Live music coming to Kings Beach |

Live music coming to Kings Beach

The prayers of Kings Beach residents for more live music will be answered this weekend.

When the North Tahoe Public Utility District conducted surveys and workshops for its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the community requested more events, including live music. And outdoor concerts, specifically, made it to the top of the list during the district Master Plan’s community workshops in 2006.

This summer the district is responding to its constituents by collaborating with the North Tahoe Business Association to host music and movies on the beach throughout the summer. This weekend the district, along with Paesano Productions, hosts the Lake of the Sky festival ” the first of its kind in North Tahoe.

“We’ve seen how successful those kind of events are in Tahoe City,” said the district’s Pam LeFrancois. “They bring in a lot of families and community, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Starting this week, the North Tahoe Business Association will host movies on Tuesday and concerts on Thursday, featuring bands such as Sol Jibe, Lo Cura!, Organic Flood, The Rusty Strings and Frame of Mind.

The business association, in collaboration with the public utility district, hopes to draw more people to downtown Kings Beach, benefiting businesses and offering organized entertainment to North Shore residents.

“Were hoping that the community itself … finds [the concerts] fun and beneficial to come down and enjoy,” said association Executive Director Cheri Sprenger.

Sprenger said the focus was to make the all-encompassing community event popular enough that it will continue in summers to come.

It’s been event director Nick Catanella’s dream to put together an all-day festival celebrating Lake Tahoe’s local scene. So, when Paesano Productions gave him free rein to make the Lake of the Sky Festival something unique, he took advantage.

“It’s kind of just something I’ve always wanted to do,” Catanella said.

The festival will feature 12 bands and three DJ’s on four stages, as well as an array of local artists at booths located in the venue. A Troubadour stage will give those who want to show off their talent an open mike to read poetry or simply rant and rave, Catanella said.

“This is the first event of its kind in Lake Tahoe,” Catanella said.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be reinvested in district parks, Catanella said. A number of capital-intensive projects, such as the new disc golf course and the proposed synthetic soccer field, should revitalize North Tahoe’s recreational areas.

“We kind of came up with the slogan, ‘keeping the park alive,'” he said.

The zero-waste and zero-emission event requires all vendors to use biodegradable materials, and a parking fee will offset carbon credits and emissions. Catanella said he wanted to encourage attendees to ride their bikes, walk or take a bus to the event.

Paesano Productions hopes to make the festival an annual tradition.

“[The festival] captures everything that makes this place special,” Catanella said. “The reason that we’re all here. It gives us an excuse to come together and celebrate.”

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