Reggae at the Lake brings wave of positive vibes to Tahoe

Through the Roots

Through the Roots headlines Reggae at the Lake on Saturday, July 22, at MontBleu.

A wave of positive vibrations will hit the shores of Tahoe on Saturday, July 22, when Through the Roots, Thrive! and Sun-Dried Vibes gather in MontBleu Resort Spa and Casino for Reggae at the Lake.

Tickets for the 10 p.m. show at BLU Nightclub are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Guests must be 21 or older.

Through the Roots hail from San Diego. By coincidence in early 2008, Evan Hawkins and Taylor Boatwright met at a local guitar center. It was there that guitarist Hawkins shared his vision with drummer Boatwright, which eventually led to the beginning of the reggae/rock band.

The group’s website explains the progression: “From what was once a dream inspired by close friends, to humble beginnings filled with living-room jams, late nights writing songs in the garage, backyard house parties and countless complaints from neighbors…Through the Roots was born.”

Early on, Through the Roots added keyboard player Brady O’Rear to round out the group’s core. He brought his own musical tastes, complete with Hawaiian Islands reggae, and mixed them with those of Hawkins and Boatwright to give the band a broader range of ideas and influences. Later, guitarist Corrick Watson and bassist Budda Foster joined Through the Roots, which quickly moved from hometown shows to touring in 2010.

The Santa Cruz band Thrive! has been touring this summer with Through the Roots. It mixes pop and soul with its reggae and features Aaron Borowitz on guitar and vocals, Kenneth Rogers on drums and vocals and Dan Herrera on trumpet.

Like its SoCal counterparts, Thrive! has been active on the California reggae scene for nearly a decade, collaborating with bands including HIRIE, SOJA and Rebelution. It has produced four studio albums, with another LP currently in the works.

Opening band Sun-Dried Vibes brings its sound all the way from Fort Mill, South Carolina, combining reggae and rock with a flavoring of funk and pop. Band members are considered road warriors, performing some 275 shows a year while spreading a message of love and positivity. Core musicians are Zach Fowler (vocals and guitar), Evan Tyler (bass) and Jono Cheverez (drums).

“Sun-Dried Vibes provide a fresh twist to the reggae/rock genre with their high-energy live performances that crank out infectious sing-a-longs laced with a positive message,” the band’s website notes.

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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