CONCERT PREVIEW: The Everyone Orchestra’s singular journey

Matt Butler takes concertgoers on a new journey every time the Everything Orchestra goes onstage.
Matt Butler takes concertgoers on a new journey every time the Everything Orchestra goes onstage.

This is the quintessential onstage improvisational super jam.

The Everyone Orchestra includes members from several popular bands.

Concertgoers never know what to expect. Better yet the musicians themselves don’t know either.

What they will know about Saturday’s Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room concert is the band will include Steve Kimock, John Kimock, Trevor Garrod of Tea Leaf Green, Dan Lebowitz of ALO, Sunshine Garcia and Mike Sugar.

The Everyone Orchestra conductor and founder Matt Butler has taken its participants, both onstage and off, on improvisational journeys with the most diverse of lineups at festivals, theaters and philanthropic events both nationally and internationally. A laundry list of hundreds of musicians, dancers, singers, guest conductors and community organizations have embraced the experience of EO in single shots of musical adrenaline to the soul. Tuning in to his energy, the band and audience utilize The Conductor as their pivot to the set mood of each passing jam as he communicates with the musicians using hand signs, whiteboard and assorted mime suggestions.

The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, moe., String Cheese Incident, The Flecktones, Club d’Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf Green and Adrian Belew, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners, jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.

Marching into uncharted territory, the Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of the Everyone Orchestra.

The Everyone Orchestra

Where:      Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

Date:           Saturday, June 22

Time:           Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9

Cost:            $17 in advance or 20 on the day of the show

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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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