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Your 2024 Live at Lakeview Lineup

Unveiling Your Ten-Week 2024 Series Lineup!
Get ready for a summer of music, community, and fun as The City of South Lake Tahoe and Visit Lake Tahoe proudly present the 2024 Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series!

“We are thrilled to bring Live at Lakeview back for another season,” said Rob Giustina, Owner & Producer of On Course Events. “This event has become a staple in our community, supporting local businesses, local artists and non-profits. We hope to see everyone out, joining in on all the incredible music we have in store for you this summer!”

Free every Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, starting June 20th and running through August 29th, Lakeview Commons will come alive with free concerts that showcase an eclectic mix of talent. 

This summer, South Lake Tahoe can expect unforgettable performances from artists including Dead Winter Carpenters, Vokab KompanyForrest DayObject HeavyJoslyn & The Sweet Compression, plus many more at Lakeview Commons this summer! There’s something lined up for every type of music lover in this series from Local Rock n’ Roll to Americana, Blues, Reggae, Brazilian Funk, Soul Indie Rock and more served up every Thursday!

Thursday, June 20: Americana

Kicking off the series on Thursday, June 20th with a double dose of North Lake Tahoe talent, Dead Winter Carpenters play into the sunset with Pickle Barrel opening the show at 4:30 pm.

Fun fact – Dead Winter Carpenters were the first band to ever perform into the sunset on the Live at Lakeview Stage! 12 years later, this will be their second headliner performance! 

Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, CA, Americana/root, Rock band Dead Winter Carpenters has
built a reputation for pouring their heart and soul into each performance. Over the past decade,
the band has worked hard to position themselves, wrote Portland Metronome, “at the forefront
of a youthful generation trying to redefine what string music is and what it can do.” 

“[DWC’s] quick-step, happy-harmony-filled alt-country puts you in the heart of a hot summer day with nothing to do but hear the fiddle move like laughter.” – Portland Mercury 

Joining DWC for the season opener is Pickle Barrel, a Truckee-based trio led by multi-instrumentalist Justin Eubanks. Their debut album features poignant Americana songwriting weaved between the lines of bluegrass & western swing that reflect a lifetime of travel, wordplay & musical immersion. They spend their winters playing all over the Tahoe Region, and summers playing festivals across California, Oregon and Idaho. 

Thursday, June 27: South Lake Rock n’ Roll

On June 27th, IMJK will take the stage, an all-star group of some of South Lake Tahoe’s finest musicians: Ike Marr, Miranda Love, Jeff Connor and Kristen Stephens.

Opening the show at 4:30 pm, Zero Point Zero make their Live at Lakeview debut.

Get ready to rock out and let loose, there’s a holiday crowd on their way but for today this venue, this stage and this town is ours! Come celebrate with your local musicians!

Thursday, July 4: No Event

Please note that there will be no event on July 4, allowing you, and our crew, to enjoy the holiday festivities with friends and family. Be safe out there! 

July 11: Hip-hop, Soul & Electro

Vokab Kompany returns for the first time in 5 years, promising a night of hip-hop, soul, and electro vibes that will have you dancing into the sunset. With their dynamic blend of genres and infectious energy, Vokab Kompany always deliver a performance to remember.

“Vokab Kompany is another act that refuses to be pigeonholed. Two MCs might lead you to believe that it’s hip hop, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story. The sevenpiece band from San Diego played for more than an hour, a set that was at times funky, jazzy, heavy, bouncy, even bluegrassy…And it all made sense. Through it all, the crowd was treated to microphonic gymnastics of the dueling MCs, Rob Hurt and Burkey. The group is legit; see them.”  – Sacramento Press

ROXILVERWOLF gets the groove started at 4:30 pm with a unique sound you’re sure to love!

July 18: Americana 

Jimbo Scott & Yesterday’s Biscuits take the stage, treating audiences to an authentic Americana experience, complemented by the soulful melodies of Honey Run.

