Guitarist Jake Nielsen to join the Buddy Emmer Blues Band at Harrah’s Tahoe |

Guitarist Jake Nielsen to join the Buddy Emmer Blues Band at Harrah’s Tahoe

Jake Nielsen plays a free show at Harrah's Lake Tahoe Tuesday, Jan. 26.
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If you go

What: Jake Nielsen and Budder Emmer Blues Band

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26

Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Tickets: Free


A Watsonville, California, guitarist is set to join the Buddy Emmer Blues Band at its regular performance at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe this week.

Jake Nielsen will play with the group at the Harrah’s Casino Center Stage Tuesday night, Jan. 26.

“Born on March 29 1985. Jake was born with cerebral palsy, limiting the use of his legs,” according to his online biography. “He was always determined to never let that bring him down, so he lived a very active life as a young kid and participated in every sport he could. He played wheelchair basketball, and was the inspiration to start a baseball league for children with special needs.

“… Sometime during his adolescence he discovered music. He was 15 when he first started playing guitar, and caught on very quickly. He was 17 when he formed his first reggae/rock band FUBAR. Together this band accomplished a lot. They played in many different festivals, and opened up for many great bands like Passafire, Ballyhoo, Opio, Isreal Vibrations, Mike Pinto, Rebelution and many more. They won the Monterey Battle of the Bands in 2007 and a Swagg Award for best reggae album in 2010.”

Nielsen has been a full-time blues player for several years and has played with musicians such as Elvin Bishop and Travis Warren of Blind Melon.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located at 15 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline. More information on the show is available at

— Lake Tahoe Action

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