Live at Lakeview: Week 8 Wrap-Up

Live at Lakeview: Week 8

The lake was on fire this week with Lavish Green.

Tahoe’s favorite local band reunited and the party was a welcome respite, if not constant reminder, of the smoke that has filled the Tahoe Basin.  A little smoke can’t keep Tahoe down though and the crowds still came out to dance and celebrate.  Sadly, I wasn’t in attendance as I was slinging spandex in Texas at the Hotter than Hell 100 and running half marathons, but I’ll tell you all about that in another post.

This week brings the last week of Live at Lakeview with Arden Park Roots, a killer rock/reggae band out of Sacramento, and The Island of Black and White, a rock, reggae and soul outfit that calls the hills of El Dorado home.   I recently saw Arden Park Roots play a show at Steamers and they had everyone up and dancing, even the kiddos, with both original music and their super fun reggae influenced covers of some of my favorite 90’s songs.  Smokey or not, this is a show not to be missed!

Sadly, this is the last Live at Lakeview show for the summer.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

Can’t make the event?  Never fear!  Thanks to the support of Tahoe Production House and Stage It Live Video Cast, you can watch the live stream from home every Thursday night!  For more information on how to watch the live stream of the weekly Live at Lakeview Events, head to the official website.

You can see all the photos from weeks 1-7 at Live at Lakeview via this link.  You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the concerts here on Tahoe South.

What you missed in this summer’s Live at Lakeview Series:

Week 1: 4 Piece Puzzle and Jelly Bread

Week 2: Tracorum and American Jubilee

Week 3: Naive Melodies and Ashley Kepler

Week 4: Lonesome Locomotive and Achilles Wheel

Week 5: Vokab Company Gets Rained Out

Week 6: One Track Mind and 40 Watt Hype

Week 7: Congress

Live at Lakeview: Week 7 Wrap Up

Live at Lakeview: Week 7

Congress is no stranger to the Live at Lakeview Stage.  This Denver based band took to the stage for the 2nd year in a row with an extended set this week when the opening band wasn’t able to make it.  Their blend of rock’n’roll originals and covers had even the smallest members of the crowd up and grooving to the music.

This week Tahoe is pumped to welcome the return and reuniting of Lavish Green, definitely a hometown local favorite!  Screaming Meg will open.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 20th-August 29th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

Can’t make the event?  Never fear!  Thanks to the support of Tahoe Production House and Stage It Live Video Cast, you can watch the live stream from home every Thursday night!  For more information on how to watch the live stream of the weekly Live at Lakeview Events, head to the official website.

You can see all the photos from weeks 1-6 at Live at Lakeview via this link.  You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

What you missed in this summer’s Live at Lakeview Series:

Week 1: 4 Piece Puzzle and Jelly Bread

Week 2: Tracorum and American Jubilee

Week 3: Naive Melodies and Ashley Kepler

Week 4: Lonesome Locomotive and Achilles Wheel

Week 5: Vokab Company Gets Rained Out

Week 6: One Track Mind and 40 Watt Hype

Tahoe South, Tahoe Sunset,

Live at Lakeview: Week 6 Wrap-Up

Live at Lakeview: Week 6

One Track Mind from Truckee opens at Live at Lakeview.

Correction: In last week’s wrap-up, we mistakenly confused this week’s opener, One Track Mind, with a band of the same name from Massachusetts.  The One Track Mind that played last week is from Truckee.  My apologies to the band.

I have to say, I’m fairly happy that One Track Mind from Massachusetts wasn’t the opener last week.  I couldn’t figure out why we’d booked a heavy metal cover band to open for a latin fusion band.  Turns out, we didn’t.  One Track Mind from Truckee is a rock-n-roll cover band that covers some of my favorites (like the White Stripes) along with other gems.  They focus on blues, rock, reggae and punk and they were an awesome time!  The front woman has great stage presence and the entire set was not only fun to photograph but fun to listen to.

One Track Mind.

40 Watt Hype closed out the night with their special blend of hip-hop, R&B, and latin fusion.  On the more Latin inspired tunes, Live at Lakeview had a salsa dancer out in the crowd leading the charge and my boyfriend and I were thrilled to show of some of the moves we learned in LTCC’s ballroom dance class!

