Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival begins

Hear ye, hear ye! Incline Village's Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival officially begins Friday, July 6, and the fun continues through Saturday, Sept. 8.

Throughout the two-month engagement, Sand Harbor's Warren Edward Trepp Stage hosts multiple plays, performances from Reno Jazz Orchestra, a Neil Diamond tribute and more.

This year's headlining productions include Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and the Off-Broadway hit "Beehive: The '60's Musical."

"In a maelstrom of politics and magic, Shakespeare's towering tragedy melds unforgettable characters and incomparable language in a fascinating drama of corruption and heroism. We [invite] you to join us for an eerie evening of dazzling darkness, where specters and riddles foretell the futures of kings. But beware: 'something wicked this way comes,'" states the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival website.

The beauty of the festival lies in the diversity of productions: Patrons who attend "Beehive" are in for a different experience entirely.

"An exuberant jukebox celebration of the women musicians who made the '60s truly memorable, Beehive transports audiences on a nostalgic musical journey back in time. Featuring 40 classic chart-toppers (and Aqua Net-glistening coiffures, of course), this groovy retro-revue highlights hits that range from the Supremes' memorable melodies to Janis Joplin's heart-rending rasp to Aretha Franklin's soul and more," continues the site.

Regardless of the show you attend (because the festival lasts two months, you might be able to see them all), it's sure to be a night to remember.

"The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park remains a fun, casual evening on the beach, but under the stewardship of the Board of Directors and Festival management, it has also become one of the outstanding outdoor cultural events in the United States," states the site.

"Beehive: The '60's Musical" begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets for the performance range from $15-$94 and are available online at http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com. Visit the site for pricing and information on other productions.

Warren Edward Trepp Stage is located at 2005 NV 28.

Quartet honors Led Zeppelin

All-female ensemble Zepparella pays tribute to iconic rock band Led Zeppelin on Tahoe's North Shore this weekend.

"How to honor the legacy of a band deemed sacred? To [tread] on holy ground is perilous, and must be done with the intent and spirit of a disciple — pay attention to the intricacies of the magic, explore the far ends of the innovation, strive for ever-growing ability, and let the purity of the love for the music drive it all," states the band's online biography.

Zepparella's drummer, Clementine, founded the group over a decade ago in order to continue her dream of being on stage nightly.

"She tackles the best rock drumming ever written with her own emotionally powerful style, bringing the Motown influence of the Bonham groove to the forefront.

"The profound musical connection established with Gretchen Menn (guitar), Holly West (bass) and Anna Kristina (vocals) creates the bond required to do this great music justice," continues the bio.

Any Led Zeppelin fan will not want to miss this unique take on the rock-focused catalog.

The show begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. Tickets cost $17 in advance and $22 on the day of the event. Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino.com to purchase entry and learn more about the gig.

Crystal Bay Casino is located at 14 NV 28 in Incline Village.

Blues showcased at Commons Beach

Tahoe City hosts some of North Shore's own this Sunday with a world blues gig courtesy of Sam Ravenna Band/Kai & The Monsters and headliner Peter Joseph Burtt & The Kingtide.

On July 8, the artists — based in Truckee and Kings Beach — take the stage as part of the Concerts at Commons Beach series that began in mid-June. For guests who regularly attend local gigs around the lake, the performers will be familiar faces.

"On his debut self-titled album, Sam Ravenna establishes himself as a chef in a soul kitchen. Blending ingredients of electro funk, hip-hop and classic and modern soul, Ravenna pulls together an all-star band consisting of players from some of the best touring acts in the country," states Ravenna's online biography.

He has worked alongside Peter Joseph Burtt & The Kingtide, who closes out Sunday's show, in the past.

"Peter Joseph Burtt is a lifelong drummer and singer/songwriter," states Burtt's online biography. "His music draws from many sources to inform his music and chronicle the years he spent living and studying with master musicians of Africa."

The loaded lineup begins performing at 4 p.m., but attendees are welcome earlier and invited to bring picnics and more to enjoy a day lakeside.

The Concerts at Commons Beach series is free to attend for all ages. Additional information is available at http://www.concertsatcommonsbeach.com.

Music on the Beach begins at Kings Beach

Kings Beach gets into the summer spirit with its Music on the Beach series, held lakeside on Tahoe's North Shore.

