Dead Winter Carpenters, friends ring in new year in Truckee

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Jenni Charles and Jesse Dunn and the Dead Winter Carpenters have three shows to end the year at the Alibi Ale Works- Truckee Public House.

Alibi Ale Works will ring in the new year with Truckee’s musical ringers.

The Dead Winter Carpenters will play three wholly unsilent nights Dec. 29-31 at the Alibi Ale Works – Truckee Public House.

World soulman Peter Joseph Burtt opens the first show, Saturday, Dec. 29, with an acoustic set. Sunday’s Motown-themed show begins with Sneaky Creatures, which tend to dwell about the place. The New Year’s Eve bash will feature two long sets by hometown heroes Dead Winter Carpenters. Expect special guests to appear throughout the 2018-concluding musical triumphant.

“The goal was to create something different each night and base it around the Truckee-Tahoe community,” Dead Winter Carpenters’ Jesse Dunn said. “We’re bringing in bands that are integral to the music community in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe and both Peter and Sneaky Creatures are just that.”

A roots-rock band, Dead Winter Carpenters formed in 2010 and in an instant had a devout fan base in hometown North Tahoe and San Francisco. Within a few years, it was a nationally popular touring band. Founding members Dunn and fiddler Jenni Charles have been the foundation of the band and have resisted the pull of Nashville and other music hubs to build a family at Tahoe.

Peter Joseph Burtt

Peter Joseph Burtt

Dunn said the band’s New Year’s resolution is to make its fourth studio album. DWC will tour the Southwest in early February with its friends Fruition, and then hit the Northwest in March. A busy summer of festivals is in the works, including the June 28-30 Smoky Run in Butler, Ohio, with several nationally acclaimed bands, including Gov’t Mule.

But there’s unfinished business for 2018.

Saturday’s show with Peter Joseph Burtt will be a plugged in affair with acoustic instruments.

“Peter is an absolute gem of a human being foremost and an incredible musician, world class,” Dunn said. “We’re fortunate to have him in the Tahoe Basin. We are looking forward to teaming up with him as we have in various places in the past. He really brings the vibe up everywhere he goes. His music is positivity through and through.”

The penultimate performance starts with Sneaky Creatures, which includes Josh Rolle, who played with Charles in the reggae band Truckee Tribe before the construction of Dead Winter Carpenters.

“They are all good friends of ours,” Dunn said. “They are really doing a unique thing with the gypsy-jazz-swing-Americana-funk-rock thing that they’re mashing up. It’s just different than anything that’s happening in the area and creating a really fun, dancing atmosphere. With the strong local ties, it’s going to be a great night.”

The music of Motown will be celebrated and Dunn encourages folks to dress for the occasion.

Bust out the glitzy attire for the New Year’s Eve show and party like it’s 2019.

— Tim Parsons

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The Dead Winter Carpenters rock the Cargo Concert Hall last October.

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Bassist Ryan Lukas joined the Dead Winter Carpenters in 2018. He formerly played with The Real Nasty.

About Tim Parsons

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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