Wednesday on the Green: DWC’s Jenni & Jesse at Valhalla

Dead Winter Carpenters founding members Jenni Charles and Jesse Dunn.
Tahoe Onstage file photo

We are dead serious: The bandleaders of one of the Sierra Nevada region’s most popular bands for the past decade will perform Wednesday on the Valhalla Tahoe’ Grand Lawn.

Jenni Charles and Jesse Dunn of the Dead Winter Carpenters will be onstage from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to open a full lineup of concerts at the Tallac Historic Site on the shoreline off Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe. Twelve of the 13 concerts will be on Wednesdays, with three outside on the spectacular wooded green.

Tickets — https://valhallatahoe.showare.com/ –are $80 for a two-person table and $180 for a table for six. The area outside the table zone is free for concertgoers, who can bring chairs and picnic dinners and drinks. Parking is limited, so motorists mostly park on Emerald Bay Road and walk a quarter-mile to the site. Cycling is a fantastic option.

Table seating on the Valhalla Tahoe’s Grand Lawn.

After fiddler Charles and guitarist Jesse Dunn became more than musical partners, they merged their respective bands in 2010 to create Dead Winter Carpenters. The group was an instant success upon playing an after-party Red Room show at the Crystal Bay Casino, whose headliner, Yonder Mountain String Band, had sold out the venue.

Charles and Dunn last appeared at Valhalla in 2019 for the first Loud As Folk event in the Boathouse Theatre.

The live-show lockdown affected everyone in the music industry.

“We had a new EP (‘Sinners ‘N’ Freaks’) and the first single was released March 13, 2020, the day the whole world shut down,” Dunn said. “We had a big tour and festivals on the docket. But we went forward with the release.”

A second song which Dunn wrote in honor of his mother raised awareness of — and $2,200 for — the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance.

Residents of Tahoe’s West Shore town Tahoma, Dunn and Charles livestreamed songs on Sundays, “Stay at Homa.”

“We have a lot of shows scheduled for this summer and just hoping they’ll stick,” Dunn said. “And we are looking forward to getting out and seeing people again.”

Tim Parsons

If you’re Lucky, you get to go to Valhalla.

Valhalla Tahoe Art, Music & Theatre Festival
Music concerts
Valhalla Grand Lawn

Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: Tables available for reservation 6-person $180, 2-person $80. Lawn seating is free.

June 15: Jenni Charles & Jesse Dunn of Dead Winter Carpenters
July 31:
Red Dirt Ruckus
Sunday, Aug. 14:
Achilles Wheel Trio

Valhalla Boathouse Theatre
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $35
July 6: Tim Snider and Wolfgang Timber
July 13: D’DAT – The Delbert Anderson Trio
July 20: Pixie and the Partygrass Boys
July 27: Eric Henry Andersen
Aug. 3: Loud as Folk – Lauren and Vic
Aug. 10: Renegade Orchestra
Aug. 17: Earles of Newtown
Aug. 24: Jimbo Scott String Band
Aug. 31: TBA (but they’re really big)
Tuesday, Sept. 13: Julian G

Comedy
Valhalla Boathouse Theatre
General admission
: $10-25
Tuesday, June 14:
Tahoe Improv Players
Tuesday, July 5: Tahoe Improv Players
Tuesday, Aug. 2: Tahoe Improv Players
Wednesday, Sept. 28: Matt Donnelly – The Mind Noodler

Theater
Valhalla Boathouse Theatre
Time: 7:30-10 p.m.
General admission: $25
‘Silent Sky’
Dates:
June 23, 24, 26, 30 and July 1 and 2
‘Motherhood Outloud,’
Dates:
Oct. 27-30

Special events
Friday, July 29: Will’s Kids, featuring Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s D.G. Menchetti, Young Shakespeare Program, on the Valhalla Grand Lawn
Sept. 11: ‘Word Wave,’ one-act play competition winners
Nov. 18-20: Valhalla Holiday Fair in the Valhalla Grand Hall

The Dead Winter Carpenters soak in cheers after their return engagement at the Crystal Bay Casino this spring.
Larry Sabo / Tahoe Onstage
Songs from the Wood: Tom Cross and Kimberly Wheat of Sacramento dance in 2021 on Valhalla Tahoe’s Grand Lawn at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe.
Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

ABOUT Tim Parsons

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Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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