Songwriter Celebration Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival
September 6, 7:30 pm – Songwriter Celebration: Linda McRae, Rick Shea, and Ernest Troost – Boathouse Theatre, $20-$35
Linda McRae: Unflaggingly authentic, deeply satisfying, refreshingly acoustic imbued with a big dose of soul and a skilled musicality, Linda McRae’s warm and world-weary voice, unforgettable melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics make her one of Canada’s most captivating and sought-after artists. 2016 BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee and First Place winner in the 2017 FFC (Family Folk Choral) Songwriting Contest for Be Your Own Light.
Rick Shea: Rick Shea cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino where he grew up. He is equally at home with an acoustic guitar and a set of ballads and stories, or with his worn old Telecaster burning through a set of his own songs and a few honky-tonk standards. His songs reflect the folk, country, rock and Mexican influences he grew up with.
Ernest Troost: Ernest Troost is an Emmy award-winning composer of scores for films and television, including the cult classic Tremors and HBO’s award-winning Lesson Before Dying. He is also a recipient of the Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. His evocative style combines folk and Piedmont-blues-style guitar picking with timeless stories and colorful character portrayals drawn from the American past and present.
The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival, now in its 38th 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 on sale April 1, 2017
Traditionally, the Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival has been a summer-long program June through August, but this year the festival is expanding the season to run concerts September and a theatre production in October, making the festival a five-month affair. 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 arched 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.