Bon Voyage, Sanch — Lavish Green says goodbye (for now)

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Lavish Green waves so long to Chris Sanchez on Saturday at the 7800 Bar and Grill in Kirkwood. The supergroup Tasty Face, featuring Eric McFadden, Angelo Moore and Queen delphine, headlines.
Photo by Pheonix Gruneich

Snowboarding brought the band members of Lavish Green together. The Hawaiian surf will separate them, at least for a while, because Sanch is moving to Maui again.

Lavish Green will perform a “Bon Voyage” set on Saturday at the 7800 Bar and Grill in Kirkwood, opening for Tasty Face.

Chris “Sanch” Sanchez, the singer and trumpet player for Lake Tahoe’s most enduring rock band, lived in Hawaii for a couple of years before returning to the Tahoe area.

“His ultimate goal is to get settled and be able to come back for shows,” said Robbie Wheeler, Lavish Green’s bass player. “We are hoping that the move will inspire writing and music and with technology we can write songs together even across oceans. I am hopeful that he can make it back in August maybe close out Live at Lakeview.”

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Queen delphine, Eric McFadden and Tasty Face at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.
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The musicians worked together at Heavenly Mountain Resort and the band quickly coalesced. Sanchez, Wheeler and guitarist Joel Gruneich have been together for 22 – er, make that 21–  years. The latest drummer is Danny Barnes.

Lavish Green had a, well, lavish 20th anniversary show in 2015, opening for Fishbone at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Stateline. A year later, when news stories were written about the 20th anniversary of the Autumn Hills fire on Kingsbury Grade, the band members realized their mistake. The band formed the year of the fire, so the 20th anniversary show was played 12 months early – close enough for rock ‘n’ roll.

Angelo Moore is the flamboyant frontman for Fishbone, which has shared several shows with Lavish Green. Coincidentally, Moore also plays with Tasty Face, which will perform at 7800 Bar and Grill for three Saturdays in March.

Tasty Face can be called a supergroup. Guitarist Eric McFadden is a virtuoso who has played with P Funk, Eric Burdon and recently toured the East Coast and South as a guitarist and mandolin player for Anders Osborne. The singer is a phenomenal punk rocker, Queen delphine.

“It really came about when we recorded the first song we wrote together at Angelo’s studio in L.A.,” McFadden said.

Tasty Face toured last year on the Lagunitas Beer Circus and plans to release an EP of original songs by summertime.

The rhythm section has varied, but McFadden considers Marcus Jones the drummer. Jones will not play at the 7800 show. Instead, it will be Thomas Pridgen, who was with The Mars Volta when it won a Grammy Award. (We told you it was a supergroup.)

This week’s bass player is J.J. Jungle, a longtime Bay Area and New Orleans artist.

“His playing lives up to his name,” Queen d said.

McMadden and Queen d also will play from 1 to 5 p.m. at either the Cornice Cafe or the Village Plaza.

Editor’s note: And what about that name, Tasty Face? Queen delphine explains in a story next week in Tahoe Onstage.

  • Tasty Face
    Openers: Lavish Green
    When: 9 p.m. Saturday, March 4
    Where: 7800 Bar and Grill, Kirkwood Mountain Resort
    Cover: $7
    Sponsors: Pyramid Peak Properties, Vail
  • 7800 Bar and Grill
    March 4, 11 and 18: Tasty Face
    March 25: Lantz Lazwell and the Vibe Tribe

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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