Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lake Tahoe Home and Garden Show 2014

The snow didn't stop the fun at the 2014 Lake Tahoe Home and Garden show sponsored by Golden Bear Events.

Though the spectators were a little thinner than the previous year, there was still a rockin band and a lot of interesting vendors to check out.

Featured Vendors and Links

JoAnne Connor - Golden Bear Events
Victoria Lynn - Victoria's Secret Garden
Vicki Palmer - Wildtree
Amy Cournella - Naccarato Chiropractic
Gweneth Pryzbylo - Princess House
Heidi - California Exteriors
Dennis Hunter - L & D Woodworks
Sally - Tahoe Psychic
Dina Kovac / Vergil McKenzie - Nerium
Rick Madden - I can Fix That Tahoe /
  California Counter Kit 
Diana Peticolas - Bearfoot Limousine 
Kevin Brown - El Dorado County Supervisor district 5 Candidate 
Theresa Chisholm - Legal Shield
Nena Ulloa - Tupperware


Mark Douglas - Author USS Hoquiam series
Ray Goodenough - Author: "Parallel Journeys"
Elizabeth Patterson - Author Bonner's Fairy series
Gina Geldbach-Hall - Author "Firegal"
Brandy Donlon - Rodan + Fields


Janette Hamman - Artist
Davie, Brad, Donda, and Candace - El Dorado County Search and Rescue

Ernie and Jan Claudio - S.T.A.R. Sherrif's Team of Active Retirees
Nicola Congero - Lake Tahoe Humane Society
Chris Alper - Rejuvinate Sauna and Energy Center
Freedom Journey Hawk - Tai Chi / Qigong instructor
Jim Dalton - Carpenter / birdhouse maker

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

National record store day / 420 in Tahoe

April 19th and 20th at the Swiss Chalet Village were the second annual Buttermuffin smoke shop 4/20 event and the grand opening of Mad About Music's new location on National Record Store day.

The event featured a glass blowing competition, live art demonstrations from Will Eicheberger and Michael Vee, and concerts from 6 DJs on 4/19 plus Reggae band Rise Up and local rappers Dreda Dre and One Love on 4/20.

If your browser does not support embedded Google+ posts, click here for the Buttermuffin 4/20 gallery

Will Eichelberger described his art demonstration this way: "I'm here at the 4/20 fest doing some live art and it's pretty awesome because it's a great day out.  I am a photographer, so I shoot photographs and make really large prints of them.  I then paint backgrounds on wood, canvas, or found objects and wheat-paste the prints to them street-art style."

Mad About Music Owner Dan Berger said: "I am the new owner of Mad About Music, I purchased it from +Jonathan Lee and Chris, the old owners.... It's national record store day so we've got a bunch of records outside, we've got booths, we've got vendors..." He went on to note that DJs that day included DJ Rundown, DJ Shortem, Aux, TYMK, Bass-Mentality, and Nas Ja. Berger noted the history of the place: "We're keeping the tradition alive for Mad About Music, we're back in the Swiss Chalet while the original spot was where Elephants music is now, so we're bringing it back full circle."

Local rapper One Love representing the 530 for Ghost Coast music 

Click here for the full playlist of Tahoe Onstage 4/20 interviews if your browser does not support embeded playlists.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands in Lake Tahoe

The Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands is a worldwide competition of over 1200 unsigned bands from the area of +Hard Rock Cafe outlets around the world.  Lake Tahoe's competition drew a dozen competitors to its month-long competition and it boiled down to 3 bands competing for the prize at this event hosted by +Dreu Withu : +KrosphyerMusic+denver j band and Sil Shoda.

Judges for the night 

See the full gallery of cell phone pictures from Hard Rock's Battle of the Bands on Google+

According to event host Dreu Murin, judges were looking for "Musicianship, Voice Talent, Originality, Stage Presence, and of course," the all important category of "Fan Reaction".


