It’s the countdown to 2014 and casino resorts have lined up a particularly enticing array of entertainment and parties.
One of those parties is set to last Sunday through Tuesday. That’s the SnowGlobe Music Festival at South Lake Tahoe, featuring more than 50 artists on three stages, fireworks and ski/snowboard events. A sampling of the billed artists gives a taste of the expected hands-in-the-air, blissed-out atmosphere – Tiesto, Kaskade, Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. Snoop Lion), Zeds Dead, Beats Antique, Gramatic, Claude Vonstroke, and the recently announced Cut Copy from Australia (headlining New Year’s Eve).
The “Big Air” portion of the festival showcases pro athletes of the Lake Tahoe basin launching off a jump 30-plus-feet into the air, offering plenty of chances to witness “mistys,” back flips, and 720s and other tricks in between musical sets.
SnowGlobe is hosted on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus, with its 10,000 square feet of enclosed space to get warm. Tickets run $164 for a three-day pass with single-day admissions for $79 and $84 ($135, $145 VIP). ( snowglobemusicfestival.com)
Other Tahoe holiday events include the MontBleu’s annual “New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” in three venues – Blu Nightclub, Opal Ultra-Lounge and the convention center – with live music from San Francisco’s party band Glam Cobra ($55, $75 Tuesday; montbleuresort.com). Tainted Love, the ’80s cover band, is set to play Harrah’s Tahoe Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $33) with a New Year’s Eve “Golden Dreams” blow-out planned for the hotel’s PEEK nightclub, with mash-up stars DJs from Mars ($112; SouthShoreRoom.com).
An impressive lineup ends 2013 at Thunder Valley, commencing with a “Holiday Jam” featuring the Whisperers and the SOS Band Saturday (7:30 p.m.; $55.60, $65.50, $79.50). Country superstar Mark Chesnutt is joined by Confederate Railroad Sunday (7:30 p.m.; $37.50, $55.50, $99.50) and comedian Frank Caliendo performs Monday (8:30 p.m.; $42.50, $55.50, $72.50). The big night is full of retro rock and great soul with Tower of Power and the Average White Band (9 p.m.; $59.50, $72.50, $89; thundervalleyresort.com).
Other ways to celebrate the ringing in of 2014: Check out the “Illusion Fusion” show Monday at Tahoe’s Horizon Casino Resort, starring magician Alex Ramon ($39.95), the first performer to earn the title “Magical Zingmaster” for Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey (a 10:30 p.m. show is for adults only; ticketfly.com).
Or just celebrate 2014 early by avoiding the traffic (Highway 50 at South Lake Tahoe is traditionally cordoned off) and heading to Cache Creek Saturday for the tasty New Orleans/Caribbean sound of Mumbo Gumbo, offered at a price that’s likely more affordable than anything comparable on New Year’s Eve (8 p.m.; free or $20 with club card; cachecreek.com).