Randy McAllister travels halfway across country to play Lake Tahoe’s Live at Lakeview

Bluesman Randy McAllister talks about his 20 hour drive to play Live at Lakeview on July 24.

Bison, ‘Waiting for the Night Train’

Bison performs “Waiting for the Night Train,” an original by singer-guitarist Chris Seal, on July 26 in the Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe.

Paul Thorn shakes up Bluesdays

Paul Thorn shakes up Bluesdays

SQUAW VALLEY — Tuesday’s Bluesdays performer Paul Thorn will be the first to say he’s an entertainer and not a bluesman.

“An entertainer can click with any crowd,” Thorn, who is from Tupelo, Miss., told Tahoe Onstage. “I’m a big fan of the earlier style of entertainer, like the ‘Dean Martin Show.’ He was a great singer but between songs he would tell jokes. He was an entertainer. I consider…

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White Trash Bluesman Ron Hacker

White Trash Bluesman Ron Hacker

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It rained in Reno this afternoon, and Buddy Emmer was concerned there might also be inclement weather in South Lake Tahoe and that it would affect the turnout of Harrah’s Monday Night Summer Blues. But Emmer, the bandleader of the house band, didn’t consider three factors that will not dampen the spirits of free concertgoers.

  •  “They Call it Stormy Monday.” Every blues follower already knows that.

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Tracorum, ‘West LA Fadeaway’

San Francisco rock band Tracorum plays “West LA Fadeway” July 10 at Live at Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe.

We tip our caps to you, Blake Beeman

We tip our caps to you, Blake Beeman

Beeman benefit Jan. 15, 2014

During his Jan. 15 benefit, Blake Beeman, as usual, is talking to a girl.
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Trees are long lived and Blake Beeman will be forever loved.

A Celebration of Life for Blake Beeman on Saturday, Aug. 2, will include a dedication of “Blake’s Tree” next to the sound board where he worked in the Crown Room. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. Beeman’s band the Beer Gardners will…

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San Francisco pop rockers Train played its big hits along with some Led Zeppelin July 25, 2014 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys to the delight of more than 6,000 concertgoers on a sultry evening. Tahoe Onstage images by Tim Parsons

Train tracks San Francisco pop rockers Train played its big hits along with some Led Zeppelin July 25, 2014 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys to the delight of more than 6,000 concertgoers on a sultry evening.

Randy McAllister, ‘When I Get Home

A long way from home, the Randy McAllister Band performs “When I Get Home” on July 17 at Live at Lakeview in South Lake Tahoe.

World’s Finest, ‘The Kingdom’

Portland, Ore. ska and reggae band World’s Finest performs “The Kingdom” during its Lake Tahoe debut July 12 in the Heavenly Village.

Photographer’s notebook: The Buddy Emmer Blues band on July 21 featured guest artist Matty T Trayton for Harrah’s Monday Night Summer Blues series at Center Stage. Matty T hails from Vacaville. He isn’t your kick-back-and-relax blues artist. He’s more a high-energy, in-your-face musician. To make my point, Matty T climbed off the stage and made his way around the crowd playing to individual people and much to the delight of all. Great show; great energy. - Kurt Johnson

Vacavillain Matty T Photographer’s notebook: The Buddy Emmer Blues band on July 21 featured guest artist Matty T Trayton for Harrah’s Monday Night Summer Blues series at Center Stage.