The first band of the night was hard rock / metal band  Krossphyer, of Gardnerville, NV.  With a sound vaguely reminiscent of 3 Doors Down and the early 2000s ozfest scene, Krossphyer was the obvious fan favorite of the night.

Singer Brett M Allen ably worked the jazzed crowd, while guitar player John Kumanski showed off his obviously well practiced guitar skills.

Event Judge Tom Davis noted this popularity, stating: "I don't think anyone's left in Gardnerville, they're all up here.  I watched each one of you perform and every one of you gives it 110%... the way to sum this up is: Powerful."

You can hear more at Krossphyer's ReverbNation page or follow +KrosphyerMusic on Google+
or @Krosphyer on twitter or like them on facebook here.

The Denver J Band

With a sound that judge Bryson Roatch found remeniscent of "Matchbox 20 meets Hootie and the Blowfish" Sacramento, California's The Denver J Band was a good break from the heavier sound of the rest of the night.  Drumming along with drummer Matt Remenar proved a major crowd-pleaser, but the truly distinctive thing about the band were the tight harmonies between singer Denver Saunders and bass player Grayson Roberts.

 +Denver Saunders had his star-power on full blast that night, delivering a sparkling performance on the vocals as he showed off his songwriting talent in a set featuring some of the cleverest lyrics and tightest harmonies of the night.

Bryson Roatch continued: "I wanna say, keep up the dual harmonies, that's tight.  Keep up the drumming with the drummer, that's super tight, you know, that's exciting."

You can hear more of the Denver J Band at their Reverbnation page;  follow +denver j band on Google+ or @dnvrj on twitter.

The Denver J Band's latest album "A Real Good Book" is available on iTunes and Google Play.

Click here for the video stills from the Battle of the Bands if you can't see the embed. (Oh, and follow +FabulousLakeTahoe on G+ while you're at it.)

Sil Shoda 

Reno, NV outlaw country / southern rock band Sil Shoda was founded in 2008 and has been together much longer than most of the other bands in the competition and it showed in their amazingly polished performance.

Judge Steve the Pirate immediately noticed the attention to detail: "I've got some southern boys here, we got Wyatt Earp on vocals here using a Coors Light bottle for slide guitar... Such a tight nit group, you guys are so polished as a band that it's rediculous.  You guys got the look going on for you, you guys got the crowd interaction, you had a story for each song... You had me sold at the first song."

You can hear more from Sil Shoda at their Reverbnation page or friend them on Facebook or on Twitter @SilShodaBand - Sil Shoda's latest album "Aces and Eights" is available on iTunes.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 2014 Tahoe Concerts: The Temptations, Taj Mahal, ZZ Ward, Earth Day

April 01 Zach Ohms, Unkle Dubson, Aux @ Whisky Dick's
Ron Hacker @ Harrah's 
Jesse Kalin @ Fresh Ketch 
Gene Warren @ McP's
April 2-6 Rachael Feinstein / Tracey MacDonald @ Improv at Harvey's 
April 02 Emancipator Ensemble, Slow Magic, NYM @ Blu at the Montbleu
Ron's Trio @ McP's 
Open Mic w/ Jesse Kalin @ Cabo Wabo 
Shane Suffriti, Chrisrlicious, Unkle Dubson, b2b, Billy The Kid, IJV @ The Grid

