Lake Tahoe Music festival is a jazz lover’s dream
March 25, 2009
The Lake Tahoe Music Fesitival’s lineup will please jazz lovers. The Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern and Boz Scaggs will be the featured artists at the six-concert season at four venues on the west and north shores of Lake Tahoe.
The 27th annual festival starts July 15, when The Beatles tribute band the Sun Kings will perform a “Magical Mystery Tour” opening gala. The series will conclude Aug. 8 with a performance by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Yellowjackets perform Aug. 6 at Homewood Mountain Resort. The fusion jazz group formed in 1977 as the Robben Ford Group. Ford, who also played with Miles Davis, is now a solo artist playing mostly blues and rock.
Stern was the Yellowjackets’ early replacement for Ford. He left to head his own band, but returned last year and played on the Yellowjackets’ 20th album. “Lifecycle” was a Grammy Award nominee.
A rock ‘n’ roll player early in his career with the Steve Miller Band, Scaggs began recording in 1965. He’s had 18 solo albums including “Silk Degrees,” which contained his 1976 Grammy-winning song, “Lowdown.”
Scaggs took a break from music between 1980 and 1988, but returned with a steady stream of albums including his most recent, the emotion-drenched “Speak Low” (2008). Scaggs recorded the album, a collection of jazz standards with a complete orchestra. Song highlights include Duke Ellington’s “Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me,” and Chet Baker’s “She Was Too Good to Me.”
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Scaggs plays Aug. 1 at the Old Greenwood Resort between Truckee and Northstar-at-Tahoe.
The first festival show to be announced, Huey Lewis and the News, an R&B group from San Francisco, is July 25 at Old Greenwood.
Huey Lewis and the News had a slew of hits in the 1980s, including “Workin’ for a Livin’,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Hip to be Square” and “The Power of Love.”
To see the entire schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tahoemusic.org, call (530) 583-3101 or visit the music festival office at 10775 Pioneer Trail, Suite 210, in Truckee.