Well, the sun finally poked it’s head out just in time for the South Shore Music and Arts Festival held at the Mt. Tallac Brewery. The Brewery served their pale ale for four bucks a pint. The Tahoe Hemp Company, Golden Bear Barbecue Company and Avava Live Sign Company were present, showcasing their goods while the awesome jams of Skiff’s Project, Grand 58, AD/AM, Frobeck, Hi-Dev Blur and Dj Kinetic-Kutz played in the background. As we straddle summer and fall, THIS was the way to spend a September Saturday at South Lake Tahoe.
MEET THE GANG
This is the second annual Music and Arts Festival that Jeff Walker has hosted; he’s been the owner of the Mt. Tallac Brewery for eight years. After obtaining a a degree from the University of California Berkeley in Chemistry, Jeff came to Tahoe writing business plans for local companies while he accumulated enough money and investors to begin his own brewing company. On January 31, 2001, Jeff brewed his first beer at Mt. Tallac Brewery.
Almost nine years later, he’s seen out here promoting and hosting local talent, local businesses, and, of course, his beer. The pale ale on tap today is his favorite. But nailing him down to just one beer is a feat. Jeff not only hosts festivals in his parking lot, he’s a strong contributor to the community. Hosting benefits for Kiwanis, the Girls and Boys Club and Fallen Leaf Lake Fire Department, Jeff believes that it’s up to each of us to take care of each other– “If you don’t take care of your community, your community won’t take care of you.” To order kegs, or visit the Brewery between 5 and 7 in the evening for $4 pints, contact Jeff Walker at 2060 Eloise Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. His phone number is 530.541.7405, and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendants of the Festival ate from the menu of the Golden Bear Barbecue Company. On the menu was a Smoked Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich, a Pulled Pork Sandwich and the Smoked Tri Tip Sandwich–all $5 or $6. Everyone agreed, the barbecue was really hitting the spot as the sun went down. This is owner Pete Weed’s first time out to the Festival, but he has participated in other festivals, including the Lake of the Sky and Bluegrass Festival. When not at a festival, you can catch him at the South Lake Tahoe Farmer’s Market or the Meyer Farmer’s Market. Contact Pete at 530.545.8008 or email@example.com.
Avava Live Sign does live screen printing–and they will literally take the shirt off your back to do it. No, seriously, hand over your favorite Hanes, and they will screen print a design of your specifications in front of your eyes. Shoshi and Tobias, the owners, consider this an interactive process. It really is a unique experience to watch art created not only by the artist, but along with the client. They also contributed fire spinning to the event–can call the City of Chicago and FIFA as references–and can DJ and create bone carvings and head dresses for events. They truly are a one-stop-shop. Contact Tobias at 641.455.1167 for more information.
The band Frobeck got the crowd on its feet and ready to take the Festival into the night. They have been creating music together for five years, typically planing in San Francisco and the northern Bay area. Lead singer and keys player, Spencer Burrows, characterizes the band as “funk rock pop.” Their third album, Other Side of the Light releases on Friday–visit their website, www.Frobeck.com to listen to some of their tracks. DJ Kinetic-Kutz rocked the block with his old school rap, underground hip-hop, roots and dancehall reggae. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One thing that everyone at the Festival knows is that if you were here this year, you’ll definitely be here next year. And if you weren’t, well… you’d better make it next year!!