Phil Lesh and friends will headline one day July 22 Lake Tahoe Fest

Phil Lesh & Friends will deliver a headlining performance of what promises to be a dandy for a day on Friday, July 22 Bluegrass Festival and Beyond to famous Lake Tahoe, which straddles the borders of California and Nevada. General admission festival attendees will be serenaded by 10 free-spirited bands on two stages at the Hard Rock Outdoor Area, adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe (

For over 25 years, “Phil Lesh & Friends,” led by Grateful Dead co-founder and bassist, has presided over several different hand-picked combinations of like-minded players with pedigrees and musical acumen. Gratefully Dead. At the time of publication, the IDs of those who would play in the band, to coin a phrase, were not yet available. Regardless of the ensemble, fans can expect cohesive, well-crafted and peppy respectful renditions of most Grateful Dead songs, with Lesh’s bass playing a big part in upbeat and cathartic jams.

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Immediately preceding Phil Lesh & Friends will be legendary longtime Colorado bluegrass/jam band Leftover Salmon, dobro-led Montana’s Lil Smokies, and San Francisco Bay Area “swamptronic experimental music” band Dirtwire. And the day’s itinerary also includes famed Lake Tahoe fiddle-infused bluegrass/alt-country jammers, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Northern California roots-rock/psychedelic trending band, Achilles Wheel.

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Lake Tahoe, a popular resort town and fun destination for gnarly adventure seekers any day of the year, will host the shindig, which features — in addition to the delightful lineup of improvised bohemian musicians — casino games, water and mountain sports, and postcard-worthy views along its 72-mile coastline. At 6,000 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe also offers cool summer temperatures that provide relief from the midsummer heat. The stage will be set up, so to speak, with 40,000 square feet of real grass and a large shade structure under which dance-loving music fans can frolic, the festival co-producer and venue manager said. Ryan Kronenberg.

Uncle Phil in Berkeley - photos by Alan Sheckter

The history books show that while California hosted the most Grateful Dead shows of any state, very few Dead shows were held in the Lake Tahoe area. Here are the few confirmed:

08/19/1967, Grateful Dead, American Legion Hall, South Lake Tahoe, California

08/25 & 1967/26, Grateful Dead, Kings Beach Bowl, Kings Beach, California

22/02 to 24/1968, Grateful Dead (“Trip & Ski”), Kings Beach Bowl, Kings Beach, CA

12/5/1974, Grateful Dead, Mackay Stadium, University of Reno, Reno, NV (about an hour from Lake Tahoe)

1982-03-13, Grateful Dead, Centennial Coliseum, Reno, NV (about an hour from Lake Tahoe)

8/24/1985, Grateful Dead, Boreal Ridge Ski Resort, Soda Springs, CA, (about 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe)

06/25/2000, Phil Lesh & Friends, Grand Sierra Resort Amphitheater, Reno, NV (about an hour from Lake Tahoe)

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Following a recent Phil & Friends show at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., die-hard Grateful Dead fan Kronenberg said he made the suggestion to a few friends who could host an event. equally prominent, including Dan Sheehan of Good Vibez Presents, who has produced the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, Calif., since 2010, and is involved with the Levitate Festival, which Phil Lesh and friends are scheduled to perform on July 9. Soon these like-minded entertainment frontrunners were talking and planning, and before long Bluegrass and Beyond had its headliners. The event is produced through a partnership between Good Vibez Presents and PR Entertainment.

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Luckily, Bluegrass and Beyond is the first of three one-day festivals on the same weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s outdoor arena. Bass Camp Festival V, an annual EDM event featuring Slander, is scheduled for Saturday; followed by the fifth annual Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival on Sunday, featuring Slightly Stoopid. More information on the three events:

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This year’s first Bluegrass and Beyond Festival revives the name of much smaller Bluegrass and Beyond events held between 2009 and 2011, also on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Kronenberg, who is a co-founder of the Hangtown Music Festival, helped pitch the latest of those, which featured Keller Williams, Peter Rowan and Hot Buttered Rum.

Good Vibez Presents & PR Entertainment Press Release

Friday, July 22, 2022 -- Hard Rock Outdoor Arena

Banjos, flattop guitars, fiddles, mandolins and more – the Lake Tahoe Bluegrass and Beyond Festival will have you dancing in the Tahoe sun and into the night with the unique combination of mountain music, bluegrass, jams and jazz of each group. The popular summer music and arts festival has officially announced its lineup to music lovers in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Lake Tahoe. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe will host the event, Friday, July 22, 2022, in the Hard Rock Outdoor Arena.

This year’s lineup will include Phil Lesh & Friends, Leftover Salmon, Dirtwire, The Lil Smokies, Dead Winter Carpenters, Groove Session, Tim Snider & Wolfgang Timber, Achilles Wheel, Boot Juice and Bison.

Phil Lesh, founding member of the Grateful Dead, will soon announce his list of “friends” coming with him to perform in Lake Tahoe. Lesh toured with a regularly rotating lineup of musicians that included Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jorma Kaukonen, Jimmy Herring, Robben Ford and members of Phish, Little Feat, The String Cheese Incident, Moe and more. Renowned for his three-decade stint as bassist of the Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh has proven a fan favorite as much for his distinctive jazz playing as for his staunch dedication to the band, overseeing the quality of every legitimate release.

To the Bluegrass & Beyond range will be added Leftover Salmon. Few bands stick around for 30 years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy that marks them as a truly special and unique type band. And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. From their beginnings as a progressive, forward-thinking bluegrass band that had the courage to add drums to the mix and weren’t afraid to incorporate a number of highly combustible styles into their sound constantly evolution, to their role as pioneers of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as influential statesmen of that scene – casting a huge shadow over every festival they play – Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in maintaining the traditional music from the past alive, simultaneously pushing that sound forward with their own eerily unique style.

The festival grounds will feature a beautiful 30,000 square foot lawn, beautiful shade structures and sails, a vendor village with arts, crafts, clothing, festival merchandise, and more, a paint wall from live artists and great food and drink offerings. This is an event for all ages. Minors under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are on sale now at and range from $79.00-$99.00 for general admission, to $179 VIP which includes a front-stage viewing area, private food and drink vendors, luxury portable toilets and access to an exclusive pool party with live music all day and late into the night.

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