40 Watt Hype had the crowd doing the rhumba!

This week’s opener is The Weekenders, a bluesy rock’n’roll band from Salt Lake City that also embraces fuzz, groove and soul.  They’ll be followed by rock band Congress, who will return to Live at Lakeview for the second year in a row. Originally from Virginia, Congress now calls Denver, CO home and I’m sure that we can expect just as awesome of a show as they gave us last summer, with a slew of original music peppered with classic rock covers.

Come out to Live at Lakeview to enjoy free music every Thursday with friends here in Tahoe South!

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 20th-August 29th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

Can’t make the event?  Never fear!  Thanks to the support of Tahoe Production House and Stage It Live Video Cast, you can watch the live stream from home every Thursday night!  For more information on how to watch the live stream of the weekly Live at Lakeview Events, head to the official website.

You can see all the photos from weeks 1-6 at Live at Lakeview via this link.  You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

Tahoe South, Tahoe Sunset,

What you missed in this summer’s Live at Lakeview Series:

Week 1: 4 Piece Puzzle and Jelly Bread

Week 2: Tracorum and American Jubilee

Week 3: Naive Melodies and Ashley Kepler

Week 4: Lonesome Locomotive and Achilles Wheel

Week 5: Vokab Company Gets Rained Out

Week 6: One Track Mind and 40 Watt Hype

Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry | Tahoe Concert Photography

Prior to this concert I had no idea who Rascal Flatts or The Band Perry was.

Don’t worry, I was certainly admonished by many for this.  My mother apparently really likes to Jazzersize to them and obviously everyone in Texas knows who they are but since I’ve not really been in Texas for 8 years now, I somehow missed the boat on this one.

Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry knows how to work her stage.

The Band Perry is this little super group of siblings whose smartest move in the world may have been to brand themselves a “country band.”  Kimberly, the eldest, is a mere 30 but looks 10 years younger.  Her brothers, Reid and Neil are merely 25 and 23.  How one family ends up with such a powerhouse of pop stars under one roof perplexes me.  The kids apparently cut their chops performing in rodeos as children, with brother’s Neil and Reid opening for Kimberly’s solo act.

Reid is responsible for bass guitar and background vocals.

  The star of the band is certainly Kimberly, who struts, dances and makes use of the entire stage as if she were a performer who’d been doing this for three times as long.  Her voice is powerful and her stage presence is fantastic.  It may not be my kind of music, but it is certainly an entertaining show.  These kids aren’t country per say…unless you want to call it “radio country.”  They are essentially a pop band who have managed to market themselves to their advantage in the country realm and they are doing a very good job of it.  Their show is big, bold and befitting of any major pop outfit.

Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry

Rascal Flatts is an American country group comprsed of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.  They are backed by a five piece band, confusingly hidden way in the back of of the elaborate set.  From The Band Perry to Rascal Flatts, this entire show was BIG BIG BIG: big screens, big lights, big production all around on both band’s accounts.

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts.

I didn’t stay for the entire show, mostly because I was starving, but what I did see of it was pretty entertaining, and not just from the band.  The concert goers, clad with big hair that reminds me of home, high waisted shorts and cowboy boots, were just as much of a sight to behold as the shows.

Joe Don Rooney.

You can see all my photos from The Band Perry’s set via this link and from the Rascal Flatts’ set via this link to the Tahoe South Concert Photos on Flickr to see my photos from all of this summer’s concerts all summer long.

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From L to R: Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.

Live at Lakeview: Week 5 Wrap-Up

Live at Lakeview: Week 5

It rained on my parade!

Not really, but sort of.

I had one of the most perfect days off planned: I was going to get up leisurely, drink coffee, edit some photos and write some blog posts, go run 11 miles, gorge myself on pizza at the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Member Lunch at Basecamp Pizza in the Heavenly Village, get my toes done as a post long run treat at my favorite nail salon Perfectly Polished, and then head to the beach to do some recreating and listen to amazing tunes from Vokab Kompany for Live at Lakeview.  Does that not sound like the most perfect day ever?!?

