There’s no snow in sight and the forecast at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore calls for more blues.
As Buddy Emmer Blues Band nears the sixth anniversary of a Tuesday night residency at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, two first-timers are slated to appear: Sacramento’s Todd Morgan on Nov. 19 and Reno’s Snakeboy Johnson on Dec. 26.
With a curly pompadour, Morgan looks like an old-time rocker, and, indeed, he lists as his influences Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. A tenor singer, he plays guitar, drums and piano.
Johnson plays “Texas Rockin’ Blues,” which is right up the alley of Emmer, a Texas native. Johnson earned his blues moniker from a drummer in Austin, where he used to live. Johnson plays a vintage Stratocaster. He’s opened for a couple of all-time Texas greats, Johnny Winter and Albert Collins.
The Tuesday night shows at Center Stage start at 8 p.m. with an hourlong set by Buddy’s band and vocalist Kim Emmer. A featured guest then comes onstage for two sets. If the guest does well in the first appearance, he or she will be invited back.
Here’s a look at the upcoming guests: Morgan on Nov. 19; Jeff Watson on Nov. 26; Chuck Dunn on Dec. 3; Mighty Mike Schermer on Dec. 10; Jeramy Norris on Dec. 17; Snakeboy Johnson on Dec. 26 and Joe Grissino on Dec. 31.