On Friday, June 29, Reno-based soul and funk outfit The Sextones launches the series and takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. for a night of free music you won't want to miss.

"The Sextones are a family of music renegades known for viciously executed soul compositions and white-knuckle driving funk.

"Fronted by the charismatic and soulful vocalist Mark Sexton – The Sextones' sound is a tip of the hat to the days of Tower of Power and Stevie Wonder while actively forging the path for a new generation of soul and funk," states the group's Facebook biography.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Music on the Beach is about more than the live entertainment showcased each week. Craft beer from Alibi Ale Works is available for purchase, and three food vendors (from a selection of California Gold Kettle Corn, Cheri's Hand Dipped Ice Cream, D'Lish Catering, Kaliko's Hawaiian Kitchen and Red Truck) will be on-site.

Music on the Beach is held every Friday through Aug. 31.

"A full lineup of free weekly music, national headliners, multi-day festivals, and signature events await locals and visitors alike," states the Music on the Beach Facebook page.

"Whether it's lively bluegrass, late-night DJs, or blues and funk you're in search of, North Lake Tahoe is your destination for incredible entertainment at world-class venues."

Learn more about the series on Facebook (@musiconthebeachkb), and about The Sextones at http://www.thesextonesmusic.com.

COMMONS BEACH WELCOMES ECLECTIC GUITARIST

Tahoe City's Concerts at Commons Beach continues its summer-long lineup of free music on Sunday, July 1, with a performance from Jimmy Leslie's Guitarfish Family Band.

"Jimmy Leslie is somewhat of a musical renaissance man on the San Francisco Bay Area scene. He's a freak 'freehand' guitarist with a funky roots rock style, a soaring soulful singer, and a bona fide multi-faceted writer," states the artist's online biography.

Leslie is known for many things: features in "Guitar Player" and "Bass Player," founding the Guitarfish Music Festival, and groovy songs.

"Leslie has a signature 'freehand' guitar style that incorporates flamenco-like flourishes, slapping & plucking, and inventive faux-slide leads. His tenor voice is equally unique, surprisingly versatile, and central to his distinct roots rock sound," continues the bio.

The musician's North Shore gig is held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the tunes, attendees should be prepared for local food and drink vendors as well as a day spent on the beach.

Visit http://www.concertsatcommonsbeach.com for more on the music series, and http://www.jimmyleslie.com for information on the performers.

SPEND FOURTH OF JULY ON NORTH SHORE

Independence Day is near at hand, and Tahoe is the place to be to celebrate the holiday.

Kings Beach gets the Fourth of July festivities started one day early with its July 3rd Fireworks & Beach Party, held from 7-10 p.m. at Kings Beach State Recreation Area on Tuesday. It's a free party that's open to all ages and includes access to two food vendors, a beer/wine garden and live music courtesy of San Diego Marines Double-Time Brass Band. The event concludes with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

If you want to be closer to the action, preferred seating tickets are available for $25 and are sold on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.

According to the North Tahoe Business Association's website, "Kings Beach is the perfect place to spend the entire day and night lakeside."

The fun continues on Wednesday, July 4, with Tahoe City's annual fireworks show. This year marks the display's 74th on North Shore.

"Come check out the biggest, brightest, and most dazzling fireworks show you've ever seen!" states the Tahoe City Downtown Association website.

The free show, billed as Tahoe City's Dyno-mite Big Bang 4th of July Fireworks Show, begins at dusk. Aside from the pyrotechnics, the evening also features live music and vendors.

Visit http://www.northtahoebusiness.org and http://www.visittahoecity.org to learn more about the Kings Beach and Tahoe City events, respectively.

Interested in the Incline Village lineup? Turn to page 6.

Tribute to jam band Phish performs on North Shore

Whether you're an all-out Phish fan, bummed you missed the chance to purchase tickets to the band's sold-out South Shore gigs in July, or just an advocate for jam bands, Crystal Bay Casino is the place to be on Saturday, June 23.

That evening Mudrat Detector, a tribute to rock band Phish, takes the stage in the venue's Red Room at 10 p.m. — and the show is free to attend.

"Established in 2014 (as The Dudes of Life), Southern California's Premier Phish Tribute Band has been bringing the Phish experience ever since," states Mudrat Detector's Facebook biography.

The Seal Beach-based band is made up of four members: guitarist Evan Shegina, bassist Greg Dennis, drummer Mike Wind and pianist Kayleigh Mack.

