Without a suitable home, the Bass Camp and Reggae festivals are not happening in Tahoe this year.
Paul Reder through PR Productions started the concerts in the parking lot of Lake Tahoe Hard Rock.
His customers want to be on grass. And while he accommodated them to a point, it wasn’t feasible to lay sod down across the entire asphalt parking area. Last year 10,000-square-feet of grass was brought in.
Reder spoke at a City Council meeting in January about his desire to move the concerts to the community ball fields where SnowGlobe is staged. With the turf being laid this season at the new field, the council was lukewarm at best to this idea. It never got approval.
North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista has been used before, but snow from last winter damaged the fields and made it off limits this year.
All of this has forced Reder to cancel the Tahoe concerts for 2017. He’s hoping for a different outcome in 2018.
Reder isn’t letting the setbacks stop him. He has started to offer regular live reggae at The Loft in South Lake Tahoe on Sundays and the Bass Camp show has moved to the Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno on July 8.
— Lake Tahoe News staff report