Thursday, December 19, 2013

Demon White Cast Announcement

Gallery of Demon White Posters
Demon White is the first movie about #LakeTahoe written by a local and Lillian Rose Stewart's screenplay the first script I've ever read that captures what living in Lake Tahoe is really like.

In October, I intervewed Lillian about the project, and now we've announced the cast for our sizzle reel production with a new video, which let me meet most of the cast in person.

Aaron Laub, playing the lead role of Peter Becker said: "I was given the script not too long ago and I know how difficult it is to write a script, and as I read the script I really knew that this was a powerful movie and that I really wanted to be a part of it.  So this is the first time that I've been out from behind the camera to in front of the camera.  I would really like to see this movie made, especially being born and raised in Lake Tahoe and I have a personal love for this area and it would be awesome to see this movie come alive."

Special Thanks to Jesse Kalin Carson for licensing the use of his song "Lonesome Highway" off his new CD "Open Doors"

You can find out more about this project at or follow Demon White Movie on facebook to keep up with our latest updates.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Light Up Lake Tahoe 2013 Christmas Parade

For the second year in a row Stateline has continued the tradition of a public christmas light-up day with a parade.  Check out my video of the parade and christmas lights.

See my full gallery of Christmas in stateline pictures on Google+

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 2013 Concerts in Tahoe: Snow Globe feat. Snoop Dogg, Tiesto, Kaskade,

See my Christmas in Stateline Gallery on Google+

December 01 2nd annual Santa Run @ Himmel Haus
DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Chasing Classic Cars filming w/ Wayne Carini @ Squaw Valley
December 02
December 03 Wombat Combat, UVR, Unkle Dubson @ Whisky Dick's
December 4-8 Barton Festival of Trees and Lights @ Montbleu Resort

John Henton / Alysia Wood @ Improv at Harvey's
December 04 Flow Arts performance w/ Sneaky Creatures & DJ One Truest @ North Tahoe events center
Yoga at Squaw Valley w/ Live Music
Light Up a Life interfaith memorial service @ Montbleu
Spekt1, Tiger Fre$h, Shane Suffriti, Gurbtron @ The Grid
December 5-6 Caribbean Vibes @ Bar of America
   Audioboxx @ Cabo Wabo
December 5-8 Best Children's Christmas pagent ever @ Montbleu resort
December 05 Drum and Bass DJs @ Rojo's
   The Sophisticats @ McP's
"Mountain/Story" w/ Mountain Hardwear alpinist Freddie Wilkinson @ Squaw Valley
December 06 The Gathering 2013 film festival feat. "Coming Home" from Painted Visuals / Tall treez
plus "Partly Cloudy: the Wallish Project" and "Afterhours 2" w/ live music by
Will Eichelberger @ Harrah's Tahoe
Fortissimo Friday @ Electric Mushroom
DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
   Trey Stone @ Steamer's
   The Upshots @ McP's
Madrona Vinyards wine tasting @ 968 park
Arnold Mitchum (of the Bourgois Gypsies) @ Northstar
Stand Up for 'staches feat. Rick D'Elia @ Mellow Fellow in Truckee
Gavin Templeton Trio @ Moody's Bistro
Herbert Bail orchestra @ Crystal Bay Club
December 07 Light Up South Lake Tahoe parade @ Stateline
"For the Love of Music" holiday concert @ Lake Tahoe Community College
Johnny Richter (of Kottonmouth Kings) and Sozay, with Tip-C, DeeDay @ Whisky Dick's
Trevor Kelly, Stone the Cook, DubColing, Benjah Ninjah, Phil Harmonic, Nas Ja,
Fryiel, and WetdreamZ @ American legion
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
Groovebox w/ Ty Love  @ Himmel Haus
Deep Fried Mojo @ 7800 at Kirkwood
Lake Tahoe DJ @ Lakeside Inn
  Cash Only Band @ Steamers
   Manic Bros @ McP's
Zawadisha holiday bazaar feat. local crafters, Revive Tahoe, Zen Essentials,
Sierra Clay Art, Squirrels Nest Boutique and more  @ Bona-fide Books
DJ Berkmon @ The Divided Sky
Verbal Kint @ Moody's Bistro
Retro Ski Party w/ DJ Chango & DJ OmJah @ Squaw Creek
Music around the world through time feat. Tahoe Truckee Chorus @ Squaw Valley
Little Town, Northstar terrain park opening @ Northstar
Head for the Hills / Rose's Pawn Shop @ Crystal Bay Club
December 08 DJ Rückfall  @ Himel Haus
DJ Chris English  @ Cabo Wabo
LTCC Chorus christmas concert @ St. Theresa's catholic church
Dragon Smoke ft. Ivan neville (Dumpstafunk), Stanton More, Eric Lindell (Galactic),
Rob Mercucio w/ Jellybread / The Mike Dillon Band @ Crystal Bay Club
December 09 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
December 10 Phil Harmonic, Nas Ja, DubColing @ Whisky Dick's
  DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
December 11-15 Shayla Rivera / Nick Cobb @ Improv at Harvey's
December 11-12  RS2 @ Cabo Wabo
December 11 Tahoe Young Professionals monthly business mixer @ Basecamp
Tahoe Youth and Family Services evening of giving @ 1021 Freemont Ave
   Jackson and Jesus @ McP's
TOCCATA presents Handel's Messiah @ St. Patrick's episcopal in Incline Village
   Boggan vs. GameGenie, 9 feet of Smoke, Hephay, Shane Suffriti, Gurbtron @ The Grid
December 12 Micawber, Extirpate, Through These Gates @ Rojo's
Shred 4 Sushi rail jam @ Sushi Pier Tahoe
Winter Wine Walk @ Heavenly Village
December 13-14  Burbon Fixx @ Cabo Wabo
December 13 Terry Bradshaw @ Montbleu
Digital Rust, Plantrae, Wet Dreamz @ Whisky Dick's
No Light Thing feat. Cook-E, Metal Quarentine, Blackout, LunE critix, Taylor Barth
@ Electric Mushroom
DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
Deep Fried Mojo @ Lakeside Inn
Whigs and Onsies party w/ Tre Tuna @ Himmel Haus
Ike and Martin @ Lucky Beaver
Theresa Ball @ Naked Fish Sushi
   Mystique @ McP's
Backcountry Ball w/ Jeremy Jones, The Sierra Drifters @ Sugar Bowl Resort
Cool Phat Daddy @ Northstar
The Silent Comedy @ Crystal Bay CLub
December 14 Tahoe Adventure Film Festival @ Montbleu
Holiday Parade from Ski Run to the Y
Weapon @ Himmel Haus
   Black Star Safari @ The Divided Sky
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
   Pat Ellis and Blue Frog Blues Band @ McP's
Chango, Micah J, DJ Lucky, Joelstradamus, Flook, DJ JD @ Tahoe Biltmore
Ike and Martin @ Lone Eagle Grill in Incline Village
The Bradfords @ Northstar
Dead Winter Carpenters / Six Mile Station @ Crystal Bay Club
December 15 Christmas Cheer Canned Food Frive feat. Deep Fried Mojo, Groovebox @ Whisky Dick's
DJs all day @ Himmel Haus
   DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Jason King Band @ Northstar
December 16 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
Rebirth of the Cool @ Moody's Bistro
December 17 Bass Heavy / Mindfull Massive @ Whisky Dick's
   Gene Warren @ McP's
   DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
Ike and Martin @ Lone Eagle Grill
December 18-22 Will Durst / Ahmed Bharoocha @ Improv at Harvey's
December 18 Yoga w/ live music @ wanderlust yoga studio in Squaw Valley
DJ Paul, Zebuel, Aux, IJV @ The Grid
Darren Senn and Friends @ Coyote Grill
   Ron's Trio @ McP's
   Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
December 19-20 Montbleu holiday extravaganza feat. Blue Ribbon classical choir,
shining stars dance troupe  @ Montbleu
December 19-21  Audioboxx @ Cabo Wabo
December 19 Drum and Bass DJs w/ Flysofee @ Rojo's
   JG Trio @ McP's
Jeff Jones @ Ritz Carlton
   Gingerbread house display @ West Shore Cafe
December 20 Winter Wonderland feat. Sceam, Syrax, Gerbal, Phasmo, Seranova @ Electric Mushroom
Helena and the Bear @ Naked Fish Sushi
DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
Death to Christmas clothes drive @ Skatehouse Skate park
   Mo Funk, Moody Eva, JJ Bones, DJ Flysofee @ Rojo's
   Sierra Drifters @ Divided Sky
   Patrick Major @ Steamer's
   Ron's Garage @ McP's
Keyser Sose @ Moody's Bistro
Winter White party feat. Neighbour, Mike Soultanian @ Fifty-50 brewery in Truckee
Theresa Bell @ Northstar
Peter Joseph Burtt and the King Tide @ Crystal Bay CLub
December 21-24 Christmas at Squaw Valley w/ Santa, Great Basin Carolers, and more
December 21 Chubby Checker @ Harrah's
Daniel Tosh @ Montbleu
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
Jellybread @ Himmel Haus
Dirty Cello @ 968 park
   4-way Street @ McP's
Jeff Jones @ Ritz Carlton
   Winter Solstice party @ West Shore Cafe
Sierra strings of Tahoe Cosmic Christmas concert / Helena and the Bear @ Northstar
Drop Theory @ Crystal Bay Club  
December 22 DJs all day @ Himmel Haus
DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Jeff Jones @ Village at Northstar
December 23 Cash Only band @ Cabo Wabo
Andrew Posada @ Northstar
December 24 Jason King Band @ Northstar
   Tone Cookin @ McP's
   DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
December 25-29 Kivi Rogers / David Gee @ Improv at Harvey's
December 25 Allen and Moore @ Northstar
December 26-28 Left of Center @ Cabo Wabo
December 26   Goodall Boys @ McP's
Jo Mama @ Northstar
Stylust Beats, Mr. Daniel Rooney, Auxiliary, Fresh Touch @ Crystal Bay Club
December 27 Chris Janson @ Harrah's
Arden Park Roots, Weapon, S.O. Dubs @ Whisky Dick's
Trey Stone band @ Lakeside Inn
Ike and Martin @ Lucky Beaver
Helena and the Bear @ Naked Fish Sushi
Bayonics @ Himmel Haus
   Whisky Mojo @ Steamer's
   Manic Bros @ McP's
DJ Keenan, DJ Kaos @ Peek Tahoe
Forget the Roses @ Northstar
Radar Love / Formerly Known As (Tribute to Prince) @ Crystal Bay Club
Decvember 28-30 Ski and Ride w/ olympian Johnny Mosely @ Squaw Valley

