Forget the box, Diego’s Umbrella doesn’t even fit in a closet.
The one-of-a-kind band is best placed upon a stage, and for the third straight summer it will perform Thursday on the one at Lakeview Commons. The interactive band of high-energy musicians no doubt also will play among the audience in the granite amphitheater and perhaps the water. Watch for violinist Jason Kleinberg and bass drummer Jake Wood to lead the charge at the 69th Live at Lakeview presentation at Lake Tahoe.
Dubbed San Francisco’s ambassadors of Gypsy Rock, Diego’s Umbrella sounds like a clash of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Oingo Boingo and Gogol Bordello. If that’s a bit obscure, check out Wood’s description:
“I like to reference The Police when asked about what we’re doing musically,” Wood said. “The Police started off playing punk rock and they kind of sucked at that. Then they started playing reggae and they screwed it up and they acknowledged that they just couldn’t play it correctly. And it was their kind of cockeyed approach that made it interesting and unique.
“And while I am not going to say we are close to being as musically talented or original as The Police, we definitely have that element of trying to grab from other cultures and kind of screw up but hopefully in a pleasant way.”
South Lake Tahoe’s Drought Relief will open Thursday’s show at 4:30 p.m. The classic rock band features Aj Steed, Torg Hallin, Ron Blum and Zhiva Kirchanski.
— Tim Parsons
Tahoe Onstage’s favorite Diego’s Umbrella songs
1 – Thrash Mexican Budapest
2 – Never Take Us Down
3 – Lasers ‘n Lesbians
4 – Into the Fray
5 – A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done
Live at Lakeview video: LINK
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.