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Songwriter Celebration at Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival

Wednesday, August 15 – Songwriter Celebration Featuring Amber Cross, Rod Picott and Chuck Hawthorne, 7:30 pm, Boathouse Theatre.

A performance in-the-round of three of the great modern American songwriters on one stage for one night. Buy Tickets

Chuck Hawthorne: A combat soldier with the heart of a poet, Chuck Hawthorne is a cowboy born in Amarillo, TX, a warrior, and a songwriter. His experiences working cattle on the High Plains and traveling the world in the US Marine Corps shaped much of the subject matter of the songs. He developed his voice as a songwriter riding the Texas plains with his cowboy heroes Clifton Lowe and Alvin Hamrick, sailing the Adriatic sea and picking guitar aboard the USS Iwo Jima, writing songs in the basement of a Baghdad palace.

Amber Cross: When you hear Amber Cross you might think you are listening to an archival Smithsonian recording. Her old-time voice is clear and captivating, like a strong muscle, fringed in lace. As a hunter, a fisherman, and a woman of the backcountry, she has a deep respect for the honest work that makes her a steward of the land. She makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it.

Rod Picott: A carpenter, at thirty-five Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album. The acclaimed debut record put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited a second one as a singer-songwriter. His songs center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. Picott’s eye for the revealing detail, a sense of empathy as well as a potent defiance has brought high praise from music critics.

Parking is limited at Valhalla. When our parking lot if full, you may park in the lot by our gate on Highway 89 and take the bike path in. If you have a handicapped sticker, plackard or plate there are several handicapped designated spaces. If you have questions or require assistance please call the office at 530-541-4975 at least 24 hours in advance.

Whether you are dashing up to Lake Tahoe for a quick weekend getaway, camping out or renting a cabin for a week, or you live in the region, the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival at the Heller “Valhalla” Estate hosts northern California and northern Nevada’s premier and most eclectic arts festival, featuring entertainment for literally everyone. Valhalla, a hidden Lake Tahoe treasure, is located on the Lake’s southwest shore three miles from South Lake Tahoe’s many hotels and restaurants and is walking and biking distance to several campgrounds including Fallen Lake Campground, and Camp Richardson.

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival, now in its 39th year, is a total departure from the showroom and amphitheater shows offered by the casinos. The Festival offers a diverse array of entertainment from family-friendly musical and dramatic theatre to concerts with music from all genres, internationally touring artists, and the very best in local and regional acts, comedy improv, fine art shows and workshops, and children’s art and drama camps. Tickets

Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival concerts and productions will take place in one of Valhalla’s three grand historic venues—the Grand Hall, with its massive 20-foot tall stone fireplace and walk-in hearth, it seats 120; the Grand Lawn, lush green grass that flows out from the Great Hall and seats 400; and the restored Boathouse Theatre, a stunningly unique arced space that was restored in the late 1980s with the support and vision of the famed Dr. Leo Buscaglia that seats 164.

The Heller “Valhalla” Estate is one property on the Tallac Historic Site, a group of historic estates built in the late 1800s and early 1900s by wealthy west coast timber barons and captains of industry as summer homes. Now owned by the United States Forest Service, the Pope, Baldwin, and Valhalla properties are operated by local nonprofit organizations, and are preserved and restored to create a stretch of Lake Tahoe shoreline frozen in time. Visitors enjoy interpretive features, restored buildings, museums, and wonderful beaches. Located next door to Camp Richardson, one of Tahoe’s longest operating resorts with a small hotel, cabins, campground, a general store, ice cream parlor, and the popular Beacon Grill, Valhalla is a quiet haven for exploration, picnicking, beach time, and the best arts entertainment offered in the Tahoe Basin.

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