Bass Camp IV is one for the books at Hard Rock in Tahoe


Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf are Krewella.

Boom. Boom. Boom. No, that’s not John Lee Hooker bumping the Tahoe basin this weekend. Bass Camp IV is unfolding an electronic dance party to remember and more — you can make book on it. More than 10,000-square feet of turf will be installed for up to 7,500 concertgoers at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Stateline, Nevada.

The popular summer EDM gathering will take place Aug. 6 and 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s outdoor arena on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. The all-ages event has a goal: “Congregating electronic music fanatics in one of the country’s most beautiful spaces for an amazing weekend of dancing and lasting memories.”

This year’s event will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 6, with acts including Krewella (live), Hermitude (live), Figure b2b Protohype, Justin Jay & Friends (live) , Alvin Risk, and close out on Sunday, Aug. 7, with performances by Nero (DJ set), Borgeous, Arty, and Chill Harris among others. Past headliners at Bass Camp events have included Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Kill The Noise, Adventure Club, Excision, Jauz, Madeon, Datsik and Infected Mushroom.

Bass Camp Festival IV will feature three stages, including the return of the Dancetronauts and their famous “Bass Station” Sound Ship. New for 2016 is a Silent Disco, a grass-and-sod chill-out field, ample shade structures and sails, as well as a vendor village and artist paint wall.

General admission to the two-day festival passes are $129 in advance, or $159 day of (if available).  VIP tickets will be sold at $199 in advance and include a VIP Ticket for both days private bar and outdoor lounge with tenting, private restrooms, special main stage viewing area and a Bass Camp Festival commemorative VIP T-shirt.

The event is all-ages. Doors open and the music starts at 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. daily.

Here are the headliners for the two-day extravaganza.

Saturday, Aug. 6

Krewella — Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, based in Chicago, have plenty of “Ammunition,” featuring the songs “Beggars” and “Broken Record” and will deliver a live set. Krewella has headlined EDM festivals around the world, including Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Stereosonic and Sunburn Festival.

Hermitude — Angus Stuart ande Luke Dubber are Hermitude, bringing hip-hop and EDM tunes from the Blue Mountains of Australia. Expect to hear “Vibration,” a song the duo has dropped in its live set lists for the past year. “We hope that it sparks the good vibrations in your day! Big love.”

Figure/Protohype — Joshua Gard is Figure and has been hooked up with Protohype (Max Hype) for an “Outta This World Tour.”  They’ll perform a back-to-back set at Bass Camp IV. Gard has worked the Scooby Doo Theme into a remix. “I started this just for fun and it ended up being something that’s in my sets for a while now.”

Justin Jay

Justin Jay

Justin Jay and Friends — “Can’t wait to take the homies up to Tahoe this weekend for our live performance at Bass Camp Festival.” Listen up for the “Rain Dance” live jam. (Tahoe could use a little rain karma.) Tech and deep house music at its finest.

Alvin Risk — Marcio Alvarado of Washinton, D.C., is better known by his stage name, Alvin Risk. He is an EDM producer, singer and DJ, brother of Painted Face (Alle Alvarado). Risk was a founding member of the Corrupt Souls, a drum and bass group active from 2004 to 2007.

Sunday, Aug. 7

NERO — The British trio NERO is Daniel Stephens, Joseph Ray and Alana (Watson) Stephens. They have been making music together since they were teens. When the boys met, Ray played classic guitar and Stephens played cello under the guidance of his father, a free-jazz musician. They are based in London.



Borgeous — John James Borger Jr. is Borgeous. He has booked three Billboard Dance Radio Top 10’s and is based in Los Angeles. His new self-titled CD features “Tsunami,” a hit in 15 countries on ITUNES charts. The CD also includes a remix of the Dirty Heads’ “My Sweet Summer.”

Arty — Born Artem Stolyarov in Russia, Arty features progressive house and trance music. At the age of 8, his grandmother encouraged him to attend music school, which he completed at age 14. But he eventually gave up the piano for EDM production equipment and launched a new career.

Chill Harris — Corey Baker, an Indiana-based glitch hop producer, was formerly known as Kill Paris, but he recently changed his stage name to Chill Harris following the deadly terrorist attacks in Europe. He spills out heavy chill, future funk and glitch hop music.

NIGHTOWLS — Andrew and Scotty explain their MO: “Making a bunch of music and sharing it with our friends… Nature influences us a lot, as well as other cultures and eras.” Hailing from the underground of Los Angeles, “NIGHTOWLS have become a force to be reckowned with in the global dance music scene,” their online bio says.


About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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  1. Thanks for the great article and coverage. Hope to see everybody out this coming weekend, Aug 6-7 for Bass Camp Festival IV

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