Motorcycle poker run to benefit longtime Truckee musician

Staff report
Paul Covarelli started the band Jo Mama a quarter-century ago. Jo Mama is among several local and regional bands scheduled to perform this summer at Truckee Thursdays.
Courtesy photo |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Crew Motorcycle Club of Truckee is revving up for their 16th annual Truckee Poker Run on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every year the group raises money for a Truckee local who is in need of help. This year, Crew MC is supporting Paul Covarelli, a Truckee musician who has given so much of his time over the years, providing musical talent to numerous charities and local events.

Now it’s Truckee’s turn to support Paul. He has suffered numerous health issues since early 2015; the latest being diagnosed with high grade cancer and having to start chemotherapy in February 2016.

Covarelli has resided in the Truckee/Tahoe/Reno area for over 30 years and has since established himself as a driving force in the area’s musical community. He plays with many groups, playing many styles, and he started the popular band Jo Mama 25 years ago.

In addition, he is a music teacher and has made quite a name for himself as a “Sucker for a Cause,” donating hundreds of hours to our community. Paul is lucky to have a wonderful wife, Erica Covarelli, help him through his medical crisis, but she can’t do it alone.

The Poker Run will begin in Truckee, riding through Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe before ending at El Toro Bravo in Truckee.

All are welcome; no need to have a motorcycle, as cars and bicycles are also welcome. In addition, you can participate on foot at El Toro Restaurant or Pastime Bar.

Lunch is provided to all poker hand participants. Cost is $15 for singles and $25 for couples. Sign-ups are from 10 a.m. to noon at El Toro Bravo; kickstands down and raffle prizes at 2 p.m.

Contact Lefty at 530-913-6028 or Neon at 530-386-2775, or visit, to learn more.

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