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Boulevard will perform at Alpine Meadows from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.
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Boulevard will play at Alpine Meadows Check out live music on the outside deck at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort by Boulevard, a San Francisco-based Electro Hip-Hop group. BLVD’s 2009 spring U.S. tour takes them up the west coast, to the SXSW Festival in Austin, and east to Virginia ending with a tour alongside Lotus, stopping at many of the premier theaters in the North East. Regulars on the North American festival circuit, BLVD’s latest release, “Music For People,” is their first record featuring MC Souleye on vocals. Souleye has graced the stages with such acts as The Glitch Mob, String Cheese and Bassnectar before permanently joining BLVD in 2007. Souleye’s partnership with BLVD is a natural convergence of two unique styles. Word of their high energy dance parties quickly spread through message boards, blogs and word of mouth, earning them a loyal underground following that’s begun spreading to the masses. This is a free show. Lift tickets, however, are not free.

Dinner with the Beer MakerEvergreen Chef/Owner David Lutz and Black Diamond Brewmaster Derek Smith serve a four-course dinner. Cost is $60 plus tax and tip. Appetizers will be served at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. For reservations, call (530) 581-1401.

Steep andamp; Deep Avalanche Awareness ClinicMult-media presentations by local guides, extreme skiers and weather forecasters on topics from terrain analysis, snow stability and more. This free event will be held in the Plaza Bar at Squaw Valley.

Live acoustic music at CottonwoodEnjoy the tunes of Paul Covarelli, master of blues and jazz guitar and the frontman of the popular local band, Jo Mama. Paul is equally adept at Jazz, swing, blues, Latin, country and many more styles. There is never a cover charge at Cottonwood, so feel free to just sit in and enjoy the atmosphere. Dinner reservations are a good idea, call (530) 587-5711. For more information, visit http://www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com.

Out of the Blue plays Jakes on the LakeHear the sweet sounds of Antja Thompson on vocals and fiddle, Donna Axton and keyboard and Ed Platte on guitar as Out of the Blue plays a night of free music at Jakes on the Lake. Come in early to cash in on happy hour deals and Alpenglow Dinners – an early bird special. Jakes on the Lake is located inside the Boatworks Mall on N Lake Blvd in Tahoe City. For more information, call (530) 583-0188 or visit http://www.jakestahoe.com.

Drop Theory plays free show at FiftyFifty Brewing Co. New local band Drop Theory will return to the Pastime Club this Friday to play another night of funky danceable tunes. This foursome plays a mix of choice covers and dynamic originals featuring tight arrangements, body-shakin grooves, and high-energy solos. Whether theyre covering groups ranging from old-school Randamp;B acts to modern rock bands, 70s fusion artists to 90s acid jazz ensembles, these Tahoe locals make sure to put a bit of funk in it all. Drop Theory members J Pinard (Sax), Sean McIntire (Guitar), Isaac Freed (Bass) and Alex Dobbs (Drums) each contribute to vocals and make sure that the party keeps going. So come get down with some hot funk and cold beer this Friday and get ready to drop it like its theory. No cover.

Tab Benoit plays the CBC Winner of both the 2007 and 2008 Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year by the Blues Music Association and a tireless environmental advocate for his homestate Louisiana, Benoit continues to release an album a year and perform nearly every night. The guitarist plays his second Crystal Bay show in 11 months on Friday, Jan. 30 in the Crown Room. Tickets are $15 advance, $17 day of show. Purchase online in advance at http://www.crystalbaycasino.com.

MC Radio Active plays at The Pastime Club Be prepared for a night of music rarely seen in the Truckee area when Beatbox master and positive rapper MC Radio Active takes on the mic inside The Pastime Club. Innovative to the industry, Radio Active brings hip hop into other genres, a true crossover artist. An electrifying performer, Radio Active has toured the globe as a member of the politically charged musical group Michael Franti andamp; Spearhead to audiences in theaters and festivals upwards of 100,000 people and appearing on national television programs such as David Letterman, Craig Kilborne and on MTV with the critically acclaimed single/video Rock The Nation. No cover.

Mamas Cookin plays free show at The BreezeHip-hop beats and conscious lyrics are the sound of Mamas Cookin. Their style is as much Led Zeppelin as it is G-Love. Smooth but edgy, driven by current themes with an essential nod to the great music of the past. Zebuel Early worked late nights in Memphis blues clubs and hosted his own Randamp;B radio show in Colorado. He moonlights as a deep-funk and reggae deejay when he’s not playing guitar and fronting Mama’s Cookin. Add Mike Adamo’s rock-solid drums and creative sampling to Steve LaBella’s resonant bass work and you have the Mama’s Cookin’ sound. Songs of beauty and deep intention, crafted with unique and timely lyrics leave a lasting impression.

