Benefit concert for Lake Tahoe musician features all-star talent |

Benefit concert for Lake Tahoe musician features all-star talent

Staff report
Peter Joseph Burtt is known for his musical contributions over the years to Lake Tahoe — and for playing his 21-string West African kora.
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CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — A large group of both Tahoe locals and frequent musical acts here is banding together — literally — to help out one of their own.

Burtt Fest — “A Heart & Soul Concert to Benefit Peter Burtt” — is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Crystal Bay Casino’s famed Crown Room.

The Lake Tahoe all-star lineup of performers includes Mama’s Cookin’, Truth Cartel, Rapplesauce, the Funky Miracle Meters Tribute, Drop Theory, Sneaky Creatures, Ben Fuller, Chris Emmington and Easy Giant, and Coburn Station, among others.

The evening will benefit Tahoe musician Peter Joseph Burtt, who recently had open-heart surgery to replace a leaking aorta.

“The Tahoe Community is uniting to raise money for this family man and integral part of the music scene,” according to an event promotion on Facebook. “He is unable to work or play gigs but is in good spirits … let’s make this night a big success…”

A silent auction will feature many big prizes, including a three-day pass to Guitarfish Festival 2016 in Soda Springs.

You can visit to learn how to donate directly to Burtt, who’s performed for years at Lake Tahoe, most recently with his “King Tide” band.

Tickets for Thursday’s show are $20 and are available at; visit to learn more.