Jimbo is no stranger to the Live at Lakeview stage, performing solo in 2019 and with a 3 piece string band in 2022. This summer, the band has doubled again as Jimbo returns with an all-star lineup of musicians to form Jimbo Scott & Yesterday’s Biscuits. In addition to the unmatched vocals of Jimbo Scott, the group features Kiels Williams (The Risky Biscuits) on Guitar and Pedal Steel, Andy Merrill (The Risky Biscuits) on bass and Rob Hooper (Carolyn Wonderland, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Patrick Pike) on drums & two more incredible artists to fill the stage. They are a rising force in the Norcal Americana Scene, not to be missed and best to be consumed with reckless abandon. 

Honey Run, opening the show at 4:30 pm is a duo featuring the fiddle player from the headline act accompanied by his fiancé on guitar. 

July 25: Indie Rock

Mid-summer, we heat heats things with elements of hip hop and indie rock from Forrest Day. “There’s a lot of hip hop and rock with jazz and reggae. It all pokes its head out in different ways at different times.” the band’s songwriter and lead-man, Day told Music Insider Magazine. 

Based out of Oakland, CA, Forrest Day has been performing around the country for almost a decade. It’s a true rags to riches story, but without any money. He’s got a new album in the works, new singles our and big festivals getting booked this year. We’re honored and excited to welcome him back to the Live at Lakeview stage!

What’s sure to be an epic day of live performances begins with the dynamic sounds of VTA – Vincenzo Thomas Amato at 4:30 pm.

Aug 1: R&B, Soul & Brazilian Funk

August kicks off with Object Heavy delivering a unique fusion of vintage style, hard hitting soul with modern funk, gospel and Neo-soul influence for their Live at Lakeview debut! Object Heavy is Humboldt County’s hardest hitting soul sensation. The band is led by the nuanced and powerful voice of Richard Love and composed of seasoned veterans of the West Coast Soul and Funk scene. 

“A tight well oiled machine that plays heavy funk and R&B fueled by great songwriting and deep grooves.”-Kelly Finnigan, Producer / Vocals and Keys in Monophonics

The infections rhythms of Boca do Rio start this party with a flavor all of it’s own. Originally hailing from the San Francisco Mission, Boca do Rio is a Brazilian-American samba-funk explosion.

Aug 8: Blues & Rock

Dennis Johnson and the Revelators will serve up Blues, Roots, and Rock grooves with a high-energy, groove-driven, slide guitar tour de force. Their latest album, “Revelation” rose to the top of the Roots Music Report Blues Charts and received stellar reviews, currently hold the #1 spots for Blues Rock Album, Blues Song and Blues Rock Song!

“Slide Guitar Master” – Guitar World

“… a world-class slide guitar plater!” – American Blues Scene

“One of the preeminent slide guitarists of our time!” – All About Jazz

The legendary one-man-band of Tahoe, Patrick Walsh will open the show at 4:30 pm.

Aug 15: Funk & Soul

Joslyn & The Sweet Compression dial up the funk with an electrifying Funk and Soul performance. According to Billboard Magazine, you can expect the performance to be “Magical…gives everybody the joy!”

After cultivating her dynamic voice and performance skills in backup roles and stage plays, Joslyn Hampton teamed up with her stepfather, Marty Charters (a touring guitarist and songwriter who has shared the stage with legends like Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Van Morrison), to compose a captivating set of tunes and assemble an ace band. 

Joslyn & The Sweet Compression combine a next level cast of musicians that combine to deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and soul! 

Opening the show at 4:30 pm is South Lake Tahoe’s own, Miranda Love. Born and raised in the mountains of Northern California, Miranda uses her powerful voice to breathe new life into classic covers and connects with audiences through her inspiring and thought provoking song writing. 

Aug 22: Reggae & Roots

As summer draws to a close, Lizano makes their Live at Lakeview debut alongside the infectious rhythms of Miki Rae & The Hooligans, promising an evening of super chill, good vibes.

Lizano is delivers a unique blend of what they like to call, Galactic Reggae & Funk Fusion. 

Their sound is inspired by its original roots of covering bands like Pepper, Sublime and The Expendables while touring Central America, and is now blended with their own flavors of funk, jazz and rock that inspired them stateside. Lizano is dedicated to bring high energy and positivity to every performance! This is sure to be a show you don’t want to miss! 

