About Old Salt Union
Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It’ this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs the players’ fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch. Violinist John Brighton joins primary vocalist and bassist Jesse Farrar, along with mandolinist Justin Wallace, banjo player Ryan Murphey (the horticulturist) and guitarist Rob Kindle. “Old Salt Union has the groove and the chops of a great string band, balanced with infectious rock and roll energy. Their music occupies that sweet space between Old Crow folk and Yonder Mountain jam,” summed up No Depression.
About The Young Fables
Even old timers gotta love The Young Fables, whose followers are known as “Youngins.” The Young Fables are a promising modern-traditional country duo comprised of three-time American Idol veteran Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, Tennessee. They’ve appeared with such acts as Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and Chris Lane, quickly becoming a breakthrough faces on the country and Americana scene. This year, The Young Fables released their sophomore album titled ‘Old Songs’ with Grammy Award winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Brandon Heath + Caedmon’s Call). These ten songs established the duo’s home in the Country/Americana community as a modern proclaimer and preservationist of classic country’s storytelling roots. Their latest music video, Half as Good is set to be featured on CMT this summer.
About Diego’s Umbrella
San Francisco, CA
It’s another curtain call for a one-of-a-kind band: Diego’s Umbrella returns for the third straight year. When it came back last year, singer Vaughn Lindstorm thanked the lake. “We are excited to play your shores again,” he said. “You are a wonderful body of water that has long been kind to us and we realize that you have recently had your bounty filled. While we don’t understand the science involved in that, we would appreciate if you keep the currents low and the sun high for us! Thank you very much.”
About Drought Relief
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Although the winter snowpack was a disappointment this year, a wet spring has kept Lake Tahoe healthy and high. Nevertheless, Drought Relief is on its way. Actually, the band is already here. The classic rock band is based at South Lake Tahoe and features Aj Steed, Torg Hallin, Ron Blum and Zhiva Kirchanski.
About Dirty Revival
Fronted by Portland native, Sarah Clarke, whose powerful vocals and engaging stage presence command attention, the band includes Evan “Evvnflo” Simko (guitar + MC), Terry Drysdale (drums), Jon Shaw (bass), Ben Turner (keyboards), Chris Hardin (tenor sax), Thomas Barber (trumpet). Many of them friends since high school, each player is as good as the next and all of them exceptional in their own way, Dirty Revival functions like a well-oiled machine with every part doing exactly what it’s supposed to. Dirty Revival’s democratic approach to music shows in its songwriting and original music incorporating several different genres. At times showcasing its unique take on the soul and funk sounds of the ’60s and ’70s, then straddling the line between rock band and pop band. The care the group takes in arranging original music is reflected in its cover choices, and it’s known for dynamic recreations of classic songs by artists ranging from NIN to Black Sabbath and Rage Against the Machine.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Funktronik is a homegrown South Lake Tahoe band, a three-piece funk, blues and rock outfit, “playing everyone’s favorites from the ’60s to now with our own funky twist.” Previous venue hotspots for Funktronik include Whiskey Dick’s Saloon, Base Camp Pizza and Outpost Brewing Co. at Base Camp Hotel in Stateline. The band is well known and well liked by the locals crowd.
About World’s Finest
World’s Finest describes itself as “foot stompin’ Americana dance floor Instigators from Portland, Oregon.” With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, the band banks on its ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into three dimensional psychtrance, funk, and dub soundscapes, leaving audiences with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their musicians’ appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings. The band is Chris Couch (guitar/vocals), Evan Malfer (bass), Dan Hurley (banjo/vocals), Mike Apodaca (drums) and Sean McLean (sax/guitar/vocals).
About Lonesome Locomotive
San Francisco, CA
Based in Northern California, Lonesome Locomotive writes, records and performs roots-rock, folk and jam music. Its musicians are familiar faces to some Tahoe-area fans, as Lonesome Locomotive has performed at the Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville. The band is Michael Rosen (guitar/vocals), Erin Cassidy (drums), John-Paul McLean (bass/vocals), Jordan Feinstein (keyboardss/vocals) and Jay Chavez (guitar/vocals). Born in San Francisco, its varied influences include Hank Williams, Kate Wolf, Phish, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Garcia, Paul
About Caitlin Jemma + The Goodness
Caitlin Jemma is a small-town girl with a big country heart. Raised in the high desert of Northern Nevada, her songwriting is influenced by a sense of adventure, reverie, and discovery. With a sound tempered by country and delivered with soul, Jemma brings a wholesome and enlivened energy to the deep-rooted traditions of storytelling folk. Jemma’s sweet-and-salty twang has earned comparisons to a young Iris Dement, with echoes of Gillian Welch & Valerie June. She’s excited to be opening this summer for Arlo Guthrie at a show in Oregon. A guitarist and vocalist, Jemma is joined by Megan Graham (fiddle) and Michael Steinkirchner (bass/guitar).
About The Daily Fare
The Daily Fare is comprised of two northern-born songwriters who met on an island called Martha’s Vineyard and decided to give this “music thing” a try. They both relocated to Nashville to continue writing and playing together and called themselves The Daily Fare, creating songs and stories about the people and lives around them. They are Hannah Smith (lead vocals, guitar, strum stick, rhyme boss, soup inspector, sweater connoisseur) and Alissa Abeler (guitars, piano/keyboards, BGVs, accordion, coffee maker, reverse-parking pro). Their music blends Americana and alternative folk.
We’re closing out the season with a SURPRISE REGGAE PERFORMANCE that will be announced later this summer. Stay Tuned!
The headliner for the series finale hasn’t been announced but history promised the band will be smokin.’ Previous reggae surprises at Live at Lakeview have been Lutan Fyah + The Riddem Rebels, Rocker-T and more!
About VTA, Seth Hall, Miki Rae + Robbie Dub
South Lake Tahoe, CA
VTA is short for Vincenzo Thomas Amato, an acoustic specialist with roots in Reno and SoCal. Miki Rae and Robbie Dub, the next generation of Lavish Green, will guest the finale for the second time. The teenage musicians are from Gardnerville, Nevada. Seth Hall played saxophone with Lavish Green, which performed at Live at Lakeview five times before its singer moved to Hawaii. Coincidentally, Miki Rae and Robbie Dub have an island vibe to their music.