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Reno ska band Keyser Soze returning to North Tahoe

A Reno-Tahoe favorite is returning to the Crystal Bay Club for a free show Friday night.

Keyser Soze is an original reggae/ska/soul band with a strong jazz background. The sextet was formed in Reno in 1998 by Jammal Tarkington and Rodney Teague.

Its current lineup, which has been going strong since 2009, features Tarkington, vocals, saxophone; Teague, vocals, trombone; Chris Williams, trumpet; Mike Mayhall, bass; Jon Hall, drums; and Ryan Hall. guitar

“Keyser Soze has made a strong presence for themselves by regular regional touring and by being in the position to share the stage with some of the best drawing headliners, including Michael Franti, The English Beat, The Wailers, The Aggrolites, Steel Pulse and The Skatalites, to name a few,” according to a biography on the band’s website.

In 2003, Keyser Soze released “Revenge,” a highly energetic and eclectic record that established their presence on the scene. “But Not For You” was released in 2011 and features a more streamlined approach to ska/reggae music, according to the website.

“The Remedy” is Keyser Soze’s release for 2013.

“The recording is evidence of a band that has been playing and writing together for a considerable amount of time,” the bio continues. “It’s a record that sets Keyser Soze apart from many of its contemporaries by showcasing a truly unique and identifiable sound.”

According to the website, the band will stay busy on the west coast through summer before returning to Europe for its second tour there in fall 2014.

Learn more about the band at

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