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Cool Black Kettle at Beacon July 4th

Tim Parsons

Jesse Kalin’s Cool Black Kettle and the Fourth of July on the beach are a Lake Tahoe tradition.

CBK plays an all-day concert at The Beacon in Camp Richardson on the holiday Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“It’s nice to be able to play for the locals,” said Kalin, whose band plays five times a week at Harvey’s Resort and Casino: Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Tahoe Live Stage, and Monday and Thursday at the Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Wesley Orsolic rejoined the band earlier this month. He will play bass.

“People are interacting and it’s a lot of fun,” said Orsolic, who played with CBK and helped produce its album in 2001.

Orsolic, who last year released a solo CD, “Now and Then,” will continue to collaborate with drummer Liz Broscoe as a duo and in the multimedia drum project “Durga.”

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“Wesley is a very talented bass player and a very talented musician,” Kalin said. “Wesley never overplays a song. This is the tightest band I’ve had in quite a while.”

Kalin also is preparing a solo album. He said he has nine new originals and hopes to have 15 this summer. He has been doing “preproduction” from his home studio with his bass, keyboard and guitars.

“I am kind of reinventing myself,” Kalin said. “It’s Matchbox 20 meets Crosby, Stills and Nash. It’s still kind of pop rock with me playing a lot of instruments.”

Chris Carletto is the keyboardist for Cool Black Kettle. Dale Poune is on guitar and Michael Kalmar plays drums.

Kalin is known for his singing, stage presence and enthusiasm.

“Right now the band is so smoking it’s just sick,” he said.

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