The Melt offers free funky experience at Red Room

The Melt

The Melt bring the New Orleans heat to the Red Room on Saturday.

Dust off your funky dance shoes and head to the Red Room on Saturday to experience The Melt.

The funk-groove and jazz-fusion band from Sonoma County, California, will hold down the fort at Crystal Bay Casino in a free show starting at 10 p.m. The Melt is Todd Bugbee on guitar and vocals, Rhyne Erde on drums, Harlan Rollins on bass and Jeff Stevenson on Hammond B3 and keyboards.

“Laying down heavy beats, The Melt specializes in getting crowds up and dancing,” its online bio said. Just what the doctor ordered for a Saturday night crowd at Crystal Bay, where funk seems contagious.

The melt is inspired by New Orleans funk, ’60s and 70’s R&B and modern jam bands, and influenced by musicians including John Scofield, John Medeski and Stanton Moore and by groups such as The Meters, Lettuce and Soulive.

Get ready. Their music is described as “a blend of funky original compositions and jazz fusion. It is high energy, intricate and very danceable, with a strong funk groove.” And perhaps a dose of spacey jams.

About Randy Hashagen

Tahoe Onstage copy chief Randy Hashagen, a former Bay Area journalist, walked away from his career to become a crazy cab driver. He's still barnstorming, but his wing-walking days are over. Lately, he has been watching the world flow through Lake Tahoe since 2012.

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