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Bluegrass version of Pink Floyd album on tap at CBC Saturday

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. - Poor Man's Whiskey - self-described as a "High-Octane Hootenanny" - will play a bluegrass version of Pink Floyd's legendary "Dark Side of the Moon" Saturday night at the Crystal Bay Club Crown Room.

According to the band's website, Northern California's outlaw music bands bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals world wide.

Poor Man's Whiskey aims to delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time in North Lake Tahoe.

"They groan with the rundown weight of good Drive-By Truckers ... PMW's sway of smarts and wit infuses their originals, where they delight in jumbling elements in a way that pops like super balls in a cement mixer," according to a recent review from Dennis Cook of "String band? Sort of. Rock band? Sure. Prog-metal enthusiasts and swing time fellas? Absolutely. In the end, they are an original distillation, a tasty burn that goes down with a kick and lingers beautifully when it hits your gut."

The band, according to its website, has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.

Whiskey has released six studio albums: "Like a River" (2012), "Goodbye California" (2011), "Dark Side of the Moonshine" (2009), "Roadside Attraction" (2005), "Train to California" (2003), and "Hunnerd Proof" (2002).

The band will perform portions of its 2009 album Saturday, featuring a unique interpretation of the classic Pink Floyd album.

The band is Josh Brough, banjo, keyboards, harmonica, vocals; Jason Beard, guitar, mandolin; Aspen Stevenson, bass, vocals; George Smeltz, drums, suitcase, vocals; and Chris Haugen, guitar. Learn more about the band at

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 6, 2013 10:46PM Published Feb 6, 2013 10:44PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.