The sun is shining, the air is toasty, and the forecast is nothing but blue skies (freaking FINALLY, amiright?!). That’s right ladies and gents, summer is here and the kick off to Live at Lakeview is just around the corner! Since you already know Lakeview Commons is the spot to be this Thursday, your next move is figuring out how you’re going to get there AND make it home safely, ‘cause let’s be real, the beer garden is calling your name. Lucky for you, there’s a TON of options for making it down to break it down with Live at Lakeview fav, The Scott Pemberton Band.
If you’re a Live at Lakeview OG, this first tip may seem like a no-brainer. For those of you that don’t know, the free bike valet is where it’s at! Pump up those tires, make sure your bike lights are shining bright, slap some fresh stickers on your helmet, and spruce up that basket with some fresh flowers in preparation. Bear in mind that while the valet is FREE, each week it is run by a different non-profit, which means that fiver you slip the homie working the door is always going to a good cause. You’d never drop your car off without tipping the valet, so why should your bike be any different?!
We want you to have fun AND be SAFE, please take note that you can get a BUI (biking while intoxicated) so don’t go TOO hard in the paint in the Beer Garden if you’re trading four wheels for two. Designate a sober driver or take advantage of the fact that Lyft + Uber are all up in South Lake Tahoe!
Also be aware that thanks to a winter that just wouldn’t quit, sections of some bike paths may be covered in water, so scope out your route in advance to ensure you don’t run into any hiccups on your way to the show. The marsh behind Meeks seems to have the most water overflow, FYI.
Speaking of the winter to end all winters, those of you who’ve been to Lakeview Commons lately may have noticed the stellar effect Snowmageddon 2016-17 has had on Big Blue. Thanks to the rising lake level, spots on the beach will be few and far between this summer, with a whole bunch of people and not a lot of shoreline. Make the most of it and show off those guns you got from shoveling your life away by kayaking or paddling to the show—after all, we chose to live by this beautiful lake for a reason! How many of your friends from out of town can say they’ve paddled to a FREE live concert and enjoyed it from the shallows of a beautiful and pristine mountain lake? Bragging rights for daaaaays, my friends. Make sure you share your #paddletopemberton adventure with us!
If you haven’t committed to purchasing a kayak or paddleboard quite yet, hit up the crew at South Tahoe Stand-Up Paddle or Ski Run Boat Company for affordable rentals so you can try before you buy or live like a Lake Tahoe baller for a day.
For those of you that like to keep it old school and rock four wheels, I suggest arriving early to snag a prime parking spot. I know what you’re thinking, some of us can’t always make it as early as we’d like because we’re busy working for the man stacking dolla dolla bills. As usual, the Live at Lakeview crew has your back with additional parking at both the rec center AND the library to alleviate your parking woes. We got you, fam.
Now that you’ve got your travel plans on lockdown, it’s time to figure out which signature dance move you’re gonna bust out to celebrate the sunshine!
It’s hard to believe this is already the sixth year we’ve been able to host FREE concerts on the beach for our community in South Lake Tahoe. We’ve put together a list of our top ten Live at Lakeview Essentials for those of you that have yet to experience the magic that is Live at Lakeview, or maybe you simply forgot how to summer after #Snowmageddon2017! Either way, we’ve got you covered to make sure you have an absolute BLAST next Thursday + every Thursday this summer!
Great Vibes This feels like the most obvious essential, but it’s also the most important! We’re all about great people, great music + great vibes! Thanks in advance for bringing yours!
B.Y.O.C. (Bring Your Own Chair) We are blessed with one of the most spectacular venues in the Lake Tahoe basin so come prepared with a comfy chair so you can post up and take in all the views!
Cash is King Live at Lakeview is always FREE to attend, but there are plenty of ways for you to show your support for the series. Shopping with local vendors and grubbing down on some kettle corn, fire-cooked pizza or delicious fish tacos are all great options. Every beverage you buy in the beer/wine garden supports the event series AND South Tahoe BMX Association, which is another fantastic way to provide support.The beer / wine garden, as well as most vendors, are CASH ONLY so come prepared!
Sunscreen is hot; Skin cancer’s not! Summer is basically here and the sun has been shining bright! When those rays reflect off the lake, it can get intense especially at this elevation. Sunscreen, shades and hats are all strongly recommended!
Layer Up Even though it’s been getting warmer as each day passes, there’s still that chill in the air as soon as the sun dips behind the mountains. Bring an extra layer to make sure you can keep dancing through the sunset fueled encore!
Bike, Paddle, or Hike! Parking is limited around the venue. Rocky’s Memorial Bike Valet is always FREE and it’s absolutely the best way to go! Here’s another place where having a bit of cash on you will help because 100% of the tips you leave at the Bike Valet will support the local non-profit organization running it that week. Be sure to find out more by engaging with the people who watch over your bike!Kayaks, Standup Paddle boards and boats are encouraged to enjoy the show from backstage (the lake) too! This is a Tahoe concert, after all!
Respect the City Ordinances Another reminder of how lucky we are to utilize such a spectacular venue for FREE concerts on the beach! In order to keep that going for another 6 – 60 years, we have to work together to respect the City ordinances. There are only 3 so it should be easy to remember:
No Smoking (of any kind)
No Outside Alcohol
Thanks in advance for respecting this one!
Pack it in, Pack it out Another obvious, yet SUPER important essential for Live at Lakeview! We need to protect this beautiful place we live + play in so please pack your trash. To ensure the beach stays clear of litter, On Course Events hosts a weekly beach cleanup every Monday morning. Join our crew to revive El Dorado Beach and Lakeview Commons every Monday at 10am.
Stay Lit + Bike Safe! We strongly encourage biking to the event and utilizing our FREE Bike Valet, which is why it’s SUPER important that you remember to bring bike lights + reflectors so you can get home safely!Barton Health has generously donated blinker lights to assist those who are not prepared. The supply of these lights is limited so we ask you to not rely on these as your primary lights so we can ensure all of our biking enthusiasts stay lit + bike safe!
Gratitude After you spend your Thursday evening soaking up the sun, music + killer vibes, we’d love it if you shared your gratitude with our dozens of event sponsors. If you see a familiar business’ logo on the stage, poster or around the venue tell them how much you enjoy the Thursday nights they support. These concerts come together because of the generosity of our community.
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 #LiveatLakeviewvendors.
This week’s episode of the Live at Lakeview Backstage Pass explores the diverse history of entertainment that’s been hosted at Lakeview Commons. Tune in to discover how many bands, cities and countries have been represented on the Live at Lakeview stage over the past 5 seasons.
Our 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 City of South Lake Tahoe's Signature Event Series