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TAMA show to present music’s ‘Legends’

Paul Raymore

Inspired by legendary performers such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Aretha Franklin, the Truckee Alliance for the Musical Arts (TAMA) will present a benefit concert for local music students’ continuing education this Thursday through Sunday at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay.

TAMA’s “Legends” concert will feature approximately 35 of the 100 or so members in what has become known as “Truckee’s largest band” and a dedicated supporter of the musical arts in the community.

“We kind of think we have a unique and noble cause because we choose to raise money for music students, and our way of doing that is by playing music,” said Keith Shannon, the president of the organization.

“Here we have musicians going out and raising money for future musicians,” he added, noting that the schools and the government have largely neglected the financing needs of the arts in communities like Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

The Legends show will showcase music made by influential musicians from the folk, rock, soul, country and R&B genres, according to Legends director Laurie Martin.

“What we want to share is the stories and the lives of these icons, and the impact they’ve had on music over the decades,” she said.

Music from more than 20 different artists has been brought together to make up a show that Shannon claims will be well worth the price of admission, especially considering that all the proceeds go to fund scholarships for local students who are furthering their musical education.

“Where else can you go out for two to three hours for $15 and feel like you’re supporting something worthwhile,” Shannon said.

Over the past 16 years, TAMA has given away approximately $50,000 of scholarships to students from the Truckee-North Tahoe area, many of whom have returned to this area to play or teach music.

“It’s wonderful to see the high school students go on to study music and then come back and perform,” said Martin, citing former Tahoe Truckee High School student Tawny Seagoe, who is doing the set directing for the Legends show, as an example.

The Legends theme was developed by the TAMA board of directors and chosen because it will offer something for everyone in the audience.

“Just the power of legendary music through the generations has really inspired me as the director,” said Martin, adding that “This is not your typical sit-down-and-listen-to-two-hours-of-music type of show. This is a night out. It’s a social event.”

While the emphasis will certainly be on playing the music, Martin noted that the show’s emcee, Ed Miller, will also share with the audience some of the stories behind the legendary performers who first played the songs in the show.

Both Martin and Shannon are pleased to be able to present the show in the Tahoe Biltmore’s Nevada Room, a setting they feel is equal to the legendary music the band will perform.

“We are so grateful for their collaboration in this venture,” Martin said of the Biltmore Lodge. “To be able to have a nice venue like that is great. They have really stepped up to be a great supporter and partner.”

Concertgoers will be able to experience the Legends show from the comfort of table seating in the Biltmore’s Nevada Room, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served throughout the performances.

As always, a dance floor will be set up for those inspired to get up out of their seats by the legendary sounds of some of the greatest performers in history.

Go to the show

The TAMA performance of Legends will take place on April 1 3 in the Nevada Room of the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a Sunday matinee performance on April 4 with the doors opening at 3 p.m. and the show starting at 4 p.m.

Tickets for the Legends show cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Tahoe Biltmore cashier’s cage, Between the Notes in Truckee, the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, the North Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the Web at http://www.tamamusic.org.

For more information call 550-8441 or visit http://www.tamamusic.org.