Two events this weekend at Lake Tahoe offer a study in contrasts.
Bass Camp at MontBleu Outdoor Event Center centers on electronic dance music and features intense big-screen visuals; Wanderlust at Squaw Valley provides an opportunity to use the lake's natural splendors to enhance the meditation experience.
British Columbia's Excision is set to headline Bass Camp and will use the Executioner Video & Lighting Installation that was seen earlier this year at Coachella. The Executioner will project massive 3-D animations synced to Excision's set.
Earplugs may be advisable, as organizers promise more than 100,000 watts of sound.
Also on the bill: Adventure Club; the Dubstep Duo from Montreal; Seven Lions from Santa Barbara; the M Machine Live from San Francisco; Flasko Daniels from San Francisco; and AndDrop!, also, from the Bay Area, which just saw its debut EP "Boogaloo" hit the top spot on the Beatport chart.
Locals who will open the show include Dead Robot and BeatKarma.
Bass Camp is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.; $35 in advance; Ticketmaster.com.
Wanderlust is a three-day festival, running today through Sunday, bringing to the lake famous yoga instructors including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Rod Stryker, as well as musical performers of several styles.
Most full-package tickets have been snapped up, but individual entry into various events is still possible, including a DJ set by Moby (10-11:30 p.m. Saturday, $25) and his acoustic set with strings (4-5:15 p.m. Sunday, $15).
There's even stand-up paddleboard yoga that doesn't pop up often. Visit squaw.wanderlustfestival .com
Around Northern California
A rare chance to hear a great blues player free of charge Maxx Cabello Jr. returns to one of his favorite spots, the cabaret at Red Hawk in Placerville, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight; www.redhawkcasino.com.
Another great blues player performs Saturday at Cache Creek in Brooks, but you have to pay to hear Jonny Lang (8 p.m.; $45 general admission standing; $59 reserved seating; cachecreek.com).
What promises to be a memorable evening of norteño folk corridos takes place tonight at Thunder Valley in Lincoln as Larry Hernandez brings Maggie Leon to open his show (8 p.m.; $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $62.50, $75.50; thundervalleyresort.com).
In different vein, the blasting sounds of Ted Nugent rock musician and a outspoken hunter who has found himself in the critical cross hairs during the recent gun debate can be heard at Jackson Rancheria on Sunday in Jackson (8 p.m.; $40, $60, $80; jacksoncasino.com).
Carson Valley Inn Cabaret Lounge: Jo Mama, Saturday; Dale Poune, Sunday-Wednesday; Stew Stewart, Thursday-July 27; Lisa-Marie Johnson, July 28-31. (775) 782-9711.
Eldorado, Reno Biggest Little City's Block Party, Fridays-Saturdays. Showroom: "Grease," Tuesdays-Sundays, Tuesday through Nov. 10. (800) 648-5966.
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Rock Sugar, July 27; The Meter Men, July 30; Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, Aug. 3. (800) 427-7247.
Harrah's Reno Sammy's Showroom: Biggest Little Sideshow, through Oct. 13. The Stage @ the Zone: Chili Sauce, today-Saturday; Drive, next Friday-July 27. Convention Center: Jeff Bridges & the Abiders, Aug. 4. Outdoor Plaza: X-Fest, Saturday; Keyser Soze, July 27. (800) 427-7247.
Harveys, Lake Tahoe Improv: Mike Pace, today-Sunday; Rondell Sheridan, Wednesday-July 28. Outdoor Arena: Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry, today. (800) 427-8397.
MontBleu Resort, Lake Tahoe Showroom: the Village People, Aug. 3; Whitney Cummings, Aug. 9. Blu Nightclub: Full Moon EDM (electric dance music) Experience, Nit Grit and Kraddy (founder of the Glitch Mob), Equinox, Mr. Rooney, Shap-er, Monday. (888) 829-7630.
Silver Legacy, Reno Grand Exposition Hall: Johnny Mathis, July 27; Engelbert Humperdinck, Aug. 3; Howie Mandel, Aug. 9. (800) 687-8733.