By Nick McCabe - Front Row Photo (extended photo slideshow)
Where does it all begin? Something spurs the creative spirit inside. Whether it’s something seen or something heard, it’s a beginning. For me it was seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. For John Lennon and Paul McCartney it was getting their hands on American blues records and hearing Elvis Presley on the radio. Whatever the spark is that lights the fire, once it’s lit, things start to happen.
Then comes hundreds of hours of practice, experimentation and discovery. That’s what it takes to hone your skills and become a musician. Then you need someplace to cut your teeth and show the public what you’ve got. Someplace to test your skills in front of an audience, and Leland Faegre supports this cause. He believes in giving musicians that stage so much that he expanded his Coyote Grill restaurant and bar in Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe by adding a performance venue to it with the specific purpose of giving the local talent a stage to play on. The Coyote Den not only has a stage, it has drums, a sound system, lighting, a grand piano, and a control room complete with a mixing board and broadcasting equipment for live remote broadcasts on KTHO, K-Tahoe Radio. This is a set up like no other that I’ve ever seen.
With this new facility, Leland is partnering with Lake Tahoe Community College for new broadcast communications, recording laboratory and post production courses beginning this fall from The Den in the Coyote Grill. Anybody interested in these courses should contact the Dean of Instruction, Kurt Green at the college at (530) 541-4660, ext 225.
The Coyote Grill opened it’s Coyote Den expansion officially this past March and has been offering live music almost every night since. The range of performers runs the gamut from young novices to professional musicians that play the Tahoe circuit. Every Saturday afternoon Captain Tom 'Buzz' Conley's 'Blues Cruise' program broadcasts live on KTHO Radio from 4 to 6 from the Coyote Den.
Also included in this expansion was the addition of a pizza oven. The Coyote Grill offers a great selection of fresh food and drinks served up by a friendly and professional staff that is a pleasure to know. I have yet to have a bad meal or unpleasant experience at The Coyote Grill.
Leland’s musical interests run deep. Besides bringing this venue to Lake Tahoe he is also founder and owner of On Top Of A Cloud Project Recording Studio located at Lake Tahoe, and he is a published ASCAP artist. On Top Of a Cloud is a broadcast partner of KTHO AM and FM, music publisher, record label, talent agency and recording facility subsidiary of Milky Way Incorporated (dba Coyote Grill). Musical skills run in the family with his daughter, ASCAP Singer/Songwriter Deirdre Leah Faegre being a regular performer at The Den. Deirdre is working in the On Top Of a Cloud studio on an, as yet untitled new CD of her original compositions.
If you find yourself in the South Shore or Zephyr Cove area of Lake Tahoe you should make a point of visiting the Coyote Grill / Coyote Den for food, and drinks and music. Any musicians interested in finding out more about playing at The Coyote Den should contact Leland at (775) 586-1822.