December 28 Reverand Run & Ruckus @ Peek Tahoe
Tainted Love @ Harrah's
Dirt Nasty, $moov-E, OsKillah, DJ Morefiend @ Whisky Dick's
Stellar (Incubus Tribute) / Revolver (Rage against the Machine tribute)
@ Classic Cue
Donald Glaude, Erik Lobe, Penn7,
Layne Loomis @ Electric Mushroom
Total Recall @ Himmel Haus
Trunk Monkey @ McP's
Ike and Martin
@ Lone Eagle Grill
Trey Stone Band @ Steamer's
Jason King Band @ Northstar
Jackie Greene Band, The Mother Hips / Midnight North ft. Grahame Lesh @ Crystal Bay CLub

December 29-31 SNOW GLOBE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Lake Tahoe Community College
December 29 Exmag, Lady Leah, Holy Ghost! Castle, Richie Panic, Gramatik, Polish Ambassador, 
Syd Grys,  Star Slinger, Galen, Tiesto, Justin Martin
AFTERPARTY: Gramatik, Kastle @ Montbleu Justin Martin, Galen, Bones, Craigslist Hookup @ Blu
December 30 X5ight, Festiva, The Floozies, Luck & Lana w/ DJ Nikon, THAT Sound, Zion I,
KapSlap, Griffin Camper vs. David Ohm, Zed's Dead, Kill Paris, Option 4, Claude VonStroke, Bixel Boys, Kaskade, Justin Jay
AFTERPARTY: Zed's Dead, Luminox, the Floozies @ Montbleu showroom; Claude VonStroke, Justin Jay, Sleazemore, Steffi Graff, Ritchie Pannic @ Blu
December 31 Sceam, Sirens Ceol, Andrew Luce, Guillaume, Gladkill, Vokab Kompany, Luminox, 
Bells and Whistles, Dillon Francis, Love and Light, Split, Beats Antique, Sleazemore, Treasure Fingers, Steffi Graff, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg), Cashmere Cat, Gigamesh, Cut Copy.
AFTERPARTY: Cut Copy, Gigamesh, Steffi Graff, Ritchie Panic, Sleazemore @ Montbleu

[Since SnowGlobe is a unified ticket, I've consolidated the dates for your convenience

Full SnowGlobe 2013 playlist (click for stages, start times and locations)

