Lake Tahoe’s long-awaited summer arrived this week along with Live at Lakeview.
South Lake Tahoe expat Robbie Gallo opened the show with a debut performance of his hip-hop trio B3K. Gallo, aka Rob Hurt, and Matt Burke, aka Burkey Baby, headlined with their San Diego group Vokab Kompany.
More than 1,000 came out to Lakeview Commons listened to music and swam and paddled in the water during the Summer Solstice.
Next Thursday, June 27, one of the event’s most popular groups, the Scott Pemberton Band, will perform along with opener Big Sticky Mess.
A man with a big beard and large sound, Portland, Oregon’s Pemberton is known as the Timber Rocker, a hippie superhero and the Bruce Lee of rock and roll.
His backstory is incredible. Pemberton was a college music instructor, studio producer and member of several bands. He nearly died in a traffic accident. It took months for him to recover from his traumatic brain injury. When he did, Pemberton picked up a guitar, shocked to learn of his virtuosity. With his schedule cleared, he had an opportunity to restart his career. He decided to create his own band and tour the country. Pemberton has been coming to Live at Lakeview ever since.
The only side effect from accident is that he cannot wear a guitar strap. So he places his instrument on a bar stool and attacks it like, well, the Bruce Lee of rock and roll.
Pemberton also will play at The Saint in Reno on Friday, June 28. Later, he will tour New York and Pennsylvania as well as the Great Northwest.
Big Sticky Mess is a Davis, California-based band that frequents Tahoe and delivers the jazzy funk.
Notes: Live at Lakeview is in its eighth season. … There will be no show the following Thursday, July 4. … On Aug. 6, the South Lake Tahoe City Council will consider renewing the contract for Live at Lakeview. … An app now is available for Tessie’s Beach Bites so concertgoers can order food from their phones to avoid standing in line.
Related story: Learn about all the bands slated to play Live at Lakeview in 2019.
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.