Live at Lakeview Backstage Pass | Episode 3

Your favorite summer concerts on the beach will always be free for you to enjoy, but they are not free to produce! Local vendors are 1 of 3 main funding sourcesthat continue to pay for entertainment, permits + production costs every Thursday. This week we sat down with a few of our favorite vendors at RISE + TahoeLab to get the inside scoop on their experiences as #LiveatLakeview vendors. 

Video Credit: Leslie Schultz + Black Diamond Productions
Background Music: Instrumental version of Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

P.S. We are accepting vendor applications for 2017! Details + vendor applications available here: http://bit.ly/VendorInfo1.

Live at Lakeview Backstage Pass | Episode 1

13724004_1151817911526087_1284037365729931420_oOur 100 day countdown is on! The Live at Lakeview Backstage Pass is your ticket to get involved with the process + all the hard work that goes into your favorite summer music series! If there’s an aspect of the concerts you want to know more about (how we find our entertainment, how the series is funded or where in the world we plan to put the stage this year?!?!) Now’s your chance to ask our team + your question may be featured on the next episode! Stay tuned on Facebook, Instagram + YouTube to have the inside scoop at your fingertips!

Thanks for all the love + support! We can’t wait to be back on the beach with all of you! #liveatlakeview #backstagepass #tahoelife

Series Finale of Live at Lakeview

Live at Lakeview is wrapping up the 2015 summer with its most bodacious Tahoe party this summer. Tahoe legends Lavish Green and recent local favorites Black Star Safari are playing rocking farewell sets on the shore to celebrate the last shows of the summer. The City of South Lake Tahoe is also celebrating its 50th Anniversary Birthday with a group photo of the whole beach with everyone invited to join. It is going to be one hell of a party.

Live at Lakeview Lavish Green Montage

Over the past two years, Black Star Safari has grown to be one of Tahoe’s favorite live acts for its deep-set grooves and tenacious rhythms. Dan Green’s guitar and Matt Mandella’s drums have found a harmonious interplay together that pumps back-and-forth like pistons on a steam engine. In the spring the duo released their second EP, “All In.” Green and Mandella self-produced the five-song EP and recorded it in their home in the heart of Meyers. The band had worked out the songs live for some time and the vice grip tightness of the compositions speak to the blood and sweat that has been spilt on stage over the past couple years from the pair.

The night ends with a finale set from Lavish Green. The band was formed 20-years ago this summer amidst the mountains and water and return for another special night at Live at Lakeview. Three of the original members remain, Chris Sanchez, Robbie Wheeler and Joel Gruneich, with the newly minted Mike Bennett on drums. They still throw heart and passion behind their ska/reggae/rock combination and love doing it in front of a crowd. Tahoe has been their home and they love returning to its open arms, especially for such dedicated fans as Live at Lakeview’s.

Written by: Garret Bethmann

Entertainment Preview – Scott Pemberton Band + 4 Piece Puzzle

Live at Lakeview has been stacking the lineup this summer with incredible bands, but Thursday night’s double billing of the Scott Pemberton Band and 4 Piece Puzzle might be the most loaded lineup to date.

The heavy funk starts with 4 Piece Puzzle, who have been Live at Lakeview regulars and South Lake Tahoe favorites for a couple years. They have an undeniable groove that finds everyone in the crowd, and fans can be sure this band is going to go hard on Thursday night. Ryan Cassidy (guitar), Martin Bush (drums), Chad Laurence (bass) and Reggie Hall (saxophone) are a great fit together and can deliver everything from dirty New Orleans funk to groove-based jam sessions to unique takes on modern classics, like “Get Lucky.” Come shake your tail-feather with 4 Piece Puzzle.
Scott Guitar 1

Guitar-ninja Scott Pemberton takes the stage afterward. The Oregon native is a masterful guitar player who brings his own unique spin to the table. He approaches the instrument with a child-like openness that allows him to bend and contort the strings however he pleases. His newest release, “Timber Rock” is an all out party that ranges from woodsy sludge on “Prudence” to bonafide groovers “What I Do” and “One Time.” Every show is different than the last, so check out what Pemberton brings to the table Thursday night.

