The summer concert scene at Lake Tahoe is booming. This year's lineup has more shows than any one person could see in a season. Below are a few of this year's hottest tickets and a couple wild cards to keep things interesting.
Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival— Hardrock Hotel & Casino, Stateline—June 27
For all the rastas out there, Lake Tahoe's largest reggae event returns for its third year. Headliners include Matisyahu and Iration, as well as Don Carlos and Vokab Company and more. The festival will be held in the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena. TICKETS.
Mojo Green/Sugarcane, Concerts at Commons Beach— Tahoe City — June 28
North Lake Tahoe's top free concert series is without a doubt, the Concerts at Commons Beach. Set right next to the lake, the series brings great regional and national bands to Tahoe City every Sunday through summer. Aside from the sunset, the best part is it's always free. FREE.
Aerosmith— Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Stateline— July 3
Modern rock hits peak revival this July 3 with Aerosmith's show at the Lake Tahoe Harveys Outdoor Arena. Steven Tyler is back in the saddle again with band members Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer. You won't want to miss a thing. TICKETS.
Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival— Hardrock Hotel & Casino, Stateline — July 11
The Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival brings another full day of music to Hard Rock Hotel Casino. The festival hosts a few bluegrass classics, including Del McCoury Band, New Monsoon and David Grisman Sextet. Children are welcome and special ticket prices are available. TICKETS.
Thievery Corporation at Wanderlust Yoga & Arts Festival— Squaw Valley— July 18
Electronic masterminds, Thievery Corporation are set to rock the mellow vibes of California's largest yoga festival. Prepare for psychedelic dancing and a whole lot of pretty lights. Tickets for the entire festival or just the concerts are available. TICKETS.
Train— Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, Stateline— July 21
Among other major acts, the Harvey's outdoor concert series will bring Train to the South Shore this summer. The San Francisco rockers are responsible for such classics as "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Drops of Jupiter. And who could forget "Meet Virginia"? TICKETS.
Dad's LP, Live at Lakeview— Lakeview Commons, South Lake Tahoe— July 30
Perhaps the most scenic venue in the area, the Live at Lakeview series draws amazing artists, a happy audience and spectacular sunsets. With a stage literally steps from the lake, the weekly shows add the perfect musical touch to those classic Tahoe beach days. FREE
Evening with Elton John —Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena— Aug. 8
What can you even say about Elton John? The musical icon has more hits than most hammers could dream of. He wrote the soundtrack to the Lion King. He's a knight. "Candle in the Wind" is the best-selling single of all time. The prolific owner of eyeglasses, sunglasses and Grammy awards may be the most monumental return booking in the history of the Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena. Good luck getting tickets. TICKETS.
Diego's Umbrella— Crystal Bay Casino, Crystal Bay— Aug. 8
Crystal Bay Club has a reputation for raucously fun and free shows. Diego's Umbrella will definitely fall into that category. The San Francisco gypsy rockers' Wikipedia page describe their live act thusly, "It's a show for getting drunk, sweat and making bad decisions."