Diego's Umbrella Live at Lakeview...

Oh man, we might just have a new favorite band- Diego's Umbrella. For the 50th concert in this series, On Course Events outdid themselves... big time.

Cyndi and I were both without our Steves but we were so glad we didn't miss this night. We learned that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego's Umbrella and those who soon will. These guys are phenomenal and are celebrated as San Francisco's Ambassadors of Gypsy Rock. World renowned, have created an irresistible cocktail that is entirely their own and we were quickly intoxicated on that irresistible cocktail.
On a planet bombarded with every possible kind of entertainment, a Diego's Umbrella show is a singular, ecstatic experience; one concert is all it takes to turn you into a believer. Night after night they effortlessly blend marching drums, harmonized shredding and gang choruses with showmanship that has all the fire and unpredictability of youth, coupled with the refinement of years of experience on the road. The group's uncanny gift for pleasing crowds, from standard clubs to huge festivals has earned them a breathless and ever-expanding following across the United States and Europe, and that connection with other cultures continues to inform their aesthetic. In their music you will hear klezmer, flamenco and punk rock all blended to pop perfection.
Jason Kleinberg's violin playing was mesmerizing. What a musical surprise to find on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
We dined on the most incredible fish tacos, sold by a local vendor. The salsa was made with watermelon. Yum.
Part of the appeal of this concert series is the fact that you never know what you might see there. This dog is a combination of my childhood dog, a Basset Hound, and our sons' childhood dog, a Black Lab mix. What a crack up. This breed was a first for me.
This budding photographer was a delight to watch as he captured the night.

The biggest musical surprise of the night was their raucous and extremely well done version of Hava Nagila that had everyone dancing wherever they were- EXCEPTIONAL.

Then, just when you thought it couldn't get any more awesome, Jake Wood grabs his party drum and dances throughout the crowd. Everyone went wild and it was BEYOND AWESOME.

As we walked home, I had to photograph this traffic sign. It accurately described what had just occurred at Lakeview Commons... a Special Event, indeed.

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Karen Booth said...

Steveless fun! I still have fond memories of our Thursday night Lakeview concert experience. I believe there will be another one in my future...

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