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Valhalla has weeks of sweet sounds, suds

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The Tallac Historic Site will have a tropical feel this week with two concerts and the annual Reggae Brewfest transforming the historic site into an island paradise.

Darin Talbot brings his band, Shredmaster, to the Valhalla Boathouse Theater today at 7:30 p.m..

Action Magazine, where the Tahoe Troubadour was voted “Best Local Musician” for 2001 and 2002, wrote, “Talbot captures the spirit and feel of high Tahoe living.”

Talbot has been recognized for having a laid-back mountain lifestyle. His music has been heard on the All Star Radio Network, Radio Disney and on the Dr. Demento radio show. He’s played with the Brain Setzer Orchestra and the Beach Boys.

Come sway with the wind and the rhythms Saturday night as perennial favorite Harmonics Steelband returns to the Boathouse Theater, providing exotic sounds of Carribean Steeldrum music which has fascinated audiences all over the world.

For more than 18 years the Harmonics Steel Band – Peter Best of St. Lucia, leader/vocals/percussion/brass pans; Paul Snagg of Grenada, double alto pans; Benjamin Glasgow of St. Lucia, vocals, percussion/cello pans; Huge “Sweetfoot” Maynard of Trinidad, vocals and drums – has lulled audiences with steel pans and pulsating Caribbean rhythms. Through years of experience, the Harmonics have developed dynamism in touch and tone, together with a musical repertoire including calypso, reggae, bossa nova, classical and contemporary tunes. The group’s instrumentation delivers a full range of musical sound – from soprano pas to bass pans, with double tenors, second pans, guitar pans and cello pans providing midrange accompaniment. Players on congas and trap drums provide rhythm support.

The 12th annual Valhalla Reggae Brewfest caps off the week of island fun from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Brewers from around the West will be represented, answering questions and offering their flavorsome brews to visiting tasters. Participating breweries include Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., The Brewery at Lake Tahoe and Mt. Tallac Brewery. Staged on the Valhalla Lawn the Reggae phenomenon Sweetfoot and The Caribbean All-stars will be performing all day. Tasty mountain barbecue by the Kiwanis Sunrisers will be available with Cold Stone Creamery on-hand offering its tasty ice cream selections. A free shuttle bus will provide round-trip service from the Mikasa parking lot at the “Y” to the Valhalla Boathouse Theater at the Tallac Historic Site.

Activities for the entire family are planned, with free face painting, carnival games and a Championship Quarters competition, where contestants compete for a trophy donated by Awards of Tahoe in the popular game some may remember from college. Admission to the Brewfest is $20 and includes a souvenir glass, all-day tasting and concert. Designated drivers costs is only $10 for the concert and two non-alcoholic drink tokens. Tasters must be at least 21 years of age.

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are performed at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater, three miles north of the “Y” on State Route 89 must past Camp Richardson. Ticket prices for concerts are $12 in advance and $14 at the door. For information or ticket sales contact the Tahoe Tallac Association at (530) 541-4975 or visit http://www.valhalla-tallac-com.

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