Live at Lakeview favorite Scott Pemberton

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The Scott Pemberton Band posed for a photo before taking the Live at Lakeview stage last year.

He’s the Timber Rocker, a hippie superhero and the Bruce Lee of rock and roll. Portland, Oregon’s Scott Pemberton is the most popular artist in the history of Live at Lakeview.

Pemberton and his band take the stage tonight about 6 p.m. Opening the show at 4:30 will be South Shore’s Connor Party.

Pemberton’s backstory is incredible. He was a college music instructor, studio producer and member of several bands. He was nearly killed in a traffic accident. It took months for him to recover from his traumatic brain injury. When he did, Pemberton picked up a guitar and was shocked learn of his virtuosity.

With his schedule cleared, he had an opportunity to restart his career. He decided to create his own band and tour the country. He’s been coming to Live at Lakeview ever since. The only side effect from accident is that he cannot wear a guitar strap. So he places his instrument on a bar stool and attacks it like, well, the Bruce Lee of rock and roll.

Pemberton is fresh off another appearance at the High Sierra Music Festival

Don’t be confused by the openers’ name. The Connor Party is not a Fine Young Cannibals tribute. Its members actually prefer Base Camp Pizza. One of Lake Tahoe most popular bands, The Connor Party is an American-rock and roll band fronted by brothers Adam and Jeff Connor, who are from Finger Lakes, New York. Adam Bergoch and Alex Bergoch are also in the group, along with the outlandish and ubiquitous bassist Todd Christensen.

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Leslie Schultz takes a photo of the Scott Pemberton Band at the first show of summer last year.
Tahoe Onstage photo by Larry Sabo
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South Lake Tahoe’s Connor Party are hungry to please.
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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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