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Bluesdays at Squaw Valley return

The Blues at Squaw Valley
The Blues at Squaw Valley
Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows PR/Matt Palmer

Blues fans will be happy to hear that Bluesdays are returning to Squaw Valley this summer.

Bluesdays are back
Photo courtesy of Squaw/Alpine PR/Matt Palmer

Every Tuesday evening, from June 17 to August 26, the calendar at Squaw replaces Tuesday with Bluesdays. The music will pour out at the Village Events Plaza, starting at 6:30 p.m..

According to Amelia Richmond and Melissa Brouse, the PR team at Squaw and Alpine Meadows,

"The weekly festival features some of the most applauded musical talent from all over the country including Grammy nominated musician Mark Hummel, Billboard Top 100 artist Paul Thorn, and internationally touring “powerhouse” performer Nikki Hill. The Blues Monsters, a homegrown blues group from Reno-Tahoe, will also take the stage to wow the crowd with their impressive musical chops.

In addition to the live concerts in The Village, guests can also sample delicious “Blue Plate" food specials like sushi, gyros or pizza, and kick back with a cold brew, glass of wine or cocktail from the Blues Bar. Village shops and boutiques will offer Bluesdays shopping specials for those looking to scoop up some of the best deals of summer."

Take advantage of the reduced rate on the Tram and head up to High Camp while you're here. The Tram ride is reduced by $10 for adults, and $5 for children. High Camp has a pool, roller skating, hiking and a climbing wall. There's also a bit of view into the valley from there too.

If you go, take advantage of the discount for lodging as well. Stay in a condo style suite in the Village for $99. For complete details, call 877.297.2140, or visit the online lodging package site.

Here is the complete listing of the talent that will be singing, and playing, the blues, according to the press release:

"June 17: The Blues Monsters – For more than 20 years, The Blues Monsters have taken center stage in Lake Tahoe and Reno. They have been voted the #1 Blues Band in North Lake Tahoe for 7 years running by bringing the crowd to their feet during their lively shows.

June 24: Mark Hummel Band Ft. Little Charlie Baty – Mark Hummel is a Grammy nominated artist and winner of two Blues Music Awards this year. His trademark harmonica sound coupled with a strong sense of swing keeps the crowd engaged and enjoying every note.

July 1: Chris Cain – Chris Cain’s unique sound has been dubbed “the future of the blues.” His jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have established him as a force on the music scene.

July 8: Studebaker John & The Hawks – Studebaker John is recognized as an exciting guitarist, fine blues harpist, and skilled vocalist, with his vast musical talents coming together to create a raw blues sound.

July 15: Candye Kane – Los Angeles native Candye Kane is recognized for her sassy and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul. She puts her own contemporary twist on the classic blues style forged by the likes of Bessie Smith and Etta James, by bringing a sultry edge to the stage.

July 22: Homemade Jamz Blues Band – Hailing from Tupelo, Miss., the Homemade Jamz Blues Band is a trio of young, powerful musicians who, despite their youth, sing of love, betrayal and hard times as if they have lived a life rich in strife.

July 29: Paul Thorn – This Tupela, Miss. native has been pleasing crowds for years with his bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern style of music. His 2010 album "Pimps and Preachers," broke into the Billboard Top 100, perfectly exemplifying the vivid scope of his songwriting and musical talent.

August 5: Nikki Hill – She may be a newcomer, but Nikki Hill is climbing her way to the top of the roots music scene and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. She has a soulful sound that was born while singing in the gospel choirs at church as a child. After pairing up with her rock-and-roll guitar playing husband, the two, along with other members of their band, make an unstoppable team establishing themselves as roots and rock and roll powerhouses.

August 12: Hamilton Loomis – Hamilton Loomis has the ability to bridge the gap between generations of music-lovers with his blend of myriad influences, clever songwriting and an expressive voice that defies description. His energetic, get-in-the-crowd antics are infectious, bringing the crowd to their feet, swaying and clapping.

August 19: Shane Dwight – Shane Dwight’s specialty is guitar. With eight CDs and two “Live” DVDs under his belt, Dwight’s music has been played on hundreds of radio stations in over 40 different countries, earning him considerable praise and accolades along the way. He has garnered a solid reputation as a “guitar slinger,” and has shared the stage with blues greats including B.B. King, Etta James, Los Lonely Boys, and the Doobie Brothers."

It's intense, wonderful, and free. Impressive just about covers it.