Live at Lakeview 2013!

“Good music, good vibes, good times!”

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Live at Lakeview, my favorite Tahoe South Summer Event returns this week and I am ecstatic.  I can’t wait to listen to great music, eat and drink, and watch the sun go down with the rest of my community.  This year, On Course Events hopes to create a series that is more interactive, has a bigger bike valet, more vendors, and a “festival feel.”   Also included in the event this summer is food vendors, which is fantastic!

Live at Lakeview is still looking for volunteers to keep the season rolling smoothly and the Lakeview Commons area spick and span.  One lucky volunteer will win a Riviera Standup Paddle Board (donated by South Tahoe SUP).  Available volunteer opportunities include Beach Cleanup Crew, which will meet Monday and Friday mornings, the Vibe Squad, Event Crew, Security and Photographers and Videographers. If you would like to help Live at Lakeview this summer, you may contact them directly at Liveatlakeview@gmail.com or head over to their facebook page.

Live at Lakeview kicks off this Thursday, June 20th at 4:30 PM with Jelly Bread and 4 Piece Puzzle.  I’m not stranger to 4 Piece Puzzle, which happens to be fronted by some friends of mine.

4 Piece Puzzle is rocks out with groove, funk, and soul. They know how to have a good time!

Jelly Bread, voted “Tahoe’s Band of the Year” but the Lake Tahoe Action in 2012, plays a blend of funk, soul and America.  While I’ve heard the buzz about them, I haven’t yet had the good fortune of seeing them live.   Jelly Bread, fronted by award-winning songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and lap steel player, Dave Berry, along side songwriter, vocalist and beast of a drummer, Cliff Porter, has had a busy year, touring the Western US and opening for the likes of Dumpstaphunk, Rusted Root, JJ Grey and Mofro and more.

Jelly Bread’s brand of funk and soul is thoroughly steeped in a Rock-Americana style and has been described as “musically delicious.”

As always, Live at Lakeview is a free community event.  Check out free music here at Tahoe South every Thursday from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons from June 20th-August 29th.

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.

You can find my weekly wrap ups, photos and previews of the next concert all summer long here and on Tahoe South.

The Valhalla Renaissance Faire

This year marked the 21st Anniversary of the Valhalla Renaissance Faire.  Despite the fact that I have lived in Tahoe for over seven years now, not only had I never attended but, I also have never been to a Renaissance Fair.  

I had previously scoffed at the idea of wandering around Camp Richardson amongst people dressed as pirates, scoundrels and knights but when I won tickets via the Valhalla Renaissance Faire facebook page, how could I say no?  We gathered a big group together to experience the event and I have to admit that I may be a convert: it was full of revelry, merriment and dare I say, fun.

Every year, over 8,000 visitors gather at the Valhalla Renaissance Fair and now I know why.  With the Queen of England, juggling jesters, pirates, lords and ladies and jousting presentations by the Imperial Knights, you don’t have to be a kid to find the entertainment value, though it is certainly a family friendly event.  There are 100s of crafts booths on site to shop from, games for kids to play and presentations of dance, song, plays, puppet shows and more.

And who can forget the best part: the turkey legs!!

While we were walking around the faire, we happened upon the Queen of England presenting the chosen “Mayors” of the Renaissance Faire.  Imagine my surprise to discover it was none other than my friend and Tahoe South Entertainer extraordinaire Alex Ramon of Illusion Fusion.   He, upon being asked the very serious question, “How do you keep a woman happy?” replied, “Magic!” and was named Mayor of the Even Days Only.  If you missed my interview with Alex before, you can read it on the Tahoe South Blog via this link.  He is an absolutely wonderful, fun and genuine person and his magic show is as entertaining as the Ren Faire!  I’m sure he’ll make an excellent Mayor of Even Days.  Ha!

Montage

Mark your calendar for next year: the Valhalla Renaissance Faire usually occurs the first two weekends of June every year.  It’s a perfect time to visit Tahoe South with your family: you can camp nearby in the Camp Richardson or Fallen Leaf Lake camp grounds, visit the beach, bike and play, and go to the Renaissance Fair all on the same weekend!

