CVI celebrates 29th with concert and splash dogs |

CVI celebrates 29th with concert and splash dogs

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Blues Monsters plays Aug. 24 at Carson Valley Inn's new outdoor theater.
Special to The R-C |

The Carson Valley Inn is celebrating its 29th birthday on Sunday with blues, brews and splash dogs.

The day’s events include a free Splash Dogs Jumping Competition in the afternoon, a free Blues Monsters concert in the new outdoor Valley Sky Theatre in the evening, and activities all day in the casino.

The outdoor festivities start in the north parking lot at noon with the first Splash Dogs competition round. Additional rounds are at 2 and 4 p.m. and the finals are at 6 p.m. Local dogs are welcome to compete for a $20 entry fee, and guest services has the guidelines. The public is encouraged to bring dogs to try it and learn for free.

“Splash Dogs is a nationally recognized dog enthusiast company that organizes and promotes dock jumping events in a family oriented competitive atmosphere,” organizers said. “Splash Dogs is a sanctioning body for dock jumping and dock diving events like you may have seen on TV.”

The Blues Monsters perform 5-8:30 p.m. in the new Valley Sky Theatre in the north lot with a break at 6 p.m. for the Splash Dogs finals. There will be drink specials, free ice cream bars, free popcorn and free children’s activities 5-8 p.m.

The Blues Monsters are a blues band performing a combination of R&B, funk, jazz and Chicago-style blues. The group has been voted the No. 1 blues band in North Lake Tahoe for seven years running.

“Whether paying respects to the masters of traditional blues, or rockin’ out other tunes, The Blues Monsters get the whole house up and dancing,” organizers said. “Members of the band have shared the stage with a monster cast of musicians: Journey’s Neal Schon, the Drifters, David Coverdale of Whitesnake, Jimmy Page, Creedence Clearwater’s Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, Stephen Stills, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, Bo Diddley, Grateful Dead’s Bob Wier, Booker T and the MGs, The Commitments, Kenny Logins, Kenny Neal, Tinsley Ellis, Pablo Cruise and more.”

This is the kickoff concert for the Inn’s new outdoor Valley Sky Theatre which features seating for more than 800 people, a large raised stage area for optimum act visibility, beverage service areas, permanent restrooms and more.

Inside the Carson Valley Inn casino on Sunday, August 11, free cake and champagne will be served 2-3 p.m. and 9-10 p.m., free birthday T-shirts will be distributed at random times throughout the day while supplies last and INN Club members triple points from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will also be drawings for up to $5,000 in the casino at 3, 4, 9 and 10 p.m.