The annual summer-long Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival, a celebration of music, live theater and the visual arts set against the backdrop of Lake Tahoe, will open June 25 with an evening of blues and American roots music from one-man-band Ray Bonneville with Lance Canales and The Flood.
The festival will continue with live music, plays, comedy improv, films, workshops, cultural events and artists in residence through the second week of August.
In July, jazz, country and world music will be showcased with South Lake Tahoe’s Alan Miller Trio, impressionist James Garner’s tribute to Johnny Cash, world-folk and spoken-folk artist Joe Craven, old-world European gypsy quartet Beacoup Chapeaux and festival favorite Joni Morris’s tribute to Patsy Cline.
Families are invited to the stage production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in the Boathouse Theatre. Partnering with Lake Tahoe Community College, Valhalla Tahoe will produce the dramatic play “August: Osage County” at Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre.
August will bring bluegrass, Americana, classical and Celtic folk music to the Boathouse Theatre with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin, Men of Worth and classical vocalist Anna Helwing with the Shotwell Trio.
Also in August, Valhalla will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an evening of family-oriented environmental and adventure films. The evening of films supports Valhalla Tahoe through membership and sheds light on Valhalla’s mission to provide the Tahoe community with arts programming and historic preservation.
The Tahoe Improv Players will be featured four times this summer. Free concerts on the lawn will take place various Sundays. The Viking Room in the Grand Hall will be transformed into a studio and gallery where the public can view original art and meet the artists with Valhalla’s Artist-In-Residence program.
The festival, now in its 34th year, takes place at the Tallac Historic Site on the shore of Lake Tahoe, a 74-acre setting listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Events occur at historically authentic locations including the Boathouse Theatre, Valhalla Grand Hall and the Grand Lawn. Ticket prices vary and many events are free. For a schedule and up-to-date information, call 530-541-4975, find the festival on Facebook, or go to http://valhallatahoe.com/.