2013 COST: Adult $18, $13 for seniors, military, ages 13-17, $8 for children 6-12 Under 6 no charge.

You can check out all my photos from the event via this link.

Mountain Sage Photobooth

Holy moly this was a tough green screen.  Outdoor photobooths are definitely a challenge and I am currently not happy with my outdoor set up.  Challenge #1: You never know if there will be shade or direct sun.  Challenge #2: the wind catches the backdrop and changes it constantly.  Challenge #3: light conditions over time don’t remain the same.  I decided to do a green screen for Mountain Sage Family Wellness and it was one of the tougher ones I’ve done.  The event was from 4-8 so as the sun moved locations it would infiltrate the tent in different ways, cause some serious green castes onto skin and in general, change the green tones which meant photoshop didn’t always pick everything all the color range up correctly.  I’m not totally thrilled with the results from this one but I’m sure the kids will love it.

I have another photobooth next week at the League to Save Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Party and I think I’m going to totally switch gears and do something completely different.  Maybe old photo frames hung from the bars of the 12×12 tent I use to shade people.

You can see all the photos from the Mountain Sage Photobooth via this link.

 

 

Tahoe Mountain Sage Open House

The Mountain Sage Family Wellness Open House and Fundraiser.

My friend Launa and her business partner Misty launched the beginning of a new chapter of their life this past weekend.  Mountain Sage Family Wellness is dedicated to birthing and family education, doula and midwifery services, and a organic holistic retail space that sells essential oils, and organic non-toxic cotton infants’ clothing.

This little guy was pretty shy until I started showing him his photos.

They kicked off their grand opening with a big party and fundraiser in their yard that included live music from local Tahoe band Bison, a raffle (including one really amazing portrait session with yours truly), food, wine and beer and one of my photobooths.  I made the questionable decision of green screening the photobooth so those photos aren’t ready yet, but here’s a few candids from the event to tide you over.  If you’d like to see all the candids or were at the event and would like to download your photo, you may do so via this link.

A Bison band member’s son parties down.

Bison entertains the crowd at the Mountain Sage Family Wellness Center Fundraiser and Open House.

 

 

Bright Baby Shower

Remember the Brights, who I was lucky enough to take super cute preggers portraits of?  Last Sunday was J’s baby shower, which was wonderfully informal and low key, held in a local park in Meyers, filled with gorgeous women filling J with inspiring words of loving support for her impending due date and birthing process.

There were, of course, shower games.  

I am not one to participate in activities.  But I am more than thrilled to photograph the events.

Ecstatic even, especially if that gets me out of playing.

One time, I went to a baby shower and there was no alcohol.  AND GAMES.  

Imagine this: A baby shower with lots and lots of games and no alcohol.

THE HORROR.

I, of course, immediately left and purchased two twelve packs which we hid in the snow to share with other aghast carousers.

Thankfully, this particular shower was a mimosa filled afternoon with food almost too beautiful to consume, delightful company, only one game, not including the always welcome pinata, underneath the gazing eyes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Baby Shower MontageThese are a few of my favorites from the day, but if you would like to peruse them all or you were a participant at the shower, you may follow this link to download your photos for free.

In summation, I raise my mimosa glass to other people having babies instead of me.  I will happily photograph their showers while drinking while they can’t.

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Hard Rock Cafe Burger Challenge

Last week I was asked to assist my buddy Dreu Murin with a local event.

I whipped up a flyer really fast and was promised free wine for showing up and helping.  You know I don’t have to be asked twice when there is wine involved.

There wasn’t much required of me at the event itself other than drinking wine with the rest of the Girls Drinking Club so I snapped a few photos.  There was a super talented balloon artist on site, as evidenced below.  The winning burger was created by Tahoe local Brian Jefferies.  The always lovely and impeccably put together Adra Fenstermaker took 2nd.

