Impressive lineup for Live at Lakeview’s fourth season

Lakeview CommonsThe music remains free and now so is the parking.

Live at Lakeview organizers today revealed the lineup for the fourth-annual summertime concert series, an event recognized and supported by the city as a staple of the community.

Lavish Green is Live at Lakeview. Photo by Phoenix Gruneich

Lavish Green is Live at Lakeview. Photo by Phoenix Gruneich

Three previous headliners return during the 10-week run from June 25-Aug. 27: Portland’s Scott Pemberton, Seattle’s the Polyrhythmics and South Lake Tahoe’s Lavish Green.
Bluegrass, rock, reggae, funk, brass, blues and, for the first time, jazz will be presented. There also will be an unprecedented amount of local flavor. The Thursday shows from 4:30 p.m.-8:30 feature two bands, and five South Shore groups get to open: Black Star Safari, Worn Out Welcome, 4 Piece Puzzle and Taking Root. It will be Lavish Green’s third Live at Lakeview appearance.

“We tried to mix it up a lot this year,” said Leslie Schultz, the spokesperson for Live at Lakeview’s organizer, On Course Events. “And we have three returning headliners (Polyrhythmics played in 2013). Scott Pemberton is definitely one of my favorites not only because he brings a great crowd but he is great to work with and is so much fun to watch onstage.”

While the music styles are varied, bluegrass-Americana will be the one most heard.

The Polyrhythmics

The Polyrhythmics return Aug. 13.

The Lil’ Smokies from Montana played last winter at Divided Sky in Meyers.

“Within the first five notes I heard, I wanted to get that band,” Schultz said.

World’s Finest is a string band with a ska bent. Fish Out of Water calls its music “rophunk reahop” and Rian Basilio & the Roosters will headline a reggae show sponsored by the clothing line Delta Nine.

Dad’s LPs, which includes Jay Seals from one of South Shore’s most popular bands Blue Turtle Seduction, will appear at a show which could include special guests.

Chicago native and Bay Area keyboardist Raymond Victor will open Live at Lakeview with the event’s most straight-ahead blues show. The promoter for Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding Company reportedly had a hand in getting Victor to the lake. The show will be opened by the Davis band the Johnny Gold Trio, which includes players from Big Sticky Mess.

The Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach was built with funds from a proposition approved by California voters. The granite tiers of seats face the portable stage, Lake Tahoe and Cave Rock. An average of more than 1,000 people have attended each week. In the spring of 2014 South Lake Tahoe voters elected to make parking free in the area; however, the ordinance didn’t go into effect until after the Live at Lakeview season ended.

Parking not only is free this summer, the city on March 4 agreed to a five-year contract with On Course, waiving $6,500 in rental fees each season. It also will provide a $5,000 cash sponsorship this year and $2,500 each of the following four years. A city official also estimated $30,000 is spent on park, streets and public safety services.

Citations will be given to concertgoers with dogs and cigarettes and beer is only allowed in a beer garden, which will donate a substantial portion of its revenue to the effort to build a BMX track at Bijou Community Park.

On Course provides a free bike valet and motorists are encouraged to carpool. The secret parking is across Highway 50 at the recreation center (but it’s no longer a secret).


  • Live at Lakeview
    Lakeview Commons, South Lake Tahoe
    4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays
    Date                Headliner, opener
    June 25            Ramond Victor Band, Johnny Gold Trio
    July 2               Tubaluba, Patrick Walsh
    July 9               World’s Finest, MerryGold
    July 16             Fish Out of Water, Taking Root
    July 23             Rian Basilio & the Roosters, Weapon
    July 30             Dad’s LPs, Worn Out Welcome
    Aug. 6             The Lil’ Smokies, Musical Charis
    Aug. 13           Polyrhythmics, Big Sticky Mess
    Aug. 20           Scott Pemberton, 4 Piece Puzzle
    Aug. 27           Lavish Green, Black Star Safari
    Free Bike Valet, Beer Garden, Food and Art Vendors

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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