Dead Winter Carpenters melt Vinyl in Hard Rock debut

Tahoe Onstage

The Dead Winter Carpenter’s melt Vinyl in their debut show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Larry Sabo

The aspens are gold and red and there’s a chill in the air. It’s time for the Dead Winter Carpenters to gather their tools and get to work.

The Tahoe City-based Americana band was on the opposite side of the lake on Saturday, playing for the first time at Stateline’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Vinyl showroom. It was the first concert presented by a new venue, Bluebird Loft.

DWC hasn’t had much time off this year. It’s building a fan base in the East, recently playing in New Jersey, the new home of bass player Dave Lockhart. In November, it will have shows in Pennsylvania, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. And last week it was announced the local heroes will open for Leftover Salmon on Dec. 30 in the Crystal Bay Casino.

The crowd was energetic and the show was spectacular. — Photographer Larry Sabo

Lockhart, fiddler Jenni Charles and guitarist Jesse Dunn have been with the band since it formed in 2010. Nick Swimley plays guitar and drummer Brendan Smith is the newest member. The band released its third studio album, “Washoe,” in 2016.

“We just got out of the studio and are firing on all cylinders,” Dunn said before the show. “This’ll be our first show at Vinyl, and we’re chomping at the bit to get back to South Lake!”

This was intended to be the opening show for The Bluebird Loft, also at Stateline, Nevada. “It’s still happening but it’s just taking longer due to unforeseen circumstances with the remodel,” promoter Ryan Kronenberg said. “It’s 80 percent completed but we have to wait until health, Douglas Counting Planning and the TRPA says yes.”

The show scheduled on Nov. 5 with The New Mastersounds and Kung Fu also will be held in Hard Rock. On Nov. 10, steel guitar superstar Roosevelt Collier will perform at the South Shore’s

Tahoe Onstage

When he’s not in his New Jersey home, bassit Dave Lockhart kicks it with the Dead Winter Carpenters.

Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe with his new band, which includes drummer Cliff Porter of Jelly Bread and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz from ALO and Reed Mathis from Tea Leaf Green. Mescalito will open.

Kronenberg announced to more shows. Melvin Seals and the JGB will appear Dec. 2 in MontBleu’s Blu Nightclub. Tickets for the  9 p.m. show are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show. The Scott Pemberton Band will play on New Year’s Eve. The venue has not been determined.

  • Dead Winter Carpenters
    Oct. 20: Nectar Lounge, Seattle
    Oct. 21: Mississippi Studios, Portland, Oregon
    Nov. 8: Milkboy, Philadelphia, with Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band
    Nov. 9: River Street Jazz Café, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth
    Nov. 10: American Beauty NYC, New York , with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth
    Nov. 11: Pearl Street Warehouse, Washington D.C.
    Nov. 12: 5 Points Music Sanctuary, Roanoke, Virginia
    Dec. 30: Crystal Bay Casino, with Leftover Salmon
    Bluebird Loft shows: LINK
    Here are Larry Sabo’s photos from the Hard Rock show. To see more, click the LINK.

About Larry Sabo

Larry Sabo is a real-estate broker with a passion for rock 'n' roll photography. He makes his living during the day selling real estate but you'll see him at night enjoying shows. Stop and talk to him anytime you see him out, he will always appreciate it.

One comment

  1. Love Love Love this band, and Larry’s photos: Wow!

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