On Wednesday, early jingle bells at Lakeside Inn and Casino

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The Sierra Gypsies are dressed for the Lakeside Inn and Casino Christmas Party on Wednesday.
EJ will wear PJs at the Lakeside Inn Christmas Party on Wednesday. Each member of the Sierra Gypsies, including drummer EJ Hixenbaugh, will don Union Reds during the first half of the extended party at Lakeside Inn and Casino. The Sierra Gypsies will play from 4 to 8 p.m. Drought Relief plays from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be drink specials and the public is invited to the free music in The Tavern. There also is an invitation-only party. Parking is always free at the Lakeside Inn. The Sierra Gypsies were formed by Jen Plevel and Brian Garrett out of the Rock Ensemble class at Lake Tahoe Community College. In fact, every member except Hixenbaugh has played with the LTCC Rock Ensemble. “What I like most about this band is its high energy,” Hixenbaugh said. “Jen and Brian bring great enthusiasm. … We play a lot of blues, folk, classic rock and are starting to do originals. We might be making an album soon.” Hixenbaugh, bassist Derek Zalewzki and young phenom guitarist Dylan Long also play in a funk and reggae band, Taking Root. Drought Relief also hails from South Shore. It plays high-energy rock from the 1970s through the ‘90s.

— Tim Parsons

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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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