December 29 Taboo @ Peek Tahoe
  DJ Chris English and Special Guests @ Cabo Wabo
Girls n Boomboxes @ Himmel Haus
Phuture Primitive, Nico Luminous  @ Electric Mushroom
Jeff Jones @ Village at Northstar
Jackie Greene / Jason King Band @ Crystal Bay CLub
December 30-31 The Garage Boys @ Cabo Wabo
   George Souza @ Moody's Bistro
December 30 Ill Gates, Breaklow, Phil Harmonic @ Whisky Dick's
  DJ Micro NY @ Peek Tahoe
  Dingo Weasel, OsKillah @ Rojo's
Natalie Gelman @ Village at Northstar
Afrolicious @ Crystal Bay Club
December 31 DJs from Mars @ Peek Tahoe
Glam Cobra @ Montbleu
Black Rock City All Stars, DJ Morefiend, DJ Elyon, Metaphysical, DR Aundre,
   Sceam, LunEctrix, Hyfonix, Manny Maze, Aviator, Gerbal, Serranova
@ Electric Mushroom
Iries, S1nthys3s, Zombass @ Whisky Dick's
Arden Park Roots @ Rojo's
   DJ Berkmon @ Divided sky
   Jesse Kalin @ The Beacon
   Trunk Monkey @ McP's
Bounce Heavy: Sabo of (Sol Selectas), Subtropixx, Michah J, Zebuel, Coop da Loop,
 Flook, IJV, and Auxiliary @ Tahoe Biltmore
    Mr Rooney @ Jakes on the Lake
Jackie Greene Band / Fox Street All Stars @ Crystal Bay CLub
December 31 - Jan 2 SWAT Soundscape NYE 2014:
Chris English, Halfway House, Miles Medina, RXR, PentHaus, Rock-it scientists,
Schmidt, Step-brothers, LR Friends, Warren Whitlock, Wild Boyz @ Horizon
January 1  Borgore, Clockwork, Crizzly @ Horizon
January 2 Chuckie,  Carnage, Etc! Etc!, @ Horizon
   Dead Winter Carpenters @ Moody's Bistro
January 1-5 John Caponera / Francis Dilorinzo @ Improv at Harvey's
January 3-4   David Lunning Band @ Moody's Bistro
   Superheroes of Stoke movie screening @ Harrah's

Click here for the December 2013 playlist

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bonsai Rock Graffiti Cleanup

Bonsai rock is one of Lake Tahoe's most famous photography sites Full cleanup gallery  
Famous Lake Tahoe photography site Bonsai Rock got tagged with about 50 sprayed on graffiti over Labor Day weekend 2013.  I went out to a graffiti cleanup event at Bonsai beach organized by Dylan Eichenberg and People of Tahoe, Inc.

As Dylan Eichenberg said: "I've been helping to organize this graffiti cleanup effort.  I first saw the pictures two weeks ago, and I came down to the beach because a good friend of mine, Cody Lieberman with People of Tahoe company organized the first graffiti beach cleanup.  We decided that day that we couldn't really do as much as we wanted to, so we decided that we really needed to take some action and get the community together to clean up this unique area.

So, what we did is that first we talked to the state parks, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the US Forest service, the TRPA, and a bunch of important organizations at Lake Tahoe that deal with environmental cleanup; and we decided that, you know, this is something that we could totally take on. We're trying to get as much of this graffitti as possible.  They've tagged over 50 rocks out there.  You may have seen the pictures on Facebook, and they don't even come close to what's out there.  So, it's gonna take a lot of us and we're gonna get it, hopefully, pretty much done today.  State parks won't be able to get it until July so what we're doing here is really gonna make a big difference."

We worked hard scrubbing all day with wire brushes, blowtorches, and graffiti remover.  The rock I was scrubbing was so thick with paint there were archeological layers: scrape off the silver and there's black underneath, scrape off the black and there's blue and gold underneath... Despite two people scrubbing, I never did get all the way down to bedrock on the rock pictured above.  Luckily most of the rocks weren't as heavily covered as this one as you can see:

Photos from the Adopt Bonsai Beach group

Graffiti before

After cleanup

Regarding the cleanup product, Cody Liberman, co-owner of People of Tahoe said: 

"The product we've been using out here is this product called Motsenbocker's Lift Off.  It's actually an environmentally friendly based cleanup.  It's a solution that breaks down spraypaint as well as cleaning it up, but it's still environmentally friendly.  You know, it doesn't polute the lake, it's not harmfull, and so far it's been the only solution.  We've tried many things, we've done scrub brushed, we've taken torches to try to change the effect of the paint and nothing has worked as well.  

So, we're out here, we've got a bunch of people we've gathered up.  The pictures have gone viral, and, like I've said you can see behind us that we're cleaning up, and it's everywhere.  

And I'm with People of Tahoe.  I'm the owner, I'm the co-owner and we've contributed a bunch of stuff.  You know,we've brought a bunch of stuff and we've reached out to Meeks Hardware in South Lake Tahoe and they've donated all kinds of Motsenbocker product that's cleaning up for us.  Truckee hardware as well as Incline has donated Motsenbocker as well as buckets and brushes.  We actually had a local Safeway that's donated some food out here for us.  And, y'know, we've reached out and tried hard and we've spent some money on the company, with the company money and it's worked out.  We're just reaching out and trying to get a good cause going."

The graffiti has been particularly rough on local photography tourisim.  "Bonsai beach is one of the main places that photographers come to Lake Tahoe to make their images." said North Tahoe area photographer Martin Gollery   "This is a well known and famous and well loves area for Lake Tahoe area photographers, and this is one of the places where we bring people when other photographers come from elsewhere to visit Lake Tahoe and want to see a special location.  And so, for us as photographers, this has been a real travesty because it spoils our images and it spoils what we want to show to people that visit."

My Message to Potential Taggers:

And finally, a message for those of you who are aspiring graffiti artists.  Though it is terrible to do graffitti on nature, there is a place for graffiti in society and if you are a grafitti artist in the Lake Tahoe area there is a great non-profit called Sphere of Influence.  (Contact them on facebook) Sphere of Influence can find you legit places to put up your art where you can do graffiti and get away with it and know that your art is going to be standing for years and years with nobody scrubbing it off.  So, PLEASE, graffiti artists, don't tag on nature.  Perfect your art on plywood at home and then call Sphere of Influence and they will give you a lightbox to decorate the way you want. It's really cool.

By the way,  We really do have a good street art scene in South Lake Tahoe.  Don't let the Bonsai rock graffiti fool you, graffiti can be right in the right places. Check out my interactive walking tour of South Lake Tahoe Street Art to see some of the legit art you can see there.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Spyncycle at the Electric Mushroom

DJ Bigg Pfun pours vodka for DJ Sensei C-Stylez

I was invited down to the Electric Mushroom Nightclub in Stateline to film a DJ session by Gardnerville-based dubstep/EDM collective Spyncycle featuring Reggae Ambassadors.  It was a great night of DJ music with the best light show in town.  

