Concert at Crystal Bay: Pimps of Joytime, Midtown Social

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Brian J and the Pimps of Joytime provide a funky time at the Crystal Bay Casino on Saturday, Jan. 12. Midtown Social opens. Mojo Green holds down the after-party.
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Just what the aching world needs, the Pimps of Joytime will bring their heart and soul — and a good measure of funk — from the far corners of Brooklyn and New Orleans to the shores of Crystal Bay on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Dust off your dancing shoes when the Pimps assemble in the Crown Room, supported by San Francisco’s Midtown Social, at 9 p.m. on that day. Reno’s Mojo Green will keep the vibe flowing in a free Red Room after-party. Both gatherings are for guests 21 and older. Tickets for the main event are $20 in advance or $23 at the door.

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Mayteana Morales sings and plays percussion.

Attending a Pimps of Joytime concert is an experience like no other. There’s no hiding behind Blake’s tree in the back of the room.

The band’s bio lays it out: “It’s that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when the wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy.”

But there’s more.

“At our core, the Pimps of Joytime are not just dance music,” says bandleader Brian J of the groups’s three-part harmony offerings. “My first vocal mentor was a doo-wop singer, so I have a longtime love affair with vocal harmonies.”

He further explains: “It’s a sonic tapestry that’s representative of this time and place that we live in,”  The band’s bio notes: “That’s where the Pimps excel, by mashing up ’70s funk tones with modern dance beats, mixed with original samples creating their mosaic sound. For listeners weary of today’s DJ culture but eager to dance with abandon, the Pimps of Joytime are the antidote.”

In addition to Brian J on lead vocals and guitar, Pimps of Joytime feature the dual female vocals (and percussion) of Mayteana Morales and Kim Dawson, along with David Bailis on bass/samples and John Staten on drums. Collectively, they proclaim: “Let’s take it higher.” The band is touring in support of its new album “Third Wall Chronicles.”

Midtown Social, a band of similar intents, will warm things up on a chilly Sierra night with “original music that’s bringing the boogie to ya booty.” The California Soul specialists will fill the stage with an ensemble of nine performers.

All told, Lake Tahoe music fans can reclaim their soul in the early days of 2019 with a simple trip to the Crown Room at Crystal Bay Club Casino.

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Kim Dawson shines with joy, the Pimps of Joytime.


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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