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Aaron Lewis joins Tahoe’s crowded concert schedule

Tim Parsons, tparsons@tahoedailytribune.com

Aaron Lewis has gone country, and he’s going to Tahoe, too.

The frontman from Staind has been added to South Shore’s packed, early August concert schedule.

Lewis performs Saturday, Aug. 6, in the MontBleu Theatre. Tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster in early May, the director of marketing, Mike Donovan, told Lake Tahoe Action on Friday.

Hot August Nights, an annual major car show event in Reno, expanded last summer to include a few days in Tahoe. Hot August Nights will be at the lake Aug. 6-9.

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile was booked last week for MontBleu for Aug. 2. The jam band Phish plays Aug. 9-10 at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. Tickets for Phish sold out in 10 minutes Friday, a summer concert series record.

KC and the Sunshine Band plays at MontBleu Aug. 7.

“It’s going to be a week of nothing but concerts,” said Donovan, who is in negotiations with more than 10 other bands to perform at MontBleu.

MontBleu this year has already scheduled more concerts than it has had since at least 2007.

“We are making a concerted effort to be the most fun place in town again,” he said.

Lewis release a seven-song EP, “Town Line,” on March 1. The album’s first single, “Country Boy,” includes contributions from Charlie Daniels, George Jones and Chris Young.”

“It’s definitely a personal, autobiographical song, and I’ve very thankful that they all participated,” Lewis said in a press statement.

“Country was the background music to my childhood,” Lewis said. “My grandfather listened to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., and all of the greats. When Staind did our first tour with Kid Rock in 1999, I rode the bus with him on a couple occasions and we bonded over this music. I haven’t been able to let go of it since then.”


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