Blue Turtle Seduction warms up for festival with show at Valhalla |

Blue Turtle Seduction warms up for festival with show at Valhalla

Tim Parsons

It appears Blue Turtle Seduction’s Halloween festival will be an annual event, and one worthy as a national destination for concert-goers.

The second-annual Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead in Yosemite Valley will have 12 bands from all across Northern California, including Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon and the Jerry Garcia Band. It will be a four-day affair from Oct. 25-28.

Friends and fans of South Lake Tahoe’s favorite band of tortugas azul can attend the Thursday, Oct. 18 show at the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre on the Tallac Historic Site at 7:30 p.m. The cover charge is $15 for adults, $12 for students and $8 for children.

The Dance of the Dead will be at the Evergreen Lodge in Groveland on the western border of Yosemite National Park.

Building on last year’s success, the 2007 version of Las Tortugas has expanded to include three stages, featuring the Jambase Stage in the Terrapin Big Top, Tuolumne Hall and The Tavern. There will be nightly themes, including a band costume contest, as well as the Friday Full Harvest Moon Soiree, and a fan costume contest on Saturday at the Halloween Masquerade Ball.

The bands are Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, ALO, Blue Turtle Seduction, the Jerry Garcia Band featuring Melvin Seals and David Kemper, Buffalo Strange, Adam Burns Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Izabella, Guitarmageddon, Mr. Brown, Tracorum, Monophonics, The Tresspassers, Holiday and the Adventure Pop Collective.

The Thursday night kickoff party on the 25th will feature two sets from ALO, who will also be performing on Friday, Oct. 26. Blue Turtle Seduction will play each night of the event. Headliner Tea Leaf Green will kick things into gear on Friday and Saturday, and New Monsoon will unleash their global rock on Saturday and Sunday.

The entire lineup of bands, as well as ticket and lodging information, can be found at

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