Steve Miller Band, Marty Stuart return to Tahoe on Aug. 24

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The Steve Miller Band returns to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 24 along with Marty Stuart.

Some people call him the space cowboy, some call him the gangster of love. Some people call him Maurice, as he speaks of the pompitous of love. He’s a joker, he’s a smoker — and he’s headed back to Lake Tahoe. The Steve Miller Band will play Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, joined by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.

Harveys announced the show this morning, the fourth confirmed for the 2019 summer concert series. Reserved seating tickets are $49.50, $69.50 and $139.50. Presale at apeconcerts.com begins Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m., with the password “eagle.” General sales start the following day.

Steve Miller appeared at Harveys last summer with Peter Frampton, while Marty Stuart also played in the popular series, with Chris Stapleton.

Previously, Harveys annouced three other summer shows: a cappela stars Pentatonix with Rachel Platten on Sunday, July 7, country music’s Luke Bryan on Sunday, Aug. 25, and the Dave Matthews Band on Friday, Sept. 6.

Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late 1960s. With albums such as “Children of the Future,” “Sailor” and “Brave New World,” Miller perfected a psychedelic blues sound that drew on the deepest sources of American roots music and simultaneously articulated a compelling vision of what music — and, indeed, society — could be in the years to come.

Then, in the 1970s, Miller crafted a brand of pure pop that was polished, exciting and irresistible — and that dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “Take The Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love,” among them.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Miller has triggered many singalongs over the years during his concerts at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena.

There are not enough superlatives to describe Marty Stuart, who will never run out of singers.

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Legendary hillbilly rocker Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives captivated Lake Tahoe last summer.

Each member of Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives took turns at lead vocals during a 10-song set last summer in Tahoe. Their performance preceded Chris Stapleton.

“It’s good to be in the mountains tonight,” Stuart greeted the sellout crowd of more than 7,000. “Turn the hillbillies loose.”

The master of hillbilly rock wore his customary neck scarf and stand-up hairdo and played Clarence, his famous 1954 Fender Telecaster. His easygoing speaking delivery led the show and his singing voice inspired a jovial mood throughout the crowd.

“He could sing the telephone book and it would sound great,” a concertgoer exclaimed.

The Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame member was happy to share the spotlight with His Fabulous Superlatives. Each member is a bandleader in his own right. Bassist Chris Scruggs (you might know of his grandfather) sang “Bull By the Horns,” guitarist “Cuzin” Kenny Vaughan sang “Country Music Got a Hold on Me” and drummer “Handsome” Harry Stinson sang the Woodie Guthrie standard “Pretty Boy Floyd.”
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