Live music calendar 1/11 – 1/18 |

Live music calendar 1/11 – 1/18

OngoingCoffee House Tuesdays at the Squaw Valley ChapelThere will be a “coffee house” at Squaw Valley chapel on Tuesday nights from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free and musicians are invited to play. Sales of Beneficio coffee will promote social and economic justice and a portion of profits support Latin American developmental projects. The evenings will start with an open mic from 7-8 p.m., after which local musicians are scheduled to perform from 8-10 p.m.The coffee house nights are sponsored by the Center for Wholeness and they are a secular community project. Any musician wanting to reserve an evening can contact Laurie at 530-581-5842. To get to the Chapel take 89 to Squaw Valley Rd., take a right at the cable car on Squaw Peak Way and curve to the right on Squaw Peak Road.Jan. 12 and ongoing

Cottonwood Restaurant hosts “Acoustic Thursdays” and moreOne of Truckee’s finest venues for live music will introduce some changes for the winter, with a new Thursday and Friday night schedule. Over 20 different acts are on tap, featuring a blend of acoustic folk, blues, country and bluegrass performed by local and touring acoustic musicians in one of the most intimate venues anywhere. New this winter, Cottonwood has teamed up with Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards to create “Acoustic Thursdays” an evening of lively acoustic music, food and beverage specials, and prize giveaways. “Thursdays should become a real local’s night,” said owner Mike Blide. “We are booking some great talent and scheduling the up-tempo acoustic acts for Thursday nights. With the specials we have planned, and the weekly prizes from Dave’s, we anticipate a great turnout.” The winter schedule kicks off on Jan. 12 with the guitar duo of Johnny Bias and Chuck Dunn, playing from 7-10 p.m., and reservations are encouraged. Cottonwood’s full dinner menu is available in the Fireplace Room as well. For more information, visit or call 530-587-5711.Johnnie Bias and Chuck Dunn have been playing in bands in the Truckee-Tahoe and Reno area for almost 15 years. Although they play in two different bands (Chuck plays in The Blues Monsters and Johnnie in Johnnie Bias and the Buzz) they just happened to be at a party one night and discovered that jamming in the living room was a lot of fun and maybe they would do it again. Well, that’s just what happened except it was in a club. With such a great response from everyone that night you can find Johnnie and Chuck on occasion playing around the area. You can tell that they still like to keep that “in the living room” approach to their performance, Chuck with the Blues-Rock and Johnnie with the Country-Rock, they cover quite an assortment of music. So if that style of music suites your ear then Bias and Dunn are a duo you must hear.They will be the featured performers for the inaugural “Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards Acoustic Thursday” event in the Fireplace Room at Cottonwood, Jan. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

Jan. 13Diamond Peak party at the HaciendaDiamond Peak will celebrate the return of power to the resort by throwing a party at the Hacienda de la Sierra in Incline Village on Friday, Jan. 13. There will be food and drink specials all night long and plenty of cool prizes given away as well as live music and dancing. Give the Hacienda a call at 775-831-8300 for more information.Jan. 13Pete Charles at CottonwoodPete Charles will be performing at Cottonwood on Friday, Jan. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Reservations are recommended. Peter Charles, Lake Tahoe based singer-songwriter and bandleader, has been performing professionally since the age of 15. He knows and plays all styles of music: rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, reggae, folk, country, swing and classical.

Jan. 14Blues Summit with Elvin Bishop and Michael BurksElvin Bishop was born in Glendale, Calif., on October 21, 1942. He grew up on a farm in Iowa with no electricity and no running water. His family moved to Oklahoma when he was ten. Raised in an all-White community, he had no exposure to Black people or their music except though the radio where he would listen to sounds from far away Mexico and blues stations in Shreveport, La., in particular, the piercing sound of Jimmy Reed’s harmonica got his attention. Bishop says it was like a crossword puzzle that he had to figure out. What is this music? Who makes it? Where and how do Black people live? What is this music all about? He put the pieces together. But it was not until he won a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago in 1959 that he found the real answers to his questions. Suddenly, there he was right in the heart of the Chicago blues scene. Live. It was a dream come true. “The first thing I did when I got there was to make friends with the black guys working in the cafeteria. They took me to all the clubs. I sunk myself totally in the blues life as quick as I could,” said Bishop. After two years of college, he just dropped out and was into music full time. Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Smokey Smothers befriended Bishop and taught him the basics of blues guitar. In the early ’60s he met and teamed up with Paul Butterfield to become the core of the Butterfield Blues Band. Although only playing guitar for a few years, he practiced day and night on the blues music that he loved. He and Butterfield played together in just about every place possible – campuses, houses, parks and clubs. They began to become well known in 1963 when they took a job at Big John’s on Chicago’s North Side and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was born. Bishop helped to create and played on the first several Butterfield albums. In the years since Bishop has released many solo and colaborative efforts on record and has played hundreds of live shows all across the country.

