Your Tahoe Weekend: Kentucky Derby Day, Chickenfoot concert & more |

Your Tahoe Weekend: Kentucky Derby Day, Chickenfoot concert & more

EmiSunshine, an 11-year-old East Tennessee prodigy singer and multi-instrumentalist, performs at the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room on Sunday.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below are the Sierra Sun’s picks for the Top 10 events to check out this weekend at Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

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1. Spring skiing at Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows will reopen Friday and operate through the weekend, closing out its season on Sunday. Ski lifts will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Notably, Squaw Valley is scheduled to operate seven days a week and close May 30, weather and conditions permitting.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday, May 6-8

Where: Alpine Meadows

Cost: Lift ticket/pass


2. Kentucky Derby Day at River Ranch

Enjoy the most exciting two minutes in sports in the River Ranch Pub on three flat screens for Kentucky Derby Day. Southern food specials will include Kentucky Browns and drink specials will include Mint Juleps and Horse’s Necks. Don’t forget to don your best Derby hat for the hat contest, which has a traditional hat category along with a new Burning Man inspired group.

When: 12 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Where: River Ranch Lodge and Restaurant, Tahoe City

Cost: Drink/food prices vary


3. Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah at Crystal Bay Casino

San Francisco-based Lee Gallagher & the Hallelujah will bring its roots-based rock — framed by wailing guitars, churning organ and nods to Southern gospel — to the North Shore for a free show at the Crystal Bay Casino.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Red Room

Cost: Free


4. EmiSunshine at CBC

EmiSunshine, an 11-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and mutli-instrumentalist, will showcase her Appalachian-steeped sound Sunday at North Lake Tahoe. Described by The Tennessean as “an old soul,” EmiSunshine has performed everywhere from NBC’s “Today” show to the Grand Ole Opry.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

Cost: $15 advance; $18 day of show


5. Nate Weldon at Cottonwood

California singer-songwriter Nate Weldon — whose influences range from jazz and soul to R&B and hip-hop — will bring his eclectic stylings to Truckee for a free show at the Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, May 6

Where: Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, Truckee

Cost: Free


6. Jacam Manricks Quartet at Moody’s

Jacam Manricks, a jazz composer, saxophonist and woodwind player, and his band will bring his sophisticated arrangements to downtown Truckee this weekend for back-to-back free shows.

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 6-7

Where: Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, Truckee

Cost: Free


7. Creekside/Squaw Prep Gala at Olympic Village Lodge

Creekside and Squaw Valley Prep are hosting a “Going for the Gold Gala” fundraiser featuring ‘80s hits band Tainted Love on Saturday. The evening features a live auction with items valuing $25,000, including a Squaw-Alpine ski pass, a Mexico vacation package and more.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Where: Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley

Cost: $50 advance; $65 door


8. Marshall Tucker Band at MontBleu Resort

The Marshall Tucker Band, an American Southern rock/country band, will bring its blend of rock rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel to the South Shore for a performance at MontBleu Resort.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Where: MontBleu Resort Lake Tahoe

Cost: $45/$55


9. Chickenfoot at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Chickenfoot — a rock super group consisting of ex-Van Halen members Sammy Hagar (vocalist) and Michael Anthony (bass); guitarist Joe Satriani; and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) — will reunite for the first time in over six years for two shows this weekend on the South Shore. Notably, Saturday’s show is sold out.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8

Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline

Cost: $88.53


10. Tahoe Trails Summit

Ride, socialize, participate, learn and have fun at the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s Tahoe Trails Summit this weekend. The free event will showcase the amazing trail renaissance in Tahoe and discuss the future.

When: Friday-Sunday, May 6-8

Where: Beach Retreat & Lodge, South Lake Tahoe

Cost: Free


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