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Carson Valley Inn offers free Cabaret Lounge shows through August; Blues, Brews & Splash Dogs event Aug. 11

By Chris Moran

MINDEN — The Carson Valley Inn offers free entertainment in its Cabaret Lounge through August, as well as a free Blues Monsters concert Aug. 11 in its new, outdoor Events Center.

CVI offers free live entertainment in its Cabaret Lounge from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment may be delayed for major sports events. The Cabaret Lounge schedule is as follows:

  • Paul Covarelli, July 23-24. Covarelli started the group Jo Mama more than 20 years ago and also performs with other local bands.
  • Stew Stewart, July 25-27. A Nevada entertainer for more than four decades, Stewart performs all types of music, including country, blues, oldies, classic rock and Motown.
  • Lisa-Marie Johnston, July 28-31. Johnston, a singer-songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area, defines her music style as “stomp and groove.”
  • Chili Sauce, Aug. 1-3. The group performs R&B dance music from the ’70s and ’80s as well as early soul and rock ’n’ roll.
  • George Pickard, Aug. 4-7. Pickard’s accomplishments include co-writing “What Did You Do with Your Old Forty Fives” for Bobby Vinton and performing as one of the Kingsmen (“Louie, Louie”).
  • Hot Rods, Aug. 8-10. The band featuring Scott Porter on guitar and vocals, Dave Somers on saxophone and vocals, Dave Shuman on bass and vocals, Walter Alexander on keyboards and Seth Affoumado on drums and vocals performs classic hits from the ’50s and ’60s.
  • Paul Covarelli, Aug. 11-14. See above.
  • The Steppen Stonz,  Aug. 15-17. The band, featuring vocalists Michael Hill and Arthur Hayden, performs Broadway tunes, oldies, Motown and pop.
  • Dale Poune, Aug. 18-21. Poune, who plays guitar, dobro, mandolin and bass, has worked with the Fortunes, Buddy Miles, the Coasters and the Drifters, and currently is working with Lacy J. Dalton.
  • The McBride Brothers, Aug. 22-24. The band performs ‘60s rock ’n’ roll.

CVI also is offering a free Blues Monsters concert Aug. 11 as part of its Blues, Brews & Splash Dogs event. The Splash Dogs competition, next to the Valley Sky Theatre, includes preliminary rounds at noon, 2 and 8 p.m., with finals at 6 p.m. Local dogs are welcome, and all activities are free. The Blues Monsters concert runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (with a break at 6 p.m. for the Splash Dog finals).

CVI  is on U.S. 395 in Minden near the start of Nevada 88, 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe’s South Shore and 45 minutes south of Reno. The property includes a casino, sports and race book, 150-room hotel, 74-room motor lodge, 59-site RV park and a convenience store with Shell gas and diesel fuel. CVI also has banquet and meeting rooms and services plus three dining facilities: CV Steak, Katie’s and Job’s Perk.

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