Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival features diverse lineup of regional acts
Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival Schedule
June 22: The Earles of Newtown
June 25: Valhalla Boathouse Theatre 20th Anniversary Fundraiser - Lucky Baldwin Poker Promenade and concert featuring Radoslav Lorkovic
June 28, July 5, July 19 and Aug. 2: Tahoe Improv Players
June 30, July 1-3, July 14-17 and July 28-30: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
July 1-10: Artists in Residence: Bonita Gholer and Kaaren Krueger
July 3: Music on the Lawn – Heifer Belles
July 7-10, July 21-24 and Aug. 6-7: Hamlet, Russians and Monkeys
July 13: A Tribute to the Music of Patsy Cline starring Joni Morris
July 15-24: Artist in Residence: Jon Holland
July 17: Music on the Lawn – Darren Senn Band
July 20: California Songwriter Celebration – Blackie Farrell, Randall Lamb, Richard March
July 27: Izzi Tooinsky – Master Toy Maker’s Journey Through the Gold Rush
Aug. 3: Carolyn Dolan with Members of Reno Jazz Orchestra
Aug. 10: Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams
Aug. 12-28: Artist in Residence - Kit Night
Aug. 17: Rita Hosking Trio
Aug. 24: Molly’s Revenge
Aug. 31: Little Faith
2016 VALHALLA SPECIAL EVENTS
July 11-15 and July 18-22: Gina Stowell Kids’ Art Camp
July 30-31: Wa She Shu It’ Deh – Native American Festival
Aug. 5: Young Shakespeare
Aug. 13: Gatsby Murder Mystery Dinner
Oct. 21-23: Word Wave
Nov. 18: Valhalla Holiday Faire
A diverse lineup will greet visitors to this year’s Valhalla Arts, Music & Theatre Festival.
The festival, in its 37th season, starts June 22 and runs through Aug. 31 at the Tallac Historic Site at the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.
“My approach this year was to delve into the very deep well of regional artists in Northern California and Northern Nevada,” said festival director Evangeline Elston on Wednesday.
The annual celebration kicks off with a performance by the Earles of Newtown, a Nevada City act that mixes Harlem and New Orleans jazz traditions. The group tends to attract younger crowds during performances in Sacramento and San Francisco, Elston said.
“This is not jazz for your dad,” according to the festival director.
Tickets to the performance are $20, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. June 22 in the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre.
Elston said she’s especially excited about the theater’s 20th anniversary as a 164-seat performance space this year. The theater was restored in the late 1980s and is just one of the unique pieces of history at the festival site. The theater sits on the shoreline and is among the lake’s best kept secrets, Elston said.
“It really has to be seen to be believed,” Elston said.
The milestone anniversary for the theater will be celebrated on June 25 with a fundraiser that will include a poker stroll and piano performance by Radoslav Lorkovic, a classically trained pianist from Croatia with a taste for the blues. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $75.
A variety of performances follow throughout the summer. The festival also periodically offers free music on the Tallac site’s Grand Lawn.
“We have all kinds of music, everything from jazz to country to singer-songwriters to honky-tonk,” Elston said.
Comedy, a pair of theatrical productions and visual artists round out the festival.
“It’s just going to be a great season,” Elston said. “I think it’s going to be our best season yet.”
Many events are free and prices for ticketed events vary.
More information is available at http://www.valhallatahoe.com.