See more pictures of this event in my Google+ gallery. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

November 2013 Concerts in Tahoe: Macy Gray, Shaggy, Gov't Mule, Tahoe Food and Wine Festival

Oct 30 / Nov 03 Rachel Feinstein / Brandt Tobler @ Improv at Harvey's
November 01-02 A-Train @ Cabo Wabo
David Lunning @ Moody's Bistro
November 01 DJ Big Chunk / DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
McConkey @ Harrah's South Shore Room
Freeway revival @ Whisky Dick's Saloon
Gjestar, DJ Alcheme, Ben Boot @ Electric Mushroom
Rick and Jason @ McP's
Dan Copeland @ Cottonwood bar and grill
Chris Zanardi & the High Beamz @ Crystal Bay Club

November 02 Kytami (of Dheli 2 Dublin) / Jay Tablet, Boomtown @ Whisky Dick's
Leonhardt / Brandon Fox / Molly Taylor / Seth Hall @ Classic Cue
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
Gov't Mule @ Harrah's south shore room
  Diverse Mentality feat. Handsome Dodger, Critical Conflict, Beatstax, Flysofee, Freezeto, Iron Mike, Diskfunction, Highbreed, Cosmo Coyote @ Electric Mushroom
Mystique @ McP's
  Helena and the Bear @ 968 Park
Winter Job Fair @ Squaw Valley
Truckee ski and snowboard swap
Highway Poets @ Crystal Bay Club
November 03 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
November 04 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 05 DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
Glen Smith @ McP's
November 6-10 Jack Gallagher / Dylan Mandlsohn @ Improv at Harvey's
November 06 Jesse Kalin Carson @ Cabo Wabo
JG Duo @ McP's

November 07 Drought Relief @ Cabo Wabo
North Star @ McP's
Local heroes night @ Squaw Valley (Support teachers and direfighters)
Greensky Bluegrass / Fruition @ Crystal Bay Club
November 08-09 Audioboxx @ Cabo Wabo
November 08 DJ Los / DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
Ron's Garage @ McP's
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
  Hip-Hop birthday w/ Young Yogi, D Prince and Bala, DJs Sutra and Hyphonix @ Electric Mushroom
Mojo Green @ Crystal Bay Club
November 09-10 South Tahoe food and wine festival feat. Robert Irvine (of "Dinner: Impossible") Singing chef Andy LoRusso, and Rocky Fino, author of "Will Cook for Sex"  
November 09 Manic Bros @ McP's
DJ SN1 / DJ Rick Gee @ Peek Tahoe
Macy Gray, Zeb Early / Mark Sexton Band @ Crystal Bay Club
November 10 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
November 11 Veteran's Day
Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 12 DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
November 13-17 Wendy Liebman / Steven Kravitz @ Improv at Harvey's
November 13 Ron's Trio @ McP's
Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 14 Black Dahlia Murder, Skeletonwitch, Fallujah, Noisem @ Whisky Dick;s
Jackson and Jesus @ McP's
Jesse Kalin @ Cabo Wabo
Passport to Dining @ King's Beach
November 15-16 A Train @ Cabo Wabo
Warren Miller's "Ticket to Ride" @ Harrah's
November 15 DJ Miles Medina / DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
4-Way Street @ McP's
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
  Pray for Snow party: Spyncycle feat. DJ Sensei C Styles, Bigg Phun, Clayton & Ramone @ Electric Mushroom
Polyrythmics / Multipleks, Ground$core @ Crystal Bay Club
November 16 MC Ringo, DJ Rick Gee, DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
  United Defiance, Maiden's Sorrows, Barking Spiders, CAF @ Classic Cue
Blue Frog Blues Band @ McP's
Melvin Seals, JGB, Orgone / Terraplane @ Crystal Bay Club
November 17 Something Blue Wedding Expo feat. Anne Roos @ Montbleu
  DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
November 18 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 19 Shaggy feat. Rayvon / Thrive, Dubfyah @ Blu in Montbleu
DJ J Bird @ Cabo Wabo
November 20-24 Dennis Blair / Alan Bursky @ Improv at Harvey's
November 20 Goodal Boys @ McP's
Jesse Kalin Carson @ Cabo Wabo
  Truckee Bike Park Party w/ Forget the Roses @ Cottonwood bar and grill
November 21 Harmony Road @ McP's
Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
First day of Ice Skating @ Northstar
November 22-23 Nothin Personal @ Cabo Wabo
November 22-24 Valhalla holiday faire @ Valhalla
November 22 Heavenly / Kirkwood / Northstar opening day (weather permitting)
DJ Leslie Perez / DJ Keenan  @ Peek Tahoe
Trunk Monkey @ McP's
An Elegant Affair @ Boatworks mall in Tahoe City
Keyser Sose @ Crystal Bay Club
November 23 The North face presents "Into the Mind" @ Montbleu
Winter White Party for Boys and Girls Club w/ DJ Ryan Palmer @ Riva Grill
Bass for Snow III feat. Dub Virus, Psy-Fi, and Mr. Rooney @ Electric Mushroom
DJ SN1 / DJ Rick Gee @ Peek Tahoe
Tumbleweed Wanderers @ Crystal Bay Club
November 24 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
November 25 All hail the Yeti, Weapon Status Red @ Rojo's
Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
November 26 Gene Warren @ McP's
DJ J Bird @ Cabo Wabo
Nov 27 / Dec 01 Rocky LaPorte / Ron Morey @ Improv at Harvey's
November 27 Tone Cookin @ McP's
Jesse Kalin Carson @ Cabo Wabo
Opening Day @ Squaw Valley (weather permitting)
November 28 JKC Band @ Cabo Wabo
Nov 29 - Dec 09 Heavenly Winter Ignite
November 29-30 Unbuckle Apres party w/ Heavenly Angels @ Tamarack Lodge
Route 111 @ Cabo Wabo
November 29 Black Uhuru, Mike Pinto, Dubfyah @ Blu in Montbleu
Black Friday all black party feat. DJ Aspect @ Electric Mushroom
DJ Charisma / DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
  Dirt Starship, DC Fallout, Yankee Brutal, Dearly Divided @ Whisky Dick's
Ron's Garage @ McP's
New Riders of the Purple Sage / Gurbtron, Heidalicious @ Crystal Bay Club

November 30 Porter Robinson feat. Audien @ Montbleu
Tower of Power @ Harrah's South Shore Room
Clinton Sparks @ Peek Tahoe
  Catacomb sessions w/ Tony Krtave, Erik Lobe, Penn7, Mike Mason @ Electric Mushroom
  OsKillah, Dingo Weasel, Joel O'Connor @ Classic Cue
The Upshots @ McP's
Season Pass party @ Squaw Valley feat. DJ OmJah to belefit Protect Our Winters / Shane McConkey

Local's Last Waltz featuring Jellybread, Downbeat @ Crystal Bay Club

Click here for the November 2013 Tahoe playlist if your browser doesn't support embedded playlists.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lillian Rose Stewart on "Demon White"

I have been named 2nd unit director of photography on a Tahoe-themed film called "Demon White" I went down to Heavenly Village with the author of the screenplay and got this interview.

