Going ‘the distance’: 29th Lake Tahoe Music Fest wraps with Michael Bolton
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; A singer featured in People magazineandamp;#8217;s Sexiest Man issue has a date Thursday in Truckee to wrap up the 29th annual Lake Tahoe Music Festival.Soft rocker Michael Bolton performs at the Village at Northstar in the final concert of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7. There were preferred seating and general admission seats still available as of Wednesday morning.Bolton, who is on a 115-city world tour, is known for his songwriting and occasional tasteful cover tunes.Press materials list Boltonandamp;#8217;s numerous achievements: He has sold more than 53 million albums and singles, and has won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance, six American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI andamp; ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also is a social activist and has a foundation, the Michael Bolton Charities, which has a mission to reduce violence against women and children.And although his golden locks have been trimmed, he still has really good hair.Bolton has a sense of humor about his well-known crooning voice, appearing in May on a Saturday Night video, andamp;#8220;Jack Sparrow,andamp;#8221; spoofing movies and even himself with a andamp;#8220;We Are the Worldandamp;#8221; remake calling for free range chickens. andamp;#8220;Jack Sparrowandamp;#8221; has been viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube.Bolton has 17 studio albums and of his 35 singles, nine have been No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.Bolton released andamp;#8220;GEMS andamp;#8212; The Duets Collection on June 21. The album features andamp;#8220;Iandamp;#8217;m Not Readyandamp;#8221; as performed with Delta Goodrem on ABCandamp;#8217;s Dancing with the Stars. As well as includes collaborations with Rascal Flatts, Deal, Chris Botti and Eva Cassidy.Earlier Lake Tahoe Music Festival shows this season included Blues Traveler and Colbie Caillat.The festival, founded in 1982 by Edgar Braun, conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, has grown in scope yearly with the dedication and involvement of many local residents and businesses, according to its website.It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Funds are raised through individual donors, corporate sponsorships, grants and advertising revenues from the festivalandamp;#8217;s program. In addition, a large and active volunteer group assists greatly in the festivalandamp;#8217;s smooth operation.