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Caring is Cool!

We LOVE Lake Tahoe so much that we adopted Lakeview Commons beach! 1395156_757927570915125_4757620883793037385_nWe host weekly beach cleanups every Monday morning from 9:00 – 10:30 am to help do our part in taking care of our favorite beach! Over the last 9 weeks our crew and volunteers have collected over 300 lbs of trash! We’re hosting our final cleanup of the season on Monday, September 1st – join us to help increase our impact on the lake!

And please beach responsibly, ALWAYS PACK YOUR TRASH!

The First Week of Summer in South Lake Tahoe!

There’s a lot of anticipation building here in South Lake Tahoe as we get closer to the debut of the third season of the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series! The first concert of the summer is next Thursday, June 26th!

If you’re looking for ways to help the time pass a little faster (and have a ton of fun in the meantime) we’ve got your back! There’s a ton of super fun things to do in Lake Tahoe to enjoy the first week of summer!

Tonight Join us from 5:00 – 8:30 pm down at Lakeview Commons for a Volunteer Recruitment Party!  We’ll be cooking up some free food for everyone that attends! That’s right, FREE FOOD! We’ll also be sharing all the juicy details on the upcoming lineup, new features of the concerts, and ways to get involved.

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Friday 6/20 – The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series continues with more FREE concerts! This Friday you can catch Live at Lakeview favorites, The Mark Sexton Band. This is also the final day to rack up some extra miles for the Tahoe Bike Challenge so take a nice long bike ride before the live music kicks off at 5:00 pm.

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Saturday 6/21 SUMMER SOLSTICE! – Celebrate the longest day of the year by exploring the outdoors! Go for a hike to see the wild flowers or one of the hundreds of beautiful lakes in the Tahoe Basin! End this extra long day with more FREE live music at The Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series and you’ll get to enjoy another Live at Lakeview veteran, Island of Black & White!

Sunday Funday 6/22 – Local hot spot, Steamers Bar & Grill, is helping you cure your Summer Solstice hangover with a Bloody Mary contest from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. PLUS you can catch another round of live music from the last band to take the Live at Lakeview stage, Arden Park Roots!

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Monday 6/23 – With temps expected to reach the 80’s today, I strongly recommend spending Monday at the beach working on that summer tan! Bring a few friends, some sunscreen, and you’re set for a perfect Tahoe day!

Tuesday 6/24 – The Harvey’s Outdoor Concerts kick off Tuesday with Sarah Mclaughlin. This multi-platinum, grammy award winning superstar will start her show at 8:00 pm so get there early if you plan to tailgate!

Wednesday 6/25 – The inaugural Cycle Celebration is going down at the Heavenly Village from 5:30 – 7:30 pm to celebrate all the participants of the 9th Annual Tahoe Bike Challenge! FREE live music with The Sierra Drifters, awards, giveaways, and lots of fun is in store at this totally free event!

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THURSDAY 6/26 – The wait is over!!! Live at Lakeview returns to Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe with Peter Joseph Burtt & The Kindtide w/ special guests Liquid Kactus!   As usual, the show runs from 4:30 – 8:30 pm! Parking is super limited this season with all the construction around Harrison Avenue so utilize the FREE parking at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center (1180 Rufus Allen Blvd) or ride your bike to take advantage of the FREE Bike Valet!

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See you soon Live at Lakeview fans!

200 lbs of Litter Removed by Sand Sifter & Volunteers

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On Course Events, 5 volunteers, and the Sand Sifter 200 lbs of litter & 30 lbs of Asian clam shells from Lakeview Commons. Photo Credit Lauren Lindley.

 Every Monday morning, the producers of the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series (On Course Events) gathers its staff and a few volunteers to clean up the beach, park, and surrounding neighborhood areas of Lakeview Commons. On average, the group collects approximately 15-25 lbs of trash each week.

Bruce Hernandez operating the Sand Sifter with ease
Bruce Hernandez operating the Sand Sifter with ease. Photo credit Lauren Lindley

After getting rained out with thunderstorms on Thursday, July 25th and being forced to move the concert down the street to Tep’s Villa Roma, the On Course Events crew remains dedicated to the weekly cleanups and invited Bruce Hernandez to join in with the Sand Sifter machine.

