Shows added, shuffled to Lake Tahoe concert series

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Phish opened its 2018 tour before a sellout crowdat the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. The band returns for two shows this summer.
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The new normal resembles the previous one at Harveys Lake Tahoe, except concertgoers will don masks.

Eleven concerts were announced Monday for the 2021 Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series, which was canceled last year because of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The events will be held at full capacity, which is 9,000 for general admission shows. A couple of more bands could be added to the series, which began in its modern-day location in 2002. Masks will be required for entry, but patrons can temporarily remove them for drinking and eating.

The season will begin with a pair of shows Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, headlined by the Nashville band Old Dominion.

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Jackson Browne waves to an audience member during his Lake Tahoe concert in summer 2015. He returns Sept. 11.

In other developments Tuesday, An Evening with Jackson Browne was added for Sept. 11, and a reggae show headlined by Slightly Stoopid has been canceled. Also, according to Another Planet Entertainment, the two Phish concerts have been moved to Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Phish was slated to play last year and apparently everyone has held onto their tickets. Those shows are listed as being sold out.

The biggest news this year for many is that The Who’s Roger Daltrey will perform on Friday, July 30. The Who played at Harveys in 2017.

San Francisco pop rock band Train will return to Tahoe on Sept. 3. Country shows will be Brantley Gilbert on July 30, Eric Church on Aug. 27-28, Miranda Lambert on Sept. 3 and Alabama on Sept. 4.

Kenny Chesney, a staple of the Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series, has elected to not tour at all in 2021. He plans to be back at Tahoe next year, according to his website.

Paid parking at Harveys and Harrah’s resumes at low-season rates on May 26. The costs are reduced from the 2019 rates, with a free first hour, $7 for up to four hours with restaurant and gift shop validation available, and $17 for 4-to-24 hours. The cost drops $3 for Gold Card carriers, an item that is free and does not require gambling to acquire. Hotel guests park for free. High season will be June 15-Sept. 11, at $10 for 1-4 hours, and $20 for 4-24 hours, minus the discounts and validations.

During the 2020 lockdown, Caesars entertainment was purchased by Eldorado Resorts Inc., which has its corporate offices in Reno. Caesars’ sale of MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa to Bally’s Corporation was completed earlier this month.

Indoor shows at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s South Shore Room are planned to resume in late fall, according to Brian Chandler, the entertainment manager for Harrah’s and Harveys.

Chandler is hopeful Buddy Emmer’s weekly blues show, a tradition that began in 2014, will return sometime this summer.

Next door to Harrah’s, MontBleu announced George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ show May 28 will be rescheduled and a June 4 show by Boz Skaggs has been postponed, according to MontBleuResort.com.

The celebrity golf tournament American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, located across the street from Harveys Outdoor Arena will be July 7-11.

-Tim Parsons

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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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