Written by: Garrett Bethmann

True Tahoe Support | Vendor Love – EEKOE Socks

Socks are like excuses, everyone has them and they mostly stink and wear thin after a couple weeks. Thankfully, you won’t have excuses for terribly smelling feet anymore with Eekoe and its line of durable socks.

Chad Ottenbreit and Mark Gardner have been action sports junkies for a long time now, in and out of different boots on a daily basis. After years of dealing with standard socks that would wear out after a day or two of use, the two decided to take matters into their own hands with their own feet.

Eekoe socks are made from bamboo and are softer and more comfortable than regular socks, being cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. In addition to comfort, Eekoe socks are anti-fungal and also more durable, with the ability to wick away moisture. Throw a couple pairs in your travel bag and your feet will be more than set for the days ahead of you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottenbreit and Gardner are happy to be a part of the Live at Lakeview community and want everyone to check out their tent to try on “The World’s Greatest Sock.” While in store, prices range from $12-$16, Eekoe socks are available for only $10 a pair if you come out to their booth to enjoy the music and community. If that isn’t enough for you, the brand is also 100% designed in California and made in the U.S., making sure your socks are completely homegrown.

Endorsed by bikers, boarders, skiers and other outdoor aficionados, Eekoe socks are sure to pass any test you throw at it.

Written by: Garrett Bethmann

The Magic Behind Your Thursday Nights at Live at Lakeview

Live at Lakeview has been a cherished part of the summers in South Lake Tahoe for the past four years. It brings the community together to celebrate music, food, beer, local businesses and taking a break to enjoy the beautiful place everyone calls home.

The best part about Live at Lakeview is that this weekly party is put on for free every week, so everyone has a ticket to attend. But while the event is free, putting it on certainly is not. From four to six months of planning with bands, renewing contracts with vendors and supporters, to the day-of hassles of putting on an event, Live at Lakeview is a colossal undertaking that requires a lot of time, money, hard work and support from the community to organize and execute. We want to open the hood of Live at Lakeview and share how the community comes together to create such a spectacular event that has elevated from a whimsical vision to a centerpiece of summer.

Live at Lakeview started four years ago when Rob Giustina suggested to the City of South Lake Tahoe about having a concert series at the newly renovated park at El Dorado Beach. With a goal of putting on weekly, family-friendly concerts the community could enjoy, Giustina rustled up a dozen local sponsors to help organize and fund the event. His vision has come along way and Live at Lakeview has been going for four strong years and has been given an additional five-year contract with the city.

And the City of South Lake Tahoe has been the primary sponsor and host of Live at Lakeview since its inception. In addition to providing monetary donations, the city also provides the event with a free venue to hold the festivities, helps coordinate with Cal Trans for road closures, procures the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to provide support and helps promote the event. Live at Lakeview wouldn’t be a possibility without the gracious support of the City of South Lake Tahoe.

The event would also never be a reality without the contributions of over 30 local sponsors, who all squeeze together on the colorful Live at Lakeview banners like friendly neighbors. The sponsors are willing to help out however they can, whether it be from a monetary donation to offering their services, like Sprouts Cafe feeding all the bands that appear at Live at Lakeview.

With so many people and organizations from the community helping to put on Live at Lakeview during the summer, Live at Lakeview finds it important to make sure to give back to the loving community. In addition to providing an awesome way to spend a Thursday on the beach, Live at Lakeview donates a percentage of its beer garden sales to benefit the South Tahoe BMX Association. This organization is working closely to help build the Bijou Bike Park  and they are saving up for a new starting gate at the current track. These donations are bringing them closer to their goal every week! Essentially, every beer you drink goes right back into helping the community.

Live at Lakeview is an event that is given life by the community and it is the hope of Live at Lakeview it injects a little life into everyone that attends.

Written by: Garrett Bethmann

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