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Rockin’ the South Shore

Susan Wood

Toby Keith returned to the concert series with his "Big Throwdown Tour II." / Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A tough act to follow may be the sounding board next year for Harveys. Management at the Stateline casino celebrated its most successful outdoor summer concert series in its four years.

The casino remains just as committed for next year, spokesman John Packer said, despite general manager Don Marrandino leaving town for a parallel post in Las Vegas.

“We’ve already talked about making it bigger and better next year,” Marrandino said.

Most of the concerts were sold out or practically filled. The lineup included Toby Keith, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina, Sammy Hagar, John Mellencamp and John Fogerty, the Eagles, and Journey.

Julie Baginski, 48, took her teenage son, Tyler, to the Journey show. The 17-year-old donned dad’s bellbottom pants for the ’70s band.

“They happen to fit him perfectly,” she said. “And we had the greatest time. We’re a close family, and we like the same music.”

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Yes, she’s a child of the ’70s. She also went to the John Mellencamp/John Fogerty concert as well as the Eagles concert. She had company.

Tracy Owen Chapman also did the cross-generational thing. She took her father, Kent Owen, to see the Eagles. The Sequoia man “couldn’t stop talking about it,” she said.

Owen Chapman noticed how everyone in the 5,000-seat arena mouthed the words for most of the songs. She was especially glad they played their hits.

“A lot of bands don’t like to play the same old songs. But I’ve always heard the Eagles go out of their way to do that,” she said.