Lillian Rose Stewart, author of the "Demon White" screenplay
See for details on the script and kickstarter campaign.


Well, you know, Jack, everything is going just fine.  It's all starting to come together, the crew is all in place, I've auditioned or signed with three of the actors and we have just a few parts left for the sizzle reel.  The musical score is being written and we're featuring the music of a local artist to be announced soon, and the cameras are ready to roll.  We're ready to shoot and all we need is to fill in our shooting budget and we're on a go.


Well, you know, it kind of began as a legacy to my grandchildren Emily and Eddie.  They were born here in Tahoe. But it's mostly for the passengers that I've had on my bus over the years.


{LAUGHS} I knew you were going to say that.  The single most asked question I've had is "Where does this bus go?" But the second most asked question by literally tens of thousands of passengers over the years and many miles is "What is it like? What is it really like to live here in Tahoe?"

You know our visitors come here for the natural beauty, on vacation or for recreation or a lot of them come just to bring back the memories.  A lot of them have told me that their relatives and their family used to bring them to Lake Tahoe and they're trying to recapture that memory or they're looking for a place to retire. And they want to know, first hand, from us what it's like.  So, "Demon White" is my answer to that question.


Well, you know, Jack, since time began people have gathered around a campfire or in a teepee or down at the general store around the pot-bellied stove to hear the stories told by their elders.  Stories of times gone by filled with laughter and wisdom, told by those who lived it.  "Demon White" is my gather around the pot-bellied stove story - my "Passion Project" as they call it in Hollywood.

You know, I've had my fair share of those who think I've fallen off my rocker, you know "Why don't you just sit back and take it easy?" and that sort of thing.  But, when you believe in something and you know your heart is in the right place you can't hear the nay-sayers.  And, you know, I have to tell you the most support that I have received up to this date for "Demon White" has been from young people.  Young professionals like yourself in this community.

And that gives me hope for the movie and great home for our future.  It drives my courage and my determination on my mission to take "Demon White" from the page to reality.  and I'm hoping the Tahoe community will recognize this opportunity to showcase our venue and see the value of telling this little Tahoe story with a big heart.  -- Like the old adage, "with a little help from my friends"...


Well, you know, film is a magical medium.  What other art form can capture in time - freeze frame - things as they are? None other.  All others can only be a reproduction or somebody's take on reality.  That's why it's important to be to have this film shot entirely on location in Lake Tahoe.  I can't immagine where you would go anywhere else to shoot a movie about Lake Tahoe except right here in Tahoe.  The lake, the sky, the wind, the snow, all of these are characters in the movie.


"Demon White" is a full length feature film.  It's purely entertainment.  It's about change, and acceptance, and finding the hero that's there inside of each of us.  It's about the beauty and the wonder of Lake Tahoe and the dangers inherent in living in the wilderness as well as the dangers we impose on that wilderness.  "Demon White" is not a documentary - it is a tale of life in paradise as told through the storyline of the characters mixed in with the reality of Lake Tahoe and the high sierra.  It is a story for the young and the old and my greatest wish is that you find something in the story.  Something to take with you after seeing the movie.  If that happens then I will consider the film "Demon White" to be a smashing success.


Yes, I have.  But, you know, this movie will happen.  I know going in that it's not the most traditional Hollywood kind of a movie and a lot of people wouldn't want to make it, but that is my challenge.  There's a long list of projects in Hollywood that nobody wanted to make, that didn't fit the Hollywood formula but which went on to be box office hits.

You know, the entertainment industry is changing.  The way movies get made and are distributed is changing, and that is the purpose of the proof of concept short film that we're funding right now.  It is the next big step to getting the movie made and that takes money.  Not a lot of money, just enough to take that next little step in making the future.  And that is your challenge.

This movie will get made if I have to shoot it myself on my iPhone.  You know, I believe in the story.  I think it's a story worth telling and I want it to be told in the best possible way, by the most skilled and adventurous filmmakers that I can find.  And that's the road I'm traveling right now.

Please read the rewards included on this page: and join us.  And if you do, we'll throw you a party and if there's one thing we know how to do in Tahoe that's throw a party.  Then, there's nothing left to do but the dance!

Interested in hearing more? Check out her interview on Wake Up Tahoe

Saturday, September 28, 2013

October 2013 Concerts in Tahoe: Steve Martin, Blue Öyster Cult, Leon Russel, Rusted Root, Flavor Flav

October 02  Jungle Costume party @ Opal at Montbleu
The Unknown Comic w/ Susan Jones @ Crystal Bay Club
October 2-6 Jimmy Shubert, Suli McCullough @ Improv at Harvey's
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
ft. Edie Brickell
October 3-5 Hookah Stew @ Cabo Wabo
October 03 Adient Zoo, Groovebox, Black Star Safari, 4 Piece Puzzle @ Holly's Place (1201 Rufus Allen Blvd)
Hemlock, Deathplant, Qarin, Downtime @ Whisky Dick's
Polish Ambassador, DJ Vadim feat. Wildlight @ Tahoe Biltmore
Pyle of Zen @ Cottonwood bar and grill
October 04 SublimedLive w/ Corn Doggy Dog & The 1/2 Pound @ Whisky Dick's
DJ Gjestar @ Electric Mushroom
DJ Keenan, DJ G. Money @ PEEK Tahoe
  Helena and the Bear @ Naked Fish Sushi
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
The Rusty Buckets @ Divided Sky
Sneaky Creatures @ Crystal Bay Club
October 05 Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and the
                Steep Canyon Rangers @ Montbleu
DJ Rick Gee, DJ SN1 @ PEEK Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Toy Run @ Brother's Bar
"Doing Damage Tour" feat. VNDMG, Indaskyes,
                 and Le Moti @ Crystal Bay Club
"McConkey" movie premiere @ Squaw Valley

