complicated it is to get things done around here. If you want a pro-business, pro-tourisim councilman who actually understands what it takes to generate jobs in South Lake Tahoe, Sass would be a pretty good choice.

  JoAnne Conner is another good choice if you're looking for a candidate who's strongly in favor of protecting the local environment and will be a strong advocate for small business, more sidewalks, bike paths, and big tourist events. If you're strongly against the loop road but don't want to vote for Bruce Grego, she's a good substitute.

Clinton Schue is a home builder who has barely been running for office. He hasn't collected a lot of money or talked to the press as much as the other candidates, but if you think that the environmental regulations should be tough on businesses and big projects but gentle on homeowners, he's your man.

Nevada Offices

US SENATE NEVADA: Dean Heller vs. Shelley Berkeley

Watch Dean Heller discuss Tahoe issues at the 2011 Tahoe Summit

From a Tahoe perspective I couldn't be more pleased with our choices for US senator this year. The Republican, Dean Heller, has served well as both a congressman and Senator for Tahoe and has a strong background in Tahoe issues having attended every Tahoe Summit since he was in congress, served on the board of the TRPA, and been a strong advocate in the Senate for Tahoe issues even when his party was against him.

 The Democrat, Shelly Berkeley, has a long history of standing up for Nevada tourisim in congress, is endorsed by the league of conservation voters because she has one of the most pro-environment overall records in congress. Reccomendation: Both of these candidates would make excelent advocates for Lake Tahoe in the US Senate; vote your party.

US CONGRESS NV-2: Mark Amodei vs. Samuel Koepnick

I'll admit it: I have a deep personal grudge against Mark Amodei because in his viscious campaign for his seat in congress he stole my YouTube video of Kate Marshall and made terrible lying attack ads against her out of it and then hypocritically went on to co-sponsor the Stop Online Piracy Act despite being a copyright infringer himself. He's a slimy poilitician who will use any dirty trick in the book - Endorsement: Vote for anybody but Mark Amodei.

US CONGRESS NV-4: Steven Horsford vs. Danny Tarkanian

Though this isn't a Tahoe area race I can't help but note that Steven Horsford has been a long-time advocate for Tahoe issues in the Nevada state legislature, and as majority leader in the state Senate was instrumental in the toning down of SB-271 into a reform bill instead of an immediate withdrawl from the TRPA. His opponent is a bankrupt son of a famous basketball coach who's been embroiled in very expensive lawsuits having his stuff reposessed by the bank in the middle of a campaign as he pledges to "balance the budget"...

Other Nevada Offices

I can't detail each and every Nevada state legislator here; but a quick way of knowing if I'd endorse your local candidate is to check the Nevada Legislature SB-271 Vote and the Nevada conservation league endorsement list. If your local official sponsored or voted for SB-271, I reccomend you vote for the challenger; otherwise vote your conscience.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

October 2012: Oktoberfest, Koakanee Salmon Festival, Haloween Parties

October 03-07 Owen Banjamin / Frances Dilorinzo @ Improv at Harvey's
October 03 Comedy night w/ Justin Rupple @ Crystal Bay Club
October 04 The Hackensaw Boys @ Crystal Bay Club
  Passport to Dining in Kings Beach, CA
  JT Chevalier / Ike Marr @ The Fresh Ketch
  Jesse Kalin and Cool Black Kettle @ Cabo Wabo
October 05-14 Harvest festival @ Squaw Valley / Tahoe City
October 05 Funky Miracle / Drop Theory / Huckle @ Crystal Bay Club
  Danielle's birthday feat. Snake Oil peddlers TYMO & Ryme Uno @ Whisky Dick's
October 05-06 Smokin Joe's @ McP's
  Nothin Personal @ Cabo Wabo
October 06-07 Kokanee Salmon Festival @ Taylor Creek Visitor Center
Lake Tahoe food and wine Festival @ Harrah's

October 06 Super Diamond @ Harrah's south shore room
  Oktoberfest feat. german food, beer, and band The Bratworsts @ Montbleu
  Oktoberfest @ Camp Richardson
  Cool Black Kettle @ The Beacon
  Jelly Project feat. 622 Symphony @ Whisky Dick's
  Livin Livitz feat. Kings of Midtown @ Jethro's in Gardnerville
  Tea Leaf Green, Jellybread, afterparty w/ groove session @ Crystal Bay CLub
October 07 Big Red Blues Band @ The Beacon
October 7-14 Lake Tahoe Restaurant week

