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Harrah’s South Shore Room rockin’ on all season

Tim Parsons, Lake Tahoe Action

The entertainment won’t stop for the rest of the year in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

The room is booked with music and comedy including Colin Quinn, Los Lonely Boys and Leon Russell every weekend into 2009.

“Leon played at the Harveys concert series before (Harrah’s) got involved,” said John Packer, the director of entertainment. “He played at Harrah’s a long time ago with Willie Nelson. This is his first time as a solo act.”

Another highlight will be a blues doubleheader with Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, and headliner Tommy Castro.

Estrin is the singer and harp player for the band formerly called Little Charlie and the Nightcats. Guitarist Charlie Baty retired in the spring. The new guitarist is Chris “Kid” Andersen, who used to back Charlie Musselwhite.

Anderson brings a “jazzy, gentle touch” to the Nightcats, Robert Feuer reported in Blues Revue magazine.

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“We’ve wanted to get Little Charlie and the Nightcats for a long time,” Packer said. “Estrin is probably one of the best blues harmonica players alive and is a great performer. (Andersen) is a really hot young performer who doesn’t play Little Charlie’s songs lick for lick, but plays his own style. He used to play with Nappy Brown.”

Harrah’s will announce its 2009 lineup at the end of the month, Packer said.

“It will be the 50th anniversary of the South Shore Room,” Packer said. “We are planning a big splash for 2009. We will have some traditional acts who have a history in the South Shore Room and we will have some new acts.