Presidents’ Day Weekend filled with Crown Room gems

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The Dead Winter Carpenters return to the Crown Room Friday for Dave Lockhart’s farewell show.

It will be a Presidents’ Day Weekend fit for royalty in the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club, with Tahoe’s own Dead Winter Carpenters taking over Friday night and The Motet staging a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.

Bluebird days will lead to songbird nights, with perhaps a little something for snowbirds on Sunday.

Friday night will be a bittersweet performance for bluegrass and country rockers Dead Winter Carpenters. Bassist and vocalist Dave Lockhart announced earlier this month that he will be departing from DWC after weekend performances at Crystal Bay and in Berkeley.

“Friends, I’ve made the very difficult decision to leave Dead Winter Carpenters,” Lockhart wrote on Facebook. “My little baby and my family need me around more than I can be as a touring

Let’s make this Last Dance of mine one to remember.”
– Dave LockhartTahoe Onstage

musician. We moved to New Jersey to be closer to family, and I need to be here, in New Jersey, to be a part of that family.

“Touring with the band has been an amazing blessing. It’s through those years of touring that I was able to see so much of the beauty this country has to offer and that I met and love many of you who are reading this presently. I can’t speak volumes enough how much this traveling lifestyle has impacted me. And you, the folks that came out time and again to see us do what we love to do, have, in a large way, made my world go round. …

“Let’s make this Last Dance of mine one to remember.”

Band members Jesse Dunn (guitar/vocals), Jenni Charles (fiddle/vocals), Nick Swimley (guitar/vocals) and Brendan Smith (drums/vocals) said they plan to keep touring and recording in 2018 and beyond.

“We are beyond grateful for Dave’s contributions as a friend, musician, collaborator, and co-conspirator with Dead Winter Carpenters since the inception in 2010. Words could never express how much pure joy we’ve shared together over the years. Dave has written some soul stirring, heel kickin’ tunes, and we’ll miss his presence on stage thumping that dog-house bass…” the band wrote on Facebook.

“We hope that you’ll continue to join us to smile, feel the music, and dance along the way. Here’s to the next show! ” Fans can expect to feel that magic Friday night. Front Country opens the show, with North Shore’s Coburn Station playing a free Red Room after-party.

On Saturday night, things get funky. The Motet opens the first of two nights in the Crown Room, this one with special guests The Main Squeeze. Then on Sunday it’s The Motet with guests Monophonics. Free Red Room after-parties feature Reno’s Mojo Green on Saturday and Tracorum on Sunday.

Led by fireball frontman Lyle Divinsky, The Motet hails from Denver and describes itself as a “funk-flippin’ and booty-dippin’ dance-party delivery squad.”

“You can’t fake the funk, and The Motet bring it on hard with a signature style that slaps you in the face with sounds that are fresh and unique.”

So dust off your dance shoes (or boots) and get primed for a full weekend of music at Crystal Bay Casino.  And maybe pray for snow in the meantime.

– Randy Hashagen

  • Presidents’ Day Weekend at Crystal Bay Club
  • Friday, Feb. 16
    Dead Winter Carpenters with Front Country, 9 p.m.
    Tickets: $17 in advance; $20 day-of-show. 21 and older
    Red Room after-party: Coburn Station. Free
  • Saturday, Feb. 17
    The Motet with The Main Squeeze, 9 p.m.
    Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 day-of-show. 21 and older
    Red Room after-party: Mojo Green. Free
  • Sunday, Feb. 18
    The Motet with Monophonics, 9 p.m.
    Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 dy-of-show. 21 and older.
    Red Room after-party: Tracorum. Free
    Crystal Bay box office: (775) 833-6333 ext. 1

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    Lyle Divinsky and The Motet will play Saturday and Sunday in the Crystal Bay Casino.
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About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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