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Mammoth Ski Weekend

Can you believe I’ve been in California for seven years years now and I’ve never been to Mammoth Lakes to ski?  The horror!

When PSIA asked me to donate photobooths to their annual spring convention at Mammoth, I was more than happy to do it!  A few days spring skiing in sunny Mammoth Lakes and photobooth fun: I’d be crazy to say no!

Bri and I met up with Meghan Kelly, her husband, and a few of our other Tahoe friends for a mini Mammoth Ski trip.  While I may have not reached my goal of sixty days on mountain this ski season, but I at least ended it with one of my more memorable ski weekends to date.  Mammoth Lakes is a gorgeous place to visit and even more unbelievable from the top of the gondola!

Looking for the PSIA Photobooth Photos?

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The PSIA Flashback Prom Photobooth was a riot, once everyone got liquored up!

If you were in my photobooth at the event, your galleries will always remain here on my page in the 2013 tab of the Photobooth Gallery under Portfolio.

If you want to travel to Mammoth Lakes, here are my recommendations. 

STAY:  The Cinnamon Bear Inn is located just of Main Street in Mammoth Lakes and is so adorable it hurts.  Literally.  There are four poster beds with patchwork quilts and doilies.  It’s run by Pam and her husband, who personally cook and serve you a hot breakfast every morning and offer afternoon apres ski drinks and appetizers in the “lobby” which feels more like your own living room.  If you’re used to the Westin, this is not the place for you: it has it’s quirks (like slow draining tubs), but in my world, that’s all the more reason to love it.

EAT:

  • Old New York Deli and Bakery has bagels to die for.  Bagels like I haven’t ever found out west: crisp shells and doughy centers in all the best flavors, including salt, sourdough and egg!  Substitute cream cheese on your fried egg sunrise bagel sando in the morning and you’ll get the best of both worlds: New York style bagel and schmear meets breakfast sandwich.
  • Toomey’s is famous in California for it’s gourmet meals, served without an ounce of pretentiousness, in odd, quirky and unbecoming locations.   If you think it would be wonderful to eat a loaded seafood jumbalaya amidst baseball jerseys and collector metal lunchboxes from days gone by, don’t skip a meal here.
  • Stellar Brew has killer coffee and loaded sandwhiches, perfect for grabbing on your way to or from the mountain.

DRINK:

  • Get a growler filled and enjoy a tasting sampler of either some or all of the brews that Mammoth Brewery has going in their tasting room.   At $4-$6 (regular/seasonal) for tasting rounds, it’s hard to argue against spending an hour in here.
  • It’s happy hour every day from 4:00-5:30 pm at Whiskey Creek in both Mammoth and Bishop – save a fortune on Mammoth Brewery drafts and get half off bar menu items.

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PLAY:

  • Mammoth Mountain routinely opens earlier and remains open later than other California resorts.  It’s well known for it’s summer skiing.  You might want to get there soon – it’s brewing in the rumor mill that Vail Resorts is about to purchase Mammoth and they will probably ruin every ounce of personality this wonderful place has.  In the summer you can purchase day tickets to mountain bike from top to bottom.
  • Take a day off from the slopes and visit June Lakes, an absolutely stunning series of lakes and rivers set under towering peaks and next to a quaint mountain town.
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Pat Kelly fishes in a stream near June Lake, CA.

  • Bishop, CA is one of the western US’s best epicenters for rock-climbing.  Make it a tri sport weekend: fish, bike and climb!

 

SXSW Wrap-Up: Final Thoughts

Miscellaneous other thoughts on SXSW 2013

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale: aka the two “best dressed men at SXSW.”

  • Paste Magazine’s day party during SXSW Music was consistently the best line-up.  I missed quite a few shows that I would have loved to see at the Stages on Sixth, like the Zombies (!) due to assignments, but overall, almost every day I knew I could show up there and be guaranteed a great line-up of stellar bands.  You can see all my photos from the Stages on Sixth shows that I caught via this link.
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A little girl peeks into the show at the HGTV and Paste Magazine Stages on Sixth Show.

