Lake Tahoe's Inaugural Big Blue Music & Brews Festival, May 27-29

Memorial Day weekend includes the largest free three-day festival ever
held in South Lake Tahoe with 40 artists across 14 venues

April 22, 2022 (SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev.) – The inaugural free Big Blue Music & Brews Festival will take the winter blues away with 40 artists performing across 14 venues spanning from the downtown corridor at The Shops at the Heavenly Village through the south end of town at Camp Richardson’s lakefront Beacon Bar & Grill, May 27-29. 

Featured artists include Pablo Cruise, an American pop/rock band from San Francisco; Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, a San Francisco artist named BB King’s ‘Entertainer of the year’; Scott Pemberton O Theory, a funky, surfy, rock band from Portland, Oregon; The Laurie Morvan Band a five-piece high-energy rocking blues band from Long Beach, Calif.; Dennis Johnson and The Revelators, San Francisco native recognized as “slide guitar master” by Guitar World Magazine; and more than a dozen local artists, all spread throughout 14 of the top venues in South Lake Tahoe. 

Jamming through the holiday weekend the array of music stages highlights the destination’s iconic beachside experience, panoramic views of the lake and mountains, and outdoor patio vibes at local breweries each afternoon and night underneath the stars. 

Lake Tahoe has partnered with MOPO to offer an official mobile app for the festival to help locals and visitors find unique, meaningful, and local things to do. In the app’s #BigBlue channel, visitors can view the most up-to-date schedule, information on venues and artists, get directions, and more. Visit to download.

Parking is limited, biking or alternative transportation is encouraged. Tag and follow along utilizing #bigblue. Here’s a breakdown at each venue and for more information visit:


The Shops at the Heavenly Village:

  • Ted Kennedy + The Residents, Friday, 1-5 p.m.
  • Wesley Orsolic Band, Saturday, 1-6 p.m.
  • DJ Osirus, Saturday and Sunday, 6-7 p.m.
  • Pablo Cruise, Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
  • Pamela Parker Fantastic Machine, Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
  • Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Sunday, 7-9 p.m.


Lakeview Commons

  • Kareeta, Saturday, 12-2:30 p.m.
  • Scott Pemberton O Theory, Saturday, 3-6 p.m.   
  • Dennis Johnson + The Revelators, Sunday, 12-2:30 p.m.   
  • Laurie Morvan Band, Sunday, 3-6 p.m. 

TIKI Bar at Tahoe Beach Retreat

  • Local Anthology, Saturday, 2-6 p.m.
  • Taking Root, Sunday, 2-6 p.m.

The Beacon Bar & Grill at Camp Richardson Resort

  • Bread and Butter, Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
  • In Kahootz, Sunday, 1-5 p.m.


Aleworx at the “Y”

  • Green Buddha Band, Friday, 5-9 p.m.
  • Audiobox, Saturday, 5-9 p.m. 
  • Arizona Jones, Sunday, 5-9 p.m.

South Lake Brewing Company (SLBC) 

  • Darren Senn, Friday, 5-8 p.m.
  • Bison Bluegrass Band, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. to celebrate SLBC’s 5th year anniversary

South of North Brewing

  • Thomas Brandolin, Saturday, 12-4:30 p.m.
  • Sean Hodge, Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
  • Randall Ide, Sunday, 12-4:30 p.m. 
  • Mark Sheets, Sunday, 5-10 p.m. 

The Hangar

  • Josbeatz, Friday, 5-8 p.m.
  • The Gold Souls, Saturday, 3-6 p.m.
  • Pat Hull, Sunday, 3-6 p.m.


  • Ditchweed Harvest, Saturday, 12-3:30 p.m.
  • Ash Relics, Saturday, 4-8 p.m.
  • Fred Archer Wilson, Sunday, 12-3:30 p.m. 
  • Dan Zook & Jon Sils, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.

Basecamp Pizza

  • Jordan Michael Bagheri + Kristen Lynn Stephens, Saturday, 12-4 p.m.  
  • Luis Rubio, Saturday, 4:30-9 p.m.  
  • Kris Munn, Sunday, 12-4 p.m. 

California Burger

  • Kaizaac “Kai” Porter Late Night Show indoors, Saturday, 9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Rox Christensen Late Night Show indoors, Sunday, 9-11:30 p.m.

McP’s Taphouse

  • Bread and Butter, Friday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
  • In Kahootz, Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
  • TBD, Sunday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Poke’ Rok

  • Luis Rubio, Saturday, 12-4:30 p.m.  

Ten Crows BBQ

  • Off Piste, Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
  • Ash Relics, Sunday, 5-9 p.m.

*Times/artists are subject to change, recommend confirming via the app or website.

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The Shops at the Heavenly Village and Lakeview Commons are two of the 14 venues with 40 artists
for the inaugural free Big Blue Music & Brews Festival, May 27-29.

Contact: Jenn Boyd or Phil Weidinger, Weidinger Public Relations, 775-588-2412 or


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