New Monsoon to close out Homewood Days

Josh Sweigert
The Bay Area's New Monsoon headlines the Homewood Days Festival this weekend.
Courtesy photo |

If you go

What: Homewood Days Festival

When: 3-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Where: Homewood Mountain Resort

Tickets: Free

Homewood Mountain Resort’s annual summer celebration, Homewood Days, will take place this weekend with a variety of activities and a live concert featuring New Monsoon.

“We want to give back to the community we call home,” Homewood Event Coordinator Briitni Kern said. “Our goal is to combine fun, family and friends and tie it in with the natural beauty that is Tahoe’s West Shore, and there is no better way to do that than with live music and an array of outdoor summer activities.”

Kicking off at 3 p.m. Friday and continuing through Saturday evening, Homewood Days will combine recreation and education with a paddleboard expedition, a BEAR League appearance, yoga, a cornhole tournament, a history presentation and more. Activities for kids include a bounce house, face-painting and balloon animal-making, among others.

Bay Area rock band New Monsoon will headline the Saturday evening concert, bringing a number of fresh tunes to fans and new listeners alike.

“We’re headed up to Homewood this weekend, we’re pretty excited about that,” guitarist Jeff Miller told Lake Tahoe Action.

Formed in Marin County in 1997, New Monsoon is Miller, Bo Carper (acoustic guitar, banjo), Phil Ferlino (keys), Marshall Harrell (bass) and Michael Pinkham (drums).

“The sound of the band has changed throughout the years,” Miller said in a April interview. “At one point for awhile we were actually a seven-piece band. We had percussion, we had a guy who played tabla drums, an Indian instrument, and also a full percussionist that played congas and cymbals. We were doing a world electric kind of sound, more like Santana, very eclectic. Now we’re a little bit more straight ahead rock, but we still have the backbone of the New Monsoon material.”

The band has been at work on a new album in the last few months, recording tracks at a studio owned by a San Francisco rock legend.

“We’re psyched man, we recorded drums at TRI, which is Bob Weir’s facility up in Terra Linda,” Miller said. “We got to meet Bob while we were recording one day. We were shooting the breeze about different recording techniques, it was pretty cool.”

With the record largely in the finishing stages, New Monsoon is excited to play some new material in front of fans.

“There’s a decent amount of brand new material, and a couple songs that we have played live but never recorded in studio,” Miller said. “So it’s kind of a healthy mix of songs that folks have heard us play live and then stuff that they’ve never heard.”

While this is the band’s first appearance at Homewood Days, New Monsoon has played its fair share of Tahoe shows, appearing often at Crystal Bay Casino.

“I don’t know much specifically about it,” Miller said of the festival. “From what I’ve heard it’s a great place to play music and it’s a really fun family-oriented event. My wife and my three-year-old son Scott are going to be there. They’re looking forward to some jamming.

“We thrive on the outdoor environment,” the guitarist said. “We’ve played many, many times in Tahoe and really enjoy it up there.”

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