Music festival boasts all-star Tahoe lineup on June 21 |

Music festival boasts all-star Tahoe lineup on June 21

Lake Tahoe musicians of today will sing songs for Tahoe’s musicians of the future at a June 21 event at South Tahoe High School.

Several bands will perform on a day full of activities on the football field. Proceeds will benefit the seven school choirs on South Shore. Organizer James Crawford’s goal is to raise $10,000 to $15,000 for equipment and uniforms for the 288 choir members.

“I am trying to help our kids do something positive,” said Crawford, who possibly is the best-dressed man in town. “I retired here four years ago, and I want to give something back to the community.”

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra, the event is called James Crawford & Friends Present Song Fest 2008. Bands include Blue Turtle Seduction, Lavish Green, Cool Black Kettle, the Trey Stone Band, Carolyn Dolan and Friends, One Voice, Randy Harwick and Mark Wilson. There also will be arts and crafts, face painting, carnival booths, inflatable adventures, and food and drink vendors.

Crawford said Blue Turtle Seduction will be the headlining band.

“I’ve seen them at the Divided Sky, and they are the first ones I had in mind,” he said.

All the bands will play for free.

Organizers ask concertgoers to make a $10 donation.

The event coincides with Lake Tahoe Opening Day, a visitor-targeted event which includes the closing of Highway 50 at the casino corridor. Song Fest 2008 targets locals.

“I wanted to have it before the kids leave for the summer,” Crawford said.

Crawford’s involvement with the school choirs and its director Paul Kushner began at a Christmas concert at MontBleu. Crawford sang with the faculty choir. Kushner later brought 45 members of the middle school’s honor choir and the high school’s blue ribbon choir to Crawford’s January event at St. Theresa Church celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The theme song throughout the concert will be Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Sing a Song.”

“Music can play a vital part in your life, and if your are down and out, music can inspire you,” Crawford said.

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