October 5-6     Lake Tahoe Fish Festival @ Taylor Creek Visitor's center
October 06 Conducting from the grave, Dethrone the Soverign, Ironclad, Half a Tusk @ Classic Cue
October 07 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
October 9-13 Jeff Dye, Brandt Tobler @ Improv at Harvey's
October 10 Lisa Marie Johnston @ Cottonwood bar and grill
  Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
October 11-12 Nothin Personal @ Cabo Wabo
October 11 DJ Keenan, DJ Ivan @ PEEK Tahoe
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
  Helena and the Bear @ Naked Fish
Keyser Sose @ Crystal Bay Club
Jimmy Ashley @ Cottonwood bar and Grill
October 12-13  Pony and Pumpkin festival @ Forest Suites resort
October 12 Tahoe Donner Fall Festival @ Donner Lake
Blue Öyster Cult @ Harrah's
Machine Gun Vendetta, Ninja Slaughterhouse, Infecto Skeletons, Melvin Makes Machine Guns @ Whisky Dick's 7th Anniversary party
DJ Rick Gee, DJ SN1 @ PEEK Tahoe
Thick Soup @ The Divided Sky
Tahoe City Grill Fest
Tracorum @ Crystal bay Club
October 13 Dinner Theatre feat. Richard Blair @ Cottonwood bar and grill
October 14 Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic @ Edgewood
Supersuckers, the Marones, Dirt Starship @ Whisky Dick's
Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
October 15 S1nthys3s, Zombass, Selby @ Whisky Dick's
October 16-20 The Stagebenders, Joel Lindley @ Improv at Harvey's
October 16 Griz, Rebel Era, Two Fresh, Anvil Smith @ Tahoe Biltmore
Will Durst @ Crystal Bay Club
October 18-19 A Train @ Cabo Wabo 
October 18 DJ Keenan, DJ CRE-8 @ PEEK Tahoe
  Theresa Bell @ Naked Fish Sushi
Down North @ Crystal Bay Club
October 19 Blind Boys of Alabama @ Harrah's
Decide, Broken Hope, Necronomicon, Purification by Fire, Gary Busey Amber Alert @ Whisky Dick's
Too $hort @ Private Party (Contact Late Nite productions)
Burbon Dinner w/ master distiller Jimmy Russel @ Harvey's
DJ Rick Gee, DJ SN1 @ PEEK Tahoe
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty band, Cherry Royale @ Crystal Bay CLub
  Fall Pumpkin Patch @ Tahoe City
October 22 Cherub, Con Bro Chill w/ Mansions on the Moon @ Crystal Bay Club
   Ireyes, Tattoo Joe Moontribe, Benjah Ninjah @ Whisky Dick's
October 23-27 Scott Record, Chipper Lowell @ Improv at Harvey's
October 23 Rusted Root feat. Goodnight, Texas; The Royal Teeth @ Crystal Bay Club
October 24 Todd Clouser @ The Divided Sky
  Tribulation @ Rojo's
  Jesse Kalin Carson @ Cabo Wabo
Jill Cohn @ Cottonwood bar and Grill
October 25-26 Hookah Stew @ Cabo Wabo
October 25 DJ Keenan, Crisco Kid @ PEEK Tahoe
Z-Man, DJ True Justice, Tip-C, D-Day  @ Whisky Dick's
  DJ Morefiend, Gerbal, Smug, Sceam, Cook-E, Syrax @ Electric Mushroom
  Little Town @ Naked Fish Sushi
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
The Motet, Jellybread / Thick Newton @ Crystal Bay Club

Leon Russel at Harrah's South Shore Room October 26th

October 26 Leon Russel @ Harrah's
35th annual Freaker's Ball feat. Glam Cobra @ Montbleu
Naughty or Nice Costume Ball feat. Playmates Chrissy Henderson, Niccolette Shea, Mei-Ling Lam
@ PEEK Tahoe
  Lisa Rose @ Electric Mushroom
Creeper's Ball feat. Tainted Love / Boggan, Jaekwon the Chief @ Crystal Bay Club
October 29  Kayla Scintilla, DubColinG, Bird of Prey @ Whisky Dick's
Oct 30 - Nov 3 Rachal Feinstein, Johnny Loquasto @ Improv at Harvey's
October 31 Freq Nasty Haloween freak fest @ Whisky Dick's
Haloween Party feat. Flavor Flav w/ DJ Rick Gee @ PEEK Tahoe
  Jesse Kalin Carson @ Cabo Wabo

The Freeway Revival @ Divided Sky
November 1-2  Dia de los muertos pub crawl @ Heavenly Village
November 01 The Freeway revival @ Whisky Dick's
Keyser Sose @ Moody's Bistro
November 02 Kytami (of Dehli 2 Dublin) @ Blu Nightclub in Montbleu
Gov't Mule @ Harrah's
Diverse Mentality feat. Handsome Dodger (Primitive Science), DJ Drew & Mermer
                w/ Intalekt MC and DJ Slim and Diskfunktion (of Pusch), Beatstax, Flysofee, DJ Sonar, Highbreed,  and Cas Z. @ Electric Mushroom

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tahoe Expo brings Sustainable Geotourisim to Lake Tahoe

The 3rd Annual Tahoe Expo from Sustainable Tahoe is a Basin-wide geotourisim event in Lake Tahoe where the participant can explore many different tracks of sustainable tourism around the Lake Tahoe basin.

Among many other offerings this year's event featured a wild mustang tour of western Nevada, ultimately leading to the place where the Donner party camped before they attempted to cross the sierra.

 It also featured Stand-Up Paddle Yoga, an electric bike tour of the water quality hazards posed by unprotected drain pipes into Lake Tahoe, and a demonstration of Native American music and spirituality.

Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2013 Concerts in Tahoe: Dave Matthews Band, Cascada, Journey, Afroman

August 30-Sept 01 Tattoo convention @ Montbleu
August 31 The Situation @ PEEK tahoe
Sept 01-02 The Garage Boys @ Cabo Wabo
September 01 Afroman, Beach Bum Alcoholics, Jonzen, the Chor Boys @ Blu nightclub in Montbleu
  Allan Miller Trio @ Valhalla
Cash Only Band @ Steamers
Ike and Martin @ Jakes on the Lake
DJ Rob Base @ Peek tahoe
Drop Theory @ The Passtime Club
Natalie Gelman @ Northstar
  Local's last waltz feat. King High Tide, Downbeat, the Beer Gardeners @ Commons Beach
  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, the Easy Leaves, / Swamp Zen @ Crystal Bay Club
September 02 DJ Keenan @ Peek tahoe
Cash Only band @ The Beacon
Big Band Jazz @ Sugar Pine Point st. Park
September 03-05  North tahoe Flow Arts Festival @ Kings Beach