The North Shore gig is open to guests at least 21 years of age.

Crystal Bay Casino is located at 14 NV 28, and additional information about the show is available at http://www.crystalbaycasino.com.

Learn more about Mudrat Detector on Facebook (@MudratDetectorBand).

Alpenglow Mountain Festival returns to Lake Tahoe

Alpenglow Mountain Festival is back, offering a range of activities to celebrate outdoor sports in the Tahoe area.

The festival kicked off on June 16 with the Broken Arrow Sky Race at Squaw Valley and will carry on until Sunday, June 24, with rock climbing, paddle boarding and swimming clinics, guided hikes, lake shore yoga, Fun Runs, and other activities.

This year the event also will feature Lake Tahoe's first ever Van Life Rally on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind Alpenglow Sports.

Locals and travelers will be showcasing their homes on wheels throughout the day and answering questions about their vehicles.

The event is free and welcomes all those interested in moving into a van or just curious about the lifestyle.

Events throughout the week welcome all outdoor enthusiasts to expand their knowledge of outdoor activities in the Sierra Nevada. Clinics offered are designed to expand your knowledge of the outdoors and to increase safety in the backcountry and on the lake.

An equipment repair workshop will be offered on Sunday as well as a clinic on wilderness aid for dogs on Saturday.

The weekend will wrap up with live music on Commons beach on Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A full schedule of events and locations can be found at http://www.alpenglowsports.com/mountainfestivalcalendar.

Commons Beach brings the funk to North Shore

Concerts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City's summer-long free music series, continues on Sunday, June 24, with a performance from local group Groove Foundry.

The self-described funk, acid jazz, soul jazz and jazz band finds inspiration in artists including The Motet, Herbie Hancock, Santana, James Brown and more — so it's likely you won't be able to resist dancing at the show.

"Groove Foundry features a trio of powerhouse horns over smokin'-hot funky five-piece rhythm section. Gritty vocals and solid solos entice our audiences!" states the ensemble's Facebook biography.

The Tahoe City-based outfit showcases the talents of saxophonist Todd Mather, trombone player Brian "Nak" Nakagawa, trumpet player Jen Campbell, guitarist Barry Slayton, bassist Isaac Freed, drummer Bill Heise, keyboardist Brian Silverman and pianist/vocalist Glenn Campbell.

Fellow funk group Drop Theory also performs at Commons Beach on Sunday.

"Drop Theory hails from North Lake Tahoe and has got the FUNK! Their infectious, high-energy music fuses the solid gold sounds of past decades with modern style. Their influences range from hip hop, jazz, rock and funk," states the Facebook biography of the Truckee natives.

Each installment in Concerts at Commons Beach begins at 4 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. The shows are family-friendly, so bring your picnics and blankets to settle in for a fun-filled afternoon.

Visit http://www.concertsatcommonsbeach.com for more details on the series and performers.

Singer-songwriter performs in Crystal Bay

Alternative folk artist Darren Senn continues the trend of Tahoe-based artists taking the stage on North Shore this week. On Friday, June 29, the performer — originally from Oregon, but now a Stateline resident — brings a new catalog of music to Crystal Bay Casino alongside his band.

"Engaging his audiences with storytelling and simple, yet well-crafted songs, Darren Senn is hitting his stride," states the musician's online biography.

Senn dropped his newest album, "Detrimental Tendencies," in February earlier this year. According to the bio, it's his "most ambitious effort to date."

"It paints his picture with a broad stroke, touching on folk rock and rockabilly elements to add to his two previous, mainly solo-acoustic releases," continues the bio, which states that Senn's lyrics are always balanced by dark and light messages.

"What I love most is the ability to connect in a meaningful way with an audience using just an acoustic guitar and some thoughtful words and melodies. That's a really special place for me. I want us all to go on a little trip somewhere when I get on a stage," Senn noted.

His Crystal Bay show begins at 10 p.m. Friday evening. The gig is open to those at least 21 years of age.

More details about the performance are available at http://www.crystalbaycasino.com. Learn about Senn at http://www.darrensenn.com.

Crystal Bay welcomes World’s Finest

Oregon-based, self-described SkaGrass and world fusion group World's Finest continues the week's performances at Crystal Bay Casino with its evening show on Friday, June 22.

