It’s pouring down blues at Buddy Emmer’s Tuesday show

Todd Morgan makes his Tuesday Night Blues debut on Nov. 19.

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.

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Kim Emmer and Mighty Mike Schermer in Tahoe onstage.

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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