Matisyahu, Greensky Bluegrass announced for Hard Rock Lake Tahoe summer shows |

Matisyahu, Greensky Bluegrass announced for Hard Rock Lake Tahoe summer shows

Don Carlos is among the acts slated to perform at this summer's Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival.
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Matisyahu, Iration and Greensky Bluegrass will be among the artists featured at a new outdoor concert series at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe this summer.

The BaseJam Summer 2015 Outdoor Concert Series will launch with the third annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival June 27 and include the Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival July 11. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will transform its back parking lot into a 7,500-capacity amphitheater for the concerts, which are set to run through Labor Day, Sept. 7, with additional shows yet to be announced.

Iration and Matisyahu co-headline the reggae festival, which takes place all-day June 27 and includes the Green, Don Carlos, Fortunate Youth, Vokab Kompany and Squarefield Massive.

“Iration is an alternative, reggae group who’s 2010 release ‘Time Bomb’ hit No. 1 on the iTunes Reggae album chart,” according to an announcement from Hard Rock. “The band’s EP releases include ‘New Roots’ (2006), ‘Sample This EP’ (2008) and ‘Fresh Grounds’ (2011). Iration has headlined several successful national club tours and performed at top national festivals including Lollapalooza. Their third full-length album, ‘Automatic,’ combines elements of reggae, rock and pop to create a truly unique listening experience. ‘Automatic’ debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae charts.

“Matisyahu first made a name for himself with his album ‘Live at Stubbs’ and his follow up album, ‘Youth.’ Both albums subsequently went gold and ‘Youth’ was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Matisyahu went on to release the album ‘Light’ in 2009 that reached No. 1 on the Reggae Albums chart and stayed in the top spot for 34 weeks. His fourth studio album, ‘Spark Seeker,’ also debuted at No. 1 on the Reggae charts. Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival goers will also hear Matisyahu perform songs from his fifth album, ‘Akeda.’”

Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival’s lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas’ Earls of Leicester, The David Grisman Sextet and New Monsoon.

“We’re thrilled to bring such a power packed lineup of top bluegrass musicians to South Shore and to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe this summer. With the quality of these artists, we’re anticipating the Lake Tahoe Bluegrass Festival will become a mainstay on the Lake Tahoe summer concert circuit for years to come,” said Paul Reder, president of PR Entertainment, a producer of the event, in the announcement.

Tickets to both festivals go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2. General admission tickets are $45 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $90. Event organizers are offering special $10 children’s tickets for children 12 and under. The tickets can only be purchased on the day of a show and only with proof of a full-price adult ticket. All children six years and under are free to attend the festivals. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 877-987-6487.

“The festival has such a massive following it was just natural to have this talented group of musicians as the opener to our summer concert series,” said Jim Ward, interim general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, about the reggae festival. “We’re looking forward to hosting these phenomenal artists, locals and visitors of all ages, for a great day of outdoor music, food and fun at Tahoe.”

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