The Lakeview Loft takes it to another level

Tahoe Onstage / Tim Parsons

The Lakeview Loft’s April 11 show opened with South Shore’s funky 4 Piece Puzzle. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Lake Tahoe’s new music venue is top shelf.

Located above the Dart Beverage Center in Stateline, The Lakeview Loft had its first show in collaboration with music promoter Pet Projekt Presents Friday, April 11 with a concert by the Seattle band Polyrhythmics and South Lake Tahoe’s 4 Piece Puzzle.

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Saxophone player Andy Hatch and guitarist Ryan Cassidy funk up the Lakeview Loft.

4 Piece Puzzle took the stage first, and the scene was easy to figure out. The motif is artsy and rustic, the ambiance comfortable. The ceiling is low, except for over the bandstand, making the acoustics crisp.

Concertgoers parked in front of the store or at the Lakeside Inn, which has partnered with music promoter Pet Projekt Presents. The Lakeview Loft could become the site for much more music if the first show was a success, said promoter Ryan Kronenberg. With a good attendance from a friendly, young crowd, the first night was a clear success.

Owners Michael P. Murphy and Jacqueline R. Wollman remodeled the interior last year. The 300-capacity facility has views of Lake Tahoe and the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Newly remodeled, it has a new 16-by-16-foot stage. There are outdoor decks on either side of the room, which had two bars and cozy couches and several stand-up tables. It has been the site of wedding receptions and wine tastings.

4 Piece Puzzle, a funk quartet from South Lake Tahoe, is Andy Hatch, saxophone; Martin Bush, drums; Chad Lawrence, keyboards; and Ryan Cassidy, guitar.

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Drummer-singer Martin Bush sets the rhythm with 4 Piece Puzzle.

Pet Projekt Presents has been a major music promoter in the region during the last few years. It has put on three Hangtown Halloween festivals in Placerville, Bluegrass and Beyond at Sand Harbor and the Mountain of Strings at Squaw Valley. It also brings music to the Heavenly Village Concert Series and Thursday’s Live at Lakeview shows, which this summer will be sponsored in part by Tahoe Onstage. It also brought several shows to Tep’s Villa Roma in South Lake Tahoe.

The Seattle eight-piece funk band Polyrhythmics was formed in 2010 by by Ben Bloom and Grant Schroff. It previously played at Live at Lakeview, Hangtown Halloween and the American Legion. The band has 60 original songs and a full length album,“Libra Stripes,” on Kept Records.

The Polyrhythmics have shared the stage with Allen Stone, Blackalicious, the String Cheese Incident, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Motet, Sam Bush, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Railroad Earth, Monophonics, Orgone, Choklate, Pickwick and Fishbone.

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From left, Andy Hatch, Ryan Cassidy and Chad Lawrence perform in Tahoe onstage April 11 at the Lakeview Loft. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

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.

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