Earth Day 2009 music: Can rhythm save the world? |

Earth Day 2009 music: Can rhythm save the world?

Jeff Jones will be one of the featured local musicians playing the 2009 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival.

Even if you don’t go for the Haute Trash fasion show; the Push, Pull, or Pedal Eco Parade; the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival; the Earth Capades Planetary Circus; or any of the other fun entertainments going on at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on Saturday, go for the live music!

Some of the Tahoe area’s best local bands and musicians will be performing live in the Village throughout the day (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and with warm weather in the forecast, it should be the place to be.

Downbeat: Downbeat came together in November 2008 to bring a much-needed dose of funky, nasty, booty-shakin soul-jazz to the Tahoe-Truckee music scene. Downbeat blends together musicians from Nautilus, Quartet Minus One and Truckee Tribe to create flat-out funky grooves inspired by the soulful sounds of late ’60s and ’70s jazz greats. The group’s live performances feature thick harmonies, tight break beats and infectious grooves guaranteed to make you get up and move.

Neva: Neva’s unique alternative pop/rock style developed from a diverse upbringing and years of classical training. In the middle of her power and passion, her guitar parts tell their own story, making it hard to believe that it’s all just one girl and her guitar. Well known in the Tahoe region as an acclaimed solo acoustic artist, Neva’s debut album, One of the Days, has just been released.

Jeff Jones: Jeff Jones makes his words count. That’s the simplest way to describe his lyrical prowess and vocal delivery. His lyrics are mature and memorable. His voice can be gentle, or gritty as hell. But that’s not the only voice he uses. His guitar is directly connected to his singing, a mirror of the emotion and rhythm in the moment. He croons. He growls. His guitar follows suit.

Truckee Tribe: Truckee Tribe is a Tahoe favorite, blending music of multiple genres into their own original brand of dub, hip-hop, ska, funk and rock. Though fairly new to the regional music scene, Truckee Tribe has cultivated an explosive fan base by breaking new ground and delivering fun, powerful and engaging entertainment show after show. That Truckee Tribe is a local family band which includes father Pete Charles, sister Jenni Charles and front man Stan Charles, only adds to their appeal. Spread the love and the dub and come to see them headline Earth Day 2009.

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