Resorts are alive with sound of new music
If images of Julie Andrews spinning among towering peaks appear when thinking about music in the mountains, banish them.
Sister ski resorts Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain have resumed an annual spring concert series, and there will be no cute kiddies singing “Do Re Mi.”
West Shore ski resort visitors will tap ski boots afternoons to a variety of musicals acts from ’60s surf music through ’80s pop to the tunes of the Black Keys.
The free family friendly event has been a fixture for more than a decade, said spokeswoman Rachael Woods. Homewood’s North Lodge sun deck will be open for Saturday concerts until the first Saturday in April. Various venues at Alpine Meadows including its sundeck, the Ice Bar and the Alpine Bandwagon, will serve as stages until mid-April.
At Homewood the Ben Fuller Band will provide a mixture of the pop rock genre of America and beyond.
“We are Tom Pettyesque meeting Gomez,” said Fuller who fronts the band comprised of North Shore residents. Band members Eric Matlock, Steve LaBella and Gil Gaus joined Fuller this past summer while he was touring with his new album, “Aquarian Son.” They clicked musically and continue to play around the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Also comprised of Tahoe talent, One Track Mind will bring an acoustical and electronic set to Homewood on March 20 and April 10. The band’s spokesman, in addition to guitarist and singer, Rak Dettleback, says in addition to their own compositions the band cuts a wide swath musically. The soulful R&B stylings of Etta James and Aretha Franklin flow into the blues rock stylings of Dead Weather as handled deftly by lead vocalist Kandi Walin with Thomas Page on bass and Andrew Baird on drums.
Due to today’s financial constraints, many artists no longer perform live. That does not keep the younger generation of music lovers from finding the tunes with today’s technology, Dettleback said. He finds this makes them more receptive and open-minded to music from different eras.
SoCal 1960s sounds of sand, sun and surf will stir NorCal’s ski and shred action April 2 at Alpine Meadows with the Reef Riders from the Bay Area. Bruce Brewington, Bud Custodio and Glen James Campbell continue in the tradition of surf instrumental genre’s pioneer, Dick Dale.
“Without lyrics creative melody lines need to convey imagination,” Brewington said.
The guitarist who accuses The Beatles of killing the surf music scene in the mid-60’s is delighted at its global resurgence, including Italy’s annual Surfer Joe Festival that has brought together aficionados from across Europe and the United States.
As a competitive skier, Brewington frequents Tahoe and plans of a run or two before taking the stage. This being the Reef Rider’s inaugural appearance they plan on doing one thing.
“We want to take Tahoe on a joy ride,” he said.
The fiery talents of Grant Kaye, Sean O’Brien and others connected to Electric Ladyland will also light up Alpine Meadow’s audience on April 2. Named for the last album Jimi Hendrix produced, the group combines skilled spinning by DJs as performance art occurs and a custom built computer driven 200 foot propane canyon delivers fire blasts to the percussion of mostly funk and soul. The group’s unique high energy performances have been seen at other area venue including Nevada’s Burning Man Project.
Music on the mountain will end this phenomenal snow season on a definite sweet note.
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