Keep Winter Cool Be part of something larger than yourself with the enviro-friendly folks at Sugar Bowl in a day of festive social and environmental awareness. The focus will be on minimizing the carbon footprint all day as guests will be encouraged to carpool to the resort and to purchase carbon offsets. The event celebrates Sugar Bowls reliance on 100% wind energy to power the electricity for the resort. Live music will be provided from 2-5:30 p.m. by Belle Monroe andamp; Her Brewglass Boys. The main event, a photo opp to raise awareness for 350, the idea that we as a planet need to lower the carbon percentage in the atmosphere from 387 parts per million to 350 ppm to have a chance at ducking major implications of global warming, will take place at 3:50 p.m. Anyone and everyone is invited to hold up the 350 banner at exactly 3:50 p.m. at the Judah Lodge. Visit http://www.sugarbowl.com/environmentday for more details.

US Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe finals Some of the worlds best male and female snowborders will rip into Boreal Mountain Resort over the weekend to compete in the US Snowboarding Grand Prix, the first of three stops on the US National Championships. Dont miss the action from 1-2:30 p.m. with the halfpipe and X-Box Jam.

Jamaican Ski Team Celebration Truckee skier Errol Kerr (a member of the Jamaican Ski Team) will make a special appearance at the Alpine Club Party celebrating the team. This exclusive party features drink specials on Red Stripe and Tommy Bahama Rum as well as a raffle with gear from Mountain Hardware, North Face and local restaurants, raffle tickets issued with each drink purchased. Papiba andamp; Friends, from the high energy Sambada band, will perform live music. The party is free to Alpine Club members. Non-members can join for $10 at check in.

Party Mardi Gras style Support skiing for the youngsters. Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation will hold a Mardi Gras style party complete with silent auctions, as a fund raiser for the Foundation which provides quality programs, coaching and equipment for young skiers. Tickets are $75 for individual, $130 for the couple and include a New Orleans inspired dinner, dancing, wine tasting and cocktail reception. Dress to impress, there is a costume contest. For details and donations call Tracy Saunders at (775) 772-1630.

US Snowboarding Grand Prix mini slopestyle Heres your chance to watch 13 of the some of the best riders in the nation show off their stuff under the lights at Boreal Mountain Resort. As a part of the US Snowboarding Grand Prix, riders will compete in a mini slopestyle event.

Dance to tunes of the 1940sThe North Tahoe Jazz Band presents its annual 40s Night Concert from at Granlibakken Resort. Purchase advance $20-tickets, which includes appetizers and desserts by calling (530) 318-7535. 21-and-over-only. Proceeds to benefit the Jazz Bands Goodwill Tour this spring.

Drop Theory plays free show at Auld Dubliner Drop Theory will play a second night in the same weekend at Auld Dubliner in the Village at Squaw Valley. Come check out this new local band thats packing the dance floors and keeping it fresh. See Fridays listing above for more details. No cover charge.

Mamas Cookin plays free show at The BreezeHip-hop beats and conscious lyrics are the sound of Mamas Cookin. Their style is as much Led Zeppelin as it is G-Love. This band is sure to have a great dancin vibe and best yet, its a free show! See Fridays listing above for more details.

Jackie Greene Band after party w/ Eric McFadden TrioCheck out the rising sensation Jackie Greene Band in the Crystal Bay Casinos Crown Room. Jackie Greene has toured nationally with the likes of B.B. King, Phil Lesh, Huey Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy, and has played in many high profile festivals across the country, including the Rhythm andamp; Roots Festival, All Good, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, Doheny, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and more recently the first Rothbury Festival. In the summer of 2007, Jackie Greene became a member of Phil Lesh and Friends, the Grateful Dead bassist’s ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of the Dead’s extensive song book. This edition of the band also includes John Molo, Larry Campbell and Steve Molitz. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $23 advance; $27 day of show. Visit http://www.crystalbaycasino.com to purchase tickets online.

Alpenglow Skate RaceBurn your Super Bowl indulgence calories before the game even starts at the Alpenglow 20K Skate Race at Tahoe City Cross Country. Race starts at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 through Saturday, race-day reg is $25 visit http://www.tahoexc.org for details. Volunteers are also needed and free food is provided call (530) 583-3475.

US Snowboarding Grand Prix Boardercross Tahoe local and fourtime X Games boardercross champion Nate Holland has his eyes set on the podium – the tallest spot on the podium that is – and hell be out gunning for the title along with a host of other worldclass snowboarders during the US Snowboarding Grand Prix Boardercross event at Boreal Mountain Resort. The action takes place down the face of Prospector run. Go online to see what Nate had to say about this weeks Grand Prix and more. http://www.sierrasun.com/nateholland

Super Bowl XLIIIFrom the looks of the Super Bowl party listings youd think Tahoe had its own team playing in the Super Bowl. There is a party everywhere you look at local bars, restaurants and even at the ski resorts. Check out our complete Super Bowl party listings at http://www.tahoe.com/superbowl.

Beacon TrainingWhen disaster strikes, be ready to be the one who saves your friends life. Squaw Valley offers free beacon training classes on the first and 15th of every month at the Ski Patrol Base. This free class runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call (530) 452-7260 to register beforehand.


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