Concerts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City’s crowd-pleasing free summer concert series will return on Sunday afternoons from June 16 through September 1, 2019. The popular music series has long been a staple of summer fun on Lake Tahoe’s west shore and a favorite laid-back weekend event attended by both locals and visitors, with outdoor concerts performed lakeside on Commons Beach on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The event series’ lakeside venue allows concertgoers to enjoy live music both onshore and by anchoring their boats nearby. Presented in partnership with the Tahoe City Downtown Association and Tahoe City Public Utility District, Concerts at Commons Beach is North Lake Tahoe’s largest free summer music event. Food and wine are available for purchase from local vendors, and attendees are invited to bring picnics, blankets and low back chairs. Patrons are also encouraged to take public transportation to the concerts to avoid the hassle of driving and parking.
The 2019 Summer Lineup
June 16: Achilles Wheel
Achilles Wheel is a California band that blurs the lines between genres with a mix of infectious high energy dance beats and stark lyrical ballads. Their roots rock storytelling is combined with dance hall psychedelia.
June 23: Mumbo Gumbo
For over 25 years, Mumbo Gumbo has been one of Northern California's top groups, releasing nine original albums and collecting numerous Sammie and Best of Sacramento awards. The seven-piece band tours the Western United States, bringing their genre-bending Americana music to their many fans. Their big musical stew contains elements of soul, zydeco, folk, blues, rock, Cajun, Caribbean, and country all mixed into their uniquely festive roots-music sound.
June 30: Joy & Madness
An eight-piece soul and funk explosion out of Sacramento that could be described as Jamiroqui meets J. Geils, Joy & Madness has been rocking stages all over the West Coast since inception. With a raucous mix of raw stonesy energy, pulsing groove, and juicy horn lines coloring tightly crafted songs, Joy & Madness brings a modern classic pop sensibility to a new age of joyous funk and soul.
July 7: SambaDá
Dubbed the West Coast’s hottest Brazilian band by promoters, journalists and fans, SambaDá musically unites the Americas. Based in the rich musical traditions of Brazil, SambaDá also references salsa and cumbia, and blends them playfully with funk and reggae beats. The band is known for its high-energy percussion, danceable grooves and visually dynamic show.
July 14: Midtown Social
The Bay Area’s favorite soul party band, Midtown Social’s freshly squeezed blend of California soul, funk, and rock is downright irresistible. Midtown Social is a nine-piece tour-de-force. But it’s more than just a band. Together, these nine musicians are a collaborative community of writers, arrangers and artists. When they’re on stage, they invite you into the family.
July 21: Orgōne + Beer Gardeners
Formed in the late 1990s in Los Angeles, Orgone remains dedicated to creating heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. With a core rhythm section of close friends and self-taught musicians steeped in the DJ culture of L.A., Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound that simultaneously recognizes its roots in old school respect and pulsates with the force of the new millennium.
The Beer Gardeners are Lake Tahoe's strictly casual, good time, fun, rockin', beer and peanuts bar and party band who perform loud and high-energy rock and blues including twisted covers, mystery b-sides, and originals. The band was formed on a whim in early 1991 in the infamous, but now defunct Beer Garden at Squaw Valley.
July 28: The Blues Monsters + Groove Foundry
The Blues Monsters have been taking center stage for over 20 years offering a powerfully unique combination of R&B, funk, jazz, and Chicago-style blues high in the mountains. Polished, tight, yet bursting at the seams, their originals are fresh and new, even though it's still the blues. Their covers are framed in signature arrangements that demonstrated the depth of the band's talent. Whether paying respects to the masters of traditional blues, or rockin' out other tunes, The Blues Monsters get the whole house up and dancing.
Tahoe City’s own Groove Foundry features a trio of powerhouse horns over smokin' hot funky six-piece rhythm section, featuring gritty vocals and impressive solos.
August 4: Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum, a souped-up, left-coast string band, is the brainchild of five uniquely gifted musicians who weave their love of bluegrass, folk, jazz and soul into a riveting strain of Americana. String bass and five-alarm fiddle merge with guitar, banjo, mandolin and drums to frame the voices of its two contrasting writers, fueling a dance party with roots in Appalachia and its branches in California. Nearly twenty years into its journey, HBR’s music, dreamed up in the backcountry of the High Sierra and the basements of San Francisco, has found its way into the hearts, minds and bodies of fans nationwide.
August 11: Poor Man’s Whiskey
Poor Man’s Whiskey is Northern California’s outlaw music, bringing a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man’s Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.
August 18: Diggin’ Dirt
Diggin Dirt began planting its roots back in 2011 in the town of Arcata, CA in Humboldt County. The original lineup was a jammed out quintet that consisted of a double guitar rhythm section and a tenor saxophone. With the addition of a vocalist and baritone saxophone, The band began touring outside of Humboldt County throughout California and Oregon, and was met with a tremendous response. The band is influenced by funk heavy hitters such as James Brown, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and Sly and the Family Stone as well as reggae bands like Steel Pulse and modern funk like Orgone. Dirt has appeared at several festivals including High Sierra Music Festival, Salmonfest, Emerald Forest, the Trinity River Jamboree, Northern Nights, and the Benbow Summer Arts and Music Festival among others.
August 25: Dead Winter Carpenters
Tahoe’s own Dead Winter Carpenters blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ Alt. Country to bring hard-hitting performances that are as edgy as they are whimsical. The band pushes and pulls at musical boundaries with top-notch, live performances while walking the line with unexpected musical flair. With an unbridled spirit and an authentic approach to songwriting, the experience of an evening with Dead Winter Carpenters epitomizes what live music is all about.
September 1: Lebo & Friends
Dan Lebowitz (Lebo) is best known as a founding member of ALO, a California rock band he has been playing guitar and singing with since he was 13 years old. ALO has released four albums on Brushfire/Universal records and currently has a fifth one in the works. In his own group, Lebo brings an all-star lineup of Bay Area aces to deliver an intoxicating blend of melodic rock, California funk and soul.