by Stacey A.
It's been seventeen years since the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista hosted a concert. This week they have two - Slightly Stoopid with NOFX and the Bass Camp Festival.
On Thursday, Slightly Stoopid, NOFX, Stephen Marley, and Fishbone will play the outdoor venue from 4:30-11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $37.50-$137.50. The event is all ages.
On Saturday, the Bass Camp Festival will take over the regional park beginning at 11 a.m. with several huge names in the EDM scene. Datsik, Infected Mushroom with a live band, Candyland, Kill Paris, MartyParty from PANTyRAiD, Flinch, Dancetronouts, Hitmechaniks, Fiasco Daniels, Drums on Acid, and over twenty other artists will perform during the twelve-hour festival. Tickets can be purchased here for $50 or at the door for $60.
Last year Slightly Stoopid and the Bass Camp Festival were both at Montbleu Resort. I interviewed PR Entertainment founder Paul Reder to find out why they decided to move the two biggest shows of the summer from South to North Lake Tahoe.
Reder has been in the production business for almost two decades. He has produced over 3,500 shows around the world and usually does twelve to fifteen events in the Northern Nevada/Northern California area each year. He is a man who knows what he wants, and he had a firm vision to have these summer concerts on the grass.
Reder decided against a second year at Montbleu after they had a change in their entertainment strategy and decided not to build an outdoor arena. He initially considered moving the events to local ski resorts but did not want to have the concerts in parking lots.
"Nothing screams Lake Tahoe better than grass and trees surrounded by mountains," Reder said.
He said the community and county feedback is overwhelmingly positive. "South Shore usually gets most of the larger concerts and tours, so it is exciting to see something of this magnitude and production value in North Lake."
PR Entertainment is bringing in $75,000 worth of production equipment, including a seventy-foot stage. Reder said the Bass Camp Festival in particular will rival anything from the larger festivals with LED lights, special effects, and lasers.
Both events are projected to sell out and are selling at a faster rate than last summer. There are park-and-ride roundtrip shuttles from Grand Sierra Resort in Reno for $30 and from Northstar for $22.50. Prices are per vehicle, not per person. There are also a limited number of onsite parking spots for $40.
There will also be 7-10 local food vendors, as well as beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company inside the park. A portion of beverage sales will go to A Dog Day in the Park, an organization to raise money to build a dog park in the North Tahoe Regional Park.
The last of this three-part concert series will take place on August 13 with Rebelution, Iration, The Green, and Stick Figure performing. Tickets are available for $32.50-$35 here
There are also tickets available for free here
to anyone interested in volunteering to help raise money for the dog park the day of the event.