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Howlin Rain and Mapache
June 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Howlin Rain and Mapache will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Red Room. Renovation to the Crown Room led to this unique opportunity to see two rising rock bands in a free show. On June 8, Howlin Rain will release its fifth album, “The Alligator Bride.” It is on a 28-date national tour. Since their debut in 2006, Oakland, California’s Howlin Rain have seen as many highs, lows, and wild adventures as any great American rock band. They’ve performed to worldwide audiences, enlisted a megastar producer and label, moved on from said megastar producer and label, and ultimately embraced a DIY spirit. The ensemble is led by singer/guitarist/lead howler Ethan Miller who at any given moment pivots between several projects, each a different facet of his sun-scorched California vision. Mapache — Clay Finch and Sam Balsucci — is on tour with Nicki Bluhm. Born and raised in Glendale, California, Mapache’s breathtaking harmonies and heartfelt yet intoxicating sound was honed by surfing the beaches and exploring the deserts and canyons of their native California. Clay spent time at Chico State, while Sam missioned in Saltillo, Mexico, living out what would become the songs that populate their self-titled debut album and its follow up cover song EP, “Lonesome LA Cowboy,” due June 1. Its charm lies within the simplicity of their voices and the songwriting that recalls a young Gene Clark, The Louvin Brothers, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Townes Van Zandt.