  • At the Paste + Sennheiser Interactive Lounge at the Blackheart during SXSW Interactive there was always someone interesting being interviewed, plus I had a friend who interns for Paste that was always stuck hanging out guarding equipment so it was rad to know that I could always find him in his corner.  Plus, they have good beer at the Blackheart.  Anne got to take a photo with Marcel the Shell and we got to listen to Aisha Tyler get interviewed.  She’s awesome.  I missed the Elle King show there but got to watch Seryn one afternoon, which happened to be absolutely perfect afternoon porch music.  You can check out all my photos from the Paste + Sennheiser Interactive Lounge via this link.
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Seryn: perfect tunes for a Southern front porch.

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Oh yeah, THIS happened. That’s right, that’s the infamous infomercial man Matthew Lesko.

Have an inkling to go to SXSW?  SXSW runs the show with more than 3,000 volunteers a year.  Trade your time for credentials.  Check here in November 2013 for information on next year.

Previously in my SXSW wrap-up:

Intro to SXSW

#12: Devendra Banhart

#11: PHOX

#10: Social Studies

#9: Guards

#8: Zeale

#7: Red Baraat

#6: Josh Ritter

#5: Pickwick

#4: Reignwolf

#3: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

#2: The Orwells

#1: Foxygen

SXSW Wrap-Up: Other Memorable Shows

Upcoming Photobooth Events

Is your spirit missing the fun and excitement of the Lauren Lindley Photobooth?  Never fear: we’ve got a slew of events that we are donating our time to on the slate for the upcoming months.

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Check us out in early February at the 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Masquerade Ball to benefit the League to Save Lake Tahoe.  Don your best Mardi Gras attire and support to Keep Tahoe Blue with music by Groovebox and 4 Piece Puzzle.

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Also, on February 23rd, we’ll be out to support Whittel High School at School House Rocks, featuring a dinner, music, silent auction and more!

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We’re excited to return to the 51st annual Fireman’s Ball on Friday, March 1st at Montbleu for the 2nd year.  Last year we had an absolute BLAST.  The photos were out. of. control.

We like to support our local community and organizations by donating our booth to the events – do Tahoe South a solid and show up to support as well by buying tickets to the events as well!  See ya there!

Snowglobe Highlights, Day 2

Holy frigidly cold temps Batman!  Snowglobe Day 2 was FREEZING from start to finish.  I had on four layers at one point in addition to my jacket, yet there were still girls running amok with bare arms.   The day’s lineup was significantly more EDM heavy, save St. Lucia, who begged of the crowd, “It’s cold! Why did you bring us here?!”

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Despite their cold fingers and frosty breath, St. Lucia and his band put on a stellar show to a crowd full of happy people.  The fans even group hugged his mom when Grobler announced that it was her birthday.

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Save a handful of acts, sounds of dubstep and electro filled the air for most of the day.  The tents were packed full from front to back for GRiZ and Flosstradamus.  18 year old Madeon followed a crowd already pumped up by Mimosa.  Madeon is so young and tiny his head hardly stood over the DJ table.  I can attest that his youth did not keep girls from screaming for him.

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As the chilly day turned to night, the crowd swelled to capacity in anticipation of Deadmau5.  By the time his set started, Snowglobe had announced that they had sold out for the day.

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The highlight of my day, other than St. Lucia, was certainly the young and eager one man band of Robert Delong.  What started out as a crowd of five people swelled to 100 as Delong’s energy, enthusiasm and danceable tunes filled the festival arena and lured new listeners in.  In the first single from his upcoming album he exclaims the query, “Did I leave it all to chance or did I make you fucking dance?”  I can answer to that: he made Snowglobe fucking dance.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.  I’m looking forward to heading back for the final day of the festival with Poolside, Royal Teeth, Nobody Beats the Drum, and Chromeo on the agenda!  Happy New Years!