April 03 Yonder Mountain String Band, Brothers Comatose @ Montbleu
Bison Bluegrass @ Blu
Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
Open Mic Night w/ Darren Senn @ Coyote Grill
Open Mic Night @ Classic Cue
Vinnie Berry @ Fresh Ketch
The Sophisticats @ McP's
1000 Years at Sea @ Corronwood Bar & Grill
April 4-6 Shred the Love rail Jam @ Royal Gorge / Squaw Valley
Actors Killed Lincoln @ The Passtime Club
DJ Johnny Varsity @ Truckee Regional Park
April 4-5 Sweet Talk Burlesque @ Montbleu
Nothin Personal @ Cabo Wabo  
The Roemers @ Coyote Grill
April 04 DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
Jesse Kalin @ The Beacon
New World Jazz Project @ Fresh Ketch
Mystique @ McP's
Matthew Szlachetka @ Northstar
Springfest: Dummy Downhill @ Diamond Peak
Purple Party feat. Lafa Taylor, Nico Luminous, Aux vs. Zebuel, Bassment-ality @ Tahoe Biltmore
The Mike Dillon Band @ Crystal Bay Club
April 05 ZZ Ward @ Harrah's
Scott Pemberton Trio / Mojo Green  @ Tep's Villa Roma
Dingo Weasel @ 7800' at Kirkwood
Bond and Bentley @ Himmel Haus
Tom Dickson @ The Beacon
Trunk Monkey @ McP's
High Roller Hold-em @ Heavenly
Telegras Festival feat. Hot Buttered Rum & The Creek @ Sierra at Tahoe
The Grease Traps @ Alpine Meadows
Little Town @ Northstar
Foreverland: a tribute to Michael Jackson /J. Alva, Riff Cassidy @ Crystal Bay Club
Lavish Green @ NV Ugly in Gardnerville SOLD OUT  
April 06 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Matthew Szlachetka @ Northstar
Byron Colborn, The Nibblers @ Alpine Meadows  
April 07 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
Open Mic Night @ Himmel Haus
April 08 Liquid Geometry Tour, Zombass @ Whisky Dick's
Buddy Emmer Blues Band @ Harrah's
Jesse Kalin @ Fresh Ketch
Glen Smith @ McP's
April 9-13 The Stagebenders / Joel Lindley @ Improv at Harvey's
April 9-10 Drought Relief @ Cabo Wabo
April 09 3 guys will move U @ McP's
Aux, Phil harmonic, MIZL, Gurbtron @ The Grid
Comedy night feat. Justin Rivera, Ron Josol @ Crystal Bay Club
April 10 Sugar Pine Foundation Tree Planting @ Sierra Tract
Tone Cookin @ McP's
Open Mic Night @ Coyote Grill
Open Mic Night @ Classic Cue
Vinnie Berry @ The Fresh Ketch
Rustler's Moon @ Bar of America  

