Bands play at Valhalla today and Thursday |

Bands play at Valhalla today and Thursday

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Hip Service will return to the Valhalla Boathouse Theater Aug. 18 to perform its unique from-the-soul dance music. The group performs dance hits from the 1960s through the 1990s. Provided to the Tribune

The Valhalla Arts & Music Festival is presenting two of the best concerts of the entire season this week with the Black Irish Band and Hip Service. The Black Irish Band ( will take to the Boathouse stage Aug. 17 with their strong vocals and up-tempo instrumentals breathing new life to old songs and presenting original material with a distinctive flair that crosses cultural and musical boundaries. Truly an acoustic folk band with no limits.

The Black Irish Band gained national attention after being featured on CBS “This Morning” with Paula Zahn and Harry Smith. At the “Festival of the Sea” in San Francisco, with attendance around 40,000, the band delighted huge audiences with its eclectic musical style. The original songs of Patrick Michael Karnahan, such as “Whaler’s Cove,” “When I Held You” and “The Sierra (the train I ride),” have been celebrated on many folk-rock and public radio stations.

Also known as the Hooligans of Jamestown, the Black Irish Band has a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They commonly play Irish, Italian and American folk music, as well as an assortment of original material and traditional western ballads. Their style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West.

Popular band returns

Aug. 19 when Hip Service ( plays its unique variety of crowd pleasing, from-the-soul dance music. Hip Service has become one of the most in demand live acts in Northern California. Performing dance hits from the 1960s through the ’90s, featuring three outstanding lead vocalists, a screaming four-piece horn section, rock solid funky rhythm section and four electrifying dancers. Since its inception in 1996, the Hip Service sensation has taken Northern California by storm by playing the music that makes you get up and shake your hips.

Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are performed at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater situated on the shore of Lake Tahoe, three miles north of the “Y” on State Route 89 just past Camp Richardson. Ticket prices for the Black Irish Band are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets for Hip Service are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. All Valhalla Arts & Music Festival tickets are available at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Valhalla Box Office. For more a complete festival schedule, more information, or the Valhalla box office contact the Tahoe Tallac Association at (530) 541-4975 or visit