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July 17, 2013
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Blue Turtle Seduction reunites for Divided Sky show

The Divided Sky will host a reunion show for one of South Lake Tahoe’s most well-known homegrown bands when Blue Turtle Seduction returns to the venue for one night only on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Blue Turtle Seduction is Jay Seals (electric guitar), Glenn Stewart (harmonica, pan flute), Steve Seals (bass), Adam Navone (drums), and Christian Zupanzic (violin, electric mandolin).

Formed in 2001, the band developed a following in and beyond the Northern California and Nevada regions, playing more than 1,000 shows from Hawaii to New York City during its nine-year existence. Blue Turtle Seduction released three albums in that time.

The group’s sound combined elements of world music and jam-based bluegrass, guitarist Jay Seals said.

“The music would be loosely described as Jamgrass; however our influence, we started out very influenced by Manu Chao and then as the years went by we embraced the bluegrass more,” Seals said. “But we were definitely influenced by Manu Chao, world music and upbeat dance party stuff.”

Blue Turtle Seduction went on indefinite hiatus in 2010 after several members decided to abandon the life of a touring musician and pursue other goals, according to Seals.

“Over a thousand shows, living in a bus, guys basically said, ‘We can’t live on the road for the rest of our lives,’” Seals said.

The idea for a set of reunion shows originated with Stewart, who pushed his former band mates to book and organize the concerts.

“Glenn Stewart spearheaded it,” Seals said. “He really wanted to get it together and he’s been working hard trying to get everyone’s schedules to line up.”

Blue Turtle Seduction will also play reunion shows in Nevada City and Reno during the first weekend in August, covering the area that the band once considered its home turf.

“We decided to kind of go to markets that are what we consider our real home base markets,” Seals said.

While this reunion “tour” is currently a one-time event, the band members hope to plan future shows.

“It is a one-time thing for now, except there is interest in doing more,” Seals said. “There will be more, it’s just that it’s going to be challenging to figure out when. It might be a one- or two-a-year type thing.”

Scheduling is the prime difficulty in assembling the band members, he said, noting that he now lives in Southern California, and that Navone will soon be attending a nursing graduate program at University of Pennsylvania.

Still, the band is excited to return to their old stomping grounds, even just for one night.

“We’re just really looking forward to this show at The Divided Sky,” Seals said.

Tickets are available at Meyers bar and restaurant. They are expected to sell out quickly.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 18, 2013 01:54PM Published Jul 17, 2013 02:53PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.