Guitar star Scott Pemberton plays Lakeview Loft

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Scott Pemberton prefers a stool to a guitar strap. The Timber Rocker from Portland plays Friday at the Lakeview Loft on Friday.
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Scott Pemberton’s career goal is crystal clear: “Make the best music he can. … Share it with others. …That is all,” according to his website. You can get your fair share at Lakeview Loft at Stateline Friday night, Feb. 5. The Portland native took up the guitar as a teenager, progressing rapidly at the instrument. By his early 20s, Pemberton was a regular at clubs around the city, and a guitar instructor at Lewis & Clark College and Reed College. Pemberton suffered a catastrophic accident in 2011, when he was struck by a cab while riding his bike. “I wasn’t wearing a helmet,” he told Tahoe Onstage in 2014. “If I was, it would have been a broken collarbone and a pretty gashed up leg. Instead, it was near death, ICU, unconsciousness. There was rehabilitation to do. My brain was pretty damaged.” Pemberton made a phenomenal six-month recovery, and pursued a gradual return to playing, through which he discovered a renewed drive and focus in his music. He released “Sugar Mama,” his first studio album in March 2013, produced by Steve Berlin. The eclectic guitarist combines a wide range of influences to craft his dynamic sound, bringing together elements of blues, classic rock, funk, psychedelic music, and much more. A wild sight with a massive beard and long swinging hair, he plays guitar in a signature style, eschewing a guitar strap and playing his instrument on a stool, or on his knee. He has appeared at festivals such as High Sierra Music Festival and the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. Something of a familiar face around Tahoe, the bearded guitarist has appeared at venues around the lake in 2014, 2015, and appeared in January at the Crystal Bay Club’s Red Room. Pemberton has been on a West Coast tour to kick off 2016, with tour dates in Oregon, California, and Nevada. Scott Pemberton Band Opener: Swamp Zen When: 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 Where: Lakeview Loft, next door to the Lakeside Inn, Stateline Tickets: $10 Below are photos of the Scott Pemberton Band’s Jan. 30 performance at the Crystal Bay Casino: 24743649655_c5da9c31d7_o  24743663265_1ced531d45_b 24743666935_ee7dd98a65_b 24115473994_164d94a6d4_b 24115479604_e7d87613ea_b 24115485164_186499026d_b 24115494584_28e6fa2e5d_b 24116781913_07136e8b55_b 24116783223_3222b28376_b 24116785003_06e9a24cd4_b 24116785243_d8e4e530d6_b 24116785583_88232f5a0e_b 24116786543_d843b73d56_b 24116788123_a9bdd44919_b 24116788853_6683ce698f_b 24116803713_7b3c768fab_b 24116803963_e98cdc7e97_b 24375986929_c2b4c63581_b 24375989769_2a2261aa28_b 24375996949_7950c18267_b 24376004009_a7bc244411_b 24376005219_1d15ea4552_b 24376007269_e9f1fff5d1_b 24448112220_c1879d63e2_b 24448122630_7293299912_o 24448132560_fbf8529725_b 24625837382_57cba54d88_b 24625838022_e0888722c1_b 24625839142_3dc099ae04_b 24625844002_edd8500284_o 24625844792_2211a1d314_b 24625845362_e42620f9cd_b 24625857182_0ebcbbeddd_o 24650128601_dbba6a0979_b 24650137451_b2116784fe_b 24650152091_70769064fe_b 24717435426_ee0ce47ba0_b 24717439016_8757048e75_b 24717440086_6bea028ccc_o 24717449566_0ed702d740_b 24717456926_afcb13a431_o 24743643015_9b8851e53e_b 24743645045_d72f3bfe5c_b 24743645685_1e4ed3cb05_b 24743646625_b2f43efe83_b 24743648875_56f97491c3_b

ABOUT Josh Sweigert

Josh Sweigert
Josh grew up on the California coast with a deep appreciation for bluegrass and string band music as well as the great outdoors. A guitarist and singer, he plays solo acoustic gigs in South Lake Tahoe.

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