Tahoe jazz festival overcomes slow start
INCLINE VILLAGE – Bands at the first Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival jazzed up concert-goers with spirit and enthusiasm despite a slow start to the weekend event.
Thunderstorms that started just as the festival began Friday afternoon may have contributed to the sparse attendance, but that didn’t dampen the energy of the performances through the weekend.
At the Ponderosa Ranch, Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers played with the same spirit and soul that they would have exhibited if they were playing at a sold-out Filmore gig and not in front of the six or so spectators in the vast tent that was set up to accommodate a hundreds.
The Sacramento-based group showed why it has been a fixture in the Sacramento music scene for several years by blending blues, rock and swing and combining original songs with unique arrangements of old standards.
At the Hyatt Regency Resort, Spa and Casino, where the likes of Stompy Jones and the Fulton Street Jazz Band were performing in two venues, there were only about 20 music lovers in attendance.
But the story changed dramatically when visiting the Cal-Neva Resort.
The Cal-Neva turned out to be the hot spot Friday night.
The historic Frank Sinatra Showroom had about 100 in the audience enjoying the sounds of Cornet Chop Suey.
Incline residents Harriet and Allen Adkins were amongst the crowd.
“I remember seeing the leader of the band Mardi Gras at the Avalon Ballroom on Catalina Island,” Allen said, who was born and raised on the island and met Harriet there.
The Adkinses said they looked forward to the festival because it will save them a drive down the hill to hear good music.
“This definitely will save us a trip down to Sacramento for the jazz festival,” Harriet said. “A lot of the bands you see here play in Sacramento.”