Events + Music

October 9, 2014

Interview, article, and photos by Stacey A.

It's been a month since Burning Man, and even as a 7th year Burner, my most vivid memory to date is of the massive art piece, Embrace, 72-foot wooden sculpture of two people, Alpha and Omega, embracing one another.

Embrace concept simulation

I was initially excited to interview Embrace’s creator, Matt Schultz, to find out more about the concept behind his art. Schultz, of the Pier Group, is responsible for past large-scale Burning Man projects like the 2011 Pier and the 2012 Pier 2. He also founded an inclusive art space in Sparks called the Generator. However, our conversation took an interesting turn as he explained the poltics behind the entire project.  Schultz isn't happy with the bureacracy of the Burning Man art committee, and he isn't afraid to say so.

There was drama surrounding Embrace since the beginning. 


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August 21, 2014

by Stacey A.

The Peaks & Paws Festival, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT), returns to Squaw Valley this Saturday for its fifth year. The $5 event takes place all day in The Village and features local bluegrass bands and a variety of family and dog-friendly activites. 

A happy dog at Peaks & Paws 2013, photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

Peaks & Paws is one of HSTT's biggest fundraisers of the year, along with the Brews, Jazz & Funk Fest, which took place two weeks ago at Squaw and was partially rained out. Last year's Peaks & Paws fell short due to wildfires and poor air quality advisories, but with temps in the high 70's and sunshine forecasted, this year's event is on track to make up for the weather-related shortcomings of past. 

Dog-friendly events run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and include a Squaw to Alpine 10k, a guided Granite Chief hike, an acrobatic and frisbee music and comedy show from 

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August 5, 2014

by Stacey A.

This Saturday is the largest full moon of the year, and Squaw Valley is hosting one of its largest parties in celebration. Squaw's marketing manager, Sean Kristo, promises more of everything, from art to lazers to DJs, for the 3rd annual Full Moon Party.

"You can see DJs all around the North Shore, but what we want to do here is new and creative stuff," Kristo explains. 

Kristo partnered up with Big Tree Productions and Silent Frisco for this year's party. Big Tree recently hosted the Guitarfish Festival in Cisco Grove and helps with both pool and après parties at the resort, connecting Squaw with some of the biggest names in the electronic community. This year features fire and 3-D visual art, a silent roller disco, and lazers firing up into the Palisades and Emigrant bowls visible from High Camp.

The lineup includes DJ's U9 Lift, Shouts, Ozgood, Zebuel, Coop Da Loop, and Chango, many of whom aren't strangers to Squaw Valley or full moon parties.

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July 30, 2014
by Stacey A. 
This weekend Guitarfish, an intimate 3-day family, arts, and music festival, returns to the Tahoe area for its 4th year to raise awareness of overfishing practices and water pollution.
Mark Peschoff, the head of sales and marketing, describes the festival as "an incredibly fresh mix of up-and-coming vibrant, happy music."
Peschoff promises a variety of music. Headliners include Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Wheeland Brothers, Mother Hips, and Con Brio. Peschoff brought the Wheelan Brothers back for a second year based on their popularity at last year's event and because he thought their Orange County beach vibe brought something special to Guitarfish.
A long time festival goer himself, Peschoff thinks it's important to go to a festival not only to see your favorite artists but also to discover new music and expand your playlist. This is the case with Con Brio, a band with an eclectic lead singer that many people haven'
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July 23, 2014

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,

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