September 03 DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
Mindfull Massive @ Whisky Dick's
Ukelele Jam @ Mo's Place
Sept 4-8 Dat Phan / Mike Price @ Improv at Harvey's
September 04 Dave Matthews Band w/ Gary Clark Jr. @ Harvey's Outdoor Ampetheatre
The Garage Boys @ Cabo Wabo
Darren Senn @ Coyote Grill
September 05 Drought Relief @ Cabo Wabo
Austin Quattlebaum @ Cottonwood bar and grill
Eric taylor @ Shooting Star BnB
Andy frasco @ Moody's Bistro
DJ Beromaze / Lambchop @ Lakeside at Night
Sept 06-08 Autumn food and Wine Festival @ Northstar
Pacific Fine Arts Festival in Truckee
September 06 Gold Star Peak Dedication ceremony @ Lakeview Commons
Summer of Bass feat. Upstairs Downstairs, DJ Kronyak, Sceam, SyRaX, Bluntstache, Beat Karma,
Conspiracy Theory @ American legion
Rival Sons @ Cabo Wabo
DJ Romeo Reyes @ harrah's
Guitar Strings vs Chicken Wings ft. Drop Theory, Thick Newton, One Track Mind, Bad Move Smooth, Matt Reardon and Montange @ Squaw Valley
Emily tessmer @ Cottonwood bar and Grill
Serena Dawn @ Rubicon Pizza Co
Dusty Miles and the Cryin Shame @ The Passtime Club
Mama's Cookin, Peter Joseph Burtt and the King Tide / Zeb Early @ Crystal Bay Club

Sept. 07-08 Tahoe Expo @ Lakeview Commons
September 07 The Zombies, Et Tu Bruce @ Harrah's South Shore room
Them Creatures, Sad Boy Sinister, Dirt Starship @ Whisky Dick's
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
Audioboxx @ cabo Wabo
Open Blues Jam @ Coyote Grill
Milton Morales / Ian Ethan Case @ Northstar
Trails and Vistas @ Truckee Regional Park
Coburn Station @ The Passtime Club
Trevor Selby w/ Bassment-ality @ Crystal Bay CLub
September 08 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
NT Jazz band / The Beer Gardeners @ Commons Beach
Ike and Martin @ Jakes on the Lake
Cascada @ Northstar
September 09 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
DJ Keenan @ Peek tahoe
September 10 DJ J-Bird @ Cabo Wabo
Tight and Bright on Bikes @ Jakes on the Lake
Peter Joseph Burtt and the King Tide @ PJ's in Truckee
Sept 11-15 Adam Hunter / Annie Lederman @ Improv at Harvey's
September 11 Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
DJ Professor Stone, Gurbtron, Aux @ The Grid
Comedy Night w/ Robert hawkins @ Crystal bay Club
Sept 12-14 Hookah Stew @ Cabo Wabo
September 12 Danielle French @ Cottonwood bar and grill
Sept 13-16 BASS MTN: Love and Light, Kayla Scintilla, Knight Riderz, TYMK, Nominus, Sugar Pill, Digital Rust,
Stylust Beats, Sugar Pill, 9 ft of smoke, Subtropixx, Zombass, Oscar Daniel, Gurbtron,
Shane Suffritti, IJV, Subdocta, Wet Dreamz, Safi's Lab, Motorhome Music, Heidilicious, C. Worth
@ Yuba river outside of Truckee
Sept 13-15 Tahoe Fat Tire Festival @ Squaw Valley
September 13 Spiral Arms, Weight of the Tide, Tuco Ramierez, Stone Daddy, Up Against It @ Whisky Dick's
Celtic house concert w/ Anne Roos, Sean Cummings, Keith Shannon, Robert Erlich
DJ Antman @ Lakeside Inn
John Ayres @ Cottonwood bar and grill
Jellybread @ Crystal Bay Club
September 14 Tahoe Youth and Family Services Color Run
Journey @ Harvey's outdoor ampetheatre
The Yardbirds @ Harrah's
Tony Holiday trio, Candy's River House, Hellhound express @ Whisky Dick's
Progress feat. Infinite Luv, Elektromagnetik, Maizon Tech, C_Note vs. 3PO, Batch,
Stensen, Mr. Smeags @ Electric Mushroom
Emerald Bay Rim Trail Run
Tahoe Sierra Century Ride / CRJ ski movie premiere  @ Squaw Valley
Formerly Known As (a tribute to Prince) @ Crystal Bay Club
September 15 San Fransisco Comedy Competition feat. Samuel J Comroe, Drennon Davis, Brendan Lynch, Duat Mai,
Paul Morrissey, Matt Ralston, Melissa Shoshahi, Johnny Taylor, Kate Willett & More @ Montbleu
DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
September 16 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
DJ Keenan @ Peek tahoe
 The Hooten Hallers @ Sierra Pizza
September 17 Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
Mindfull massive @ Whisky Dick's
Sept. 18-22 Mark Pitta / Gilbert Lawand @ Improv at Harvey's
September 18 Calabrese, Los Pistoleros, Goodbye to Sunlight, Dirt Starship @ Whisky Dick's
September 19 Jessie Carson Kalin @ Cabo Wabo
The Old Way @ Cottonwood bar and Grill
Sept 20-21 Nothin Personal @ Cabo Wabo
September 20 Street Urchinz, Massive Delicious, Weapon @ Whisky Dick's
Tuck Wilson @ Cottonwood bar and Grill
Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Stooges / Mojo Green @ Crystal bay Club
September 21 The Robert Cray Band @ Harrah's
DJ Rick Gee @ Peek Tahoe
Electric Blu EDM Show @ Blu in Montbleu
Sweetwater String Band @ Divided Sky
Dog Days of Fall in Incline Village
Purple Haze / Benjah Ninjaj, Mr. Roony @ Crystal Bay Club
September 22 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Ironman Triathelon @ Squaw Valley
Sweetwater Strong Band @ Fat Cat Cafe
September 23 DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe
Fabrizio @ Americana Inn
September 24
Sept 25-26 Dane Reinhardt @ Cabo Wabo
Sept. 25-29 Alan Havey / Jann Karam @ Improv at Harvey's
September 25 Darren Senn & friends @ Coyote Grill
September 26 Tuck Wilson @ Nine 41 in Tahoe City
Sept. 27-29 Lake Tahoe Marathon
Route 111 @ Cabo Wabo
September 27 Jeff Berman, No red Alice, Bradley Riot @ Whisky Dick's
5tr3ngth 1n Numb3r5 w/ Chi-Gu Kom, Conspiracy Theory @ Electric Mushroom
DJ Antmann @ Lakeside Inn
Ike and Martin @ Lucky beaver
The Bumptet @ Divided Sky
Drop Theory @ Crystal Bay Club
Sept 28-29 Tough Mudder @ Northstar
September 28 Drive By Truckers @ Harrah's South Shore room
DJ Pauly D @ Peek Tahoe
Red Rose feat. Groovebox @ Whisky Dick's
Oktoberfest 2013 feat. Johnny Koenig @ Himmel Haus
Casual Dogs - a tribute to the Gratefull Dead @ Crystal bay CLub
September 29 Oktoberfest @ Squaw Valley
September 30 DJ Keenan @ Peek Tahoe