October 09 Point of View / Half Machine @ Whisky Dick's 
October 10-14 James Stephens III / Tracey MacDonald @ Improv at Harvey's
October 10 Anders Osborne band feat. Robert Walter's 20th Congress @ Crystal Bay CLub
October 11-13 A Train @ Cabo Wabo
October 11 Traditional Celtic music feat. Sean Cummings and Anne Roos @ Murphy's Irish pub
  JT Chevalier / Ike Marr @ The Fresh Ketch 
October 12 Electro funk night feat. Juno What?!? w/ Sophistafunk @ Crystal Bay Club
October 12-13 Bentwood @ McP's
October 12-14 North Tahoe motorcycle tour
October 13 Dave Mason @ Harrah's south shore room
  Whisky Dick's 7th annaversary party feat.
  Dusty Miles & The Cryin Shame, Bandit, Molly Taylor @ Whisky Dick;s
  Incline Village Oktoberfest
  John Chevalier @ Naked Fish Sushi 
  Zepparella / Will Magid Trio @ Crystal Bay Club
October 13-14 Donner party commemorative hike @ Donner Lake
October 17-21 Allan Havey / Scott Kennedy @ Improv at Harvey's
October 18 Jorma Kaukonen (lead guitarist of the Jefferson Airplane) will playing High Sierra Brewing Co in Carson City
October 18-19 Haunted Truckee walking tours
October 19 Point of View / Half Machine (punk) @ Whisky Dick's Saloon
  Zach Deputy w/ Peter Jospeh Burtt and the King Tide / afterparty w/ Acorn Project @ Crystal Bay Club
October 19-20 Smokin Joe's @ McP's
  Auto Replay @ Cabo Wabo
October 20 Air Supply @ Harrah's South Shore room
  Mountain Film Festival @ Montbleu
  Beer pong and Costume Party @ Beach Hut Deli / Brother's Bar
  Holy Water Buffalo w/ I'm Dirty Too and Molly Taylor @ Whisky Dick's
  Kyle Hollingsworth band (of string cheese) @ John Brown's body feat. Mojo Green @ Crystal Bay Club
October 21 Oak Creek Band / 4 Piece Puzzle @ Whisky Dick's
October 14-28 Dat Phan / Marc Price @ Improv at Harveys
October 25 Ike & Martin @ The Fresh Ketch
  Jesse Kalin and Cool Black Kettle @ Cabo Wabo
October 26-27 Jim McCall @ McP's
October 26 Who Cares / Ernie Fresh, IVJ & VinylRichie @ Crystal Bay Club
  Incognito costume party feat. Club01, DJ JPEG @ Whisky Dick's saloon
  Ike Marr @ Naked Fish Sushi 
  Halloween parade in Truckee 6PM
October 27 Leon Russel @ Harrah's South Shore Room
  Conquorers of the WOrld, Ex Deo, Septic Flesh, Melechesh, Inquisition @ Whisky Dick's
  Freaker's Ball feat. Pop Fiction (Just $25) @ Montbleu
  Freaker's Ball pre-party feat. John Chevalier @ Naked Fish Sushi
  Creeper's ball w/ Tainted Love @ Crystal Bay Club
October 29 Blacklight bash Halloween party @ Mo's Place in Tahoe
October 30 Andreilien Heyoka Irieys TYMK S1nth3sys and the Mindfull Massive crew @ Whisky Dick's 
October 31 Horns and Halos haloween party @ Cal Neva
  Exotic Haloween Bash @ Opal Ultra in the Montbleu
  Whisky Dick's haloween party feat:
  Ninja Slaughterhouse, Hung like a Beaner, Occupi 

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SUNDAYS: DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
MONDAYS:  Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
TUESDAYS:  Jesse Kalin and Mark Wilson @ The Fresh Ketch
    DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
THURSDAYS: Live music @ Hard Rock Cafe in Harvey's
FRIDAYS:  Niall MacGuinness and New World Jazz Project @ The Fresh Ketch

Saturday, September 22, 2012

20th Annual Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race

The fairest sight the whole earth affords... Lake Tahoe.
I went out on the Tahoe Queen for the 20th Annual Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler races this last Labor day. thanks to a media ticket fromTony Lyle of Lake Tahoe Cruises. Captain Jerry Summers put on a great race against the MS Dixie II, and I captured it all in high definition... Check out my video of the event below:

"All passengers to the stern," the captain said
"We need more weight in the stern, they're gaining on us!"

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There's a parasailer interfering in the race course
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Dixie got the trophy, Tahoe Queen got the Barton bedpan
 "cuz you'd have done better to stay in bed that day"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lake Tahoe Lifestyle Festival

Every year the residents of the Bijou neighborhood in South Lake Tahoe throw a huge community event called the "Bijou Bash" featuring disc golf, dog obedience classes, children's tumbling, bouncy houses, the local roller derby queens, and more.

