Sammy Hagar and Friends take it outside Aug.16; Cinco de Mayo weekend tickets now on sale

Sammy Hagar

Never mind the solo red cup, when in Tahoe Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony prefer dual blue cups. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

In Lake Tahoe’s season of Sammy, the forecast calls for red.

Sammy Hagar and the Wabos play May 2-3 in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Sammy Hagar and Friends play at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, an all-ages show, in the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys.

For the summertime show, Sammy’s “Friends” include drummer Jason Bonham, guitarist Vic Johnson and bassist Michael Anthony. Tickets for Harveys only general admission show of the summer are 69.50 in advance or $75 at the door. The first 500 to purchase tickets gain early entry and get a shot of Hagar’s tequila. While general tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 18, presale tickets are available April 16 and 17 on (password “Redhead”) (password “Party”) and through Harveys Total Rewards (password “Total”).

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Vic Johnson and Sammy Hagar perform last year in the South Shore Room. They return this year for Cinco de Mayo weekend and an outdoor show Aug. 16. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

It’s a major event every time the Red Rocker comes to the lake, especially this spring when the Cabo Wabo Cantina downstairs at Harveys Resort and Casino celebrates its 10th anniversary. It was the first Cabo Wabo Hagar opened in the United States. The Marin County resident has a huge fan base who come out for shows in Tahoe, the hometown of Hagar’s son Aaron, who can’t drive 55 legally on North Upper Truckee Road.

Tickets for the general admission shows in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s South Shore Room are $82.50, plus taxes at

Hagar traditionally plays at Harrah’s on Cinco de Mayo weekend. He also makes unannounced visits at the Cabo Wabo, referred to around the lake at Tahoe Wabo. He sometimes sits in with what ever band is playing in the cantina, and sometimes the entire Wabos band will perform.


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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