Iration melts winter at Cargo in Reno

Micah Pueschel plays guitar and is the lead singer for Iration. Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage
Micah Pueschel plays guitar and is the lead singer for Iration.
Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Iration will warm the nation this winter with its Hawaiian Punch Tour, which will be spiced with Pepper, stopping on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Reno.

A very familiar reggae band in the Reno-Tahoe area, Iration is made up of Hawaiian natives who started the group while attending college in Santa Barbara. Lead singer Micah Pueschel says Pepper paved the path Iration has taken toward success.

“They were the first band from the Big Island to make it on the mainland and become a national touring act,” Pueschel said from Santa Barbara, where he still resides. “They took us out on our big first tour in 2008. They laid the groundwork for us and were kind of our role models and big brothers as far as teaching us how to be a touring act and showing us the ropes.

“They are about to release a new record and they have been on somewhat of a hiatus with new music. It’s two bona fide headline bands that could headline on their own.”

Pepper and Iration will be joined on the tour through March 4 by a band from the opposite side of the country, Brooklyn’s New Kingston, a dancehall and R&B-styled reggae group led by brothers Tahir, Stephen and Courtney Jr. Panton.

Staying healthy on the road is a challenge for musicians, especially for singers during wintertime. Pueschel said he was sick for a month during Iration’s last tour, which included a headlining performance at the Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival.

“My No. 1 thing is trying not to be sick out there,” he said. “You just have to wash your hands a lot and try to stay hydrated and try to get sleep. I take Emergen-C and drink Apple Cider Vinegar before bed to bring the immune system up. But sleep is really No. 1.”

Cargo will be a breath of fresh air on the Hawaiian Punch Tour. The downtown Reno venue in the Whitney Peak Hotel does not allow smoking, nor is there gaming.

“I am glad to hear that about Cargo,” Pueschel said. “As a musician and a singer, one of the worst things is when you play in a smoky place. … First of all, your clothes smell, and everybody’s smoking. The first day you sing in one of those rooms, the next day we all have sore throats.”

Cargo has presented numerous reggae shows in recent months, and on March 13 will feature rising roots-rockers Stick Figure. However, last week’s Steel Pulse show was canceled when founding member David “Dread” Hinds was hospitalized with pneumonia. He is now recuperating at his home.

“David Hinds is obviously a legend and one of the best reggae singers of all time,” Pueschel said. “I am glad to hear he’s OK.”

Earlier this week, it was announced that after a three-week break, Iration starts its Hotting Up Tour March 30 with HIRIE, a Big Islander who recently played at Cargo, and the Expanders, a Los Angeles-based reggae band that just played at the Crystal Bay Casino.

Related stories:

  • Micah Pueschel checks in with Tahoe Onstage before festival: LINK
  • David Hinds of Steel Pulse recovering from pneumonia: LINK
  • The Expanders’ classic reggae sound: LINK
  • HIRIE, Collie Buddz bring glow to Cargo: LINK
  • Iration, Pepper, New Kingston
    When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17
    Where: Cargo in the Whitney Peak Hotel
    Tickets: $27.50
    Must be: 18 or older

    Tahoe Onstage
    Adam Taylor and Iration had a colorful performance at the 2015 Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline.
    Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage
  • Hawaiian Punch Tour
    Iration, Pepper, New Kingston
    Feb. 12 – Fresno
    Feb. 17 – Reno, Cargo at the Whitney Peak Hotel
    Feb. 19 – Seattle
    Feb. 20 – Portland
    Feb. 21 – Eugene
    Feb. 24 – Spokane
    Feb. 25 – Boise
    Feb. 26 – Boise
    Feb. 27 – Billings
    Feb. 28 – Bozeman
    March 2 – Laramie
    March 3 – Aspen
    March 4 – Denver
  • Hotting Up Tour
    Iration, HIRIE and The Expanders
    (Amp Live is on the tour March 30-April 8)
    March 30 – Grand Theatre, Lawrence, Kansas
    March 31 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, Wisconsin
    April 1 – House of Blues, Chicago
    April 2 – Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis
    April 5 – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, Michigan
    April 6 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus
    April 7 – Rochester, New York
    April 8 – Webster Hall, New York
    April 9 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
    April 12 – The National, Richmond, Virginia
    April 13 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, North Carolina
    April 14 – Greenfield Amphitheater, Wilmington, North Carolina
    April 15 – Greenfield Amphitheater, Wilmington, North Carolina
    April 16 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta
    April 19 – Music Farm, Charleston South Carolina
    April 20 – The Orange Reel, Asheville, North Carolina
    April 21 – Maverick’s, Jacksonville, Florida
    April 22 – House of Blues, Orlando, Florida
    April 23 – Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, Florida

    Tahoe Onstage
    HIRIE reaches out to a fan during her performance at Cargo.
    Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage


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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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