I was sitting in the nail salon when out of nowhere, completely unbeknownst to all of us since the weather report called for no such thing as rain, the heavens opened up and it started pouring.  The bride sitting across from me made a face and was doing a very good job of not panicking.  I told her that it was good luck for it to rain on her wedding day.  I don’t think she believed me.  Regardless, I was stoked to hear that her photographer was my wedding photography idol in Tahoe: Brandi Schlagel of Indigo Photography.

So, Live at Lakeview was rained out.  I’m pretty sure the bride’s wedding was not, however.  Her wedding was scheduled for 6 she said and the skies definitely parted for her ceremony.

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Instead, the Girls Drinking Club ended up at the Fresh Ketch happy hour, which happens Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 PM and offers $2 oysters and $5 glasses of house wine.

The Live at Lakeview party was moved to Tep’s Villa Roma but I was a bit worn out from the past two weeks so I decided to call it a night with a bottle of wine, my computer and the first season of Game of Thrones.  I know.  I am REALLY behind the times you guys.  That’s how crazy my life is.

Live at Lakeview is back on next week with The Polyrhythmics who will be serving up their awesome blend of modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk.

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 20th-August 29th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Please be aware of the following city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

Can’t make the event?  Never fear!  Thanks to the support of Tahoe Production House and Stage It Live Video Cast, you can watch the live stream from home every Thursday night!  For more information on how to watch the live stream of the weekly Live at Lakeview Events, head to the official website.

You can see all the photos from weeks 1-4 at Live at Lakeview via this link.  You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

What you missed in this summer’s Live at Lakeview Series:

Week 1: 4 Piece Puzzle and Jelly Bread

Week 2: Tracorum and American Jubilee

Week 3: Naive Melodies and Ashley Kepler

Week 4: Lonesome Locomotive and Achilles Wheel

Atmosphere and Slightly Stoopid | Tahoe Concert Photography

Last week the Kickin’ Up Dust Summer Tour came through Tahoe.  While I’m not a huge fan of the headliner, Slightly Stoopid, I am a huge fan of Atmosphere.  Atmosphere is an American hip-hop group from Minneapolis comprised of Sean Daley, otherwise known as Slug, and DJ/Producer Anthony “Ant” Davis.

Slightly Stoopid hails from San Diego, CA and have self described their music as a “fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.”  They def brought the crowd with them: the Montbleu Outdoor Events Center was more packed and chaotic than I have ever seen it before.

The Slightly Stoopid set was the hardest concert I’ve ever shot: the lights at the front of the stage were super dim and the boys wore ball caps, which kept most of their face in complete darkness.   I did the best with what I had!

You can see all the photos from the Atmosphere set via this link and from the Slightly Stoopid set via this link.  As always, head over to the Visit Tahoe South Facebook page to keep on top of my photos from the entire summer concert series at both Montbleu and Harvey’s, all summer long!

B-52s and KC and the Sunshine Band | Tahoe Concert Photography

Photographing the B-52’s and KC and the Sunshine Band was one of the more exciting things I’ve ever done in my life.  So colorful!  So dance-filled!  So energetic!

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The B-52’s just celebrated their 35 anniversary as a band.  Can you believe that?  Kate is older than my mother and let me tell you, she is still rockin’ the love shack.  While it took a little while for Fred to loosen up on stage, by the end of the set he was movin’ and a groovin’ with the best of them.  I haven’t danced that much since my birthday party!

_DSC0798The Montbleu Outdoor Events Center was the perfect venue for their show as well.  I’m loving their set up: a huge grass filled lawn with plenty of room for all the patrons to dance and move about (no chairs!) and even better, Lagunitas on tap!

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Although KC hasn’t aged quite as gracefully as Kate and Fred, KC and the Sunshine Band was still a killer show.  He was wonderfully self-deprecating, joking that once upon a time he was “today’s Justin Beiber.”  He had a full band backing him and 4 gorgeous ladies who kept the dance moves going through multiple costume changes.  It was the perfect warm-up for the B-52s: one song in and the entire audience was already shakin’ their groove thang.

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You can see all my photos from the B-52s set via this link and from KC and the Sunshine band via this link.  All of my photos from this summer’s outdoor concert series at both Montbleu and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe will be posted up on the Visit Lake Tahoe South page on facebook so head there to like them so you’ll get first looks!