I went out and talked to a lot of our great local organizations there including:

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September 2012: The B52's, Henry Rollins, Pen and Teller, Tahoe Expo

September 1-3 Nathan Owens Motown Ledgends @ Harrah's
September 01 Sammy Hagar feat. Joe Satriani @ Harvey's Outdoor Ampetheatre
September 02 Drop Theory @ Crystal Bay Club
  Local's last waltz (The Band tribute) @ Northstar California 
September 5-9 Dennis Regan and Marc Price @ Improv at Harvey's
September 5-6 Lee Coulter @ Cabo Wabo
September 4-6 Lake Tahoe Flow Arts Festival @ North Tahoe events center, Kings Beach
September 04 FuzZ w/ Lil Miss @ Crystal Bay CLub
  Extreme midget wrestling @ Brother's Bar
September 05 Brown Bird @ Crystal Bay Club
  Reina del Cid & the Citizens @ Cottonwood bar and grill in Truckee 
September 06 Last free outdoor concert @ Lakeview Commons
  Trey Stone Duo @ McP's
September 7-8 Smokin Joe's @ McP's
  Nothin Personal @ Cabo Wabo
  Afrofunk Experience / Mark Sexton Band @ Crystal Bay Club
September 07 Science Fiction (jazz) @ Whisky Dick's
  "Further" Teton Gravity research ski movie premiere @ Squaw Valley
September 8-9 Tahoe Expo events all over Tahoe 
September 08 Lake Tahoe Lifestyle Festival on the south shore
  Lake Tahoe Autumn food and wine festival @ Northstar at Tahoe
  The B-52s @ Harrah's South Shore Room
  GypsyHawk, Early Graves, At Our Heels Weight of the Tide @ Whisky Dick's
  Jessie Kalin & Cool Black Kettle @ The Beacon
  Marcia Ball / Nico Luminous feat. Snarky @ Crystal Bay Club
September 09 Big Red Blues Band @ The Beacon
  NT Jazz Band, The Beer Gardeners @ Commons Beach (last concert of season)  
September 11 Tater Famine w/ Screaming Meg @ Rojos
  Black uhuru feat. Keyser Sose afterparty w/ Roommate and IJV @ Crystal Bay Club
September 12 Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
September 13-15 Trey Stone Duo @ McP's
September 14-15 Azure Moon @ Cabo Wabo
September 14 Bands for Bikes Feat. Dad's LPs @ American Legion Hall (benefit Tahoe Mountain biking assoc.)
  Mark Hummel, James Harmon, Kenny Neal, Lee Oskar & Charlie Baty @ Crystal Bay Club
  Late night w/ Rocksmyth and Hidalicious @ Crystal Bay Club
  Henry Rollins @ Brewery Arts center in Carson City
September 15 Terror in Tahoe pro-am skate competition
  San Fransisco Stand Up Comedy Competition feat. Mo Alexander, Micheal Harrison Susan Jones @ Montbleu
  The Blues Broads @ Harrah's
  Rose Funeral, Soma Ras, Gary Busey Amber Alert, Walk Away Alpha, Incisus @ Whisky Dick's
  Big Bad Wolf @ The Beacon
  The Revivalists (new orleans rock) @ Crystal Bay Club
September 16 Steve Walker Band @ The Beacon
September 18 $ines (Texas) w/ 9 feet of smoke @ Crystal Bay Club
September 19-23 Rocky LaPorte and Marc Price @ Improv at Harvey's
September 19 Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
  Comedy night w/ Susan Jones @ Crystal Bay Club
September 20-23 Fat Tire mountain biking festival @ Squaw Valley
September 20 Jesse Kalin and Cool Black Kettle @ Cabo Wabo
September 21-22 Smokin Joe's @ McP's
  Route 111 @ Cabo Wabo
September 21 Talking Heads tribute band Native Melodies @ Crystal Bay Club
  Ike Marr @ Naked Fish Sushi 
September 22 Canned Heat @ Harrah's
  Soft White Sixties, Red Dog Revival @ Whisky Dick's
  Deep Fried Mojo @ The Beacon
  Oktoberfest band Bayern Maiden @ The Himmel Haus
  Octopus Nebula late night FREE DJ show @ Crystal Bay Club
September 23 Jeff Jones Band @ The Beacon 
September 25 Obituary, Broken Hope, etc. @ Whisky Dick's
  "last of summer party" w/ Chris B and Zeb Early @ Crystal Bay CLub

September 26-30 Scott Record and Marianne Sierk @ Improv at Harvey's
September 27-29 AudioBoxx @ Cabo Wabo
September 27 Matisyahu feat. The Dirty Heads & Pacific Dub @ Montbleu
  Kiwanis club Oktoberfest @ Montbleu
September 28 Penn and Teller @ Harrah's South Shore Room
  Ike and Martin @ Naked Fish Sushi
  Yo Mama's big Fat Booty Band @ Crystal Bay Club
September 29 Tommy Castro's Blues Review @ Harrah's
  Long Beach rehab @ Jethro's in Gardnerville
  Live electronica w/ NVO Loud Noizez and TYMK @ Crystal Bay Club
September 30 Cash Only Band @ The Beacon
  Biking for a better world in Truckee 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tahoe Show Bodybuilding competition

The organizers of the 2nd Annual Tahoe Show bodybuilding competition were kind enough to give me a press pass to cover their amazing bodybuilding show this year; and I got so much footage I had to make two different videos to fit it all.  Part 1 below is the Teen Men's and Novice Middleweight Men's divisions. 