Like a freight train rolling through the night, guitarist/vocalist Michael Burks plows through the blues with relentless power and a full head of steam. Combining his remarkable talent with an intense dedication to his craft, Michael has earned well-deserved national recognition and become one of the blues world’s fastest rising blues stars. Although he was a W.C. Handy Award nominee for Best New Artist 2000, Michael is a seasoned veteran in every sense. His first gig came at the age of six, when, during a family trip to southern Arkansas, the fledgling Burks took the stage with his cousin’s band and thrilled an unsuspecting audience. Today, each live performance is a testament to Michael’s thirty-plus years of playing the blues. His hard-driving fretwork and captivating showmanship have ignited a legion of fans, as audiences from coast to coast can’t help but jump on the Michael Burks train. Check out both of these amazing blues musicians at the Crystal Bay Club’s Crown Room on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 for reserved seating or $20 for general admission. Call 775-833-6333 for tickets and more information.Jan. 14AC/DShe will rock the Hard Rock Cafe in South Lake TahoeWell if you’re looking for trouble, these are the girls to see, If you’re lookin’ for a satisfaction, satisfaction is guaranteed!Everyone likes AC/DC, everyone loves AC/DC live, nobody in their right mind could ever get sick of the good ‘ol AC/DC classics. AC/DShe is here not only because they are the biggest AC/DC fans around, but also because they think everyone should have a regular opportunity to go out, have some beers and hear the kick-ass genius of AC/DC songs live. These songs make up the soundtrack of our delinquent teenage days; so come out to see AC/DShe and re-live the best times of your life.

AC/DShe are an all-girl AC/DC tribute band doing Bon-era songs. These gals have been committed to staying true to the heart pounding rhythms and high energy presentation of early AC/DC. The first of the female tribute band phenomenon, they have been performing since the summer of 1999, although the creation of the band goes back several years to 1997. Like AC/DC, AC/DShe knows it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock-n-roll, but they’ve been doing a kick ass job of delivering some high voltage rock to maximum capacity crowds worldwide. So, put on your best AC/DC tour shirt, grab a beer and hop on the highway to hell with AC/DShe. Doors open at 11 p.m. with the show starting at 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at Mad About Music or online at The Hard Rock Cafe is located inside Harveys Resort & Casino in South Lake Tahoe.Jan. 15Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Crown RoomAs a collective of musicians and artists, STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) creates and expresses a musical style that is unique unto itself. STS9 have taken their passion for playing live instruments and married it to a love for intricate composition and sound exploration. STS9 have as much of an affection for samplers and computers as they do pianos, drums, bass and guitars. The music blends layered sonic landscapes, developed melodic movements and deep groove sensibilities. The music is simultaneously progressive and retrospective. It draws from the core creative values of the jazz greats and the funk-soul innovators while utilizing modern advancements in music production, basically just getting wicked with whatever they can make a sound with. In speaking of his interaction with the band during performances earlier this year, Perry Farrell stated that STS9 “speaks in the future tense.”A loyal and musically open-minded fan base around the world has helped STS9 become one of the few groups to find success as independent, instrumental artists. Through the music, the band covers a wide spectrum of styles and inuences. Sharing the stage and performing with such acts as James Brown, Perry Farrell, Tortoise, LTJ Bukem, Telefon Tel Aviv, Ming & FS, the Roots, Blackalicious and Ozomatli, STS9 are best t to stay unbound from musical labels, genres, or stereotypes, and choose, instead, to release and perform music that is inspiring to them as artists. To date, STS9 have released three studio albums and two live albums, all currently on their own 1320 label.

See for yourself what the band is all about on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Crystal Bay Club’s Crown Room. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased by calling 775-833-6333. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.Jan. 18Railroad Earth & the Hackensaw Boys at the BiltmoreThe bluegrass influenced Railroad Earth band will be performing on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Tahoe Biltmore at 8:30 p.m. The members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. The opening band is the Hackensaw Boys who first began playing their joyful blend of old-time and bluegrass string-band music on the streets of Charlottesville in the autumn of 1999.As Railroad Earth violinist/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

Acoustic guitar/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a six month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.”Shortly after, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo. Their manager sent that demo to a number of festivals, and to the band’s surprise, they were soon booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They quickly recorded five more songs, and the ten combined tracks made up their debut album, The Black Bear Sessions.That was the beginning of Railroad Earth’s journey. Since then, they’ve released two more studio albums on the largely bluegrass imprint Sugar Hill Records (2002’s Bird In A House and 2004’s The Good Life). They’ve also amassed a fan base that follows them from show to show, taking advantage of the band’s liberal taping policy. Hackensaw BoysThere are lots of mountains in the world but few are older or wiser than the Blue Ridge of Virginia. An hour’s drive west from the state capital, foothills cradle the small city of Charlottesville where generations of workers, artists and students have built a progressive community steeped in the best traditions of the American South.The Hackensaw Boys first began playing their joyful blend of old-time and bluegrass string-band music on the streets of Charlottesville in the autumn of 1999. When the weather turned cold the boys took to the warmth of the Blue Moon Diner, a favorite purlieu specializing in good food, hot coffee and warm camaraderie. A steady stream of shows in the cramped but cozy diner solidified the group’s sound and attracted new members.Railroad Earth and the Hackensaw Boys will play the Tahoe Biltmore’s Breeze Nightclub at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Tickets are $15 in advance for this show and can be purchased at: The Tahoe Biltmore, New Moon, Joby’s, Tahoe Hemp Co., Mad About Music, Alice’s Mountain market and the Dam Cafe. Also online at and For more information or credit card phone orders call Renegade Productions at 530-583-2801.

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