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Asian clams are in aquatic invasive species that threaten the clarity of Lake Tahoe. All of these shells were washed up onto the sand. Photo credit Lauren Lindley

This machine collected 165 lbs of trash and 30 lbs of Asian clam shells with two passes across the sand in about 1.5 hours. Volunteers collected another 35 lbs of trash by hand, throughout the morning.The most common items picked up from both the machine and our volunteers included: cigarette butts, bottle caps, and wrappers. Some of the more surprising items included a bike, diapers, and a beach ball.

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Cigarette butts are one of the most common pieces of litter picked up from our beaches. They take over 20 years to fully breakdown and are seriously harmful to our lake’s clarity. Photo credit Lauren Lindley

 

Volunteers are encouraged to join the weekly beach cleanup efforts to keep our beaches litter free and to keep Tahoe blue. Those interested in joining can meet at Lakeview Commons every Monday morning through September 2nd at 10:00 am. Buckets, gloves, and trash bags will be provided.

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Live at Lakeview will return to the beach this Thursday with the Polyrhythmics, a hard-driving, modern world-beat orchestra from Seattle, WA. For more information go to Liveatlakeview.com

ABOUT LIVE AT LAKEVIEW

The Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series is a free event series that takes place every Thursday through August 29th from 4:30-8:30 PM at Lakeview Commons.  Please ride your bike and utilize the free bike valet or take advantage of free parking at the SLT Parks and Recreation Department on Rufus Allen Blvd.  The series is financially supported through local sponsorships, vendors, and beer sales. City of South Lake Tahoe ordinances for Lakeview Commons Park will be strictly enforced every week: no dogs, no outside alcohol and no smoking. For more information Liveatlakeview.com

ABOUT SAND SIFTERS

Sand Sifters, owned and operated by Bruce Hernandez, offers a cleanup service with its light weight, stand behind, machine that aerates and sifts debris out from under the sand. The Sand Sifter is propelled by high flotation rubber tires and is powered by a noise restricted 5.5 HP Honda gasoline engine. This structure elevates the sand and utilizes a sifting screen to sleeve the debris. The cleaning depth of this machine is adjustable from 0-4” and will quickly remove aquatic mussel shells, broken glass, bottle caps, and cigarette butts from our beaches. The Sand Sifter is fully licensed and insured and TRPA approved. For more information email hernandezbruce22@yahoo.com

Kickoff of Live at Lakeview

The Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series  kicks off summer on June 20th with Tahoe Action’s Best Band of 2012, Jelly Bread and special guests 4 Piece Puzzle.

Photo credit: Sean Aaron
Photo credit: Sean Aaron

This popular event series is returning in a big way, with a larger stage, larger beer garden, and a much larger FREE bike valet. Thanks to Shoreline of Tahoe, this seasons’ Bike Valet Sponsor, we will be offering more space for your bikes. Parking is limited; with off-site locations available at the SLT Recreation Center (1601 Rufus Allen Blvd.) Bike or hike!

Schedule of Events:

  • June 20 – Jelly Bread with special guests 4 Piece Puzzle (Funk & Soul)
  • June 27 – American Jubilee Feat Brian Lesh and special guests Tracorum                            (Americana)
  • July 11 – Naive Melodies (Live Talking Heads)
  • July 18 – Achilles Wheel with special guests Lonesome Locomotive (Rock, world                            beat, and blues)
  • July 25 – Vokab Kompany (Electronic funk)
  • August 1 – Polyrythmics with special guest Holy Ghost Tent Revival (World)
  • August 8 – 40 Watt Hype (Latin Fusion)
  • August 15 – The Congress with special guests The Weekenders (Rock & Roll)
  • August 22 – Lavish Green Tahoe Family Reunion with special guest Screaming Meg  (South Shore)
  • August 29 – Arden Park Roots with special guests Island of Black & White                              (Reggae)

42 Days & Counting …

We’re getting super excited for the return of the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series! Our first show will be June 20th so that means only 42 more days, and only 6 more Thursday evenings (tonight included) without live music at Lakeview Commons!