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October 02 The Unknown Comic @ Crystal bay Club
October 03 Polish Ambassador / DJ Vadim @ Tahoe Biltmore
October 05 Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Montbleu
Terror in tahoe skateboard competition

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tahoe Summit 2013: Governor Brian Sandoval on SB 229 and the Tahoe Fire Compact

Thank you.  Good morning everyone, it's always a pleasure to follow congressman Amodei and the Vice president and you might have seen that I brought up a little prop with me but it's unfortunate that the vice president had to leave for that very important board meeting because I had something for him.  My mom has recently moved back to Nevada and we were going through her things and we discovered something that I thought I would present him with today but this is his inaugural poster from the first election and I thought he would enjoy and appreciate that but I hope we can get it to him...

Thank you, Senator, he does look young in that picture.  [laughter] I wanted to present it to him because, as was mentioned, I had the privilege of serving on the TRPA 17 years ago and I had the opportunity and the privilege of attending that first summit and I know that I mentioned this last night at dinner, but I know that the vice president didn't remember me meeting him but I certainly remembered meeting him, and he's got just a tremendous, tremendous legacy.  And I think that it's really important that we pause for a moment and remember what it meant for he and President Clinton to come here that day so that we could all be here 17 years later.

You know, we gathered here today, and we've heard a lot of adjectives, but to recommit to a generational promise to preserve and protect one of the Earth's finest treasures.  Senator Reid, I want to thank you for your leadership through the years, senator Feinstein for your sponsorship of that very important federal legislation; Governor Brown, it's such a privilidge to be with you here today and a lot of folks don't know this but it also was mentioned that we had signed that legislation, or I had signed that legislation a few short months ago.  What I will recall more important than signing that bill was the opportunity to travel to Sacramento and meet with the governor and discuss these very important issues as I mentioned to him last night and even today: you know Paul Laxalt is one of my mentors and I believe that it's an absolute responsibility on my part to continue that legacy that he and President Reagan started, and I see it continuing now between governor Brown and myself.

It's fun for me to have this event here at Sand Harbor.  I mean, we all have our Sand Harbor stories and though I wasn't cleaning toilets or picking up trash or whatever but I was here 40 years ago playing out on the rocks and swimming out on the beach, and it's truely one of the gifts that we have in the state of Nevada to have this.  We've got some of our state parks folks who preserve it so well... If you would just raise your hand and be acknowledged for what you do.

When you think about it, this park here gets 1 million visitors per year and it is the most visited state park in the state of Nevada.  I think it's also important, and I know it's been mentioned today, that we acknowledge our native americans.  This is their ancestral home and it's a privilidge and honor to be in your presence as well.


Now, I was looking at some of the program materials and this year's theme is "a clear lake legacy: preserving Tahoe and the environment for future generations" and I think that's obviously why we're all here.  We understand what we have, but also what it's going to mean that our children and our grandchildren and the generations to come can share this and enjoy it just like we have.  The regional plan update was mentioned and it was adopted by the TRPA and I think the members of the TRPA deserve a big hand because it took a lot of courage to adopt that.


And that's a combination of the TRPA staff, the governing board, the environmental community, members of the business community, local residents and representatives... It truely was, and it's going to be an overused word today, this collaboration, this teamwork to get things done, so, as the Vice President said, this will be a model not only for our two states but our nation and the world.  Mr Ambassador it's such a pleasure that you're hear today and I hope that someday I have the opportunity to visit your great country and see that lake as well.

Now, I don't think that it's appropriate for me to go on.  We have that American Fire that's going on today and I see the firefighters here and the leaders of the firefighter community; and just think about it: as we sit here on this beach in this great sand and wonderfull backdrop, there are those firefighters, hundereds if not thousands of them, fighting that fire a short distance from here to help preserve what we have.  Please thank them for their courage.


Now just a short few words talking about Nevada's comittment, as we've mentioned senate bill 229 and why it was a priority.  Economic, healthy communities provide a healthy foundation for continued environmental gains at Lake Tahoe.  The EIP program continues to be our shared roadmap to the restoration of the Lake Tahoe basin watershed.  We're using the newest and best practices, the latest available science.  The state of Nevada continues to honor our comittment to this great lake and to prioritize: funding for forest restoration, water clarity improvements, stream restoration, recreation enhancements, and invasive species management.  I'm also pleased to report, and Leo Drozdoff, I wanted to acknowledge him today for his leadership in what happens here in our great state, but the Nevada jurisdictions will likely meet their 5 year milestones in polutant reductions and are well on their way to meeting or exceeding all the other milestones, and that's due to your leadership and that of many others.  Thank you Leo.


It was also mentioned about the stream zone environments, I know that they are some of the greatest contributors to the lake, and we are working on the third at Incline Creek, the two creeks there are the largest contributors to fine sediments; and I want to thank all of our partners in this great work: the Nevada tahoe conservation district, IVGID, Washow County, the Glenbrook community, and the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Beaureau of reclamation - another fine example of this teamwork to get things done up here.

I mentioned about the wildfires, Governor Brown and I immediately before we met today signed an agreement to continue, a proclamation that recomfirms the bi-state effort that began with the California-Nevada Tahoe basin fire commission created after the Angora fire.  Today's proclamation displays the continued cooperative work by our two states to protect people, property, and natural resources of the basin through fuel treatment projects, defensible space inspections, and agressive public education campaigns.  Governor Brown, thank you for your teamwork.


So, in closing, it's a privilidge and an honor to be here today.  There are so many people responsible for all of us being here on this stage and I look out and I see everyone in the audience and I'm so proud of our Nevada legislators that I see out here and how we were able to work together.  The Nevada Secretary of State is here and I know that he sits on the TRPA and has a great comittment to Lake Tahoe.  Our federal representatives, the state representatives who work here, those representatives from California, I could go on and on, our county comissioners, our city council people, everyone is here and I know that when it comes to Nevada you have our future comittment to do whatever it takes to continue to preserve the greatest place on Earth, Lake Tahoe.  Thank you.