Grateful Ball: Travelin’ McCourys, Jeff Austin play Dead

Jeff Austin
Jeff Austin and his band will join The Travelin’ McCourys at The Grateful Ball.

Something is coming Dead ahead to Lake Tahoe and we are not talking about another snowstorm.

The Grateful Ball will adorn the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room on Friday. The show is comprised of three sets from two bands. The Travelin’ McCourys and the Jeff Austin Band each will play a set before they join to perform the music of the Grateful Dead.

“We will dig deep into decades-worth of material to create a special set of music not to be missed,” Austin stated on his band’s website.

A mandolinist, Austin founded and played with the Yonder Mountain String Band for more than 15 years before he started the Jeff Austin Band, called jAb for short. It offers bluegrass served with jams.

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Rob McCoury

Banjo player Rob McCoury and his brother Ronnie, who plays mandolin, are the sons of bluegrass living legend Del McCoury. They are joined by fiddle player Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram to comprise the The Travelin’ McCourys. It plays both traditional and progressive bluegrass.

On the band’s website, Ronnie McCoury wrote,“We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”

It recently collaborated with the Lee Boys, a sacred steel group.

The Travelin’ McCourys also will play this summer at the High Sierra Music Festival.

The Red Room after-party band the Good Bad will hit the stage at 12:30 a.m. Crystal Bay Casino’s after-parties are always free.

  • The Grateful Ball
    The Travelin’ McCourys and the Jeff Austin Band
    When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
    Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
    Tickets: $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the show
    Red Room after-party: The Good Bad

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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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