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Live entertainment at the Carson Valley Inn



The Carson Valley Inn features ongoing nightly free live entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge with no cover charge and no drink minimum.

Jo Mamma, June 10 – 11: Jo Mama conveys the same high energy whether they are playing Funk, Latin, Blues, Swing, Rock, Country or Calypso.  Jo Mama features Paul Covarelli on guitar, synthesizer and vocals and Bob Wider on bass. Drummer Jeff Bond lays down the back beat and Nancy Barker rounds out the sound on keyboards and vocals.

Extended Entertainment Saturday, June 10: George Pickard appears from 5 to 10 p.m. and Jo Mamma entertains from 10:15 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Gene LeSage, June 12 – 15: Gene “Geno” LeSage entertains on keyboards and vocals with a variety of modern country tunes and rock hits from the 70s and 80s. From 1991 through two years ago, Geno was the keyboardist and high harmony background vocalist for country music artist, Collin Raye. Brought up in Minden where his father, Gene LeSage III, owned a small recording studio, Geno spent 20 years living in Nashville before recently relocating to California where he produces, writes and collaborates on jingles, commercials, song writing and has other “irons in the fire.”

Jon Washington’s Sounds of the Fortunes, June 16 – 18:  In the 1960s the world-renowned “Invasion” group, The Fortunes, had hit recordings of “You’ve Got Your Troubles I’ve Got Mine,” “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again” and “Seasons In The Sun” that topped the music charts all over the world.  In the 1990s Washington formed a new band, Jon Washington’s Sounds of the Fortunes as a tribute to his old band mates.  Washington and his band, which also includes Mel Anderson and Don Beck, will be performing these and other mega hits of the 60s and 70s in three shows each night at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 p.m.

Paul Covarelli, June 19 – 22 and June 26 – 29:  Paul displays exceptional versatility on hits from artists like The Beatles, Merle Haggard and Jimmy Buffet plus sounds of jazz, blues and Latin.

DECADES, June 23 – 25: DECADES presents a vibrant and diverse act. From Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” to Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface”, DECADES’ double-barreled female vocalists and energized rhythm section truly shine when playing hits from the 1940’s to today. The group includes Carmen Bush (vocals, tambourine, Andrea Desmond (keyboards, vocals), Billy DiBono (drums), Will Watje (guitar, vocals), and Tobias Brooks (bass, guitar, trumpet).

Stew Stewart, June 30 – July 3:  A Stew Stewart show has something for everyone including country music, blues, oldies, comedy, classic rock, Motown and just plain ol’ fun – with a few surprises, too!  A Nevada entertainer for over four decades, Stew has appeared at over 100 state and county fairs, many as the opening act for artists such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Marie Osmond, Herman’s Hermits, The Drifters, The Coasters, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys and more!  Stew’s band is a show in itself and they will be joined by Stew for his performances at 8 p.m. Thursday and at 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Larry Elliot: July 4: “Lucky Uncle Sam” with the banjo will be performing his Yankee Doodle Dandy show from 1 to 5 p.m. on the stage and strolling throughout the casino. With no political connection with any party, he represents everything lucky. As the old antique poster we’ve all seen proclaims, “Uncle Sam Wants You” to have a good time at the CVI on Independence Day!

George Pickard, July 4 – 7: George is an accomplished performer, believable impressionist, captivating entertainer and successful song writer.  He co-wrote “What Did You Do with Your Old Forty Fives” for Bobby Vinton and he backed up many acts from the fifties and sixties including The Shirelles, The Diamonds and The Platters.  He was also one of the Kingsmen (Louie, Louie) for awhile.  George has played the Fillmore in San Francisco with acts such as Santana, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Jefferson Airplane.

Lee Alverson as Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel and Elton John: July 8 & 9:  Lee Alverson captivates audiences with his singing and his dazzling rock ‘n’ roll piano playing. He has performed well over 3,000 shows with appearances in 38 states including corporate shows for clients such as Intel Corp, Universal Studios and Coca Cola. For the past 10 years, Lee has taken on the role of “Tribute Artist” becoming one of the most successful Elton John Impersonators in the world with endorsements’ by United Tribute Artists International and The Elton John International Fan Club. He also impersonates Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel and all three of these legends will be featured in his appearances at the Carson Valley Inn. Lee’s Jerry Lee Lewis and Billy Joel tributes will be during the show starting at 8 p.m. both nights and his Elton John Tribute begins at 10 p.m.

The Carson Valley Inn (www.carsonvalleyinn.com) is located on US Highway 395 in Minden, NV near the start of State Highway 88, twenty minutes from Lake Tahoe’s south shore and 45 minutes south of Reno.  The property includes a recently-remodeled casino, 153-room hotel (including 7 just-remodeled suites and 40 just-remodeled deluxe rooms), 74-room motor lodge, 59-site RV Park, free nightly entertainment in the Cabaret Lounge and a convenience store with Shell gas and diesel fuel.  Three dining facilities include Katie’s, Job’s Perk and CV Steak, a Nevada-style steakhouse featuring steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and more.

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