Bluesdays begins: Mountain of monstrous blues (funk, too)

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The stage is packed and so is the Village at Squaw Valley for the opening of the 11th Bluesdays.
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Whenever Chuck Dunn straps on a Telecaster and steps his patent leather shoes on an ornate stage rug it’s a big gig. Dunn and the band The Blues Monsters have opened every Bluesdays season in the 11-year history of the weekly summertime concert at the Village at Squaw Valley. Formed 28 years ago, the Blues Monsters have made a lot of friends, many of who jumped onstage and jammed along with them. The stage was so full, it stirred memories of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. But in the snow-capped setting in the famed ski resort, it could have been called a Mountain of Soul. The Groove Foundry Horns joined the Blues Monsters early on, and things got real funky. Then singers Matt Reardon and Kendal Naughton hopped on risers in the back. There were so many people onstage Dunn didn’t even see them for a minute. Guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer from the Marcia Ball Band also jammed. And Groove Foundy’s Glenn Campbell, who served as sound man, sang a couple of tunes. The next 12 weeks will feature national bands, starting June 18 with slide guitar master Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings. Related story: Roy Rogers talks about his first Squaw Valley gig — he was in middle school — and first major recording session: the soundtrack for the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest.”
  • Bluesdays 6 -8:30 p.m. Tuesdays The Village at Squaw Valley June 18 — Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings June 25 — Vanessa Collier July 2 —  Mark Hummel’s Golden State Lone Star Revue featuring Rusty Zinn July 9 — Christone “Kingfish” Ingram July 16 — Danielle Nicole July 23 — Coco Montoya July 30 — Chris Cain Aug. 6 — Sugar Ray Rayford Aug. 13  — Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers Aug. 20 — Dennis Jones Band Aug. 27 — Honey Island Swamp Band Sept. 3 — Popa Chubby
Bobby Slayton reflects upon the Village at Squaw Valley.
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Terry Ogg and Chuck Dunn have some fun.
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From left, Mike Overhauser, Todd Mather, Jen Campbell, Brian “Nak” Nakagawa, Thomas Barnes and Barry Slayton.
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Elevated vocals come from Kendal Naughton and Matt Reardon.
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The Groove Foundry Horns: Todd Mather, Jen Campbell and Brian “Nak” Nakagawa.
Chuck Dunn and the Blues Monsters have opened all 11 Bluesdays seasons.
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Terry Ogg is “The Secret Weapon.”

ABOUT Tim Parsons

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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