"String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance," states the group's online biography. "Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings."

World's Finest began in 2011 as an acoustic duo in Portland, but has changed dramatically in the years that have passed.

"Six years, countless shows, and 5 albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders. The current lineup features 5 members: Chris Couch (guitar/vocals), Dan Hurley (banjo/vocals), Sean McLean (sax/guitar/vocals), Evan Malfer (bass), Alex Weinberg (keys), and Kirk Kalbfleisch (drums).

"Their paths have all crossed in Portland, by way of Ohio, Illinois, Eastern Oregon, New York and California. As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band's sound reflect their coast to coast musical influences," continues the bio.

This show will be unlike anything you've seen before. Catch World's Finest live in the venue's Red Room at 10 p.m. The gig is free to attend, and open to patrons at least 21 years old.

Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino.com for information on the show, and http://www.worldsfinestmusic.com for details on the band.

Funk group kicks off this week’s entertainment

Tahoe's own takes the stage at Crystal Bay Casino for a free show on Friday, June 15.

Known as Jelly Bread, the multi-genre group has made the rounds in recent years and gained a substantial following.

"Over a few short years of touring, Jelly Bread has risen from Reno/Lake Tahoe area favorites into a nationally touring, powerhouse quintet that delivers a high-energy, chameleonic playlist all over the United States," states the band's online biography.

For those who are unfamiliar with Jelly Bread but are interested in attending the show, expect a night full of one-of-a-kind dance grooves.

"Jelly Bread's distinct style is identified by a blend of desert twang meeting the urban tones of funk and rock.

"Exceptional songwriting and storytelling interlaced with four-part harmonies, intricate 'in-the-pocket' drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, tasty talkbox, 'take-'em-to-church' organ come together into a sound that is downright appetizing," continues the bio.

The band's gig begins at 10 p.m. on Friday evening. Guests must be at least 21 years of age in order to attend.

Check out http://www.crystalbaycasino.com for more on the show, and http://www.jellybread.net for information on Jelly Bread.

Crystal Bay Casino is located at 14 NV 28.

Commons Beach music series begins

The annual free summer concert series held in Tahoe City known as Concerts at Commons Beach kicks off its 2018 season on Sunday, June 17.

"From bluegrass and southern rock to afro-samba-funk and alternative rock, get ready for an incredible 12-week concert series…," states the Concerts at Commons Beach website.

Week one features a performance from North Shore natives Dead Winter Carpenters, a five-member Americana group that formed back in 2010 and has since positioned themselves "at the forefront of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do," according to the band's online biography.

Dead Winter Carpenters' latest full-length release, "Washoe," dropped in 2016 and is the embodiment of the group's progressive nature.

"Reminiscent of genre-benders like Jack White, Chris Thile, and Sam Bush, Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously blends refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out," continues the bio, adding that "the result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound" that leads to sold-out shows.

Dead Winter Carpenters' Tahoe City gig comes soon after the band's newest single ("Roller Coaster"), which debuted in May earlier this year.

The family-friendly show begins at 4 p.m. at Commons Beach. Bring your blankets and low-back chairs and get ready for a rockin' night.

Visit http://www.concertsatcommonsbeach.com for details on the summer series, and http://www.deadwintercarpenters.com for more on the band.

Crystal Bay welcomes World's Finest

Oregon-based, self-described SkaGrass and world fusion group World's Finest continues the week's performances at Crystal Bay Casino with its evening show on Friday, June 22.

"String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance," states the group's online biography. "Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings."

World's Finest began in 2011 as an acoustic duo in Portland, but has changed dramatically in the years that have passed.

"Six years, countless shows, and 5 albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders. The current lineup features 5 members: Chris Couch (guitar/vocals), Dan Hurley (banjo/vocals), Sean McLean (sax/guitar/vocals), Evan Malfer (bass), Alex Weinberg (keys), and Kirk Kalbfleisch (drums).

"Their paths have all crossed in Portland, by way of Ohio, Illinois, Eastern Oregon, New York and California. As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band's sound reflect their coast to coast musical influences," continues the bio.

This show will be unlike anything you've seen before. Catch World's Finest live in the venue's Red Room at 10 p.m. The gig is free to attend, and open to patrons at least 21 years old.

Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino.com for information on the show, and http://www.worldsfinestmusic.com for details on the band.