There’s going to be plenty of special effects and exciting music this weekend, Aug. 6-7, at Lake Tahoe as the Hard Rock Hotel hosts the Bass Camp Festival, a celebration of electronic music.
More than 60 acts will perform on three stages and the lineup is a virtual who’s who of the genre. The visuals can often be downright spectacular. This is no festival produced on the cheap.
Krewella headlines Saturday’s concerts, the sisters Jahan Yousaf and Yasmin Yousaf being international stars specializing in all things thump – house, dubstep, hardstyle and techno. Last May they released a promotional single for their new EP “Broken Record.” Proceedings get under way at 4 p.m. Also featured will be Hermitude, Figaro and Protohype back to back, Justin Jay, and Alvin Risk, among others.
Sunday is topped with an appearance by Nero, the British trio most famous for their Grammy win for a remix of their “Promise” with Skrillex. One of the most exciting things about this type of music is its unpredictability, with yesterday’s hits always emerging as new mixes. Joining Nero will be Borgeous, Arty, Chill Harris, Nightowls, Fight Club and Aaron Jackson, among others.
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There also will be a vendor village and art wall both days.
Be aware – rules are abundant. No large-framed backpacks, folding chairs, professional audio or visual recording equipment, bicycles, glass containers, outside food and beverage, laser pointers, or camping. Those under 13 will be admitted only with parent or guardian. Everyone is subject to searches upon entering.
Tickets are one-day or two-day and range from $40 to $199 at eventbrite.com.
Bass Camp is not the only festival this weekend. Thunder Valley has one, too, only this one is a single night only. “Soulfest 2016” will feature the O’Jays, the Whispers, Evelyn Champagne King, and Howard Hewett with famous sounds like “Backstabbers” and “Shame.” (Saturday at 6 p.m.; $45.75-$149.75; thundervalleyresort.com)
On Friday night, Thunder Valley has one of the biggest comedians working today when Jim Gaffigan appears. (8 p.m.; $44.75-$139.75)
At MontBleu, there’s a new comedian in town, the delightful Pete Davidson, now entering his second season on “Saturday Night Live.” Davidson is the youngest member of the troupe and the first ever to be born in the 1990s, a landmark for that legendary show. He’s on his first national standup tour. (Saturday at 8 p.m.; $30-$40; Ticketmaster.com.)
And Gladys Knight needs no elaboration. Her Cache Creek shows are Friday and Saturday. (8 p.m.; $85-$105; cachecreek.com).