No locks at TJ’s Corral during sold-out 38 Special show

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Back Where You Belong: 38 Special rocks the sold-out TJ’s Corral at Carson Valley Inn on Sept. 21.
Pheonix Gruneich / Tahoe Onstage

Friday night, just before the first days of fall, Carson Valley Inn Casino had added one last show to its summer concert series at TJ’s Corral. 38 Special came to our little Minden town to deliver all its hits in the sold-out venue.

Sunset had already passed by the time the band had started, but the drinks were flowing and people were in great spirits. Whether they came dressed up or comfortable casual, most were out of their seats and enjoying the show. The band unraveled a tight set and played all the crowd favorites as concertgoers sang back along. The band played 90 minutes people cleared enjoyed themselves, singing and dancing the night away.

Tahoe OnstageSouthern rockers, 38 Special was formed in 1974 by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in Jacksonville, Florida. The group got it name when musicians were practicing and police officers responded to a noise complaint. Band members were unable to come out because of a padlock on the door.

One of the officers reportedly said, “That’s alright. We’ll let this 38 special do the talking,” then shooting off the lock, and thus the band name was born. Since 2014, the 38 lineup consists of Don Barnes, guitarist Danny Chauncey, keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Capps, drummer Gary Moffatt and bassist Barry Dunaway. Don Barnes is the only original member.

Throughout the night, folks kept shouting “that’s my favorite song” as the band ran through its hits, including three encore songs, and had the crowd cheering for more. They put on a fun show and music lovers can’t wait to see which bands will come to TJ’s Corral next summer.

— Pheonix Gruneich

Tahoe Onstage

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Founding member Don Barnes of 38 Special.

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About Pheonix Gruneich

Photojournalist Pheonix Gruneich is a native of Southern California where her love of music began. She moved to Tahoe when she was 16. She now resides in the Carson Valley. She is a lover of arts and, most of all, live music!

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