April 11-12 Sweet Talk Burlesque @ Montbleu
Iron Horse Station @ Cabo Wabo
The Pascal Le Boeuf Group @ Moody's Bistro
April 11 Polyrythmics w/ 4 piece Puzzle @ Lakeview Loft (above DART)
Piolo Pascual @ Harrah's
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
Jesse Kalin @ The Beacon
4-way street @ McP's
New World Jazz Project @ The Fresh Ketch
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
Little Town @ Northstar
Spring Break TOGA party feat. Afrolicious, Pleasuremaker, and OZ @ Squaw Valley
Jill Cohn @ Cottonwood Bar & Grill
Keyser Soze @ Crystal Bay Club  
April 12 The Fabulous Thunderbirds @ Montbleu
The Fab Four Beatles Tribute @ Harrah's
Darren Senn Outlaw Americana @ 968 Park
The Electric Jimmies @ The Beacon
The Upshots @ McP's
Bottle Collecting Presentation @ Lake Tahoe Museum
German Sparkle Party @ 2748 Lake Tahoe blvd
Midi Matilda, Tracorum @ Sierra At Tahoe
Samba Da @ Alpine Meadows
Season Pass appreciation party @ Squaw Valley
The Novelists @ Northstar
Rick Preston, Jerad Hioki, Nasty Nate, and the Tahoe Burn Tribe @ Lakeside at Night
Earphunk @ Crystal Bay Club  
April 13 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Billy Dutton uphill skiing race @ Squaw Valley
The Blues Monsters @ Northstar
April 14 Bobh Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies, The Black Rose Phantoms, Los Pistoleros, Kountry Kitten Burlesque @ Rojo's
Open Mic Night @ Himmel Haus
Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
April 15 2NUTZ, Phil Harmonic, Lo-G @ Whisky Dick's
Buddy Emmer Blues Band @ Harrah's
South Lake Tahoe Tourisim Forum @ Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Jesse Kalin @ The Fresh Ketch
April 16-20 Rocky LaPorte /. Ron Morey @ Improv at Harvey's
April 16 Open Mic Night w/ Jesse Kalin @ Cabo Wabo
The Goodall Boys @ McP's
Zebuel, Zach Rawlingson, Fryrielle (Ariel Coatney), Gurbtron @ The Grid
Intergalactic Funk Formal feat. The Gaff and DJ Lambchop @ Lakeside at Night
April 17 JKC band @ Cabo Wabo
Northstar @ McP's
Open Mic Night @ Coyote Grill
Open Mic Night @ Classic Cue
Vinnie Berry @ The Fresh Ketch
Rustler's Moon @ Bar of America  
April 18-19 Sweet Talk Burlesque @ Montbleu
Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
April 18 Antique Scream, Ninja Slaughterhouse, Position High, Jimmy Sinn @ Rojo's
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
The Gaff @ Himmel Haus
Jesse Kalin @ The Beacon
Pat Ellis & Blue Frog Blues Band @ McP's
New World Jazz Project @ The Fresh Ketch
The Roemers @ West Side Pizza
Natalie Gelman @ Northstar
The Mark Sexton Band @ Crystal Bay Club
April 19-20 4/20 Celebration feat. Rise Up, Dreda Dre, DJ Rundown, DJ Shortem, Nas Ja, Aux, and TYMK @ The Buttermuffin, grand opening of Mad About Music next door.
April 19 Taj Mahal @ Harrah's
Prey for Son @ 7800' at Kirkwood
The Electric Jimmies @ The Beacon
Midlife Crisis @ McP's
Lisa Marie Johnston @ 968 Park
The Roemers @ Coyote Grill
Tahoe Truckee Earth Day celebration ft. Drop Theory, the Asha dancers, Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons @ Squaw Valley
Tahoe Burning Man Ski Day @ Mt. Rose
Stung: A tribute to The Police @ Alpine Meadows
The Lady Crooners @ Cottonwood Bar & Grill
Downbeat @ Crystal Bay CLub
April 20 Canceled 420 Cannibis Cup feat. Julian Marley and the Uprising, Perfect, IQulah Rastafari, Christafari, Jah Warrior, Shelter Hi-Fi, DJ Smokey @ Tahoe Wellness Center (Prop 215 card requ'd)
Cannibis Cup Afterparty w/ Mr. Rogers, Roommate, Christafari, Tattoo Joe Moontribe, Irieyes, DubColinG, DJ Arson @ Tep's Villa Roma
DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
Natalie Gelman @ Northstar
Last Chance to Ball w/ Reggae Ambassadors @ Tahoe Biltmore  
April 21 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
April 22 Love & Light, Psymbionic, Benjah Ninjah @ Whisky Dick's
Buddy Emmer Blues Band @ Harrah's
Rick & Jason @ McP's
Jesse Kalin @ The Fresh ketch
April 23-27 Kivi Rodgers / Don McEnery @ Improv at Harvey's
April 23 Reggie Hall @ Cabo Wabo
Jackson and Jesus @ McP's  
April 24 Dyer Maker @ Cabo Wabo
Harmony Road @ McP's
National Poetry Month @ Lake Tahoe Community College
April 25-26 Sweet Talk Burlesque @ Montbleu
  Horror Punk: The Left Hand, the Strange @ Sierra Pizza
A Train @ Cabo Wabo
Jesse Kalin @ The Beacon
Ron's Garage @ McP's
April 25 Lake Tahoe Home And Garden Show @ South Tahoe Rec Center
DJ Rick Gee / DJ SN1 @ Peek Tahoe
David Jacobs Strain @ Crystal Bay Club

