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12 bands to play at Saturday’s Tahoe Vista festival

Tim Parsons
Dan Thrift / Lake Tahoe Action / Ten Cent Lure is one of three South Shore bands which will play Saturday.
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If you don’t know about Tahoe Vista Regional Park, now is a good time to learn about it.

The North Shore park, which opened a disc golf course this spring, will be the site of the Lake of the Sky Music and Arts Festival, which will feature 12 bands and three DJs on three stages.

The festival is Saturday, July 14 and the entrance fee is $5.

“We just want to cover our costs,” said organizer Nick Catanella of Peasano Productions. “We want to bring life back into the park.”

Headlining the show will be On the One with John Staten of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Jesse Molloy from Giant Peoples.

Appearing from South Shore will be Waiting for T.I.M., Absynth and Ten Cent Lure. North Shore will be represented with Frame of Mind, Rusty Strings, Truckee Tribe and Two Out Rally. Bay Area bands The Flux and Mind Orchestra will appear along with Reno’s Keyser Soze and Humboldt’s Something Different, plus Square Wail, GT and DJ sWiTcH.

“This is shaping up to possibly be one of the biggest events Tahoe has seen in years,” Catanella said.

There will be more than 50 exhibit and vending booths supporting local businesses, arts and crafts, nonprofits supporting the environment, food, local breweries and fine wines. All vending will practice eco-friendly service and use biodegradable materials from Recyclaholics & Full Circle.

Catanella is taking advantage of the infield on one of the softball diamonds to create a “Mini Playa” in the spirit of the Burning Man Festival.

Fifteen day-use theme areas will be for rent to local “Burners.” Each area can then be decorated with a personal touch and enjoyed during the festival. Art cars and costumes are encouraged.

A Nickel Carnival with the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe will be on site with lots of fun for all ages, including a dunk tank.

The disc golf course has 18 Mach 3 baskets, the same model that is used at the course in Truckee. There are rubber tee pads and the terrain is similar to the course at Zephyr Cove. The 700 foot No. 18 is the longest hole in the Lake Tahoe Basin. A PDGA-sanctioned tournament will be played Oct. 27.

The park also has perhaps the most scenic baseball field at Tahoe.

Catanella said he hopes the park someday will include an amphitheater.


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