Mardi Gras is coming to Tahoe again, or shall we say, Mardi Squaw. The third annual “Mardi Gras in the Mountains” at Squaw Valley has quickly become a favorite event of Tahoe and Reno partiers. Multiple rooms, silent disco and some of the most fun djs and live bands converge in a sweaty, sexy and juicy party in the Olympic House. Full-on French Quarter vibes complete with hurricanes, beads, costumes, circus performers and tons more.
And the MUSIC!!!! Local bass music producers Love and Light, SF’s electro-bootyclap band Planet Booty, J.Boogie, and Mancub are providing the auditory libations this year. Additionally some of the finest turntable technicians on the west coast round out the line-up featuring Matt Haze, DubColing, Mr Rooney, Miss Cooper and Her Pet Craigslist Hook-Up, Coop da Loop, Chango, Gurbtron, MOM Djs, Lambchop and Eric Messier.
Returning again is Silent Frisco, the bay area-based silent disco “soundsystem.” With their tagline of “Scene, not heard,” the Silent Disco experience is unlike any other out there. The music is transmitted to users wearing wireless headsets and creates a deep connection with the music, as you are fully immersed in the music. Silent disco definitely needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
John Miles, creator of Mardi Squaw, sat down with us to fill us in, as it’s our first time at the event this year.
FB: How did the idea of Mardi Squaw come about?
JM: My company SunsetSF‘s inception took place on Mardi Gras day in 1998. We since have been celebrating Mardi Gras annually. Not only as a tip of the hat to my 2nd favorite town, but it’s been our anniversary for almost 2 decades. My friend JP approached with the idea of bringing the party to Tahoe and I jumped at the idea. In all the years promoting shows in the bay I never did much in Tahoe. Lake Tahoe has always been a sanctuary where I would get away from my job. I also did not want to encroach on other promoters that were already established in the area. Once a local reached out to me I felt it was a sign.
FB: What’s been your most memorable moment from past Mardi Squaws?
JM: Our first party was awesome. We were packed with a great mix of people. Most in costume, and everyone was raging. We had a small staff and relied on a local crew along with friends that came up to enjoy. At the end of the party our SF and Tahoe buddies were all way too wasted to help. We loaded out with a few semi sober hands. It ended up being about four of us to load out the whole party. When we got back to our cabin we found all our “help” were raging in our cabin. All the booze was gone. The last 2 years we hired a paid real production staff. But hey, that’s Mardi Squaw.
FB: What is your connection to Mardi Gras? From NOLA? Jazzfest?
JM: Sunset started on Mardi Gras day and has hosted hundreds of acts from New Orleans. We have enjoyed a strong connection with the Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band since we brought them out for the first time in San Francisco history and still each year we party with Rebirth. Sunset has done countless shows in New Orleans during Jazzfest and we are proud to call NOLA our sister city.
FB: Explain the layout of the event? What’s happening where? Where is Silent Disco? Drink specials? etc?
JM: Three stages of fun! In the main room Love and Light and others will hit on Soulstice Sound’s Meyer sound rig. Silent Frisco will be jamming two channels of DJs throughout the night. Our third stage will boast Planet Booty and Mancub from the Space Cowboys. “Funky butt juice” aka: Hurricanes will flow all night!
FB: Anything you want people to know about event?
JM: I love the sundeck set! 12p-4p be sure to check that out!
FB: Where are you from? How did you get involved in event production/promotion?
FB: Who is your current favorite musical act? Who would you say you’ve seen the most?
JM: Rebirth Brass Band. Hands down
EVENT: Mardi Squaw
PERFORMERS: Love and Light, Planet Booty, J.Boogie, Mancub, Miss Cooper and Her Pet Craigslist Hook-Up, DubColinG, Coop da Loop, Chango, Mr Rooney, MOM Djs, Gurbtron, etc
LOCATION: Squaw Valley Olympic House 1960 Squaw Valley Road
DATE: February 14th, 2015
AGE RESTRICTIONS: 21+ (ID Required)
UP-TO-DATE INFO: http://on.fb.me/1KK25oh
TICKETS: $20 advance at New Moon Natural Foods (Tahoe City and Truckee), CoffeeBar (Truckee) and Melting Pot World Emporium (Reno) or at https://freshbakin.com/events/mardi-squaw/