Reggae galore this week in the Tahoe/Truckee area |

Reggae galore this week in the Tahoe/Truckee area

Burning Spear and The Burning Spear Band

Saturday, Sept. 8,

Truckee Regional Park

7 p.m. $25 All ages

For more information call (800) 648-3353.

Renegade Productions presents Burning Spear and The Burning Spear Band, Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Truckee River Regional Park.

Born Winston Rodney in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, (Bob Marley’s birthplace), Burning Spear has been teaching as well as entertaining audiences all over the world with his socially-conscious lyrics and mellow vocals for more than 25 years.

Along with Delroy Hines and Rupert Willington, he formed the roots trio Burning Spear in Kingston, Jamaica. He then assumed the name, which came from Jomo Kenyatta, the African freedom fighter, for himself.

Burning Spear produces powerful music with a strong focus on Africanism. His original release Marcus Garvey made Jamaicans take notice and recognize Burning Spear as teacher and prophet.

As an elder statesman of reggae, Burning Spear continues his quest to uplift and mobilize people through his music.

He brings to Truckee his tight nine-piece Burning Band, considered the best in reggae with full horn section and veteran musicians.

After 25 years of touring the world, Winston Rodney is at his peak and shows no signs of slowing down.

The Truckee Regional Park has plenty of free parking and there are arts and crafts booths as well as food and beer.

No coolers, alcohol, cans, glass or dogs are invited into the amphitheater.

Advanced tickets are available in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee at Joby’s, New Moon Natural Foods, Musaic and Squaw Valley Community Market. Tickets can be purchased online at; and at all (formerly BASS) ticket outlets.

Credit card phone orders can be placed at (510) 601-TWEB or (530) 583-2801. Kids under 5 are free while kids 5-12 are half price at the door.

For more information call Renegade at (530) 583-2801 or (775) 337-8344.

Spearhead with Third World

Friday, Sept. 7

Jim Kelley’s Nugget, Crystal Bay


All ages, 7 p.m.

For more information (530) 583-2801

Renegade Productions presents Spearhead, featuring Michael Franti, plus the reggae music of Third World, Friday, Sept. 7 at Jim Kelley’s Nugget outdoor amphitheater in Crystal Bay.

Michael Franti, songwriter, composer, musician, activist, producer, and poet, is the lead singer of Spearhead.

The San Francisco native began exploring poetry, writing poems that ranged from the comedic to the personal to the political, while playing basketball at the University of San Francisco.

Having grown up listening to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye – “people who made music about healing the soul,” as Franti has called them, he began putting his own words to music.

Eventually Franti learned to play music, picking up the bass to play in the Beatnigs. He also learned to play guitar, but there was no need for Franti to play guitar in his next band, The Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy. Franti’s bandmate in the Disposable Heroes was fellow San Francisco-area musician Charlie Hunter, the guitar wizard who plays guitar, bass and organ sounds, simultaneously on a unique eight-string guitar. Franti still picks up the guitar on occasion in Spearhead, but he spends most of his stage energy pumping up the crowd and getting across his message.

“My aim is to make the revolution irresistible through music. Revolution means to revolve,” Franti has said.

And, when Spearhead pushes the wheel of humanity, there’s always going to be some dancing and partying involved.

“If it is not fun and not cool and not a celebration, I don’t want any part of it.” Franti has said.

Opening act Third World is one of most enduring and popular Jamaican bands in the world.

The band was founded in 1973 by Stephen “Cat” Coore and Michael “Ibo” Cooper. Both Coore and Cooper received formal musical training at Forster Davis School of Music and Kingston’s Royal School of Music respectively. Each also had solo and group experience on the Kingston reggae circuit.

Cooper and Coore met while playing for Inner Circle. From the start, the band was meant to be self-contained, a rarity back then. Third World did this so they could perform wherever they wanted rather than constantly scrambling for musicians or a sound system to support their singing.

In response to critics, Third World justifies its forays into different genres as a means to keep the genre from stagnating. In making it accessible to wider audiences, they are also thereby making new inroads for their messages and making it music for the common people the world over. They are credited with being the first reggae act to add funk and to use a synthesizer.

Advanced tickets for this evening of music are available in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee at Jim Kelly’s Nugget, Joby’s, New Moon Natural Foods, Musaic and Squaw Valley Community Market. Get tickets online at; and at all (formerly BASS) ticket outlets. Credit card phone orders can be placed at (510) 601-TWEB or (530) 583-2801.

For more information, call Renegade at (530) 583-2801 or (775) 337-8344.


Saturday, Sept. 8,

Bar of America, Truckee,

9 p.m

An Americana jam band in the tradition of the Band and American Beauty-era Dead, Stackabones surprises all who listen.

Stackabones got its start in Austin, Texas, in 1980. After releasing a single on the Golden Road record label, Stackabones hit the road, making its way across the southwest to California.

The band’s self-titled debut CD was released in 1991 on Relix records. Since its inception, the band has toured the Southwest, the West Coast and the East Coast three times in support of that first release.

Stackabones plays a breed of music that is often referred to as “highly charged original rock ‘n’ roll.”

Incorporating ’60s psychedelia, free-form jazz, bar-room boogie and the tradition of folk storytelling, Stackabones combine a healthy slate of well-crafted originals with obscure and popular covers.

Stackabones is Jim Brighton, lead and rhythm guitar, vocals, Steve Doblick, lead and rhythm guitar, vocals, Chip Clofine, bass and vocals, Scott Cooper, drums and vocals, and Ben Cole, piano and organ, vocals.

“Do yourself a favor and catch this great group in action. You’ll be glad you did,” writes Relix Magazine of New York.

Stackabones will appear at Bar of America in downtown Truckee, Saturday, Sept. 8 beginning at 9 p.m.

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