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Free Friday shows start this week at Club Blu

Tim Parsons
Lake Tahoe Action

MontBleu is putting the weight of the season on its shoulders.

Shoulder season – the time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving – is challenging for Tahoe business because fewer tourists visit. Undaunted, the South Shore casino will present free music in Club Blu on Fridays through Oct. 15. The music promoter is Ryan Kronenberg.

“It’s the start of slow season now and people are driving to North Shore and the Crystal Bay Casino,” Kronenberg said. “I’m not competing with Crystal Bay, I’m inspired by what Brent (Harding, the music promoter,) has done, and the whole rad scene up there.”

Four bands play tonight: Keyser Soze, Groove Session, Something Different and Tick Talk Trio.”

“It’s a good time to get local people to get local acts,” said entertainment manager Dave Davis, who added happy hour drink specials are “24-7” at Club Blu and the Ultra Lounge. “I think its going to be great and, of course with other club, people can float between the two.”

Kronenberg will present on Oct. 22 the second annual evening of music, art and film, an event called Let’s Get Together. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe headlines the show in the MontBleu Theatre. Groove Session and Adient Zoo, which has former members of Waiting for T.I.M., will open the all ages show. The films are “The Storming” and “Time Flies.” Featured artists are Ryan “Ryno” Bahlman, Ryan Johnson, Tim Peare and Terren Gomez. The first 500 to enter receive a Sierra-at-Tahoe lift ticket. There will be thousands of dollars worth of merchandise raffled in a benefit for Boarding for Breast Cancer.

An after-party in Club Blu features Souls of Mischief and Vokab Kompany.

Kronenberg is confident the free Fridays between summer and ski season will be a success.

“I want to give people something to do,” he said. “If you get the good music, people will come.”


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