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November 20, 2013
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Grateful Dead tribute band truckin' to Tep's

North Shore’s Casual Dogs is heading south, playing a free Friday night show at Tep’s Villa Roma in South Lake Tahoe.

Casual Dogs have been playing Grateful Dead covers in and around Tahoe’s North Shore for the last seven years.

“We formed out of the common love of the Grateful Dead’s music and everyone’s sort of desire to perform that music live,” bassist Nick DeNoia said.

Along with DeNoia, Casual Dogs is Joe Warren (guitar), Mark Materne (rhythm), Jeff Laakso (keys, saxophone) and Fletch (drums). South Shore resident Tarius McCara (drums) sits in with the band occasionally, and will take the stage with Casual Dogs Friday, DeNoia said.

This will be Casual Dogs first appearance at Tep’s Villa Roma and DeNoia’s last.

“I’m moving back to Vermont after being here eight years, so it’s going to be our last South Shore show,” DeNoia said, adding that Casual Dogs will continue with a new bassist.

DeNoia’s last show with the group is Friday, Nov. 29 at the Auld Dubliner in Squaw Valley.

This Friday’s show is the first of several winter performances scheduled at Tep’s by South Shore promoters Pet Projekts. This initial concert is Pet Projekts’ way of showing appreciation for local support of Hangtown Halloween in Placerville.

“We’re taking some of the money that we made from Hangtown and putting it into giving a free show, just to kind of give thanks,” Pet Projekts’ Ryan Kronenberg said.

The Honeydrops and the Magic Melodies are among the acts set to appear at Tep’s in coming months, according to Kronenberg.

Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Action

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Nov 21, 2013 03:53PM Published Nov 20, 2013 02:03PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.