by Stacey A.
This Thursday two big names in Tahoe's electronic music community come together for Bounce the Boat, a collaborative effort between Steve Emmerich of Fresh Bakin' and The Bounce and "Captain Zach" Garrison of Rock the Boat.
Rock the Boat promises to bring "the fun and excitement of a rock concert, the energy and sound of a club, and the once in a lifetime experience of cruising on a massive yacht" to an unforgettable night aboard the MS Dixie II. "The pristine beauty of being on the open water with 500 of your best friends, the cool night air blowing on your face, and star gazing on the open deck are all part of the experience."
Garrison is the mastermind behind the boat parties. Originally from St. Louis, Garrison now lives in Incline Village, where he is a local boat captain who teaches wakesurfing lessons and takes families on sightseeing tours of Lake Tahoe.
Garrison knows how special it is to be on the water, and he saw the potential for after hours use of the MS Dixie II when he started Rock the Boat in July 2013. He has thrown three successful parties in Lake Tahoe, one in San Diego, and is now on his fifth voyage with Bounce the Boat.
A mutual friend encouraged Garrison to reach out to Emmerich for Bounce the Boat. Emmerich has twelve years of experience in music promotion, most recently under the name Fresh Bakin'. He has booked some of the biggest names in the industry, including The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, VibeSquaD, and Beats Antique.
The partnership came at an opportune time. Emmerich had decided to take a sabbatical from his festival, The Bounce, after five consecutive years because, he said, it was starting to feel a little forced.
"It was one of the greatest things I've ever done," Emmerich says of his decision to take a break from festival planning. Not only did it give him the opportunity to spend more time with his family, it also helped him realize his true passion--being a culture promoter.
Emmerich realized he wants to contribute positively to the community, a goal that reaches beyond music. He currently spends his free time promoting storytelling shows, working with the Wanderlust street team, and blogging, but Emmerich has a long history in the EDM community in Lake Tahoe and Reno. Some might argue he is responsible for launching the now-flourishing electronic scene here.
Emmerich is drawn to what he calls "broken beats," electronic music influenced by hip hop, drum and bass, and glitch hop as opposed to house and trance music. He built Fresh Bakin' on his personal taste in music, and as it has become more successful, Emmerich has gained the luxury of being more picky with the artists he selects. His backing of Rock the Boat should not be taken lightly.
With Garrison's brilliant boat setting and Emmerich's knack for finding the best talent, the Bounce the Boat lineup was born. Headliners include Justin Martin, Keyser Soze, and my personal favorite, Portland-based Barisone.
Bounce the Boat is on track to sell out all 500 spots. Tickets can be purchased at rocktheboatparties.com for $65. Use Insider promo code "doit" for $5 off.
There are several shuttle options available from South Lake Tahoe. A free, one-way shuttle leaves Himmel Haus at 10:15 and 10:45 p.m. and drops off at Zephyr Cove. Two first-come, first-served buses leave Montbleu at 10:30 p.m. for $10 round trip. The boat boards at 11 p.m.
Keep an eye out for Rock the Boat in August, September, and two in October!
Our intern, Stacey Alonzo, is an outdoor enthusiast, yoga instructor, aspiring journalist, Burner, and lover of food, drinks, live music, and travel.