Music can jam at Sam’s Place |

Music can jam at Sam’s Place

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Acoustic jams are back at Sam’s Place on Wednesday nights.

The Douglas County Liquor Board last week approved a change in the license of the bar and restaurant that will allow acoustic instruments, such as bongos and harmonicas, to be played inside the business.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies stopped the live acoustic music gatherings several months ago when they realized the get-togethers were happening illegally. On Thursday, Sam’s license was upgraded to allow live music as long it does not involve electric instruments. The new license will cost an extra $400 a year.

“We’re really excited about bringing the crowd back in for jamming and having a good time,” said Chris DeMay, restaurant manager at Sam’s. “It was just a misunderstanding. We never hired any (musicians) so we didn’t think we needed a license.”

Sam’s Place, in Zephyr Cove at 611 U.S. Highway 50, celebrated its 30th anniversary in December. Kirk Neiderhaus, a 47-year-old from Zephyr Cove, bought the business last January.

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