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June 28, 2012
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Lakeview Commons - Tahoe's newest recreation, music venue

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The new Lakeview Commons has become prime real estate for some great live music, from jam rock to dub step, and a laid-back atmosphere right there on the beach.

Last Saturday and Sunday, the South Shore Summer Solstice Celebration was hosted by Sustainable Tahoe and the Tahoe Expo, in conjunction with the annual Lake Tahoe Paddle Festival. The event celebrated the solstice as well as the awareness and protection of the Lake Tahoe Watershed.

The day kicked off with kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddle-board demonstrations, along with a series of other activities, with something for the whole family.

At noon, the live music started. The lineup included Synthesis, S.O. Dub, Phil Harmonic, Thick as Thieves and Bison to close the day out. The DJs pumped out heavy, bass-filled beats and the bands jammed out with some funky, dub, and bluegrass tunes.

The celebration then extended through the night at the American Legion Hall with another packed lineup. DJ Felixxx, DJ Spunright, Hydrah, Dub Coling, and Subatomix performed downstairs. The high energy electro beats had the crowd dancing and shuffling all night.

Sub-Reactor killed it on the main stage with their eclectic blend of rock n roll jams and electro beats. Adam Northway's superb skills on the drums, accompanied by Dustin Johnson's rock 'n' roll guitar riffs and the band's electro beats created a funky, energetic sound with a set that lasted over an hour.

Groovebox took the stage to finish out the night. The foursome, consisting of Bryan Channell on bass, Chris Paranzino on guitar and vocals, Jonathan Gardner on drums, and Chad Lawrence on the keyboard and organ, were joined by Bison's saxophone player Andrew Benfante and local trombonist Tom, a.k.a. "Bones".

The band showcased their funky, progressive sounds through a variety of tracks, while the trombone and sax added some jazz flavor to the night.

The Legion packed the house all night long, as it has for so many years. It has been a popular destination for greats such as the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Steppenwolf and home to the great Jim Burgett. Now, the Legion has been revitalized by rising artists from nearly all genres including The Dead Winter Carpenters, DNAE Beats, Eligh of the Living Legends, and Dad's LPs featuring Jay Seals.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 28, 2012 05:53PM Published Jun 28, 2012 05:46PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.