Aug 31: Cosmic River Rock

Closing out the series, Boot Juice has its heart in Americana songwriting, with a rock’n’roll delivery that always gets crowds moving. They’ve been gaining buzz with their high energy performances and party-sparking reputation.

Local songwriter, Darren Senn opens up the last show of the summer with a solo performance at 4:30 pm.

Whether you’re a local resident or visiting South Lake Tahoe, the Summer Concert Series at Lakeview Commons offers an unforgettable experience for music lovers of all ages. So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and join us every Thursday for a summer filled with music, community, and memories!

Live at Lakeview is a free weekly concert series hosted every Thursday from 4:30 – 8:30 pm at Lakeview Commons, in the heart of South Lake Tahoe. The series runs from June 20th through August 29th, with no live event scheduled for July 4th.

Each event offers free live music and art on the beach, along with a variety of local merchants and delicious food options plus amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe from the Beer & Wine garden.

Local beer will be served on tap inside the beer & wine garden, courtesy of South of North Brewing Company. Please note that no outside alcohol is permitted within Lakeview Commons park.

Proceeds from the beer & wine garden will support the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition this year, helping Tahoe to become more bicycle friendly with every refreshing sip. Come prepared with a Valid ID and some cash to support.

Parking is limited around the venue; however, a complimentary bike valet service is offered every week. The Bike Valet is operated by a different, local non-profit organization each week. 100% of the tips they collect support their cause. 

Biking or lime scootering (with proper lighting) as well as ride-share services, carpooling and public transportation are all strongly encouraged and support the local community. Additional parking is available at Regan Beach and the SLT Public Library. Click here for more information on parking at Lakeview Commons.

For details on the full summer lineup connect with @LiveatLakeviewcommons on Facebook and Instagram.

See you at the beach!

Live at Lakeview Returns June 22 w/ Scott Pemberton Band

It wouldn’t be spring in Tahoe without a fresh coat of snow, just before summer rolls in! The official launch to summer in South Lake Tahoe is NEXT Thursday as Live at Lakeview welcomes back the Scott Pemberton Band. Mescalito opens the show at 4:30 pm, don’t be late!

The Scott Pemberton Band has not graced the Live at Lakeview stage since 2015 + we couldn’t be more excited to kickoff season six with him headlining the first show of summer! To make things even better, SPB just released a brand new live album, Game Tapes. It’s been on repeat since we downloaded it!

There’s a teaser in this week’s Live at Lakeview Backstage Pass, but you should probably do yourself a favor and download the full album RIGHT NOW.

See you at the beach NEXT Thursday!

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.
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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

Summer Blues in Lake Tahoe

LLindley.LiveatLakeview-19Nothing but those sweet summer blues on tap for the first Thursday of summer in South Lake Tahoe! Blue skies, Blue Moon brews + authentic blues vibes from The Raymond Victor Band!

The Jonny Gold Trio will start off today’s show at 4:30 pm with their unique jazz tunes from the great American songbook with songs by artists such as Duke EllingtonMiles Davis & Antonio Carlos Jobim. This jazz trio from Davis, CA is known for their jazz standards, ballads, latin jazz and blues. One of the band members will be joining us again this summer when his funk band, Big Sticky Mess, opens up for the Polyrhthmics on August 13th.

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Our headliner, The Raymond Victor Band, will take the stage at 6:00 pm and we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us! This blues brother grew up in Chicago during the peak of the blues in the 1950’s and 60’s. We found this gem of a band thanks to a family connection with their manager, who also happens to manage Janis Joplin’s original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company!


Victor will be joined by Diana Dutra on bass and Marcus David on drums for this Thursday’s performance. In a recent interview with Tahoe Onstage, Raymond Victor was asked what we can expect at the upcoming show…

“I have no idea,” Victor told Tahoe Onstage. “I never use a set list. I have to look at the people and then I say, ‘OK, here we go.’ ”


While the actual set list remains a mystery, there is no doubt we are in for a musical treat! Victor spent many years working along side some big legends in the blues and jazz world. He’s recorded with legends including Stevie WonderBobby WomackLarry Graham and Sly Stone… just to name a few! PLUS he’s shared the stage with Buddy MilesGarth BrooksLou Rawls and many others.

Cheers to the first Thursday of summer! See you at the beach!