April 26 Earth Day @ Bijou Community Park
The Temptations feat. Dennis Edwards @ Harrah's
Peter Joseph Burtt & The King Tide @ Alpine Meadows
Tim Snider and House of Waters @ Crystal Bay Club  
April 27 DJ Chris English @ Cabo Wabo
April 28 Cash Only Band @ Cabo Wabo
April 29
April 30 Reggie Hall @ Cabo Wabo
Steve Brewer @ McP's
Deejay Theory, Zeb Early, Subtropixx, Aux, IJV @ The Grid

May 2-4 Genoa Cowboy Festival
May 2-3 Sammy Hagar and the Wabos @ Harrah's
May 02 Orgone vs. Monophonics / The Quickj and Easy Boys @ Crystal Bay Club
May 03 El Bowlrrito skate jam and bowling feat. Kill the Precedent, Purification by Fire, Dirt Starship, Trouble Maker, the Jaks Off, JKKFO, South Shore Riot, and End of the Line @ Skatehouse Skate park
Buckle Rash @ Brother's Bar
Mom's Morning Out @ Barton Health
Sneaky Creatures @ Crystal Bay Club

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tahoe Business Expo 2013

On March 28th, 2014 the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and Tahoe South put on the 2014 Tahoe Business Expo at Harrah's Convention center in Lake Tahoe.  According to the press release there were over 100 vendors and over 1200 spectators expected to attend, and I think I got a pretty good sampling of them on camera.

Featured Vendors:
Chris Brackett - South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle
Todd Poth - Getaway Reno Tahoe
Jeanne Pettenatto - Mary Kay Cosmetics
Jeff Cowan - Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Neil Belliveau - Tahoe Creative Solutions
Kevin - Beach Hut Deli of South Tahoe
Eric Guevin - Tahoe Douglas Fire District
(see more of Eric at Wildfire Awareness Week)
Scott Gilmore - Ski Butlers
Lauren - Vinny's Pizza and Pasta
Matt Palacio - Sierra At Tahoe
Cheyanne Lane - Tahoe Youth & Family Services
Amy Fish - Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Assoc
Jason Collin - Lake Tahoe Marathon
Theresa and Brandy - Bio-Spirit Day Spa

Adam T Spicer, Esq. - Law Offices of Adam Spicer
David Kumpe - Elevated Fitness
Tim Wesley - Youth Sports and Recreation
Stephanie Principato - Prospect Mortgage
Laura Forvilly - Tahoe Bleu Wave Cruises
Lora Loughlin - Mann, Urrutia, and Nelson CPAs
Catherine Cecci - Clean Tahoe Program
Phil Brand - Lead Safe Tahoe Program
Lauren Thomaselli - City of South Lake Tahoe
Mike Fedor - Lake Tahoe Telephone Directory
Julie Booth and Ally Broadhurst - Lake Tahoe Community College
Regina Gutierrez - Burger Lounge
Monica Sciuto - Barton Memorial Hospital
Jim Gorman - Environmental Inspection and Construction, Inc
Justin McManus - Tahoe ServPro
Nicola Congero - Lake Tahoe Humane Society
Jenay Aiksnoras - Lake Tahoe Yoga
Adrian Cook - Truckee Overhead and Door
Michelle Turner / Britney Nelson - Belfor
Brian Cohen - Overland Meat Co
Jana York - A Hand at Home
Micheal Strohecker - Efficient Now LED lighting
Jeanne Prestella - Beachcomber Inn
Orly Larson - American Legion post 795
Nathan Singelyn - Bi-State Propane
Ed Acker - Acker RV Rentals
Shirley Aurelliano - Tahoe Keys Resort
Doug Dubois - Safe Cabin / Winters Electric
Joseph Gonzales - SOS Outreach

If you're interested in seeing past events check out the 2013 Tahoe Business Expo and the 2012 event  on earlier pages of this same blog.