Live at Lakeview rocks this week with Diego’s Umbrella

Before going onstage, the Scott Pemberton Band members put on their game faces. They are, from left, Jack “The Stabilizer” Johnson, Sam Berrett, Scott Pemberton and Rudy Slizewski

Every summertime Thursday in South Lake Tahoe feels like the Fourth of July.

Lake Tahoe shined in all its glory when Live at Lakeview kicked off its sixth season at the Lakeview Commons on June 22. Reveling in the perfect weather, people paddleboarded and swam in the water that’s filled to the rim for the first time in several years. Most of the dancers were barefoot on the strip of beach below the granite amphitheater. Children played on the grass and vendors were busy, as were all of the merchants on Harrison Avenue. Even the cops were smiling.

South Lake Tahoe’s redevelopment project, which came a decade after the facelift at the Casino Corridor, is an undisputed success, and Lakeview Commons and Live at Lakeview is the crown jewel. It’s become a scene for the local residents and the tourists, who have now fully gotten hip to the weekly get-together.

By the way, one of the hottest bands on the West Coast played two dynamic sets. It was the third Live at Lakeview appearance for Portland’s Scott Pemberton Band, which is led by the Bruce Lee of rock ‘n’ roll, timber rocker Scott Pemberton.

“The venue is incredible; there can’t be any other place like it anywhere,” Pemberton said before the show. “It’s a pleasure to be involved in such a cool community event that has all the locals coming out and hanging out together and checking out the music.”

Mescalito, a new collection of all-star players from South Lake Tahoe, opened the music with a cool, hour-long set of jammy tunes.

Organizers were stoked.

“We are so thrilled the way this community has embraced Live at Lakeview,” said Leslie Schultz of On Course Events. “From the support of the city and all of our sponsors, to the crowds who show up and bring good vibes, it’s a tribe!”

The Stacy Jones Band and Complicated Animals rocked the beach on June 29.

Headliners of the June 29 Live at Lakeview, Stacy Jones will release her seventh studio album, “Love is Everywhere,” on July 14.
Tahoe Onstage photo by Pheonix Gruneich

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The Complicated Animals, an Brazilian and American duo of Monica da Silva and Chad Alger, opened the June 29 Live at Lakeview.
Tahoe Onstage photo by Pheonix Gruneich

Diego’s Umbrella returns for the second straight year this Thursday, July 6. South Shore’s 4 Piece Puzzle will open.

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Diego’s Umbrella poses for Tahoe Onstage before taking the stage last summer.
Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

San Francisco’s ambassadors of gypsy rock, Diego’s Umbrella, captures California’s cultural multiplicity with humor, enthusiasm and decadence. The band delivers a lively, unforgettable, heavy-hitting stage show that has visually and aurally captivated audiences from all walks of life. These urban, gringo mariachis have performed more than 1,000 shows across the United States and Europe.

Funky 4 Piece Puzzle offers up a combo sound of jazz, roots/rock/reggae and soul, featuring Chad Lawrence on keyboards bass and vocals, Seth Hall on alto and tenor saxophones, Ryan Cassidy on guitar, lap steel, bass and stylophone, and Martin Bush on drums, with Molly Taylor often adding her talents as a singer. “Blooming from Lake Tahoe’s blossoming music community, 4 Piece Puzzle was born funky and strong and has been lighting up dance floors since its conception in 2010.”



Click to see all of Larry Sabo’s photos from opening day.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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