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Fuzzy John and Jason citified nowadays, have brand, new band

Variant Soul - Jason Sherman, Lance A. Little, Fuzzy John Oxendine and Leroy Hoornbeck play Friday on the North Shore and Saturday on the South Shore. Sherman and Oxendine formerly played in Ten Cent Lure.

Welcome back Fuzzy John Oxendine and Jason Sherman.

The former members of the South Shore band Ten Cent Lure now live in Santa Cruz and they have a new group, Variant Soul.

With a sound like a psychedelic Black Crowes, Variant Soul will play both sides of the lake: Friday, Oct. 5, in the Tahoe City’s Sawtooth Ridge Cafe and Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Himmel Haus, which is the former Christiana Inn on Saddle Road in South Lake Tahoe.

Oxendine has played with Bay Area bands since the 1960s. He was in Moby Grape and played with Bill Champlin and Jerry Miller and members of the Doobie Brothers.

Variant Soul formed about eight months ago.

“We really enjoy just playing and it fell together,” Oxendine said. “We’ve been playing around Santa Cruz but now were taking the next step and going out. We’re ready to get out and do some fun with other people.”

The band has a self-titled, seven-track CD. The other members are saxophonist Andrew Beal, harp player Lance. A. “Mr. Pequeno” Little and bassist Leroy “Rick” Hoornbeck. Keyboardist Greg Brown will not make the trip due to a work conflict.

Himmel Haus serves contemporary German cuisine and owner Zak Latzka has music at least once a week. Latzka said his goal is to have live music every night.

Oxendine predicted a good turnout.

“I’m thinking there is going to be a lot of people because it’s such a big weekend with the Oktoberfest over at Camp Richardson and a food festival (at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe),” he said. “So when they’re done with that and they want to dance off some of that food and beer come over to the Himmel Haus and have some more.”