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Photo Credit: Dylan Warren & Larry Sabo

I know how much our community wants these free events to return, but we are going to need this community’s help and support to make it happen all summer long. It’s so easy to get involved, you can support these concerts through sponsorship or by volunteering your time. Don’t worry, we plan to take good care of our volunteers by raffling off sweet prizes from our local sponsors each week and did I mention the grand prize of the season is a RIVIERA Standup Paddle Board?!?! (courtesy of South Tahoe SUP)

So if you can’t wait another 6 Thursdays to get involved with these community events, come hang out at Lakeview Commons on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:00-7:00 pm and learn about all the cool volunteer opportunities this summer!

Can’t wait to see all of you smiling and dancing with us every Thursday!

 

All Good Things Must Come To An End

It’s been a summer filled with spectacular live music and great family fun as the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series made Lakeview Commons come alive! In its’ first year of production, this free concert series quickly became the pinnacle of South Lake Tahoe’s summer of 2012.

The whole crowd was dancing all night at the final Live at Lakeview Concert

Large audiences of 1500-2000 people gathered each Thursday to enjoy a variety of talented musicians rocking the Live at Lakeview stage along the shore of Lake Tahoe. On Course Events, the producers of this concert series showcased local and regional musicians, as well as a lot of new bands that have never played in Lake Tahoe before. Every Thursday this summer, Live at Lakeview brought a little something for everyone to enjoy – from the bluegrass tunes of Fruition, to the local talent of The New World Jazz Project with Trey Stone, and ending with a huge reggae star, Elan, the former lead singer of The Wailers!

On Course Events has not only provided free live music, it produced a weekly summer event where the local community could come together to enjoy this beautiful place we all call home. A strong community vibe was present every Thursday as thousands gathered in the brand new Lakeview Commons.

On Course Events has remained committed to keeping these concerts sustainable and limiting the environmental impact. This was accomplished with a variety of actions including: offering a free bike valet, helping environmental non-profit organizations raise money, and spearheading weekly beach and neighborhood clean ups.(Join us for the last one this Monday, September 10th at 9am).

The free bike valet was operated by local non-profit organizations each Thursday, housing an average of 250 bikes per week. The demand for the bike valet exceeded the space each week, no matter how large we made it. In fact, during the 12 week concert series, the bike valet held over 3,000 bikes! Along with accommodating thousands of bikes, the bike valet also served as a fundraising opportunity for local nonprofit organizations including The League to Save Lake Tahoe, The Sugarpine Foundation, USASA, and Tahoe Youth & Family Services.

The entire Live at Lakeview crew has been overjoyed with the immense amount of support we’ve received from the local community. Thank you all for your support, as these concerts wouldn’t have been possible without the local sponsors and vendors including: Lake Tahoe TV, KRLT/KOWL, Coors Light, Pet Projekt, Tahoe Production House, Sprouts Natural Foods Café, Lake Tahoe Community College, Mountain News, and many more!

What’s next for Live at Lakeview? Stay tuned to www.Lakeviewcommonslive.com and the official Live at Lakeview Facebook Fan Page for information on summer 2013 concert schedule!

Keeping Tahoe Blue with a Free Bike Valet Service

People who attend the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series are able to get free valet service, if they bike!

The League To Save Lake Tahoe operated the Live at Lakeview Bike Valet on Thursday, August 9th, 2012.

With rising gas prices top-of-mind among consumers, On Course Events offers an eco-friendly way to take advantage of the beautiful weather on your way to the free concert series with a free bike valet service every Thursday through September 6, 2012. Just steps away from all the action, the valet service provides a secure, fenced area where people can drop off their bikes in return for a claim ticket.

You can trust that your bike is safe as each week the valet is operated by your local non-profit organizations including the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, Sugarpine Foundation, and Live Violence Free. On average, each non-profit organization has raised about $200 in donations from this service.

Service with a smile! Ted Quaday, from the League to Save Lake Tahoe takes in a local’s bike on Thursday, August 9th, 2012.

