Reggae marks final wave for 2019 Live at Lakeview series

J Ras and the Higher Elevation close out the 11th Live at Lakeview season Thursday at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe.

Are we there yet? Yes, children, the time has arrived — the 2019 edition of Live at Lakeview comes to a close Thursday night. But rest easy, as reggae vibes and more will fill Lakeview Commons on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

From the hills of Northern California, J Ras and the Higher Elevation has been turning heads and opening minds across the nation with his uplifting music and high-energy stage show, having toured with the Vans Warped Tour. His band seamlessly blends modern roots-reggae with classic hip-hop and dancehall. J Ras and the Higher Elevation recently released a new single and music video “Crash Down,” filmed at Lake Tahoe.

Taking Root brings a local flavor to reggae music, as the group is based in South Lake Tahoe. Taking Root plays popular reggae covers in addition to original music. Current members are EJ Hixenbaugh on drums, Derek Zalewski on bass, Miki Rae on vocals and ukulele and Dylan Long on Stratocaster guitar.

Miki Rae also will perform a solo set. The order of the evening will be peace, positivity and good vibes — a fitting way to close another season at Live at Lakeview.

  • Live at Lakeview
    Headliner: J Ras and the Higher Elevation at 6 p.m. Thursday
    Opener: Miki Rae at 4:30 p.m.
    Where: Lakeview Commons, South Lake Tahoe

About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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