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A weekend’s worth of big shows, on Sunday and Monday

Alex Closeaction staff writer

courtesy photoG. Love and his band Special Sauce will play the Crown Room Sunday, April 9.

G. Love & Special Sauce, now pushing over a decade of high energy, unique blues/hip hop, will be bringing its one-of-a-kind sound to the Crystal Bay Club Sunday, April 9.For those who dont know the laid back front-porch sound of G. Love and his Special Sauce, try to conjure up a combination of John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan and De La Soul, if you can, and youll arrive at hip hop blues, a term coined by Garrett Dutton, a.k.a. G. Love, the front man for the band.The Special Sauce that really does make the meat of the musical meal taste just right is James Jimi Jazz Prescott on the upright bass and Jeffrey The Houseman Clemens on drums.Since the bands debut self-titled album released in 1994 featuring tracks like Cold Beverages and Babys Got Sauce, G. Love has continued to put out unique laid back tunes.G. Loves sixth and most recent album, The Hustle, released in 2004 on Jack Johnsons Brushfire label.Johnson and G. Love became friends in 1999 while surfing north of Malibu and collaborated both in the studio and on tour, even recording an early version of Rodeo Clowns for G. Loves 1999 release, Philadelphonic.According to G. Love, The Hustle marks a different, more real theme to his music.For the first time, Im not singing about the world as Id like it to be, Im singing about the way it is, says G. Love.The Hustle is a reflection of the three years of life after his 2001 album. He sings about everything from starting a family, being a father, losing a girl and hustling a new deal.G. Loves sound encompasses undertones from hip hop, blues, folk, rock and blends them all together in a swirl of laid back summer air. For music fans looking to check out something different and fresh, CBCs Crown Room is the place to be on Sunday, April 9. See G. Love and Special Sauce in the Crown Room at the Crystal Bay Club. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call 775-833-6333 for tickets and more information.

With their new album, Safety in Numbers, fresh out of the press, Umphreys McGee will make another appearance at the Crystal Bay Club next Monday, April 10.Almost a year since their last appearance at the Crown Room, Umphreys sound has gained a certain thoughtful reflectiveness to it. While Safety in Numbers is a solid album on its own two feet, names like Huey Lewis lend their infamous vocal talent and harmonica skills on the retrospective track Women Wine and Song, as well as his harmonica on the soft and gentle instrumental End of the Road.Umphreys sound is a complex fusion of improvisational rock, jazz, funk, metal and even some touches of blues. Their lyrics are intelligent, their harmonies are sharp and their grooves make the body want to move.Coming off their last album Anchor Drops that spawned a tour that included stops like Bonaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, South by Southwest and the inaugural Vegoose, Umphreys new album has reason to feel like a retrospective journey through the often tumultuous life of a band exploding onto the national stage.Tracks like Liquid rely on the keyboard of Joel Cummins blended with Andy Farags percussion for an airy drifting sound that backs the thoughtful lyrics by Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger which cry out Remember when you were a kid/The simple things are what mattered most/Time will change a man.Liquid points listeners to the fact that Umphreys claims The Beatles as one of their biblical influences as the track tapers off with a Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band style psychedelically complex ending.Accented by the smooth, silky, bluesy guitar chops of Cinninger on the ending track The Weight Around, Umphreys slides out of the album in somber style. Declaring, Im done with all the things that bring me down…Every wall will crumble down…Check your habits at the door.Umphreys has made a name for itself rocking audiences big and small from coast to coast, and their new album retains that ability to produce great music that possesses all the necessary elements of quality rock, while pouring out emotion implying a journey into another level of maturity, one that is clearly reflected in Safety in Numbers as well.An opportunity to see a band like Umphreys, which has risen almost all the way to the top, in a smaller venue like the Crown Room is an opportunity that shouldnt be missed, especially less than a week after their first album in two years is released.Umphreys McGee is Brendan Bayliss (guitar, vocals), Jake Cinninger (guitar, Moog, synthesizers, vocals), Joel Cummins (keyboards, vocals) Andy Farag (percussion), Kris Myers (drums, vocals) and Ryan Stasik (bass).Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 775-833-6333 for tickets or more information.

Playing the famed Crystal Bay afterparty two nights in a row after G. Love and Special Sauce Sunday and then following up Umphreys McGee on Monday, ZILLA is bringing its unique and organic dance friendly sound to Crystal Bays Stage Lounge. As local music goers know, big names like Umphreys and G. Love are not just shows in the CBC, they are parties, and no one likes when a party ends. Enter ZILLA.This trio of accomplished musicians has an uncanny ability to sense each other, resulting in a unique experience each time they play. With every show different, back to back afterparty shows are just what the doctor ordered. Boulder, Colo. based ZILLA is The String Cheese Incidents Michael Travis on drums, percussion, keyboards and mallet Kat. Travis is a master of improvisational drumming and possessor of a seemingly impossible ability to play hand percussion and/or melodies while simultaneously keeping incredible time on the kit.Aaron Holstein lays another level over Travis dance beats with the guitar, bass, sampler and keys.Jamie Janover provides a sophisticated touch on the hammered dulcimer, mini-kit, percussion, sampler, electric kalimba and sitar. Winner of the 2002 national hammered dulcimer championships, Janover creates a fusion between the timeless sounds of the dulcimer and the pertinent call of todays modern dance scene.ZILLAs music is a complex blend of grooves, beats and highly percussive breaks which engulf listeners in an uncontrollable dance trance. From down tempo to jungle, to trip-hop to house trance ZILLA plays on pure emotion, allowing the music to play the band, not the other way around.With the ultimate live dance experience playing after-parties two nights in a row, its safe to say theres no reason to leave the CBC, just call them and tell them youre moving in.