Add another candle, make some noise: Itandamp;#8217;s Blake Beemanandamp;#8217;s birthday
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. andamp;#8212; Check out the sound of this: itandamp;#8217;s Blakeandamp;#8217;s birthday.The Crystal Bayandamp;#8217;s very own Blake Beeman, sound maven extraordinaire and notorious member of the Beer Gardeners, is celebrating a birthday. The Red Room is the place and 10 p.m Friday, July 6 is the time. Itandamp;#8217;s a free show so bring a friend and shower our buddy with thanks for the many nights of wonderful tuneage he has bestowed upon us. Formed on a foggy whim in January 1991, the loosely organized and still-unrehearsed bar band for Squaw Valleyandamp;#8217;s legendary and now defunct watering hole, the Beer Garden, has enjoyed entertaining enthusiastic North Tahoe music-lovers ever since. andamp;#8220;Itandamp;#8217;s a continuing experiment,andamp;#8221; said the original member and singer-guitarist Eric andamp;#8220;Eric T.andamp;#8221; Brandt. andamp;#8220;Since day one our strict no-rehearsal policy has held fast, and as a result weandamp;#8217;re still together.andamp;#8221; In the early 1990s, the band could be seen playing regularly at many of Tahoeandamp;#8217;s then-favorite spots, including Olympic Village Inn, Plaza Bar, Bar One, Rosieandamp;#8217;s, Lakehouse Pizza, Humptyandamp;#8217;s and Le Chamois. Over the years, the number of shows has thinned (along with much of the band membersandamp;#8217; hair) but the energy and antics have remained in tact. andamp;#8220;Not unlike andamp;#8216;Tapandamp;#8217; (andamp;#8217;Spinal Tapandamp;#8217;), weandamp;#8217;ve played our share of job fairs, weddings and community dances,andamp;#8221; said Beeman, the lead guitarist. andamp;#8220;But, true to the original idea, every time we get together, no matter where it is, itandamp;#8217;s a rockinandamp;#8217; good time.andamp;#8221; Known for tying together random classic songs into long medleys, spontaneous wardrobe changes, and ad-hoc, 10-minute tambourine and shaker solos, the Beer Gardeners have weathered the test of time. With the Beer andamp; Peanuts Tour, they plan to continue pounding out their familiar mix of classic rock interpretations and well-worn originals for as long as they can stay awake.For more information about the band, and other upcoming performances, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/beergardeners.
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