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Dead Winter Carpenters nail down date at Hard Rock

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Jenni Charles and Jesse Dunn are Dead Winter Carpenters patriarchs.

The aspens are gold and red and there’s a chill in the air. It’s time for the Dead Winter Carpenters to gather their tools and get to work.

The Tahoe City-based Americana band will be on the opposite side of the lake on Saturday, playing at Stateline’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Vinyl showroom. It is the first concert presented by a new venue, Bluebird Loft.

“It’s gonna be a barn burner,” Bluebird Loft’s David Thom said.

DWC hasn’t had much time off this year. It’s building a fan base in the East, recently playing in New Jersey, the new home of bass player Dave Lockhart. In November, it will have shows in Pennsylvania, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. And last week it was announced the local heroes will open for Leftover Salmon on Dec. 30 in the Crystal Bay Casino.

Lockhart, fiddler Jenni Charles and guitarist Jesse Dunn have been with the band since it formed in 2010. Nick Swimley plays guitar and drummer Brendan Smith is the newest member. The band released its third studio album, “Washoe,” in 2016.

“We just got out of the studio and are firing on all cylinders,” Dunn said. “This’ll be our first show at Vinyl, and we’re chomping at the bit to get back to South Lake!”

This was intended to be the opening show for The Bluebird Loft, also at Stateline, Nevada. “It’s still happening but it’s just taking longer due to unforeseen circumstances with the remodel,” promoter Ryan Kronenberg said. “It’s 80 percent completed but we have to wait until health, Douglas Counting Planning and the TRPA says yes.”

The show scheduled on Nov. 5 with The New Mastersounds and Kung Fu also will be held in Hard Rock. On Nov. 10, steel guitar superstar Roosevelt Collier will perform at the South Shore’s Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe with his new band, which includes drummer Cliff Porter of Jelly Bread and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz from ALO and Reed Mathis from Tea Leaf Green. Mescalito will open.

Kronenberg announced to more shows. Melvin Seals and the JGB will appear Dec. 2 in MontBleu’s Blu Nightclub. Tickets for the  9 p.m. show are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show. The Scott Pemberton Band will play on New Year’s Eve. The venue has not been determined.

  • Dead Winter Carpenters
    Opener: Patrick Walsh
    When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
    Where: Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
    Tickets: $15
    Must be: 21
    Bluebird Loft shows: LINK
  • Where else
    Oct. 13: Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz
    Oct. 20: Nectar Lounge, Seattle
    Oct. 21: Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon
    Nov. 8: Milkboy, Philadelphia, with Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band
    Nov. 9: River Street Jazz Café, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth
    Nov. 10: American Beauty NYC, New York , with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth
    Nov. 11: Pearl Street Warehouse, Washington D.C.
    Nov. 12: 5 Points Music Sanctuary, Roanoke, Virginia
    Dec. 30: Crystal Bay Casino, with Leftover Salmon

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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