The Evergreen Lodge and Blue Turtle Seduction Present
"Las Tortugas Dance Of The Dead"
Featuring Blue Turtle Seduction, Tracorum The Trespassers and More!

The Evergreen Lodge will host a festive weekend of Halloween fun October 27-29 at their annual Halloween Festival classic, "Las Tortuga's Dance of the Dead," featuring musical hosts Blue Turtle Seduction, as well as Tracorum and The Trespassers. Located in the pristine natural setting of the southwestern rim of Yosemite National Park, this family friendly festival features two nights of foot stomping roots music, the annual Masquerade Ball, and a host of communal activities such as a pumpkin turtle lantern carving, ghost story telling, a kid's circus, as well as plenty of hiking, swimming, fishing and other popular outdoor activities.

"Las Tortuga's Dance of the Dead" doubles this year as the CD release party for Lake Tahoe favorite Blue Turtle Seduction. Formed in the Spring of 2001, Blue Turtle Seduction has been rapidly turning heads with their infectious brand of roots music, a mix of Roots Rock, speckled throughout with Mountain Raucous Rocky Grass, Middle Eastern and global traditional influences, a splash of punk rock and some swinging souped-up reggae. BTS' shows, now legendary in the west, are known for producing wild dancing, foot stomping, and brazen sing alongs, and seem more like a musical celebration than a concert.

Recently, the band was featured at the High Sierra Music Festival, the Seattle Hemp Fes, the Joshua Tree Festival, and the Fillmore Auditorium, and has shared the stage with high profile acts such as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gov't Mule, ALO, George Porter Jr., Les Claypool, Leftover Salmon, the String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams, to name a short few.

The band will be celebrating the release of their second album in five years, Deep Sea Rodeo at this year's festival. Tom Gordon, the record's producer, delivered on many different levels during the recording process. Tom was able to bring the band's vocal presence to the forefront of "Deep Sea Rodeo." Tom is incredibly skilled in his approach to push the band's discipline, while capturing a snapshot of their many stylings across the Musical Landscape of Blue Turtle Seduction's music to date. Holding the band accountable to the art of crafting actual songs, BTS & Tom had a fantastic focus on composition and structure; extracting clean, tight changes with seamless transitions as the band's trifecta of vocals breathe just above the surface of the music. The results of that structure enabled the purity of fun and good times to come out and play throughout Deep Sea Rodeo.

Blue Turtle Seduction is touring the western United States at a blistering pace and will have delivered "The Real" at over 220 Shows by year's end. The musical growth and vocal prowess of BTS has been exponential as they embrace all of the challenges that lie ahead. Embracing one of those challenges, BTS has converted to a veggie oil tour bus. A brand new state of the art system, the veggie fuel tank holds up to 260 gallons with a triple filtration system. The conversion system also has a revolutionary "Coil Heating System" that is the finishing touch in cleaning the veggie oil as it makes its way into the fuel pump. This system allows for 75% less emissions of green house gases than does diesel or regular fuel. BTS gathers this veggie oil in grand Recycling fashion—the band gets their oil from thousands of restaurants, enabling BTS to burn a clean path across the nation. The band's efforts save barrels of veggie oil from accumulating at dump sites & avoids the use of fuels that are damaging to humans and the environment.

Catch the band live at this two-night magical musical experience. The band will be playing selections from the new album, as well playing master of ceremonies to a weekend of family, friends, fans, and fun! For more information on "Las Tortugas Dance of the Dead," and Blue Turtle Seduction, please visit


Friday Night
9:15PM-10:30PM - Tracorum
11PM-2:30AM - Blue Turtle Seduction
Late night - Trespassers (in the campground)

Saturday Night
5:30PM-7PM - Tracorum (in the tavern)
7:45PM-9PM - Trespassers
9:30PM-10:45PM - Adam Burns Band
11:30PM-?? - Blue Turtle Seduction

Music Passes
A limited number of weekend and one-day music passes will be sold for this event. Advance tickets can be purchased through the Evergreen Lodge (contact information below) and will be available for pick up upon arrival at the Evergreen. All Lodge and camping guests must purchase a music pass for each night they are staying at the Evergreen. Yosemite locals can purchase weekend and one-day music passes without having to lodge/camp at the Evergreen. We recommend that all music passes be purchased in advance since we will not hold back tickets for day-of-show purchase. Tickets are non-refundable, though they may be transferred in the event you cannot attend. Music Pass pricing is as follows:

Weekend Pass: $30
Friday Only: $15
Saturday Only: $20

*The Evergreen offers 70 cabins of various sizes, configurations and pricing ($89-199 per night) Two-night minimum stay required in cabins - stay longer if you like, especially on Sunday so you can avoid the need to rush back home.

*Tent camping only/no RV's or sleeping in vehicles. There are two camping options available for this weekend. Camping Option #1: Custom Camping. Evergreen provides all camping gear, including a large family tent, air mattress, sleeping bag and liner, lantern, towel and toiletries. Price: $60/night for 2 people, $75/night for 3 people.

Camping Option #2: Self Camping. Pitch your own tent. Price: $15/night per person.

Both camping options include use of the Evergreen's new bathhouse with showers, campfire and picnic areas and access to other Evergreen facilities. Cooking is not allowed in our campground due to fire and bear-related issues.

Camping is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED in the main campground with late arrivals camping in other areas once the main campground is full. Check out time is noon on Sunday.

*The Evergreen will provide quality, tasty and affordable meals throughout the weekend, with meal options appealing to all types including vegetarians. The Lodge serves three meals per day. The Evergreen has a fully stocked tavern that will be open throughout the weekend. There will also be 'satellite' drink stations set up in the music area.

*For Reservations, please email or call the Evergreen at (209) 379-2606 to reserve your Music Pass and lodging.

[Published on: 10/24/06]

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RedHeaven starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/25/2006 12:45PM
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Wow, who wrote this? Feels amazing to read something like this on jambase, BTS deserves it. Got chills and butterflies reading...every word is so true. This weekend is going to be incredible, micro cosmic community. When people catch on to what these guys are actually doing, the appreication is going to soar. Therye ready. They are mountain people doing things their way, which is like a new dance.

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/25/2006 12:57PM
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sounds like an awesome alternitive to vegoose by promoters who represent the culture for real - not for profit! i just read that superfly is sponsored by Jack Daniels! now, culturally speeking i would rather have family suggest what i consume while i take is some jams than deal with the hungry attitudes that will be offered by the glutons at superfly!

props to those who are keeping the culture alive!

snowlover314 starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/25/2006 02:00PM
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I can't wait to hear BTS echoing through the beautiful pines at the evergreen lodge. BTS is amazing and has a very unique sound. I love the uplifting and catchy style of their sound.


RedHeaven Wed 10/25/2006 02:08PM
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The newswire line on the home page should specify Blue Turtle Seduction, not just "dance of the dead" and I bet it would get much more hits. Kinda lame.....

Still stoked, though. :)

fluffhead1124 Wed 10/25/2006 02:37PM
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just downloaded a show on archive i like it a lot
too bad im in the north east

rowjimmytour starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/25/2006 03:09PM
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What ever ya do don't miss them!!! Catch em now while ya still can see them up close in your face. Soon they well blow up and hopefully start tourin' further East and make it to the big apple in the veggie bus. This band is the real deal and full of orginality like ya never seen before.

fluffhead1124 Wed 10/25/2006 03:16PM
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just downloaded a show on archive i like it a lot
too bad im in the north east