“People are loving it because the parking is limited around Lakeview Commons! Tahoe has figured it out, BIKE or HIKE!” said Rob Giustina, Owner and producer at On Course Events.  Every Thursday the bike valet has grown larger and larger, bringing in an average of 300 bikes per event.  Over 2000 bikes have already used this free valet service – helping to keep these events sustainable and most importantly, the community is helping to Keep Tahoe Blue.

Hours of Live at Lakeview Bike Valet Operation: 4:00pm-8:30pm. (All bikes must retrieved by 8:45pm.)

What Rocks More: Chill Vibe vs. Live Music??!!

Thousands of people gather at Lakeview Commons every Thursday to enjoy a free concert on the beach! I can’t help but wonder what it is that draws so many people to the commons week after week.  Are they all attending the show for the awesome bands we bring in? Or do the crowds of people just hang out simply for the chill vibe?

There’s no doubt about it, Live at Lakeview is the place to be on Thursday nights! Plus, everyone loves that it’s all about the locals; local non-profits organizations are running the bike valet and beer garden to raise hundreds in weekly donations! Dozens of local vendors have also come in to support these events – providing a large variety of unique items for guests purchase.

I can’t talk about the Live at Lakeview vibe without mentioning the Beer Garden!! That’s where I always run into all my favorite locals! With a beautiful view of the stage and reasonably priced, ice cold beers (Coors Light $4; Blue Moon $5) why wouldn’t you want to throw back a few cold ones in the garden?! Oh yea, and every beer purchased in the garden will help to pay for the awesome bands your listening to! Don’t forget to tip your bartender, because that benefits locals too! All tips in the Beer Garden are donated to the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation!

The Live at Lakeview Vibe does rock, but the bands rock the venue each week too! Get ready for upcoming headliners including Forrest Day, The Polyrhythmics, The New World Jazz Project, Tahoe Musical, and Elan!

Live at Lakeview volunteer, Kelsey Adams, recently interviewed this week’s bands to discover that for headliner, Forrest Day, the “beach setting with the lake background is definitely not the norm.” Forrest Day’s sound can best be described as “Stadium Rock” and we’re beyond stoked to welcome them here.

Before the show, we can expect to the members of Forrest Day all over Tahoe as, “most of the time we are coming off a fairly long drive, so some of us roam the town. Some of us head straight for the bar. And Jasper sits in the van, playing drum rudiments on the back of the seat for hours.”

Keep a look out for these guys and be sure to welcome them into Lake Tahoe!

In true Tahoe fashion, the Live at Lakeview crowd usually peaks around 6 or 7; however, this week you are not going to want to miss the opening band Groove Session! They will also keep the vibe rockin’ at the Live AFTER Lakeview party in Rojo’s Tavern, $5 cover and music starts around 10pm! We’re stoked to have them join us during the last leg of their 3 month cross-country Summer Tour.

Kelsey also caught up with the opening band, Groove Session, who has a rockin’ sound that is going to add to the killer Live at Lakeview vibe!  Drummer, Manny Sanchez, says the band is pumped to return to play another show in Tahoe especially, as they prepare to release two new albums next month! (Self Tiled 4th Studio album (GrooveSession) as well as our first LIVE album Recorded down in San Diego.)

If you are drawn to the Live at Lakeview concerts for the killer vibe or the awesome live music – we thank you for your support either way! In the end, I’m sure it’s a little of both, and let’s face it – they both ROCK!!

See you Thursday!

Backstage Pass: Insider Tips

Whether you’ve been to every single concert in the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series, or are planning to attend your first one, I have a few tips that will help you make the most of your evening!

Live at Lakeview Sunset – Photo Credit Larry Sabo

What to Bring:

  • Cash – Support these FREE events by spending your cash in the Beer Garden, with local vendors, and please add some cash to the Live at Lakeview Donation Box.
  • Sunscreen – It’s sunny and warm at Lakeview Commons, so lather on the SPF!
  • Camera – With this killer venue, you’re going to want to snap a few pictures! Plus, it’s not too late to take the winning shot for the Live at Lakeview Fan Photo Contest!
  • Dancing Shoes – There’s always amazing live music playing so be prepared to get up and dance with all your closest friends!

