Valhalla Arts & Music Festival starts Sunday |

Valhalla Arts & Music Festival starts Sunday

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The Tahoe Tallac Association kicks off its annual Valhalla Arts & Music Festival at the Tallac Historic Site Sunday, with the first installment of the “Music on the Lawn” concert series featuring the South Tahoe High School Jazz Band.

The young jazz musicians are the first in a schedule of events including plays, concerts and improv comedy continuing through Sept. 1

“One of the highlights is that we’re doing improv twice a month instead of once a month, because it’s been so successful. So that’s always been a locals favorite, as well as we get a lot of people from the campgrounds around there, that’s kind of exciting,” said Festival Director David Hamilton. “Also our free Music on the Lawn concerts, we’ve got a little bit more than last year. We got a grant for them this year, so we expanded that a little bit, so that’s going to be pretty cool. And then we’ve just got a really good lineup of music and the three plays, just like we did last year, are all really good.”

This year’s lineup sees the return of old favorites as well as some acts new to the festival.

“We’ve got people coming back like Solid Air, Jodi Morris, who have always been hits over the last couple years. I’ve got a zydeco group coming in, actually, July 7 that’s never been up here, called Z.O.O.M.,” Hamilton said. “The other cool thing is later in August. Bill Mize has played here many years ago, but he’s a pretty substantial finger-style guitarist on an international level and we were lucky to get him.”

Beer, wine and hot drinks are sold at concerts in the Boathouse Theatre. The Association is also considering obtaining the permits necessary to serve beer and wine at the “Music on the Lawn” series, Hamilton said. The Tallac Historic Site is located just west of Camp Richardson off Highway 89 at the South Shore.

Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Action