Blues news: Roy Rogers, Curtis Salgado join busy fall lineup

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“Long, tall” Marcia Ball, Roy Rogers and Elvin Bishop jam during last fall’s Mont Blues Ball. Rogers and Bishop are returning to Tahoe for separate shows this fall.

When the temperature drops and the leaves change color, listen for blues.

Slide guitar master Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings and soulful singer Curtis Salgado will perform Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Crystal Bay Casino.

Monday’s concert announcement is the latest of several blues shows booked for autumn all the way to the first day of winter.

Here’s the lowdown blues news:

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Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, from left, Bob Welsh, Bishop and Willy Jordan, have a ball at MontBleu.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Larry Sabo

Saturday, Oct. 12: The third annual Mont Blues Ball is headlined by Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio. Special guests for the seated show in the MontBleu Theatre are Baton Rouge multi-instrument star Kenny Neal and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, which is coming out of retirement for this one show.

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Tab Benoit brings his well-worn guitar and the Whiskey Bayou Revue to Crystal Bay Casino.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Michael Smyth

Friday, Nov. 8: Tab Benoit’s “Whiskey Bayou Revue,” features the incomparable Louisiana entertainer Tab Benoit and talented members from his record label. Another seated show, this one will be held in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room. The after-party in the Red Room marks the return of Reno’s Jason King Band.

Walter Trout played last year at South Shore.

Friday, Nov. 29: Walter Trout, the superb guitarist from Southern California, will perform for the first time in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room. An opening band for the seated show has not yet been announced.

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Curtis Salgodo gives a pointer to Tommy Castro at the second Mont Blues Ball.

Saturday, Dec. 21: Co-headliners Curtis Salgado and Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings will perform in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room. Advance tickets are $25 and go on sale Friday.

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Buddy Emmer, left, and Mighty Mike Schermer jam during Tuesday Night Blues.

Buddy Emmer’s Tuesday Night Blues: The weekly tradition continues at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The shows are from 8 p.m. to midnight and feature the Buddy Emmer Blues Band and a guest headliner each week. October’s gunslingers are Joe Grissino on Oct. 1; AC Myles on Oct. 8; Kyle Rowland on Oct. 15; Shane Dwight on Oct. 22 and Tony Ghigilieri on Oct. 29.

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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