You can get a full 2 hour DVD of the Tahoe Show from Tahoe Production House.

Featured Men's competitors include:
  • Kyle Habib
  • Daniel Pelasios
  • John Barnes
  • Grant Higgens
  • Giovanni Chiasa
  • Buster Litton
  • Ken Paczkowski
Featured vendors in part 1 include:

    Tahoe Show Women's Fitness and Physique Divisions

  • Contestants:
Val Phillips
Cynthia Johnson
Lisa Kessler
Casandra Chandler
Cynthia Smalley
Renee Lyman
Yolanda Glasser


Friday, August 24, 2012

Labor Day weekend 2012 in Tahoe South

Labor Day weekend is the last of the big summer holidays in Lake Tahoe, and we have a lot of great public events from concerts to parties to boat races to help you end the summer season in Tahoe in style.

Shows that last all Weekend:

  • Heavenly Village Labor Day Car show featuring classic cars and trucks on display at Heavenly Village
  • Arts and Crafts fairs at the Horizon, South Tahoe Middle School, and in Truckee and across the region.


Firehouse pancake Breakfast 8-10AM

The Douglas county fire department will be hosting their annual all-you-can eat pancake breakfast at the firehouse on 9/1; all proceeds go to benefit the Tahoe-Douglas fire protection district. Great way to come out and meet the community while raising money for fire safety and defensible space in Lake Tahoe... Only $5.00 and kids eat free.

20th Annual Great Lake Tahoe Sternwheeler Race: 10:30-12:30AM

Every Labor Day weekend since I was a kid the Tahoe Queen has raced the M.S. Dixie II along the south Shore of Lake Tahoe. You can see it from any of the beaches along the south shore from Stateline all the way to El Dorado beach, though the best shore views are usually from Ski Beach where you can watch the Tahoe Queen leave and return, though you may find it hard to get a space there.
Lakeview commons also offers an excelent view of the race and has a much larger crowd capacity because of the big stone ampetheatre there. Of course, the best place When I was a kid my Grandpa used to take us out on his boat every year to watch the sternwheeler races, and I can highly reccomend the view from a boat since you can see way more than anyone on shore can. Check out my video of the 2010 Sternwheeler races if you're interested in seeing what it looks like from a boat.

By far the most exciting place to watch the races from is the deck of one of the two boats, and it's really a pretty good deal if you think about how rare the opportunity to be on the deck of a race boat is. If you go to you can get tickets for as little as $25. I'm going to be filming it from the deck of the Tahoe Queen this year; so if you're on the Queen come say Hi and you can be in my video.

Sammy Hagar - The Red Rocker: 8:00PM

Also September 1st former Van Halen frontman and multi-platnum solo artist Sammy Hagar will be finishing off the season at Harvey's Outdoor Ampetheatre with his band the Wabos and special guests from Montrose, Chickenfoot, and Van Halen will be doing music from all across Sammy's long career. Better yet, according to Sammy's website there will be an afterparty with ALL the artists at Sammy's basement bar in Harvey's Cabo Wabo.


Montbleu end-of-season pool party:

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the outdoor pool season in Lake Tahoe, so the Montbleu will be having an end-of-season pool party at their pool on Labor Day. There'll be a DJ, discounted drinks, and lots of people in swimsuits on display.

Sample the Sierra: 1:00-5:00 PM

Down at Ski Run on Labor Day there will be an all day Sample the Sierra organic food and wine event going on where you can sample wines from a dozen different wineries as well as food from Freshies, Lakeside Inn, the Blue Angel Cafe. There will also be an arts and crafts fair and a farmer's market where you can buy locally grown and organic produce from across the region. Tickets are $30.

Labor Day Fireworks: 8:30PM

As always, Lake Tahoe will be having another one of our amazing fireworks displays from Pyro Spectacular's Inc. on Labor Day. The show begins at 8:30PM and will be visible from most of the beaches on the South shore with synchronized music on KOWL 1600AM and KRLT 93.9FM. Check out my 4th of July weekend Planner for more information about Tahoe fireworks and where to watch them. For a sample of the fireworks themselves watch my video here

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hot August Nights 2012

I went down to Montbleu again for the 3rd annual Lake Tahoe Hot August Nights classic car show and shine where over 750 hot-rodders were showing off their custom rides. 

I saw the world's only racinbg Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a 1915 American La France chemical fire engine built on a model T truck body, and more great classic vehicles than I could count.

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