What to Leave at Home:

  • Dogs
  • Outside alcohol 
  • Trash
  • Glass
This sign is at 12 locations around the venue. 3 basic rules! Pass it on.

Insider Tips:

  • BIKE or HIKE – Parking is limited, so take advantage of the FREE Bike Valet and don’t forget to tip your Valet Attendant (Donations benefit the non-profit running the valet that week!)
  • DONATION BOX – New this week is the Live at Lakeview Donation Box! Support these FREE concerts and help to keep them coming back!
  • KEEP THE PARTY ROCKIN’ The party doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! The Live AFTER Lakeview party goes off every Thrusday at Rojo’s Tavern as the opening band keeps the party rockin’ late into the night! Cover is only $5 with $1 beers all night!

See you on Thursday!


5 Reasons to LOVE the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series

We’ve officially hit the halfway mark to the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series, and what a huge success these events have become! Thursday night music at Lakeview Commons has become the pinnacle of summer here on the South Shore, with thousands of people turning up to support their community.

Thousands came out to enjoy Keyser Soze & Good Gravy on July 12th

There’s a lot to love about the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series, but I’m only going to cover the top 5 in this edition of Backstage Pass.

1)      FREE Bike Valet RULES!

It’s of high importance that we keep the carbon footprint on these concerts as low as possible. Thankfully, it seems as though the community has agreed to do their part, as one of the biggest hits at these events has been the FREE Bike Valet service! During the first six weeks, the Bike Valet has brought in about 800 bikes and over $600 in donations.

We made the Bike Valet a lot bigger and you still packed it in with about 200 bikes!!

All donations are given to the non-profit organizations running the Valet. Each week, a different non-profit organization or charity has volunteered to run this service and keep your bikes safe! Thank you to the following non-profits for helping to make the Bike Valet a huge success:

2)      Beer Garden

Nothing goes better with FREE live music on the beach than a nice cold beer at a reasonable price. The Live at Lakeview Beer Garden offers Coors Light for $4.00 and Blue Moon for just $5.00 and it also happens to have a killer view of the stage!

Most important thing to know about our awesome Beer Garden……it is our #1 source of funding for these FREE concerts! I’m not kidding; we literally pay for our bands and crew with your beer money! If you enjoy these free events, then make sure to support them by purchasing a beer or two, or four from our Beer Garden!

Photo Credit Larry Sabo

Don’t forget to tip your bartender! All tips will be donated to the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation!

3)      FREE Live Music

Who doesn’t LOVE free live music??!! Seriously though!

Huckle on July 26 – Photo Credit Larry Sabo

It’s pretty awesome to have a FREE event for everyone in the community to enjoy! While these events are absolutely FREE to enjoy, they are not free to put on! A lot of time and money is invested in these shows each week so it’s important that you support the events as much as you can.

40 Watt Hype on July 19th – Photo Credit Dylan Warren

I already shared the inside scoop on the Beer Garden, but the other way we fund these shows is through our local sponsors and vendors! Please take notice of the local businesses that are supporting these events, thank them for their support and if you’re able to -make a purchase or two at the event!

4)      Community Atmosphere

Live at Lakeview Thursday Nights is the place to see old friends, make new ones, and dance the evening away with all of them around you!

Dancing the evening away as 40 Watt Hype rocks the Live at Lakeview stage! Photo Credit Dylan Warren

In my opinion, the best part about these events is the way they bring everyone together and truly create a community atmosphere. The last time I wandered through the Beer Garden, I ran into an old teacher, a previous employer, and three of my friends from high school! Beyond the surprise reunions that are bound to happen, these concerts create family fun for all ages!

5)      Sunset Backdrop

The cherry on top of these super fun Summer Concerts has to be the breath-taking sunsets we experience every Thursday. The band gets the crowd up on their feet dancing the evening away, and the sun goes down to create a spectacular backdrop. This amazing venue has produced some of the most beautiful photos and I encourage all of you to keep these gorgeous images coming!

The best Live at Lakeview sunset so far! Shout out to all of you who braved the strange Tahoe weather on July 19th! Photo Credit Larry Sabo

Let’s face it, there’s A LOT more to love about the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series, so come out and see for yourself! See you next Thursday!