Rising folk bands T Sisters, Front Country open for Dead Winter Carpenters

Two up-and-coming Bay Area acts will open for Tahoe’s own Dead Winter Carpenters shows at Crystal Bay Casino this weekend. Front Country and T Sisters will be kicking off the festivities, Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

“We get to pick the bands that open up for us, so we try to get the best up-and-coming bands that we can find,” DWC’s Jenni Charles said. “We love Front Country, we just played with them at Northwest String Summit.”

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The T Sisters open for the Dead Winter Carpenters on Saturday. Above, the trio performs on the Big Meadow Stage at the 2014 High Sierra Music Festival. Photo by Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Formed in 2011 around a monthly gig in San Francisco’s Mission District, Front Country has been turning heads across the U.S. in recent years. The group recently won band competitions at both Rockygrass and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals in Colorado, becoming only the third band in history to do so. The last year has seen the group further break into the national festival scene.

Front Country’s debut album, “For the Sake of the Sound,” will be released in 2014.

The T Sisters are a trio of musical sisters (you guessed it) from Oakland. It incorporates a wide variety of influences into its folk music foundation, with elements of country, gospel, R&B, and more. Its 2014 debut album “Kindred Lines” was produced by folk musician Laurie Lewis.

“We met the T Sisters at the Nat Keefe Concert Carnival in the city, in San Francisco,” Charles said. “We kept in touch with them and saw them at High Sierra [Music Festival] this year. They had a really great response from the crowd. They add a huge performance aspect to their shows.”

T Sisters are also founding members of Chthonic Theatre, a visual and performing arts group that holds theater productions, variety shows, parades, and more.

Don’t miss this chance to see some of California’s newest folk music talent.

“They’re both great bands,” Charles said. “I highly recommend for everyone get there to see the opening bands, because they’re going to be awesome.”

Winter’s Dead
Dead Winter Carpenters

  • 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; Front Country opens, Down North plays the Red Room after-party
  • 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; T Sisters opens, Quick& Easy Boys play the Red Room after-party

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

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