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Nomadic Turtles call Tahoe home

Tim Parsons

Jonah M. Kessel / Lake Tahoe Action / From left, guitarist Jay Seals, drummer Adam Navone, fiddle/mandolin player Christian Zupancic and bassist Stephen Seals play in Santa Rosa.

When Blue Turtle Seduction comes home, the band members usually count their time in hours, not days.

The band was in South Lake Tahoe for 15 hours on Tuesday, taking the time to have a surprise birthday party for drummer Adam Navone before catching their vegetable oil-fueled bus at 10 p.m. for a trip to a Wednesday gig in Oregon.

This summer will be another busy one for Blue Turtle Seduction, but there are plenty of highlights. The band gets to play at several outdoor festivals, will record a live album and, best of all, will have four shows at Lake Tahoe.

“We’re excited,” said multi-instrumentalist and singer Glenn Stewart. “Last year we didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time here during the summer but it’s shaping up like we are going to get to see a lot of Tahoe.”

Blue Turtle Seduction opens the Valhalla Arts and Music Festival with a 7 p.m. concert Tuesday, June 19 in the Boathouse Theatre.

“That’s just a great hall,” Stewart said. “There are great acoustics in there.”

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The band will play at the Solstice Festival at the Truckee Amphitheater on June 23, then Valhalla again July 17. It appears at the River Ranch Lodge near Tahoe City on July 19.

Folks at any of those shows could be listening to songs that will appear on an album expected to be released in the fall. The band has invested in multi-track equipment and will record each of its shows in the next month.

Although its recent release “Deep Sea Rodeo” is a fine studio album, a live album will be more representative of what the band is all about – a live, touring band, Stewart said.

Blue Turtle Seduction played 225 shows in 2006, an ambitious schedule that the band did not want to repeat.

“We told the road manager no more than 200, so he scheduled 199,” Stewart said, laughing.