KC Montage

Live at Lakeview: Week 4 Wrap-Up

Live at Lakeview: Week 4

Sara Dancing

Achilles Wheel and Lonesome Locomotive took to the stage this past week with melodies of American folk, blues and rock.  I unfortunately couldn’t stay for the entire event because I had to run down to Montbleu to photograph another concert there but from the looks of volunteer photographer Larry Sabo’s photos, it was a feet-stompin’ good time as always.

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Paul Kamm, part of headliner Achilles Wheel, took to the stage last Thursday night for another amazing Live at Lakeview!

I am SUPER excited about this week’s bands!  Headliner Vokab Kompany is no stranger to Tahoe and these MCs from San Diego have built up quite a following here with their special blend of electronic, hip-hop, soul and funk.  Their super dynamic sound has garnered them the title of “best hip-hop group” at the San Diego Music Awards for three years in a row now.

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There’s no better night to post up on the beach of Lake Tahoe with your friends than on Thursdays!!

Check out free music here in Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 20th-August 29th.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or find plenty of parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The proceeds of all sales of alcohol from the beer garden support the series and I encourage you to either imbibe in the garden or make a donation in one of the donation boxes around the Commons Area on the night you attend.  As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  They have asked me to remind their patrons this week of the city ordinances in Lakeview Commons Park: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking.

Openers Lonesome Locomotive had the crowd grooving early in the afternoon last Thursday.

Openers Lonesome Locomotive had the crowd grooving early in the afternoon last Thursday.

Can’t make the event?  Never fear!  Thanks to the support of Tahoe Production House and Stage It Live Video Cast, you can watch the live stream from home every Thursday night!  For more information on how to watch the live stream of the weekly Live at Lakeview Events, head to the official website.

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Jonny Mojo of Achilles Wheel.

You can see all the photos from weeks 1-4 at Live at Lakeview via this link.  You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

What you missed in this summer’s Live at Lakeview Series:

Week 1: 4 Piece Puzzle and Jelly Bread

Week 2: Tracorum and American Jubilee

Week 3: Naive Melodies and Ashley Kepler

Tahoe Concert Photography | Preview

I know I’ve been like this a lot this week but…

WOAH.

Shooting The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts last night was WAY intense.

It was definitely the biggest show I’ve been able to shoot and it was the first time I’ve ever felt limited by my equipment.  We were only allowed to shoot two songs for Rascal Flatts (you’re normally allowed to shoot the first three songs as a concert photographer) and then we were escorted in and out.  It was pretty wild and having only prime lenses rather than my dream 24-70 mm set up made the shorter time restriction hard to deal with.

I’m not super jazzed on the photos I got, but they’ll do.  Here’s a sneak peek of The Band Perry to tide you over until next week.

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Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry of The Band Perry rocked out the Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheater last night while opening for the Rascal Flatts.

Tahoe Concert Photography | Preview

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Sean Michael Daley, otherwise known as Slug, does me a solid while performing with Atmosphere last night at the Montbleu Outdoor Events Center.

I’ve had a crazy week.  I have SO many stories and photos I want to share with you and I promise that I will just as soon as I climb out of the pile of editing I’m buried under.

In the last week I’ve photographed the American Celebrity Golf Championship, KC and the Sunshine Band, The B-52s, Atmosphere and Slightly Stoopid.  Tonight I get to photograph The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts.  This weekend is the next Tahoe Kids Triathlon.  Last night was another Live at Lakeview.  I also went on a girls trip to Napa for a few days this week and I still haven’t finished Matt and Sara’s pregnancy portraits.  Are you tired just reading that?

I’m exhausted.

So much for exercising this week.

I’m pretty pumped about this photo of Sean Daley, aka SLUG, of Atmosphere.   He was rapping about photographers when he did me this solid and I am giddy with appreciation.

Her oldest sisters name was Jocelyn
Awfully slim, on a diet of bottled water and oxygen
She lives on higher water by the Target
And she dates a photographer, that’s how she started modeling
She ain’t no supermodel, this is Minneap for that you’d have to move to Chicago
Or maybe LA or NY
Now she does what she does here and she gets by
And her boyfriend gets a little currency
Taking photos for advertising agencies.